Photos of Places for Those (Don't) Don't Fear Heights
There are two types of people in the world: those who have no fear of heights and those who squeeze their eyes shut when the scenery gets a little out of their comfort zone.
Which one are you?
If the following photos make you say, "let's do it!" or "oh, heck no!" you'll have your answer.
Oludeniz Beach, Turkey
The beaches bordering the Aegean and Mediterranean seas of Turkey are swoon-worthy, but @bashirchoucair prefers the view from the top.
If you look closely, you'll see a dot on the sand, which would be us with our feet firmly on the sand.
Is this a single-file line to death?
Red Bull kayaker Rafa Ortiz deemed Tomata II one of the six scariest waterfalls in the world, and by this photo, we can easily see why!
Surely, the Caribbean-bordering Mexican state has less frightening things to do?
Which is worse? Is it @dailaojeda's death-defying climb or the twisty-turvy route that seems to get her there?
Shown here is the Giau Pass, which has an elevation of 7,336 feet in the province of Belluno, Italy.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is 14,000 coastal acres featuring an old-growth forest. Like, seriously old-growth. The giant sequoias are more than 1,500 years old!
But that doesn't mean everyone should start climbing these nearly 300-foot beasts.
Urban climbing, more officially known as "buildering," is defined by Urban Dictionary as "the act of climbing on the outside of buildings and other artificial structures."
@jacob is one such urban climber with a desire to take in the views of Manhattan from rooftops. Is he aware that the views are safer from atop the Empire State Building?
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dinner in the Sky is certainly one of the most unique restaurants in the world. Launched in Belgium, the restaurant relocates to new locations in popular destinations, using a crane to bring a dining table and hungry folk 150 feet into "the sky."
What happens if you drop your fork?
Mörsdorf, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
The Geierlay suspension bridge, which opened in 2015, is nearly 1,200 feet in length and 330 feet above the ground.
You'll find the villages of Mörsdorf and Sosberg at either end if you are as brave as @mausybausy in crossing it.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a National Trail of Wales established in 1970. The 186-mile trail is typically enjoyed from the clifftop, yet some hikers decide to get even closer to the views by camping off of the cliffs.
The highest cliff on the path is nearly 600 feet — taller than the Washington Monument!
Devil's Pool, Victoria Falls
One of the world's biggest waterfalls can be found between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River. Just over 2,900 feet, Victoria Falls has a natural pool where visitors can swim and get a closer look over the edge of the waterfall.
No one is sure why it is called the Devil's Pool, but maybe a few too many got a little too close to the edge?
Ski Mountain With Fresh Powder
Would you be willing to take this leap?
Before a steel bridge was finally constructed, this rickety wooden bridge was the only way people could reach the tribal people at village Zudo.
Hanging 300 feet above the Siang River, the misty mornings could make it quite slippery for those carrying heavy loads, but what's more unbelievable is @escapestories.in claims this bridge was used by motorcycles, too!
Willis Tower, Chicago
There are often lines of people waiting to step into the glass-enclosed ledge of Chicago's tallest skyscraper, and sometimes, you'll witness grown adults chickening out.
@maysrosa, however, didn't have a problem with standing on the glass floor 1,353 feet above the streets of Chi-town.
The Netherlands may be lowlands, but that didn't stop Amsterdam from creating a 20-story-high attraction for its visitors.
A'DAM features a rooftop restaurant and a swing from its observation deck providing panoramic views of the city.
Rocky Mountains, British Columbia
It's a tough job, and someone's gotta do it.
Just be thankful it's not you.
Pico da Tijuca, Brazil
You can take in breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro if you climb its highest peak within Tijuca National Park, Pico da Tijuca.
It stands over 3,350-feet tall, and at the end of your hike, you will reach a stone staircase with 277 steps that were put in place in 1920 for the king of Belgium's visit.
If it's good enough for a king...
Mount Hua, China
Her face says it all: This plank-hugging walk on Mount Hoa is terrifying.
