There are plenty of thrilling places that attract adventure-seeking tourists. For many of us, adventure can be something less death-defying than the suggestions featured here, but for those who like a little thrill with their vacation, here are some truly terrifying vacation suggestions…
Mount Huashan, China
Visitors flock to this mountain in China which is famous for its almost vertical stair cases, steep edges, and the creaky wooden planks that are bolted onto the sides of the mountain. The vertical drops are certainly deadly if you were to fall… assuming you have no heart attack on the way up.
Aukland Sky Tower, New Zealand
This tele-communications tower is 328 metres (1,076 feet) tall to the top of the mast. This makes it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The main attraction is the 185-meter-high platform (610 feet) that you can walk along the edge of—wearing a harness for safety (there are no guard rails).
Particularly adventurous visitors can even dive off the ledge of the platform. The “SkyJump” is a cable-controlled plummet and speeds can reach over 50 mph. There is a safety cable to keep you from crashing into the building if the wind happens to gust… (Comforting!)
Trolltunga. Trolltunga, Norway
Literally translated as Troll’s Tongue, Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. It is 1,100 meters (3,608 feet) above sea level, hovering 700 meters (2,297 feet) above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view is breathtaking, the hike leading through high mountains and taking 8 to 10 hours on average. The cliffs were formed by glaciers and the rocks are still a bit crumbly today—so why not climb up to play around on the edge?
Devils pool, Victoria Falls, Africa
The Devil’s Pool forms the lip of Victoria Falls, Africa’s highest waterfall. Plenty of visitors have died trying to get the perfect view of the 108-meter (355-foot) cascade—but that hasn’t stopped the local tourism industry, still charging tourists for the privilege of possibly being swept off a waterfall.
Kjeragbolten is a rock wedged between two boulders of Kjerag Mountain and has long been a famed photo spot. Due to its enormous popularity, long lines are common. Expected waiting time can be anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
This biking trail of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland is possibly the world’s most dangerous place to ride a bike—but that doesn’t stop adrenaline junkies from using the sheer edges as personal half-pipes. The winding track is just over a meter in width at its widest portion. Film buffs may recognize the cliffs, called the “Cliffs of Insanity” in the 1987 classic, “The Princess Bride.”
Trift Bridge, Switzerland
The Trift Bridge is one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges of the Swiss Alps. It is 100 meters (328 feet) high and 170 meters (558 feet) long, and is poised above the region of the Trift Glacier. Just reaching the bridge through the ravine by cable car is an adventure.
El Caminito Del Rey, Spain
Known as the “Little Pathway of the King,” this pathway was built in 1905 and has had few repairs done until recently. Bold climbers enjoy braving the more dangerous, almost completely disintegrated sections.
Yungas Road, Bolivia
Also known as the “Road of Death,” this 40-mile road from La Paz to Corico is legendary for the extremely dangerous route it follows. It has been known as the world’s most dangerous road, and with good reason… In 2006, between 200 to 300 people were killed there. Crosses dot the road where vehicles have fallen off the edge.
What better way to experience the most active volcano on earth than by helicopter? Hawaii has three incredible active volcanoes, luring more adventurous tourists to see them up close and in action. Spurts of lava have been known to reach as high as a cubic mile, and several tourists have been hit as they fly above. Kilaluea saw the deaths of 40 visitors between 1992 and 2002.