Hanging out at high elevations is not what humans were made for. We like to have our feet planted firmly on the ground with little risk of falling to our doom. However, for the risk takers and thrill seekers among us, here are 17 activities guaranteed to provide an adrenaline rush.
1. Step into the Void at The Aiguille du Midi Skywalk – French Alps, France
At 12600 feet above ground, the glass box hanging in the French Alps will give you unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape and a thrill you’ll rarely find elsewhere. For more information on Stepping into the Void, check out their site here.
2. The Grand Canyon Skywalk – Peach Springs, Arizona
Take a walk around the glass-floored bridge installed 4000 feet above the riverbed of the Grand Canyon to experience the natural wonder in an exhilerating way. More information can be found here.
Photography by Grand Canyon West
3. Skydeck – Chicago, Illinois
When you step into glass boxes attached to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, you get views of the four surrounding states and a feeling of weightlessness as you float above the city below. Find more information on the Skydeck here.
4. EdgeWalk around the CN Tower – Toronto, Ontario
Although you’re attached to the side of the building by harnesses, you’ll still get a major adrenaline rush as you walk hands-free around the CN Tower, 1168 feet above the ground. You can find more information here.
5. SkyCab – Langkawi, Malaysia
Hop into a SkyCab, a glass bottomed gondola, to get an incredible view of the forest and mountains right beneath your feet. More information on the area and activities you can do at the top can be found here.
Photography by Panorama Langkawi
6. Sky Tower – Auckland, New Zealand
From the top of Sky Tower you can either take a walk 630 feet above the ground and see 80 kilometers in every direction, or base jump and hurl yourself off the side of the building plummeting down 630 feet at 85 km an hour. For more information on both attractions, click here.
7. Trolltunga Cliff – Odda, Norway
After a challenging hike up the mountain, take a seat on this cliff that sits 2300 feet above the lake below, and appreciate the stunning views offered by the horizontal rock that juts out above the Skjeggedal valley in Odda. For more photos and information about the area, click here.
8. Stairway to Nothingness on the Dachstein Glacier – Schildlehen, Austria
There are a number of vertigo-inducing activities to do at the top of the Dachstein Glacier but the Stairway to Nothingness is probably the most exhilarating. Standing on a glass plate with nothing below you and clouds and thin air surrounding you, you’ll have a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll remember forever. For more information on the the Dachstein glacier click here.
9. Tokyo Skytree – Tokyo, Japan
One of the tallest towers in the world is sure to give even the most daring adventurer a flutter of butterflies in their stomach as they look down 2080 feet below. More information and photos can be found on their website here.
10. Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Bayfront Ave, Singapore.
If you happen to be Singapore and find yourself feeling brave, jump into the world’s largest infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. At 57 levels above the ground and positioned right on the side of roof, you’re sure to get a little rush when you look over the edge. Find more information on the hotel and their rooftop swimming pool here.
11. Capilano Suspension Bridge – North Vancouver, British Columbia
Walk across the famous suspension bridge for a thrill then head over to the cliff walk to keep that adrenaline pumping while you walk through some of the rain-forest vegetation growing on the sides of the cliff face. More information on the activities can be found here.
12. Insanity at the Stratosphere – Las Vegas, Nevada
Those of you who don’t like rides or heights should probably avoid this one. The ride sits 900 feet above the Vegas strip and spins you around so you can’t tell if it’s the height or the ride making you dizzy. For more information check out the website here.
13. Glacier Skywalk – Jasper, Alberta
The last part of the cliff edge walkway in Jasper is the Glacier Skywalk. When you climb out onto on this cliff edge walkway, glass is the only thing separating you from a 918 foot drop to the bottom of the valley below. For more information on the walk, head to their website here.
14. The Edge at Eureka Sky Deck – Melbourne, Australia
This glass cube attached to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower sits 984 feet above the city of Melbourne providing a unique view of the city and fueling your adrenaline. See more photos and find more information about the Skydeck here.
15. Trift Bridge – Swiss Alps
For awe-inspiring views of the Swiss Alps, take a gondola up to this suspension bridge that sits 328 feet above a melting glacier. Before you head off, though, be sure to check to make sure that the trail is open as parts of it close during the year when weather conditions are bad. Find out more about the bridge and the weather conditions here.
Photography by Alessandro Valerio | Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
16. Dinner in the Sky – has been in the skies of 45 counties
A dining experience like no other, this suspended table straps you in and gives you incredible views while you enjoy a meal prepared by a fabulous chef. Most of their events take place throughout Europe but they have held dinners in other parts of the world. For more information and to see where they’re headed next, check out their website here.
17. Skyslide – Los Angeles, California
Take a quick ride down this slide made from 1.25 in thick glass on the 70th floor of the US Bank Tower in LA. Incredible views of the city and an adrenaline rush are guaranteed as you seem to fly through the sky from one floor to the next. For more information click here.