I’ve never been afraid of heights in the traditional sense, but I’ll admit to small bouts of vertigo experienced while standing on glass floors like these. I think it’s the idea that I’m stepping out onto something delicate and thin, when realistically these floors are engineered to withstand massive amounts of weight, the elements, even bullets.
Here are 18 of the best glass floor experiences from around the world.
Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
Location: Macau, China Height: 1,109ft Anthony Bourdain bungee jumped off the top floor in an episode of No Reservations.
Location: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada Highest point in the ride: 1427ft above Fitzsimmons Creek Each gondola is equipped to fit up to 28 people, and able to transport over 4,000 people per hour.
Location: Toronto, Canada Height: 1,815.4ft The CN Tower’s EdgeWalk feature allows particularly ballsy visitors to walk around the outside rim of the tower, tethered only to an overhead rail system.
Location: Chicago, Illinois Height: 1,451ft On a clear day, visitors can see three additional states — Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin — from the tower’s skydeck.
Location: Portsmouth, England Height: 560ft The glass floor at the Spinnaker Tower is the largest in Europe.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Height: 626ft 762 steps lead up to the observation deck of the Calgary Tower.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand Height: 1,076ft The tower is designed to resist earthquakes; seismologists have stated that even an earthquake measured at a magnitude of 8.0, and located 12 miles away, would not cause the tower to collapse.
Location: Tokyo, Japan Height: 1,093ft Tokyo Tower is more than a radio transmission structure. Travelers can visit the tower’s aquarium, wax museum, amusement park, and the Trick Art Gallery, which specializes in optical illusions.
Eureka Skydeck 88
Location: Melbourne, Australia Height: 975ft Visitors actually walk into something called “The Edge” — a black cube that moves out over the building once a person has stepped inside of it. Once the cube has moved all the way out (approximately 10 feet), the glass turns from opaque to clear, revealing the city below.
Location: Arizona, US Height: 4,770ft The Skywalk has received opposition from environmental groups, as well as from some members of the Hualapai tribe that manages it, for obstructing the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon.
Location: Chamonix, France The Aiguille du Midi Skywalk, aka “Step into the Void,” officially opened to the public on December 21, 2013. It claims to be Europe’s tallest skywalk attraction, at a dizzying height of almost 12,605 feet.
Sydney Tower Eye
Location: Sydney, Australia Height: 1,014ft This skywalk is a circular glass-floor walk around the tower’s highest point. The tower itself was featured in Mission Impossible: 2, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and Godzilla: Final Wars.