12 Attractions From Breath-Taking Heights
Face your fear of heights! Visit these glass structures and glass-bottom attractions --including the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Tokyo's SkyTree and the Ledge in Chicago -- that provide jaw-dropping views with a euphoric adrenaline rush.
The Ledge, Skydeck Chicago (Chicago)
Get a heart-pounding view of Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air. Fearless tourists can step into the Ledge's glass boxes, which extend 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, which is at the top of the Willis Tower.
CN Tower (Toronto)
There are multiple ways to see Toronto from the top of the CN Tower. Tourists can stand on the 2 1/2-inch-thick Glass Floor and look 1,122 feet down; walk around the SkyPod observation deck; dine at the 360 Restaurant with an amazing view of the city's skyline; or, if they dare, try EdgeWalk, a hands-free walk around the ledge of the tower's main pod.
Tilt, 360 Chicago (Chicago)
Hold on for your life! Tilt, located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, literally tilts riders at a 30-degree angle for a jaw-dropping view of Chicago's Magnificent Mile from 1,030 feet above street level.
Step Into the Void (Chamonix, France)
Put on a pair of slippers and step into the Aiguille du Midi Skywalk, aka Step Into the Void, on a mountain peak about 3,400 feet above Chamonix, France. Face your fear of heights, enter the glass box, and get a panoramic view of snowcapped mountains in the French Alps.
Brighton i360 (Brighton, England)
The architects who designed the London Eye will also design this stunning new glass attraction in Brighton, scheduled to open in 2016. Already touted as "the world's tallest moving observation tower," Brighton i360's vertical cable car will have a glass floor, and patrons can expect to get an eyeful of Sussex’s coast (Bexhill-on-Sea to Chichester) from 450 feet up.
Grand Canyon Skywalk (Grand Canyon West, AZ)
Looking for a spectacular view of the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon? Hop on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge perched 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
Glacier Skywalk (Jasper National Park, Alberta)
Experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies with breathtaking views from the Glacier Skywalk. From 918 feet high, tourists can see glaciers, rushing waterfalls and the valleys carved out by ice thousands of years ago.
Sky Tower (Auckland)
It doesn't have a glass-floor observation deck, but Auckland's Sky Tower is worth a trip if you're visiting New Zealand. Tourists and locals can dine in Orbit 360 — a rotating restaurant — and will have the option to view the city from the Sky Deck in October 2015. Try base jumping off the side of the tower if you're a real adrenaline junkie.
Ostankino Tower (Moscow, Russia)
The Ostankino Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in Europe, which makes it the perfect place to get awesome views of Moscow. Over 10 million people from more than 100 countries have visited the TV tower to stand on its 360-degree observation deck.
The Edge, Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne, Australia)
Feeling adventurous? Step out onto the Edge, a glass cube that extends from the Eureka Tower's 88th floor.
Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth, England)
Spinnaker Tower has 3 observation decks: View Deck 1 at 328 feet, View Deck 2 at 344 feet, and the Sky Deck at 360 feet. Be brave and walk across the glass floor of Deck 2's Sky Walk for a unique perspective of the harbor.
Tokyo SkyTree (Tokyo)
The Tokyo SkyTree, the second-tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa, is a broadcasting tower that includes shops, a restaurant and 2 observation decks, giving visitors views from 1,148 feet and 1,476 feet above the city.