Does your heart drop, your palms sweat, and your knees wobble when find yourself high above the ground? Does the thought of looking down terrify you? Most people understand that fear of heights. But would you be willing to maybe, just maybe, face that fear if you’ll be rewarded by beautiful views below and all around you? Here are 10 terrifying views in Pennsylvania that promise an amazing view.
1. Kinzua Bridge, Mt. Jewett
A sturdy glass floor awaits at the end of the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk. Take a peek through the glass floor at the sprawling scenery 301 feet below. Or, if you dare, look over the side of the bridge itself for a view like the one in the picture above.
2. Pine Creek Gorge, Watson Township
Stand high above Pine Creek Gorge at an overlook in Colton Point State Park or Leonard Harrison State Park for a sweeping view of this amazing natural wonder known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
3. Mount Davis, Elk Lick Township
High atop Forbes State Forest sits the highest point in Pennsylvania: Mount Davis. At 3,213 feet, Mount Davis Observation Tower promises unparalleled views.
4. City Tower Hall, Philadelphia
Drink in stellar panoramic views of Philadelphia from the City Hall Tower and Observation Deck. Reservations for specific times are required. Adults currently pay six dollars while children require a four dollar fee.
5. Hyner View State Park, Hyner
Shoot photos of the Susquehanna River, and maybe even some adventurers hang gliding, from the vista atop Hyner View State Park. Pack lunch and picnic at the vista or at a nearby picnic area.
6. Pinnacle Overlook, Holtwood
The Pinnacle Overlook in Lancaster County offers scenic views of Lake Aldred. The overlook sits at 381 feet.
7. Austin Dam Memorial Park, Austin
Seek out the Sykes Vista for unforgettable views of the Austin Dam, also the site of one of Pennsylvania's most compelling tragedies. The dam burst in 1911, flooding the town of Austin and wiping out everything within eight miles. Nearly 80 townspeople were said to be killed in the flood.
8. Loyalsock Canyon Vista, Forksville
Loyalsock Canyon Vista in World's End State Park will beckon you back again and again. The vista overlooks miles of lush greenery below, offering even more stunning views in June when the mountain laurels bloom and again in the fall when the leaves change colors.
9. One Liberty Observation Deck, Philadelphia
Fall in love with Philadelphia all over again with breathtaking views of the city from the One Liberty Observation Deck on Market Street. General admission tickets are $19 for adults (12 and up) and $14 for children between the ages of three and 11.
11. Monongahela Incline, Pittsburgh
Climb Mount Washington aboard the Monongahela Incline where you'll be treated to amazing views of the Pittsburgh skyline. Fares are $2.50 for a one-way adult trip and $1.25 for a one-way ticket for children between the ages of six and 11.
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