Hikers get harnessed in for what is considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. It's 7,000 feet up to reach the mountain's shrine.
@dream.shifter did an impressive climb. They are atop the Kremlin's Borovitskaya Tower, which had it's star placed on top by the Soviets in 1935.
At the height of the star, the tower is 177-feet tall.
Tasman Totem Pole, Tasmania
The sea stack known as the Totem Pole is part of Tasman National Park and a popular spot for rock climbers.
The Cape Huay pole towers 213 feet above the cold sea, neither of which may be attractive to regular folk who want to keep their feet on the ground.
Mont Blanc, France
Circumnavigating the mountain passes of France, Italy and Switzerland was once just for hiking. Today, mountain bikers enjoy the route that takes them across the MBT's various landscapes.
The 108-mile bike trail gains 26,378 feet during the five-day ride of valleys, meadows, glaciers and more. However, no one says you have to go off on ridges like @kilianbron did to enjoy it.
Kiev's Seven Sisters, Soviet buildings built following World War II with Gothic and Russian Baroque styles, feature what was once the tallest building in Europe until 1997. Now, it's Moscow State University, with a gold star resting on top.
That was until someone climbed to the top and painted part of it blue to represent the Ukrainian flag. @yaro_pancenko isn't credited with painting the star, but he did make the similar climb.
High Moselle Bridge, Germany
The bridge is 518-feet high, but does it count when you can't see the ground?
When then 18-year-old @pablosignoret walked over the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture — blindfolded — he walked 1,384 feet in 26 minutes and set a Guinness World Record in slacklining.
See? These things aren't for the weak.
Mount Nimbus, British Columbia, Canada
In the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, you could reach Mount Nimbus by crossing the 2,000-foot-high suspension bridge, like @jungle.stock did.
But first, you have to take a helicopter and then hike a mile and a half. Who needs that much work?
El Caminito del Rey, Spain
Crossing a narrow gorge on a steel bridge, El Caminito del Rey is a shortened version of one of the world's most dangerous treks. (It's called the Walkway of Death!)
Tickets are 10 euro, but you may not want to look down — the bridge is 328 feet above the water.
El Caminito del Rey, Spain
Before the new boardwalk platform was added, the Caminito del Rey was a much longer concrete, rock-hugging hike that was in much disrepair and closed for more than a decade.
That didn't stop the fearless from hiking it anyway.
Some like to scale buildings, others like @jingo.files like to "chase antennas."
We're not convinced that this is a thing people should be doing.
Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie China
It's bad enough to provide a narrow pathway along the vertical cliffs of Tianmen Mountain. It's another thing to give it a glass floor.
This means you can see the 4,700 feet below your every step and is the reason why even grown women and men end up crawling along this skywalk.
Arapapisti Kanyonu, Turkey
This is Turkey's version of America's Horseshoe Canyon: Everyone has to take a dangerous selfie, including @doganinkizi_zu.
Stone Garden, Bali
When you can't afford the luxurious over-the-water bungalows of Bali, you can always camp.
In an effort to promote tourism away from the fancy resorts, locals are creating attractions, including the Stone Garden and Animal Park in the Bangli District.
But they may be taking it a bit too far, promoting hammock camping so high up, doncha think?
We're not completely sure what @yaro_pancenko's doing here, but this is a strength test we wouldn't care to win.
Don't Try This at Home
If that last one didn't make your knees weak, how about this one?
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Stretching more than 8 miles along Ireland's west coast, the dramatic and stunning Cliffs of Moher is not a place you want to drop anything more than your jaw.
There isn't a fence keeping you a safe distance from the cliffs, but that's because the Irish believe you have enough common sense not to sit on the edge.
Or, so they thought.
Kynance Cove, England
The rugged cliffs of Cornwall can be enjoyed via a lovely stroll along the South West Coast Path that connects the cove to Lizard Point.
