Just 24 miles from Las Vegas, the views and beaches at Lake Mead National Recreation Area appeal to many tourists. Its beauty is deceiving though, as it’s known as the deadliest lake in the country. The lake attracts guests who like to swim, go boating, and cliff dive, however, not all of those who make the trip live to talk about it.
The Lake Mead National Recreation Area has endured hundreds of drownings over the years. Between 2006 and 2016 alone, there were 275 deaths at the lake, most of which could have been prevented with a lifejacket. It’s thought that the death toll is higher at this lake as people underestimate the strength of the current as well as the distance between coves.
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
At 6,288.2 feet, Mount Washington in New Hampshire is the highest mountain peak in the Northeastern United States. Also referred to as Agiocochook by some Native American tribes, parts of the mountain experience winds that reach speeds up to 231 miles per hour. Having some of the fastest wind speeds in the world that rival major hurricanes, it should come as no surprise that Mount Washington made this list.
Regardless of the time of year, temperatures on the mountain remain low and put visitors at risk of frostbite and hypothermia. There are parts of the mountain that are considered less dangerous, but tourists should never attempt to hike the mountain on their own. Snowstorms are common and come on suddenly, so only those with the proper equipment and attire can safely wander around Mount Washington.
China Walls, Hawaii
The China Walls are known for two things. It’s the ideal location to watch the sunset in Hawaii Kai, and a popular spot for cliff jumping. At any time of the day, you’ll find a younger crowd hanging out there with lounge chairs, a cooler, and maybe some snorkel gear. However, just like many places along the Hawaiian coasts, jumping into the water off the China Walls is incredibly risky.
The rough waters make getting in and out quite difficult. Even the most skilled swimmers have trouble. Since the area is surrounded by cliffs, it only takes one big wave for a dip in the ocean to become deadly. Even those who don’t jump in the water willingly are at risk, as the cliffs are known for being slippery. If you’re not the best swimmer, it’s best to stay clear of the wall’s edge.
Alcatraz, San Francisco
Considered one of the most haunted places in the world, Alcatraz prison isn't for faint-hearted tourists. Located on an island in the Bay of San Francisco, it’s known for housing some of the most notorious criminals, including Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Arthur “Doc” Barker. Additionally, it’s the sight of some gruesome mistreatment, as prisoners were punished by being sent to what they called the “strip cell.”
The “strip cell” was a dark, steel room with just a hole which prisoners would use as a toilet, and is said to be the cause of so many lingering spirits. Visitors have reported seeing glowing eyes, hearing crying, cold spots, and much more. If you don’t believe in ghosts, then this well-known tourist attraction isn’t dangerous at all!
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is home to hundreds of wildlife varieties. Everything from elks and moose to black bears and cougars lives within the 265,461 acres of land. That’s not what makes the park so dangerous though. Rockslides are a common yet unexpected occurrence which has led to many injuries and some deaths over the years. But that’s not all.
Lighting strikes are unusually common in the park and are often deadly. As they are both unexpected and unavoidable, there’s little that can be done about this. Inexperienced hikers who wander around Rocky Mountain National Park without the proper equipment are far more likely to fall victim to these natural circumstances.