High Altitude Tourism: 6 Scary Skywalks
Mountain climbing not your thing? If you’re after more conveniently-located adventure, close to all creature comforts—accommodation, restaurants and, most importantly, hospitals—then look no further. You can dangle from a 350-metre-high tower smack dab in the centre of Toronto, or stroll along a sheer cliff face just kilometres from a major city.
Tianmen Mountain Skywalk - China
Hands-down the scariest skywalk in the world. Lodged precariously almost a kilometre and a half up a sheer rock face on Tianmen Mountain, this 200 metre long path gives tourists a birds-eye view of the mountain peaks and valley below.
Below: The building of the Tianmen Mountain Skywalk
CN Tower Edgewalk - Toronto, Canada
Edgewalk, the CN Tower’s newest attraction, is billed as the world’s highest full-circle walk in the world. Visitors will experience a hands-free walk along a 1.5 metre ledge, enjoying stunning, open-air views of Toronto and Lake Ontario from 356 metres above the ground.
Willis Tower Skydeck – Chicago, Illinois
Soaring at 110 metres tall, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is the tallest building in North America. The Skydeck—an all-glass box—is located on the 103rd floor of the tower, 1,353 feet (412 m) above ground. Approximately 1.3 million tourists visit the Skydeck annually.
Grand Canyon Skywalk - Arizona
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent, horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge that hovers 3,800 feet above the Colorado River. The walkway can technically hold 822 people that weigh 200 pounds (91 kg) each, but only 120 people are allowed on at any given time.
Auckland SkyWalk - Auckland, New Zealand
At 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, the Auckland Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The SkyWalk is a 1.2 metre wide walkway that wraps around the iconic tower, offering up 360 views of Auckland and its beautiful harbours.
Macau Tower Skywalk X - Macau
Walk, hang, swing and circumnavigate the outside of Macau Tower, 233 metres above the city. Unlike most high-altitude adventure outfit, Skywalk X allows toddlers ages 2 and up to crawl around the track, provided they fit in the harness.