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Dangerous Vacations

Thrillcations for adrenaline junkies

eTN Staff Writer  Apr 07, 2010

"Not everyone's idea of the perfect vacation is lying on a beach and soaking in the sun," said Anne Banas, executive editor of "Some people want to experience nature in its most raw form, and we have pulled together some incredibly enticing vacations for even the most intense thrill seekers."

Today, the company announced its editors' picks of the top dangerous vacation spots. The destinations include places known for violent weather and the wrath of Mother Nature.

Tornado Chasing
Storm chasing tour companies dot the Tornado Belt of the midwestern United States, so there are plenty of deals to be had. Check out Tradd Storm Chasing Tours' 6 day/7 night excursion, which includes accommodations and ground transport.

Storm Watching
Crashing 30-foot waves, driving rain, and cold wind don't sound like much of a vacation, unless you're in Tofino, a small town on the west shore of Vancouver Island. The Mackenzie Beach Resort offers a great location from which to observe.

Lighting Up the Sky
Lightning is a very dangerous spectacle, but at The Lightning Field in New Mexico, you can witness its terrifying beauty up close and in relative safety. Cabin rentals adjoining the field are available for lightning bugs.

Mt. Washington holds the all-time surface wind speed from a gust recorded at 231 miles per hour in 1931, and holds the world's "Worst Weather" title. EduTrips offers packages that include lodging, meals, transport, and classes.

While not technically weather, volcanoes do rain down ash, and qualify as a way to glimpse nature's fury. The Caribbean island of Montserrat's Soufriere Hills offers volcano viewing tours from Antigua and includes the flight from Antigua, tour, and lunch.

Thrillcations for adrenaline junkies
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