Vertigo Vacations: Don’t Visit These Places If You’re Afraid of Heights!

Suffer from acrophobia, otherwise known as fear of heights? You’ll want to steer clear of these very tall tourist destinations, including the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls in North America. They look pretty in pictures anyway!

#7 The Bird’s Nest, Bhutan

The Bird's Nest Monastery

The Bird’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan – photo by Göran Höglund

Described as “a monastery on the edge of a cliff,” these buildings hang over 10,000 feet above the Paro valley below. Not for the faint of heart… or the acrophobic.

#6 Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London

Saint Paul's Cathedral, London

Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London – photo by David Sim

In Central London, you can climb to the top of the famous Saint Paul’s Cathedral and stand on the circular parapet. Have you heard of Assassin’s Creed? It’s a lot like that, just a bit safer. If you worry about heights, it’s probably better to hang out with these sheep statues and enjoy the view from the ground.

#5 Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona

Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona

The Grand Canyon Skywalk – photo by Ariane Middel

A mechanical bridge that juts out over the Grand Canyon, you say? The views are great.  Keep your eye on the horizon…

For a real tall trip, you can always see the Grand Canyon from the safety of a helicopter with a fabulous Grand Canyon flight from Las Vegas, Nevada.

#4 Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Tallest Man-Made Building in the World – photo by Fabio Achilli

Burj Khalifa, finished in January 2010, stands 2,722 feet tall and is the tallest man-made structure in the world.

#3 Niagara Falls, Ontario/New York

Niagara Falls on the US/Canada Border

Niagara Falls on the US/Canada Border – photo by christopher_05d

Tall and wet, “Niagara Falls” is the name for three waterfalls along the border of the Canadian province of Ontario and the State of New York.

#2 Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower – photo from the San Diego Air & Space Museum

This romantic symbol of one of the world’s most storied and beloved cities is also 1,050 feet tall, with an observatory deck at over 800 feet, the highest open to the public in Europe.

#1 K2, Asia


K2, Second Tallest Peak in the World – photo by wshah01

Per this Wikipedia entry, K2 is the second highest peak in the world, and it tops our list. You could go to Mount Everest, which is the highest, but if you’re afraid of heights 28,251 feet should be enough to scare you off.

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