Touring at new heights - See how these attractions will bring out the daredevil in you
Busy city centers are filled with the hustle and bustle of office workers going about their day. But, some of the most exhilarating experiences come from those very office buildings where you may have a meeting scheduled or are staying. Take a break in between business meetings and reach new at these popular attractions:
Skyslide in Los Angeles
Los Angeles recently saw the opening of a unique “ride” in the middle of downtown, simply take the elevator up to the 70th floor of the US Bank Tower building, currently LA’s tallest skyscraper at 73 stories tall. Called the Skyslide, riders take a short glide down a clear, glass side that is mounted to the side of the building between the 70th and 69th floor. Not ready to take the plunge? The Skyslide is part of the OUE Skyspace LA, the highest open-air observation deck in California. With 360-degree views of the city visitors can forgo the slide and simply enjoy the observation deck (which is not suspended from the building and made entirely of glass).
Skydeck in Chicago
For amazing views of Chicago, visit Skydeck on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, America’s tallest building. For an even more spectacular viewing experience, check out the Ledge, where you will stand on a glass balcony that extends more than 4 feet from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Chicago’s Skydeck may not have a slide but at this height it may not be missed!
TILT – also in Chicago
Chicago loves its skyscrapers and for another incredible experience, check out TILT at 360 Chicago on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. From with inside the 360 degree observation room – viewers can lean in on a full-length glass window that tilts you at a 30 degree angle over Michigan Avenue for optimal viewing.
Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower
One of the most daredevil experience of all, The Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai allows visitors to stand on an open glass walkway that extends outside its 88th floor. Doesn’t sound so bad? Think again, for complete unobstructed views there are no handrails on this walkway! However, visitors must wear harnesses that are secured to the building prior to their walk amidst the clouds.
Auckland’s SkyWalk and SkyJump
Apparently walking the edge of a skyscraper’s roof is becoming a thing, because other cities around the world also offer similar attractions, like Toronto’s EdgeWalk around the CN Tower, and in a few years, Dubai will have a similar attraction at its new Aykon development. In New Zealand, Auckland’s Sky Tower has both a SkyWalk and SkyJump (yes, you read that correctly!) In their word’s you will actually “hurl yourself off New Zealand’s highest building” with a base jump of 630ft. Get ready to live out your fantasy of being Spiderman!