“Extreme.” What a word. Our collective conscience has stretched “extreme” to its literal — pun possibly intended — extreme, thanks to such cultural forces as: Mountain Dew, the X-Games, Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Extreme Couponing, and any number of things preferring the “Xtreme” spelling. We think of things tied to this word as being unattainable, or illogical, or dangerous, or existing only at the furthest limits of the human imagination — but at the same time, their significance is on some level arbitrary: Is there really much difference between standing atop Mt. Everest and standing one step below?
Nonetheless, we continue to seek out these places for the undeniable feeling you get standing directly at them — and knowing, in that moment, that nothing on Earth exceeds the level you have reached. Below: 9 places — each claiming its own various extremes — that you definitely can and should visit in your lifetime, if only just to know exactly where you stand on Earth for a moment.