If you are gephyrophobic, turn back now, this isn’t going to be pleasant for you. But if you have no problem crossing bridges no matter their height, their length and the type of surface they span, then we have some wonderful ideas for your next travelling destination. For people who are tired of the same old holidays that consist of going on beaches and visiting monuments, we already suggested seeing the world’s most dangerous roads. Now, we offer you a glimpse at some of the most amazing bridges that everyone should see at least once.
These bridges, compiled by Ranker, perhaps range from a bit scary to downright terrifying, but they’re nothing for a brave adventurer like you!
1. Storseisundet Bridge, Norway
This bridge is the longest of the eight that are part of the Atlantic Road that connects the island of Averøya to the Norwegian mainland. It’s 260 meters long and at its highest point its 23 meters above sea level. Its construction lasted six years and was interrupted by twelve hurricanes!
2. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
This is a 660-meters-long pedestrian bridge on Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago. It suspended by 8 cables and it hangs 100 meters above ground. It’s curved design serves to provide the visitor with different perspectives and to maximise the viewing experience.
3. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, United States
This is the longest bridge over water in the world. The longer of the two parallel bridges runs for 38.35 km over the Lake Pontchartrain in southern Lousiana. The idea to construct a bridge across this lake dates to the early 19th century. The first bridge was completed in 1956, and the second was added in 1969.
4. Royal Gorge Bridge, United States
This bridge is located in the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, an amusement park near Cañon City, Colorado. It spans the Arkansas River gorge at a height of 291 meters. It is the highest bridge in the US, and until 2001, it was also the highest in the world.
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5. Sidu River Bridge, China
The Sidu River Bridge crosses the valley of the Sidu River in central eastern China at a height of 500 m. It was the first brigde in the world whose pilot cable, the first suspension cable to be installed, was put in place using a rocket.
Photo: Glabb/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
6. Brave Man’s Bridge, China
This bridge, known as Haohan Qiao in Chinese, is a glass walkway suspended 180 m above the ground. Located in the Hunan province in southeastern China in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, the bridge used to be a wooden construction, but in 2015 it was replaced with glass “to increase the thrill.” It’s the first suspension bridge in China to be constructed entirely of glass. It sways a little in the wind, but the glass is 25 times stronger that regular glass, guaranteed to stand firm even if tourists start jumping on it.
7. Calcasieu River Bridge, United States
This bridge was officially named the World War II Memorial Bridge in 1951. It crosses the Calcasieu River in southwestern Louisiana and has a vertical clearance of 41 m. In 2009, on average it was used by 51,800 vehicles daily. Its iron railings are decorated with crossed pistols.
8. Trift Bridge, Switzerland
Located in the Swiss Alps, the Trift bridge is suspended at a height of 100 m. Spanning 170 m over the lake Triftsee near Gadmen, central Switzerland, it’s the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps. Every year, it is crossed by approximately 20,000 people who use it to get to the Trift Glacier.
9. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada
Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the main tourist attractions in Vancouver, southwestern Canada, with over 800,000 visitors a year. It spans 137 m across the Capilano River at a height of 70 m. The bridge offers a unique perspective to the surrounding rainforest.
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10. Aiguille du Midi Bridge, France
This bridge may be short, but at 300 m, it’s very high. The bridge drilled in the rock of the Aiguille du Midi mountain in Chamonix, in the French Alps, offers a beautiful view at Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Recently, a glass skywalk was constructed alongside it.
11. Deception Pass Bridge, United States
These are actually two bridges that connect Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island in Washington, northwestern US. The 450 m bridge spans the Deception and Canoe Passes at about 54 m above water level. It is one of the best known landmarks of the Puget Sound region.
12. Kakum Canopy Walk, Ghana
This 300-meter-long bridge is located in the Kakum National Park in southern Ghana. Suspended at a height of 39 m above ground, the Kakum Canopy Walk offers a stunning view of the thick, tropical jungle, which can otherwise only be admired by climbers and fliers. It resembles a traditional rope bridge constructed with materials from the forest, but it is in fact very sturdy and even has a safety net.
13. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Canada
This bridge is located in the Lynn Canyon Park, near Vancouver. It is often compared to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, but his one is shorter (48 m) and not as high (50 m). It’s a pedestrian bridge, built as a private venture in 1912.
14. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – United States
This bridge is 7 km long and it connects the cities of San Francisco and Oakland across the San Francisco Bay at a height of 160 m above the water level. This is the old eastern section which was damaged in an earthquake in 1989. The new eastern section was completed in 2012, and the demolition of the old one is to be completed by 2018.
Photo: Lisa Ouellette/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
15. The Double-Decker Living Root Bridge, India
Located in the dense jungle of Meghalaya in northeastern India, these bridge are handmade by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples. These tribes have learned to grow the bridges from the aerial roots of the rubber fig trees. The exact age of the bridges is not known, but it is believed that they are hundreds of years old.