Mindless Mondays: 5 Of The Most Stunning Elevated Views

So you can start off your week feeling on top of the world

1. Jasper National Park Skywalk
26 Oct 2015

1. Jasper National Park Skywalk

Already considered one of Canada’s most beautiful sites, Jasper National Park last year launched this facility for visitors to see it in a whole new way. The Skywalk is a cantilevered glass platform that took three years and CAD21 million to construct, and it offers those who cross it a stunning view of snow-capped peaks and the majestic Columbia Icefields.

2. One World Observatory
26 Oct 2015

2. One World Observatory

Opened in May this year, this viewing gallery is on levels 100 to 102 of New York’s One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. You get to the top via an ear-popping ride in one of the building’s Sky Pod elevators that does the journey in less than 60 seconds. Then, from your vantage point 1,250 feet above the ground, you can take in panoramic views of the entire city, plus high-def footage of the streets below via a special Sky Portal.

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3. Haohan Qiao
26 Oct 2015

3. Haohan Qiao

Take a walk on the wild side courtesy of this glass-bottomed bridge in China’s picturesque Hunan province. Its name translates to “brave men’s bridge”, and you’ll certainly need guts to cross it – not just because the 900-foot bridge hangs above a sheer 600-foot drop, but also because a section of it cracked on its first day of opening.

4. First Cliff Walk By Tissot
26 Oct 2015

4. First Cliff Walk By Tissot

As the name suggests, watchmaker Tissot is behind this adventure in the Swiss Alps. It’s a suspension bridge that stretches for 40 metres but is a mere 1 metre wide – how thrilling! At the end of the bridge is a 45-metre viewing platform from which you can see the layered rock of the slopes up close and the pastures and waterfalls below. Need a retail fix after having your breath taken away? A Tissot boutique will open here at the end of the year.

5. Langkawi Sky Bridge
26 Oct 2015

5. Langkawi Sky Bridge

This 125-metre-long suspended bridge on the peak of Langkawi’s Guning Mat Chinchang finally reopened this year after 30 months of upgrading. Now there’s a glass walkway and a top station where visitors can admire a 360-degree view of the island. Thrillseekers, you should also know that this was dubbed the “world’s scariest suspension bridge” by travel portal TripAdvisor.

Watched the movie The Walk yet, in which French wire-walker Philippe Petit crosses a tightrope strung between New York’s former Twin Towers? If you haven’t, suffice to say it will leave your heart pounding from the sheer bravado and insanity of his stunt – and the poetic beauty of the moment. 


Obviously, none of us here is likely to follow in Petit’s footsteps (if you’re seriously thinking about it though, give us a holler!). So here’s an easier way to capture the emotion he felt 400m above the ground: Five new spots you can get to with much less risk, but with a no less glorious view. 

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