If you are one of those people whose palms get sweaty just thinking about being close to the edge then you should prepare yourself because in a few minutes your hands will most likely be drenched. With everything from the underbelly of the highest suspension bridge in the world to what is almost indisputably the most dangerous road on the planet, these are the 25 most precarious places on Earth.
Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town
These cliffs found not far from the legislative capital of South Africa surround a calm bay and are often used by thrill seekers as a diving platform.
The Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) in Norway is just as precarious as the other places on this list albeit for a different reason. Winding its way across the surface of the waves motorists have to be extremely cautious as harsh winds and crashing surf easily make this one of the more dangerous stretches of pavement in the world.
The Huntington Ravine Headwall, New Hampshire
Formed by a glacier over thousands of years, this headwall on Mount Washington is only accessible by one steep, winding trail. In recent years hikers have been killed by everything from avalanches to icefalls so ascend at your own risk.
Xuankong Temple, China
Legend has it that the “hanging temple” in China’s Shanxi Province was built by one man. 1500 years later it still stands, or hangs, off the edge of a cliff almost 300 feet above the riverbed below.
This world famous rock is precariously locked between two cliffs on Mount Kjerag in Norway. Every year it attracts thousands of visitors bold enough to get their picture taken standing (or crawling) on it. Just don’t look down.
Mont Margeriaz, France
This mountain in France’s Savoie region is certainly worth the climb. As beautiful as the view can be, however, don’t get too close to the edge. Falling over would not end well.