When you think about danger and travelling, you likely think about the kinds of criminals and criminality that you might encounter in some foreign country. To be sure, there are definitely some places around the world – many of them popular – where one always needs to keep one’s wits about oneself…
However, danger isn’t solely confined to areas that lie outside the borders of the United States. In fact, there are actually some places you can visit within the United States that are almost as dangerous as some of the most notorious places on the planet!
On the list below, we’re going to take a look at the 10 most dangerous places to visit in America. Now, before you immediately cross these destinations off of your list, be sure to keep this in mind. While these places may be more dangerous than others, they’re still incredibly safe – provided that you stay safe and know where you’re going.
Further, some of these places are honestly among the coolest places to visit in the country… So, live a little! Just because a place is more dangerous than some Podunk town in the middle of nowhere, that doesn’t mean you should pass it by!
1. Kansas City, Missouri
If you’re a person who’s on a quest for some of America’s best barbecue, then Kansas City needs to make your travel list.
2. Watch Out!
However, crime has been on the rise here in recent years, so you’ll definitely want to keep your wits about you.
3. Little Rock, Arkansas
As the capital of Arkansas, there’s certainly much and more to see and do in this American city.
4. Long-Running Problems
However, problems that have their roots in the Civil Rights era continue to exacerbate crime in the city.
5. Rockford, Illinois
Even though Rockford is the third-largest city in the state, it continues to rival the state’s largest city in one important category.
6. Violent Crime
It has one of the highest incidents of violent crime per capita in the entire country, exceeding even that of Chicago.
7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
As anyone who’s had the chance to visit this city will tell you, it’s truly a hidden treasure of these United States.
8. I’m Walking Here!
However, there’s an odd reason to keep your wits about you here! It’s actually one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the country.
9. Baltimore, Maryland
If you need your fix of Old Bay Seasoning and you want to check a game at one of America’s best ballparks, then a trip to Maryland is order!
10. Recent History
However, as recent history as shown – as well as shows like “The Wire” – violent, gang-related crime continues to be an issue here.
11. St. Louis, Missouri
There can be no doubt that catching a Cardinals game in St. Louis is one of America’s most sublime pleasures.
12. Rising Crime
However crime has been on the rise in this great American city, with the incidence of violent crime per capita growing significantly of late…
13. Memphis, Tennessee
As one of the meccas in America for good food and even better music, Memphis is an exceptional spot.
14. Punch Out!
In recent years, the city has done much to curb crime, however aggravated assault continues to be a problem here.
15. Detroit, Michigan
While problems in the automotive industry have hit this city hard, Detroit has actually been on the mend of late.
16. A Ways to Go
However, the city still has quite a ways to go in order to recapture its former glory, particularly when it comes to crime.
17. Oakland, California
The Bay Area has changed a lot over the past decade, but Oakland has steadfastly remained a haven for artists and hard workers.
However, the city still hasn’t changed much with respect to crime, which remains higher than it ought to be…
19. Stockton, California
Nearby to Oakland, you’ll find Stockton, which lies inland and near to some regions of California’s wine country.
20. Sons of Anarchy
If you’re familiar with “Sons of Anarchy”, then you likely already understand that crime problem that has long plagued this city.