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The Scariest Tourist Pathways Around the World

The word “hike” rarely brings to mind a petrifying and thrilling journey but instead a pleasant afternoon enjoying the fresh air with your friends and your two dogs. But reading about these incredible hiking paths will change your mind. These pathways are all open to tourists, because what would be the fun otherwise?

Huangshan Walkway (China)

The Huangshan Walkway runs along the side of a mountain in the Yellow Mountains in the southern Anhui province of China. Walking along this path brings about the feeling of walking among the clouds because of it’s high altitude. The views of the mountains and valleys below is incredibly beautiful.

Huangshan Walkway (China)

Trift Bridge (Switzerland)

While the Trift Bridge is only 330 feet high, it is also 550 feet long. This may not seem like much, but when you’re walking across a flimsy suspension bridge, the distance is nearly intolerable. This structure is the longest pedestrian bridge in the Alps, an impressive feat given how many there are in this mountain range. A cable exists to take visitors up to the edge of the bridge if they don’t feel up to hiking the precarious trail that leads to it.

Trift Bridge (Switzerland)

Aiguille du Midi Bridge (France)

The Aiguille du Midi bridge is very short and is considerate of visitors in its level of safety, but is still scary because of how high it is off the ground. A fairly new structure, it allows for epic views of the Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in France. As a result, tourists are 9,300 feet in the air when they are enjoying the views. The bridge is accessed through a cable car that drops you off directly in front of it. The nearest city, Chamonix, is a haven for skiers from all over the world.

Aiguille Du Midi Bridge (France)

El Caminito Del Rey (Spain)

This hundred-year-old path was initially created to allow the workers who maintained the hydroelectric plant pass by. It is made entirely of steel and is now open to the public to let thrill-seekers enjoy their hobby. The trail, located in a remote part of Malaga, is lauded as being one of the best hikes in Spain. It was once enjoyed by fans of adrenaline because of its crumbling structure that was in a state of disrepair, but it has now been well restored and can be used by anyone with relative safety.

El Caminito Del Ray (Spain)

Capilano Suspension Bridge (Vancouver)

The Capilano Suspension Bridge, located in North Vancouver in Capilano River Park, is located some 70 feet above the river in question. A simple structure, it has been featured in a few Hollywood productions such as “MacGyver” and “Psych.” In 1974, psychologists Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron conducted a famous experiment on the bridge and found that men approached by a female researcher on the bridge were more likely to call her later than men approached on a more solid bridge across the river.

Capilano Suspension Bridge (Vancouver)

Tianmen Skywalk (China)

The Tianmen Skywalk, or “Heavenly Gate”, located in Zhangjiajie, China, is the most beautiful way of exploring the scenic region. It is actually quite safe given that the glass path is all but unbreakable, but the fact that it is located about a mile off the ground makes for quite the scary journey. The crystal clear bridge is only three feet wide and winds around the mountain for about 300 feet. Though this is not the longest path featured here, it is certainly one of the most scenic.

Tianmen Skywalk (China)

Angel’s Landing (USA)

Angel’s Landing is located in Zion National Park, Utah, but tourists from all over the country come to affront this difficult hike. Though it is quite short, its steep drop-offs and very narrow walking path make it one of the longest walks travelers have ever taken. Still, the views allowed from the trail are spectacular, and because it is fairly protected, the hike is less dangerous than others on this list. Instead, Emerald Pools, located in the same park, is the most perilous trail in the area.

Angel’s Landing (USA)

Hussaini Hanging Bridge (Pakistan)

The Hussaini Hanging Bridge crosses the Borit Lake which is located in the upper north parts of Pakistan. It is notorious for being the world’s most dangerous bridge due to its missing planks and rickety structure. Hanging bridges are terrifying enough as it is, and so only the bravest, or at least craziest, tourists attempt to cross them. This one is especially dangerous, and so it is not recommended that the average wanderer take it without first consulting a local guide.

Hussaini Hanging Bridge (Pakistan)

Cascade Saddle (New Zealand)

Cascade Saddle became famous because it was featured in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, all of which were filmed in New Zealand. But travelers beware! This is an extremely dangerous trail because of the nature of the path. Not only is it precarious because of the number of slippery rocks but it is also difficult to pass by since portions of it are poorly maintained. However, the views from the end are absolutely breathtaking, so the risks involved are very nearly worth taking. The keyword here is “nearly”.