Although some daredevils, like @madaboutrocks, get their kicks taking a path less traveled — and far riskier.
Vance Creek Bridge, Washington
This former train bridge is the second-highest in the U.S. at 347 feet above the Olympic peninsula's forest valley.
Built in 1929, the arched Vance Creek Bridge was abandoned in 2013, which means social media enthusiasts want to get cool pics, despite police trying to keep them away.
But, hey, what could go wrong?
Via delle Bocchette, Italy
The highest route through the Dolomites — 8,200 feet — Via delle Bocchette was built in 1936 and features ledge pathways carved into the rock.
Note: There is nothing to hold onto if you should slip.
Not Recommended for All Ages
Does anyone think this is a good idea?
British Virgin Islands
Kudos to anyone lacking a fear of heights who can climb up the mast of a sailboat.
Masts can reach up to 295 feet — no one wants to experience a belly flop from this height.
Soca Valley, Slovenia
If you're going to strap yourself into a hang glider and soar above the land, it might as well be charming.
The Soca River is an 85-mile-long river running through a Slovenian valley.
Hot-Air Balloon Dive
A leisurely ride a few-thousand feet above the ground wasn't enough for this thrillseeker.
No. He had to jump out of a perfectly good and sturdy basket and beat the hot-air balloon to the ground.
Maslenica Bridge, Croatia
Many love to visit the Croatian coast for its beautiful blue water. Others want to bungee jump off a bridge to do so.
The Maslenica Bridge that spans 1,000 feet presents a 180-foot free fall before you are flung back up, presumably screaming the entire way.
@travelonadream looks so relaxed just sitting on the Innsbruck-area bridge over Lake Schegeis.
Us? We'd be struggling just to breathe.
Sandhan Valley, India
What happens if you roll over in your sleep into this canyon?
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
They aren't kidding when they call the North Yungas Road "Death Road." With barely enough space to fit two passing cars — without a guard rail — when two big trucks come face to face it's really a game of chicken.
Tour companies actually take cycling groups along the 39-mile road between La Paz and the Yungas region ... because more traffic is what the road really needs.
As if the views from the top of Kjerag mountain weren't good enough, now the courageous like @carolinedamgaaard have to get the coveted photo on top of the 16-cubic-foot boulder stuck 3,228 feet above the gorge.
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
The Wicked Twister of amusement park Cedar Point will give you fantastic views of Lake Erie if you can keep your eyes open while twisting up and down the two 215-foot towers.
A bird's eye view should really be kept for the birds.
Every year, the GGBY Highline Gathering takes place over Thanksgiving in Moab where slackers cross great canyons. Want to give it a try?
Willing to live on the edge? The Hudson Yards Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere and provides 360-degree, unobstructed views of Manhattan.
Topanga Canyon, California
Is he really going to be able to help her if she falls with one hand taking a picture?
AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump is 764-feet high — and it's the Guinness World Record holder for the Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world.
Thanks, but no.
Well, that's certainly one way to see the Brazilian highlands of Cerrado.
This suspension bridge in Switzerland will get you to the Handeckfall waterfall — if you are not too nervous about making the 229-foot crossing.
In case you ever wondered what it would be like to lay down in the clouds, renowned skydiver @naila can tell you.
Remember that bridge in Austria that looked scary? Parkour @simi_brunner thought it wasn't scary enough. (You can watch him do some tricks in his Instagram video.)
We just can't trust ropes that much.
A Round of Applause
Let's give credit to those who work atop poles on a daily basis.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
His dog, Phillip the Weimaraner, looks as scared as we would be overlooking this view of Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in Two Lights State Park on Cape Elizabeth.
Grande Dixence Dam, Switzerland
This Swiss dam is 935 feet above the Dixence River. Why does @lcdchase feel the need to jump off of it?!
The small village in Derbyshire's Hope Valley has a gritstone rock that juts out for views. Known as Bamford Edge, it supposedly offers one of the best views in the Peak District.
We'll take their word for it.