Tallest Travel Destinations
If you're not afraid of heights, then check out these travel spots that will put you head and shoulders above the rest.
Yes, there is a bit of debate on which building is the tallest in the world, or whether some are "free-standing structures" or towers, or whatever. But the best-known tourist destination in this category has to be the CN Tower in Toronto. It was built primarily to house TV and transmission antennae, but with a large viewing platform area, it is a great travel destination. There is a 360 degree view of the city and the lake, as well as a restaurant that rotates while you eat. There is a cost to ride the elevator to the top, starting at around $25 for a lift to the look-out level. The CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall.
The highest waterfall in the world is located in the Canaima National Park, in Venezuela. Angel Falls is approximately 2,648 feet high and nearly all the water that comes over the falls turns to mist before it reaches the ground. The local name for the falls is Parekupa-meru, but they are better known as Angel Falls after the aviator James Crawford Angel who first reported the falls to the outside world in 1935. Though a well-known tourist destination, the falls are not easy to get to since they are located in the middle of dense jungle. Day-trip excursions are available from around $175 per person.
The highest bridge is the Millau Viaduct in France, with the roadway level at 803 feet above the countryside of the Tarn river valley. The tallest point of the bridge is one of the supporting pylons, which is 1,125 feet high. The bridge spans more than 8,000 feet and gives a spectacular view of the valley as you drive over. The bridge is not open to pedestrian traffic, so you will need to travel by car in order to cross it. There is a toll plaza on the route, set currently at just over 5 euros, though this can go up during summer months. There is also a viewing center nearby so you can stop and see the bridge without needing to cross it. The bridge is near the town of Millau, which is about 1 ½ hours drive northwest of Montpellier.
I'm sure this one needs no explanation. The very tallest place you could go on Earth, would be atop Mount Everest. Part of the Himalayan mountain chain between Nepal and China, climbing Mount Everest is a goal or dream for many climbing adventure travellers. Heading to the top of Everest isn't for your average vacationer though. Topping at 29,028 feet high, this is a strenuous and dangerous climb. More than 200 people have died trying. A tour only as high as base camp will cost around $1,500 and take several days.
If you want to climb to the top, you may have a wait. Special permissions are required and only a very few tour groups offer treks right to the top. Peak Freaks has a summit climb scheduled for 2009, costing $30,000.
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