Cascade Saddle (New Zealand)

Huayna Picchu Trail (Peru)

The Huayna Picchu Trail, located in Peru, is commonly used to access the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu. The path itself is very narrow and thus challenging to pass by in even the most beautiful weather. This is all the more irksome because of the number of tourists that use the trail on the way to the famous site. This road is also completely closed off to the public when it is raining, without which some overly adventurous traveler would decide to bite the bullet and take an unnecessary risk.

Huayna Picchu Trail (Peru)

Dachstein Skywalk (Austria)

Located in Austria, the Dachstein Skywalk is best-known for its perfect access to a panoramic view of the Alps. The problem is that the vistas are obscured by a petrifying bridge. The Skywalk must be crossed to see the best parts of the landscape, and so visitors must be extremely motivated to enjoy the mountain landscape.

Dachstein Skywalk (Austria)

Via Ferrata (Italy and Austria)

The Via Ferrata trail, or Iron Way in Italian, was scaled in the 15th century by European explorers. It is an especially tricky path to elect because of the narrow portions that don’t have railings. There are also rock faces and tall ledges that need to be traveled past in order to complete the hike, thus creating additional challenges.

Via Ferrata (Italy and Austria)

Drakensberg Traverse (South Africa)

The Drakensberg Traverse is located in South Africa. It is by nature extremely slippery and so triggers easy falls. But it is the lack of protective barriers that add to the danger, particularly in the parts that require a ladder to travel past. Only the strongest of hikers should attempt to tackle this trail, and even then on the driest of days.

Drakensberg Traverse (South Africa)

Titlis Cliff Walk (Switzerland)

This bridge is quite a new addition to the Swiss Alps’ landscape, having been built in 2013. It is short, at 330 feet long, but only three feet wide. Only a few people at a time are allowed to cross it as a result. This bridge is not for those who are scared of heights, but anyone who is interested in seeing an epic view of the snow-capped mountains should enjoy the view from the end.

Titlis Cliff Walk (Switzerland)

Puente de Ojuela (Mexico)

This wooden bridge looks like something that came out of a horror film. It is located in an abandoned mining town that was left to its own devices at the beginning of the 20th century when resources ran out. The structure itself is not necessarily unsafe, but it is old enough to make any traveler more than a little nervous at the idea of crossing it.

Puente de Ojuela (Mexico)

Mist Trail (USA)

Mist Trail is aptly named for the waterfalls that lie at the end of it. The problem is that the trail itself is naturally slippery because of the spray. The steps that in theory make the walk easier become quite the hazard. Choosing this trail while it is raining is a horrible idea because it is easy to fall down the mountain.

Mist Trail (USA)

Mount Pinatubo (Philippines)

Walking around Crater Lake seems simple enough, but everything is not what it seems. Hiking around this path means exposing yourself to a slippery trail, but also an active volcano that once spewed 15 tons of sulfur gas onto the point. The biggest danger that comes from hiking along this path is that the volcano will erupt again.

Mount Pinatubo (Philippines)

Aonach Eagach Ridge (Scotland)

Ending up at the finishing point of the Aonach Eagach Ridge trail leaves hikers at the most breathtaking views. The mountaintops are picture-perfect, while lush forests punctuate the epic scenery. However, the last few yards are among the most precarious that the country has to offer. The edge of the ridge is incredibly thin, leading to a potentially easy topple.

Aonach Eagach Ridge (Scotland)

Kalalau (USA)

This trail seems picturesque and peaceful. It is dotted with jungles and a water view, but do not be fooled by its outward appearance. Though it is a nice enough trail to wander through, it is filled with streams to cross and volcanos to avoid, some of which are still active. The trail itself has recently been closed to the public after a number of incidents occurred around it.

Kalalau (USA)

Tower Bridge Glass Walkway (England)

So there is no danger to be had from walking across Tower Bridge in London. However, the bridge itself has a glass bottom, so it can be mighty intimidating to traipse across knowing that 14 stories lie below and that the traffic in the city is dreadful. This major tourist attraction can trigger quite the rush given that it is one of the better-protected structures in the city.

Tower Bridge Glass Walkway (England)

GR 20 (Corsica)

This epic trail runs from the north to south of Corsica. Its many twists and turns make it especially difficult, but it is its ascents and descents that make the trail quite the challenge. The trail is all the more hazardous in rainy weather when it becomes especially slippery. Thunderstorms are quite common in this part of the world during both the winter and summer, so hikers must exercise serious caution.

GR 20 (Corsica)

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