10 Most Terrifying Foot Bridges

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    Trift Bridge - Switzerland

    Built in 2004, the Trift Suspension Bridge in Switzerland allows hikers to reach an alpine hut formerly made inaccessible by nearby glacial activity. Hanging 328 feet in the air, the bridge used to swing in the wind so violently that it required reinforcement with stabilizing cables and better handrails. If you can brave it, the views of the Trift glacier are killer.

    Photo courtesy of swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

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    Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - Northern Ireland

    If you fall off the 65-foot-long Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, you'll fall some 100 feet into the jagged rocks below. Luckily, nobody's fallen off, and those who make it to the far side are rewarded with unobstructed views of the Irish coast.

    Photo courtesy of Zhi Yong Lee

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    Capilano Bridge - Vancouver

    Thrill-seekers visiting Vancouver need only take the long walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to get an adrenaline rush. Built in 1889, the bridge extends for 450 feet across the Capilano River some 230 feet below, all surrounded by evergreen forest.

    Photo courtesy of GoToVan

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    Vine Bridges - Japan

    Tucked within Iya Valley, one of Japan's three "hidden mountain ranges," lies a frightening foot bridge passing 148 feet over the Iya-gawa River. Suspended 46 feet above the water, the bridge is made from vines and requires rebuilding every three years.

    Photo courtesy of north-tail/iStock

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    Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway - Ghana

    If you want to experience Ghana's Kakum National Park from a monkey's perspective, take the thrilling walk along the park's series of seven canopy bridges, some hanging up to 130 feet above the ground. These very thin and very wobbly bridges extend for a total of 1,083 feet.

    Photo courtesy of Erik Cleves Kristensen

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    Langkawi SkyBridge - Malaysia

    The Langkawi SkiBridge in Malaysia is a unique curved, cable-stayed bridge hanging out from the side of Machinchang Mountain and suspended by a single pylon. Measuring 410 feet across, it's one of the world's longest curved suspension bridges and one of Langkawi's top attractions ... as long as you're not afraid of heights.

    Photo courtesy of Khalzuri Yazid

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    Royal Gorge Bridge - Colorado

    Colorado's Royal Gorge Bridge, located about an hour outside of Colorado Springs, originally opened in 1929, and today, it's a tourist attraction where visitors can cross over the Arkansas River nearly 1,000 feet below. The park was forced to shut down after fire damage in June 2013, but the bridge was largely unharmed and the park is set to reopen in August 2014.

    Photo courtesy of SidewaysSarah

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    Ghasa Hanging Bridge - Nepal

    Most tourist bridges around the world are well-engineered and safe, but that's not always the case. The hanging bridge in Ghasa, Nepal was built to ease traffic congestion caused by locals herding their animals, so anyone brave enough to venture across will likely share the narrow path with some rather heavy livestock.

    Photo courtesy of John Pavelka

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    TITLIS Cliff Walk - Switzerland

    If you really want to get your pulse racing, step out onto the TITLIS Cliff Walk in the Swiss Alps. This pedestrian suspension bridge hangs 1,640 feet off the ground, making it the highest suspension bridge in Europe and one of the highest in the world. While the bridge is completely safe, it'll still take nerves of steel to conquer it.

    Photo courtesy of chweiz Tourismus/Beat M¾ller

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    Kawarau Bridge - New Zealand

    At 141 feet tall, New Zealand's Kawarau Bridge might not be so scary for anyone who doesn't suffer from acrophobia ... at least not if you walk across. Most visitors, however, come to jump off, as this Queenstown bridge was the site of the first commercial bungee jump in the world.

    Photo courtesy of Rolf_52/iStock

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia, photo editor and Readers' Choice Production Manager for USA TODAY 10Best, has traveled to more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and now Spain. When she's not at her computer in a cafe, she's out photographing the city, writing fiction or cheering on Barça.

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