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.

flickr/Jesse Varner
flickr/Jesse Varner

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.

 

flickr/kaveman743
flickr/kaveman743

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.

 

flickr/CameliaTWU
flickr/CameliaTWU

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.

 

flickr/Yeadul Haque
flickr/Yeadul Haque

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.

 

flickr/Eole Wind
flickr/Eole Wind

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.

 

flickr/John Pavelka
flickr/John Pavelka

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.

 

flickr/haRee
flickr/haRee

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!

 

flick/Dylan Walters
flick/Dylan Walters

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.

 

flickr/kombipom
flickr/kombipom

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.

 

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

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.

 

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