Acrophobia, or the fear of heights, is ranked as the fifth most common phobia in the world by Livescience.com. That tells you just how many people are afraid of being off the ground.
However, there obviously are people who want to overcome these fears, and there is no better way to overcome your fear than facing it. There are a number sites that will help with that.
A couple of skywalks, for instance the CN Tower EdgeWalk which is the tallest structure in North America will definitely make your hair stand on its edges, or your knees feel like jelly, but the experience is one that will be ingrained in your mind for the rest of your life.
10. The Willis Tower – Chicago
Willis Tower has the highest visitor observatory in America, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below. You have a chance to view up to 4 states from the top of the tower, 1353 feet off the ground. Initially, the viewpoint was intended to have steel frames on the corners, but experts in glass design modified the plan and removed the steel frames, such that as you stand at that point, you have a panoramic view with an almost invisible support system. Each observatory box has 1500-pound glass panels that are composed of three layers of half-inch thick glass, fully tempered for durability.
9. OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove – Singapore
A stroll along the OCBC Skyway will give you an experience you will never forget. It is at a height of 22 meters above the ground, and gives you a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Its length is 128 meters, with trees around it rising to a height of 80 to 165 feet on both sides. These trees provide shade during the day, and are lined with beautiful lights that are on during the night.
8. Skywalk on Tianmen Mountain – Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Located about 800 miles from Shanghai is this amazing skywalk made of glass. It is at a height of 4700 feet and is on the side of Tianmen Mountain. The skywalk is 60 meters long and 1.6 meters wide, and gives you a thrilling view of the terrain below. However, you have to wear sock boots, since the search for workers to clean the glass has been unsuccessful from the time it was constructed.
7. Top of Tyrol – Austria
The viewing platform is located at a height of 3210 meters, and gives you a chance to view over 109 mountains. Steel was used in the construction, and over 20 tons of this metal had to be transported from the bottom of the valley up the steep mountain for this purpose. The platform is so high, that you can see Italy while on top of it. It is more of a platform rather than a skywalk, but the views are just enthralling.
6. Grand Canyon’s Sky Walk – Arizona
This skywalk is managed by the Hulapai tribe, and consists of a horse-shoe shaped steel frame and a glass floor on it. The skywalk was built in 2007, and enables tourists to view Colorado River right at the middle of the Canyon gap. The distance from the edge of the canyon to the end of the skywalk is about 70 feet. Standing on top of it is like standing on a cloud with nothing but 2000 feet of air between you and the floor of the canyon.
5. SkyPoint Climb – Australia
This observatory rises 270 meters into the air, and offers you unmatched views of the city and the Gold Coast. It has enough room to hold 400 people. The breathtaking birds-eye view of the city is unparalleled. The place is worth a visit.
4. SkyWalk – Auckland, New Zealand
Here, you will get a 360 degree panoramic view of Auckland. Imagine walking on a narrow walkway with no rails at the sides and nothing but a rope holding you in position. This is certainly not for the faint-hearted. You have a chance to look at the city 192 meters below you. It also offers you an opportunity to skydive, although you should be warned that the speeds can be as high as 85 Kilometers per hour as you glide down the building.
3. Glacier Skywalk – Alberta
This glass-floored observatory gives you unrivaled views of Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains of Canada. The structure is constructed from steel, glass and wood. Its construction took 3 years and juts 100 feet off the side of a cliff. The distance from the skywalk to the terrain below is over 720 feet. The skywalk offers you a unique chance to interact with nature.
2. Skywalk X – Macau, China
Skywalk X is the ultimate place to test your fear of heights. From atop one of the highest buildings, you can get a beautiful view of Macau 233 meters off the ground. The skywalk doesn’t have rails, so you can go bungee jumping there. You can even sit at the edge and sip a cup of coffee, or lean over and enjoy the view.
1. EdgeWalk CN Tower – Toronto
Thrill lovers will definitely love this. Located at an elevation of a whopping 365 meters is a rail-less skywalk with nothing but a rope suspension holding you from sliding off the building. You will have a chance to view the whole city of Toronto from atop this magnificent tower. You will be walking on the world’s highest hands-free observatory.