Don’t look down, because for those who don’t cope well with great heights, these incredible photos show some of the most terrifying bridges in the world.
From rickety rope bridges to sky-high crossings suspended hundreds of feet from the ground, these awe-inspiring bridges are not for the faint hearted.
1. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA
Built in 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge, located in Canon City, Colorado, didn’t have stabilising wind cables until 1982.
At 1,053 feet, it was the highest bridge in the world until 2003 – the same year a man in a wingsuit died while attempting a flyover.
2. Mackinac Bridge, Michigan, USA
At 26,372 long and ascending 200 feet above water, the Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.
Drivers are often deterred from crossing the bridge due to 30 mph winds, which can move the structure right or left as much as 35 feet from the centre.
3. Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland, USA
Situated in Maryland USA, the 220 foot high, 22,790 foot long William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge spans Chesapeake Bay.
When bad weather hits, drivers are blighted by poor visibility and violent storms, which batter the five-mile-long bridge.
4. Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge, Louisiana, USA
Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge is 24 mile-long and links New Orleans to Mandeville, in Louisiana, crossing the Lake Ponchartrain.
Land can’t be seen by motorists who are crossing the middle 8 miles of the bridge, making this one of the scariest bridges in the U.S.
5. Sidu River Bridge, Hubei Province, China
Sidu River Bridge is located in Badong County of the Hubei Province of China.
It opened in November 2009 and was the world’s highest bridge, rising more than 1,500 feet in the air.
6. Seven-Mile Bridge, Florida, USA
Located in Florida, this seven mile long and 65 feet high bridge links Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key.
The bridge itself doesn’t seem that scary, but its position in the Florida Keys makes it a prime target for the region’s many hurricanes.
7. Deception Pass Bridge, Washington, USA
The Deception Pass Bridge is a two-lane bridge linking Whidbey Island and Fidalgo in Deception Pass State Park.
If the drive over this foggy strait in the Puget Sound isn’t particularly scary to you, try walking over the narrow pedestrian lane at the edge of the bridge.
That’s where you’ll find especially hair-raising views of the rushing water directly below.
8. Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada
Located in Canada, this 12.9 km bridge opened on 31 May 1997.
It’s eight miles long and stretches over very, very cold water.
The curved bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.
9. Khuiten River bridge, Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia
Located in the northern part of the Altai mountain range, near the Chinese border, in Bayan-Ölgii, the westernmost of the provinces of Mongolia, the Khuiten River bridge is a short wooden bridge.
Impassable for two cars at the same time, this 100m bridge tests the skill, and courage, of any driver.