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How safe are tourist attractions in Alaska?

Alaska is known as one of the most beautiful destinations in the United States for scenic views to take in, incredible nature to explore and prime vacation spots to enjoy. These are some of the many reasons tourists flock to the state every year. According to the state’s Department of Commerce, there are as many as 1.78 million visitors from out-of-state annually.

With such a high volume of tourists, it may be inevitable that some incidents occur. There are certain factors in Alaska, however, that may put tourists at an increased risk of injury. Some tourist attractions in Alaska may be unsafe for the following reasons.

Wildlife in national parks

Alaska’s national parks are some of the most beautiful in the country, and they are a major draw for tourists. These sites are also home to countless wild animals, including bears, that can be deadly if you provoke them. Tourists have suffered injuries and even death because of improper behavior towards the wildlife found in Alaska’s national parks.

Dangerous presence of ice and snow

Alaska is, of course, also known for its icy climate. Snow, sleet and hail are not uncommon throughout the state. If neglected, these conditions can quickly become dangerous. Tourist attractions are not always kept up as consistently as is necessary, and the result could be an entirely preventable injury. It is imperative that the ground be kept clean and clear of ice or snow.

Limited access to resources

Some of the most gorgeous areas of Alaska are also the most remote. This makes it particularly dangerous for tourists who become injured because they may struggle to reach the help they need. Even if you are able to reach emergency services, their resources may be limited and insufficient in treating your injury. It is important to have a plan for accessing emergency care if you are venturing to a remote attraction in Alaska.

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