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World's Coolest Tunnels

  • Bund Sightseeing Tunnel - Shanghai, China
  • Laerdal Tunnel - Norway
  • Tunnel Log in Sequoia National Park - California
  • Large Hadron Collider Tunnel - Geneva, Switzerland
  • Yerba Buena Tunnel - San Francisco, California
  • The Channel Tunnel - English Channel
  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line - Japan
  • Sagano Bamboo Forest - Kyoto, Japan
  • Siloam Tunnel - Jerusalem
  • Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel

    Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Utah

    One of the nation's most scenic tunnels can be found in Utah. The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel on the highway between Utah's Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park includes a series of "windows" in the sandstone walls, allowing drivers to look out over some pretty spectacular vistas. Don't forget to watch the road!

    Photo courtesy of Bryan Ungard

  • Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

    Bund Sightseeing Tunnel - Shanghai, China

    The main purpose of any tunnel is to get you from Point A to Point B quickly, and the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai will get you across – or rather below – the Huangpu River. This rather bizarre tourist attraction transports guests in automated cars through a tunnel filled with LED lights, strange audiovisual effects and deep voices speaking foreboding words, like "hell" and "magma."

    Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Phams

  • Laerdal Tunnel

    Laerdal Tunnel - Norway

    Norway has the distinction of being home to the world's longest completed road tunnel, the Laerdal Tunnel that passes through 15 miles of mountainous terrain. The engineers who created the tunnel didn't want to subject drivers to 20 minutes of boredom, so they divided the tunnel into several sections, each with its own lighting and subtle curvature to keep drivers engaged.

    Photo courtesy of Guillaume Baviere

  • Tunnel Log

    Tunnel Log in Sequoia National Park - California

    In the early days of Sequoia National Park's existence, park officials created two tree tunnels – one you can walk through and another you can drive through – in an effort to bring more visitors to the park. It worked, and every year hundreds of cars pass through a "tunnel" carved from a giant 2,000-year-old Sequoia tree that fell across Crescent Meadow Road in 1937.

    Photo courtesy of Amy Selleck

  • Large Hadron Collider

    Large Hadron Collider Tunnel - Geneva, Switzerland

    The tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider might just be the world's most scientifically important one. The 17-mile-long tunnel sits more than 500 feet beneath the surface of Geneva, Switzerland and serves as the laboratory for scientists studying the field of particle and high energy physics.

    Photo courtesy of Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Yerba Buena Tunnel

    Yerba Buena Tunnel - San Francisco, California

    The Yerba Buena Tunnel in San Francisco certainly isn't the world's longest, but it remains the widest single bore tunnel in the world more than 80 years after it was built. The 76-foot-wide tunnel carries five lanes of traffic in each direction. The designers of the tunnel decided that it would be cheaper to cut through the small island in the San Francisco Bay than to build one giant bridge across it.

    Photo courtesy of Braden Kowitz

  • Chunnel

    The Channel Tunnel - English Channel

    The Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel as it's often referred to, is the world's longest international tunnel and connects London with France by passing beneath the English Channel. The 31.3-mile passage also contains the largest vehicle transport in the world in the form of the Eurotunnel Shuttle. At its deepest, the Channel Tunnel sits 380 feet below sea level.

    Photo courtesy of Ben Salter

  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line

    Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line - Japan

    The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line combines a 6-mile tunnel with a 3-mile-long bridge feeding into it, but perhaps its most interesting feature is the giant rest stop perched on top of it, complete with shops, restaurants and an observation deck where drivers can get out and stretch their legs before entering the tunnel. The entire system took more than three decades to design and construct.

    Photo courtesy of Dayou_X

  • Sagano Bamboo Forest

    Sagano Bamboo Forest - Kyoto, Japan

    The Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto is considered one of the world's most beautiful "tree tunnels," and for good reason. Located in the Arashiyama district, this 1,000-foot-long path winds through densely planted bamboo trees, perfect for a peaceful walk or bike ride.

    Photo courtesy of Antti T. Nissinen

  • Siloam Tunnel

    Siloam Tunnel - Jerusalem

    Siloam Tunnel, also called Hezekiah's Tunnel, was dug beneath the City of David in Jerusalem as early as the eighth century BCE, making it one of the world's oldest known tunnels. A set of steps lead down into the tunnel, where visitors pass through knee-high water to the Pool of Siloam, fed by Jerusalem's only natural spring.

    Photo courtesy of Morgan Levy

  • Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Utah
  • Bund Sightseeing Tunnel - Shanghai, China
  • Laerdal Tunnel - Norway
  • Tunnel Log in Sequoia National Park - California
  • Large Hadron Collider Tunnel - Geneva, Switzerland
  • Yerba Buena Tunnel - San Francisco, California
  • The Channel Tunnel - English Channel
  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line - Japan
  • Sagano Bamboo Forest - Kyoto, Japan
  • Siloam Tunnel - Jerusalem
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