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10 Of The Most Terrifying Places On Earth For Acrophobes

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This post was the most terrifying post I have ever written. Why? That’s because I’m an Acrophobe. I have a dizzying fear of heights. I’ve been afraid of heights since I was a kid. I’m not sure if it’s genetic or not, but my dad and my brother both have a fear of heights as well.

So in doing a little research for this post, I had to browse some photos of very high up places. Not an easy feat for me – I got dizzy just looking at the photos! Instant vertigo! In fact, during the writing of this piece I had to frequently look away, or distract myself by doing something else for a few minutes – the vertigo got that bad! How crazy is that?!

Despite my Acrophobia, I’ve managed to conquer a few of these “wonders of the world” myself. That’s not to say I didn’t do them without very sweaty palms…and while clinging to the arm of the nearest family member!

I have started my list with places I have actually visited myself. The rest is in no specific order (because they are all equally terrifying to me!).

Here is my list of 10 of the most terrifying places on earth for Acrophobes:


CN TOWER – EDGEWALK: This extreme urban adventure takes you up 1,168 feet above the city of Toronto…and outside! You get attached to a rope and safety harness,  and away you go! You spend 20-30 minutes walking around the edge of the CN Tower…and (literally) hanging out over downtown T-Dot. I took the loooong elevator ride up the CN Tower to the observation deck last March Break, but I was not brave enough to do the EdgeWalk! I was dizzy just hanging out on the inside of the CN Tower!

Grand Canyon Skywalk


A few years ago I made it back to the Grand Canyon for the second time.  Anyone who has ever seen the Grand Canyon in person will tell you it’s a wonder of the world that everyone should get a chance to experience at least once in their lifetime. I’ve never felt so minuscule as I did standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon. That’s right, I stood within a few feet of a sheer drop off. We’re talking very sweaty palms again. Nothing beats the Grand Canyon Skywalk though. I slipped on my shoe covers and stepped out onto the clear glass walkway, staring 4,000 feet straight down to canyon floor. I believe I may have set a new Guinness World Record for fastest tourist to complete the Skywalk but, hey, I did it, right?!

Grand Canyon West

I also walked out to “Guano Point” at the Grand Canyon.  Although you can’t really tell by the photo, this is a thin point of land that juts out into the canyon with sheer drop offs on almost all sides, giving you a 360 degree view of the Grand Canyon. Perhaps you can get a little more perspective by finding those “tiny” people in the photo behind me! Needless to say, I experienced severe vertigo here!

Hoover Dam


Otherwise known as the Hoover Dam Bypass, this bridge was completed in 2010 and crosses the Colorado River at Black Canyon just south of the Hoover Dam. An engineering marvel, at almost 900 feet over the Colorado, the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is:

  • the longest single-arch bridge in North America
  • the second-highest bridge in the United States
  • highest concrete-arch bridge in the world

Yes, I’ve also traveled over this 4-lane bridge – both ways. If you are heading to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, chances are you will too. This is one terrifying bridge for acrophobes. The only relief for me is that, because of the way the bridge is built, you actually don’t get to see that much of a view. You really wouldn’t know how high up you are as you travel across it. Problem for me was, I was at the Hoover Dam BEFORE traveling over the bridge. I got to see a perfect view of the bridge from the Hoover Dam. So despite the fact that I couldn’t actually see much while traveling over the bridge, my mind knew exactly how high up we were! More sweaty palms and heart palpitations! Don’t even get me started on the fact that there is actually a pedestrian walkway on this bridge for those of you who feel inclined to walk across the length of this bridge! *Shudder*

The above photo of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge was taken from another beautiful, yet terrifying, viewpoint (again, for more perspective, take note of the “tiny” people on top of the structure!):



Now really, how terrifying can a dam be? I’m probably not the best person to ask. My answer? Terrifying. At 726.4 feet above the Colorado River, peering over the edge of this concrete wonder is something I simply could not do. Just walking across the length of the Hoover Dam, from Nevada to Arizona, brought on the vertigo…because my brain knew I was mere steps away from this drop off:


I have walked the Hoover Dam twice, but for me, it was no easier the second time around. Not only does the sheer size of the dam make me feel minute, that “straight-down” view is just something I can’t do. There is enough of a view for me around the dam, without having to peer over the edge! Still, I would never miss a chance to visit the Hoover Dam. It is truly amazing!



