Terrifying Platforms and Observation Decks

  • The Magnificence of the Grand Canyon Skywalk

    Visit America's own "Natural Wonder of the World"--the Grand Canyon in Arizona--to tip toe over the majestic one-mile deep canyon on a transparent cantilever bridge. The views are arguably the best in the country and will leave you awestruck as you look at two billion years of geological history right below your feet. 

    Photo courtesy of Dzhingarova

  • Marina Bay Sands Skypark in Singapore

    This casino will have you gambling, swimming and relaxing way above water level (and possibly your comfort level!). Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive casino ever built in the world, but they made every penny count. It's the home of the world's largest cantilevered platform, home to an infinity pool that dangles 626 feet above the ground. 

    Photo courtesy of Eduardo M. C.

  • Chicago's Skydeck Ledge

    The Willis Tower in Chicago is one of America's most beloved skyscrapers and its Skydeck Ledge, opened in 1974, is an inspired way to take-in the plains of Illinois, Lake Michigan and even Indiana and Wisconsin. That's an eyeful! No wonder over one million tourists take an elevator up to the Skydeck every year. 

    Photo courtesy of Casey Fleser

  • Cliffwalk in Vancouver

    Make sure you walk carefully along the Capilano River in Vancouver on Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's Cliffwalk. Narrow bridges, stairs and platforms encourage you to explore the rainforest vegetation that surrounds you as you explore the terrain above the river and canyon. It's safe, but best left to the brave.

    Photo courtesy of Atsushi Kase

  • Tokyo Skytree in Japan

    Tokyo's Skytree is the tallest tower in the world, stretching skyward at 2,080 feet. It's used as a broadcast tower, but millions of tourists make the trek to get a 360 degree view of the city that goes on for almost 40 miles. The Skytree shop and cafe help make this tower an ultimate tourist destination. 

    Photo courtesy of hirotomo t

  • Eureka Tower Skydeck 88 in Melbourne

    This Australian skyscraper, like many other skyscrapers, has an observation deck that provides arresting city-wide views. However, what makes Eureka Tower's Skydeck extra-special is "The Edge," a glass cube that daringly juts out 10 feet from the facade. Visitors to The Edge will find themselves suspended nearly 1,000 feet above Melbourne. Not for the faint hearted! 

    Photo courtesy of vincentq

  • Globen SkyView in Sweden

    The Ericsson Globe, known affectionately as Globen, is Sweden's national arena. It's the largest hemispherical building in the world and visitors can take a railway from the bottom of the building up to the very top. It's an interesting way to get a clear view of Stockholm

    Photo courtesy of Leo-setä

  • Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness in Austria

    Next time you're in Austria make sure and book a room at the Dachstein Glacier Resort. A recently installed "Stairway to Nothingness" hangs from the side of the glacier, leaving would-be mountain climbers hanging 1,000 feet over the cold, barren, but beautiful Alps. 

    Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Wildner

  • The View from The Shard

    The Shard in London is the tallest building in Western Europe, visible throughout the city and looming over the River Thames. "The View" viewing platforms at the top of the skyscraper are nearly twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city. Multimedia displays educate viewers on London's past, present and future. 

    Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar

  • Auckland Skywalk in New Zealand

    If you're the daredevil type then Sky Tower in Auckland City, New Zealand has the attraction for you. Skywalk 360 invites you to strap on a safety harness and walk the perimeter of this observation and communications tower. There is no guardrail or ledge, just air on either side of you, and the walk takes a little over an hour. 

    Photo courtesy of Jason Pratt