As a child bridges always frightened me. I’d always hold my breath the entire length of the 17th Street Bridge over the Indian River. This bridge was a child compared to every single one of the following. Some of them are foot bridges while others are made for vehicles. Regardless, they’d be way too intimidating for my youthful self.
Royal Gorge Bridge | Colorado
This bridge is located in a themepark in Colorado. It is suspended high above the Arkansas River and was the highest bridge in the world until 2001. It was then surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. Go ahead and look down if you dare.
Trift Bridge | Switzerland
The photographer in this photo is much more brazen than I would be on a narrow suspension bridge. A stunning view of the Swiss Alps awaits those who are brave enough to cross this unstable crossing. It is 170 meters in length and is known to swing wildly when it is windy.
Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge | New Zealand
The Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is popular for hikers and bikers to cross as part of the Queenstown Trail. But, it is better known as being the world’s first commercial bungy-jumping site. Personally, I’d rather cross it than leap off of it. Though the view of the Kawarau River must be perfect from 171 feet up.
Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge | South Korea
This suspension bridge is high above the ravines of Daedunsan Provincial Park. It is part of a hike through the park and isn’t for those not looking for a slight adrenaline rush. The only way to the bridge is by a red staircase which is often steep in many places.
Aiguille du Midi Bridge | France
The French Alps embrace this bridge in France. It is 12,000 feet above sea level with awesome views for those willing to live on the edge. The only way there is via a cable car lift. And, the ride up the side of the mountain is one of the longest cable car rides on earth–over 8,000 feet.
Hanging Bridge of Ghasa | Nepal
The reason this bridge looks so overused and worn out is because it is. It serves as a means to move herds of animals throughout the day. So, you may find yourself squeezing by whatever critters are being moved through. Just make sure you don’t sway this relic of a bridge too much.
Capilano Suspension Bridge | Canada
Canada is home to the Capilano Suspension Bridge–one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. It hangs 180 feet above the Capilano River. Apparently, there are many stories of people falling to their deaths from this very bridge. With that being said, good luck!
Langkawi Sky Bridge | Malaysia
The Gunung Mat Cincang peak was home to this suspension bridge. It rests 2,100 feet above sea level. The bridge had to be built on the ground then hoisted up to its position. Unfortunately, this bridge is no longer in service.
Millau Viaduct | France
The Millau Viaduct is taller than the Chrysler Building in New York City at 1,125 feet. It definitely offers sweeping views of the South of France. It is not the highest bridge in the world, but it is the tallest. Some times the clouds gather around the platform of the bridge.
Siduhe River Bridge | China
The Siduhe River Bride is part of the treacherous mountain pass known as Huyu G50. At 1,380 feet high, the Siduhe Bridge is the highest in the world. And, it is over 3,900 feet long. As if the height of the bridge didn’t make it frightening enough–the length of it will keep you on it for longer than you may want to stay.