Everyone pictures vacations differently. Some want relaxation, others want to experience new cultures, and others want to have their hearts pumping by exploring dangerous places and sites. Here are five interesting but high-risk locations that will raise your adrenaline.
Dangerous Sites That Provoke Acrophobia
The Hanging Temple, China
Built more than 1,500 years ago, the Hanging Temple is a true architectural marvel. The religious edifice is perched on the side of a cliff near Mount Heng in China’s Shanxi Province. It consists of 40 rooms that are linked to one another by an intricate maze of passageways. It’s the only temple in the world to combine the three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
Meteora was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The rock formation is located in the central parts of Greece and is home to one of the largest and most steeply built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. The area offers its visitors a surreal and unique landscape that will truly challenge their acrophobia (fear of heights).
Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe, France
Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe is a chapel in Aiguilhe in the southern parts of France. The structure was completed in 969 and sits atop a 279 feet tall volcanic plug. Visitors must climb 268 steps carved into the rock to reach the chapel. Once at the top, travelers can explore Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe, as well as enjoy breathtaking vistas of the area.
High-Risk Environments That Will Test Your Endurance
Death Valley, USA
Adrenaline junkies will undoubtedly like the idea of spending their vacation in Death Valley. The desert spans around 3,000 square miles and is located in the states of California and Nevada. The entire area is a stranger to rain and holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth: 134 °F. The harsh environment of Death Valley is quite dangerous as it can cause severe dehydration and heat strokes.
Danakil Desert, Ethiopia
This Ethiopian desert greets its visitors to a unique landscape that most would consider unwelcoming. It’s one of the hottest places on the planet (temperatures often reach 120 degrees F) and hosts numerous active volcanoes and geysers. But unlike Old Faithful, which spews hot water, the geysers at the Danakil Desert discharge toxic gases. To make things even more interesting, the area is home to a number of acid lakes
Put your fears to the test and consider one of these dangerous locations for your next vacation. While you won’t be able to relax much, you will certainly experience a new adventure that you will remember for a long time.
When travelers head off on an American cross-country adventure, they normally do so on four wheels. They hire the coolest car and drive the open road to see what this country has to offer, but what if we told you that you could see so much more by ditching two of those wheels? The United States is home to some of the most stunning bike trails in the world, and these explorations will allow you to see this country from a whole different perspective.
Highway One – Big Sur, CA
Many explorers drive along the Pacific coastline, but those who love to cycle can check it out on two wheels instead. Highway One travels right alongside the ocean, and it’s perfect for those cyclists who don’t want to have to battle with off-road conditions. The water below will be so enticing you might even want to slow down for a dip.
Hiline Trail – Sedona, AZ
There’s nothing quite like cycling through the desert, and that’s exactly what the Hiline Trail has to offer. While this is a fairly short route, the hills and the uneven terrain will certainly put you through your paces. You can check out giant monoliths and buttes along the way, and we have no doubt about the fact that it will be a ride to remember.
Going-To-The-Sun Road – Whitefish, MT
If you have always wanted to ride through a National Park as you take in beautiful waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, and luscious forests below, then the Going-To-The-Sun Road has got your back. This trail will take you 32 miles straight through the middle of Glacier National Park, and it’s open to cyclists from early Spring until the Fall.
America is full of amazing bike trails that will keep you entertained every weekend for the rest of your life, but which ones will you try out first? These are definitely our favorites.