Sometimes it’s not enough to enjoy the majesty of something really huge from a distance. Sometimes you just have to get right over it. Even if “over it” is hundreds — or thousands — of feet in the air. At least, that’s the idea behind these attractions designed to put you sky high. With a view.
Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park — Canada
Take a stroll 918 feet above the ground on this glass walkway in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. You know, if strolling off the side of a mountain and looking far, far down at the land below your feet is your thing. I’m not sure it’s my thing, the more I write about it, but the views look spectacular. It costs $24.95 per adult and $12.50 for kids, and admission’s seasonal.
Skydeck Chicago, Willis Tower — Illinois
Though I’ve been to the observation deck before, I’ve never stepped out on the ledges that let you hover 1,350 feet above the city on the 103rd floor of the iconic building. The clear glass boxes offer the panoramic views you’d expect from the landmark, along with the added bonus of a transparent floor, allowing you to see straight down. And into the eyes of death, depending on your perspective on heights. Admission is $19.00 for adults and $12.00 for kids ages 3-11.
Grand Canyon West Skywalk — Arizona
This Skywalk, owned and run by the Hualapai Nation, sends visitors walking a staggering 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. Because the Skywalk is on private tribal land, and not part of the National Park, entry to Grand Canyon West requires a fee. In order to test your height-related fortitude, you’ll need to purchase the Legacy Gold Package, which also includes hiking, sightseeing around the reservation, the opportunity to buy jewelry, a show, food, and a hop-on-hop-off shuttle, for $80.94 per person.
Kinzua Sky Walk, Kinzua Bridge State Park – Pennsylvania
A viaduct built in 1882 and incorporated into a national park in the 1960s was rebuilt when it partially collapsed after a tornado in 2003. Instead of becoming a pedestrian walkway, as planned, it’s now an observation deck with a partial glass bottom high above the trees. The best apart about this one? As one of our national parks, admission is completely free. How you feel about the glass floor, though, that’s up to you.