I added this one to my list because my cousin Sue, and her husband, recently visited this amazing tourist attraction in Mexico. When I saw Sue’s photo, I knew I had to add this terrifying climb to my list. Sue was the one who took this photo. Take note, Sue was standing at the bottom of Ek Balam when she took this photo – and that is exactly where she stayed! Her hubby braved the climb but apparently, the climb is so steep, it makes you feel like you are going to fall back down the stairs even when you are only part way up! Ack! As beautiful a view as this climb must give you, I just couldn’t do it!

The rest of my list terrified me equally – just by looking at them online!

 The Burj Khalifa in Dubai – The tallest building in the world.

Meteora, Greece – Beautiful monasteries perched high up on cliffs…accessible only on foot.

Chamonix , France – A “snowy” version of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Blackpool Tower Eye, England – Glass Skywalk atop Britain’s famous tower.

Cliff Camping  Ok, um. No. Just no. NEVER!


Have you visited any of the terrifying places on my list? What about other places? I’d love to hear about them!





  1. March 2, 2015

    Brenda A

    I actually love heights. I have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, and Capillano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver and LOVE high ropes courses/zip lining. I would love to try the CN Tower experience and I dream of a trip to the Grand Canyon!

    • March 3, 2015


      Oooh Brenda! You sound like quite the daredevil!! Love it!! You have been to some pretty amazing places 🙂 You also reminded me…I’ve crossed the Capilano Bridge too, but for some reason, that didn’t bother me TOO much…just a bit 😉 Thanks so much for reading and sharing your story!

  2. March 2, 2015

    Donna D

    I’ve been to the CN tower, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. I too suffer from extreme fear of heights. In 2010 I was unable to visit Sequoia National Park. We paid our admission and started the drive up. It was a sheer drop off on my side of the car, with a little flimsy stone wall beside me. I cried more than our four year old did and my husband had to turn around pretty quickly and leave. I would love to see Machu Picchu one day, but it seems pretty terrifying as well, perched up on that mountain.

    • March 2, 2015


      Oh Donna! Wow…I can really sympathize with you. I would HATE to have to leave Sequoia National Park (because it sounds amazing!), but when you feel like that, all you want to do is leave. You wouldn’t even enjoy it. Your family likely wouldn’t either. Interesting…not sure if I could do that drive or not. Generally I’m ok when moving, so I might be okay. But it does sound rather scary! Yep..not sure I could do Machu Picchu…but I could try 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Donna!

  3. March 2, 2015


    I’m so proud of you, Sandy, for conquering your fears! I can only imagine what would have been going through your mind with every one of these experiences. I would have tried every one of these experiences. I’m the type of person that has to try doing things like this at least once. I don’t have a fear of heights, but the thought of the cliff or a rail giving way does scare me, but then YOLO kicks in, and I’m still here! Thanks for sharing this post with us!

    • March 2, 2015


      Oh Lian! I hadn’t even thought about railings giving out!! LOL Oh my! You know what I’ll be thinking next time I’m up high! Thanks…I’m not so sure I conquered my fear…but at least I stuck my tongue out at my fear and did it anyway. Each adventure still scared the you-know-what out of me though! Glad to hear you would visit all these places too!! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Lian!

  4. March 2, 2015


    I applaud you Sandi. There is NO way in h*** you would get me to do any of what you did! I can’t even change the Christmas lights on the roof. It’s strange because I used to love rides like the Zipper but now I can’t even walk across a bridge without my head spinning to the point of passing out.

    • March 2, 2015


      Hehehe!! Your comment made me laugh, Jason! I can just hear you saying that 🙂 Funny, I could probably ride the Zipper…but you wouldn’t catch me up on a roof hanging lights! As long as I’m “moving”, I am good. Place me standing on an edge and that’s a whole different story!! Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Jason!!

  5. March 2, 2015

    Aeryn Lynne

    That Ek Balam is *crazy* and dizzying just looking at it, LOL. I always over balance on steps like those that are straight up and down, without any tilt to them. I always end up at the CN Tower in the evening when edgewalk is closed for the day, so am not sure if I’d try it if prompted. I would totally go for the walking around bit, but the tilt over the tower is a bit much for me, heh.

    Love your list! There are many one here that I’d like to see someday. 🙂

    • March 2, 2015


      Yes, Ek Balam sure looks crazy to me too, Aeryn Lynne!! I just know my body would have a tendency to over balance (the wrong way!) too. Would love to hear if you ever make it out on the Edgewalk. I have a love/hate relationship with that. It fascinates me and I’d love to be able to say I had done it, but I don’t think I could. Wait. Make that I KNOW I couldn’t! Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment!!

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