• 4 of the most daunting stairs for adventure travelers

    2016-01-15

    Stairs lead travelers to some of the most historic, exciting tourist destinations in the world. Whether they guide you up to ancient temples or natural wonders, they can be one of the most interesting aspects of the journey. Here are four of the world's most intimidating stairs that only the bravest adventure travelers should take on.

    1. Angkor Wat Temple Stairs, Cambodia
    According to CNN, the Angkor Wat Temple is one of the most traveled destinations for Buddhist history. However, to get there, travelers must first dare to make their way up and down the 70 percent inclined stairs. Many visitors use the ropes provided at each side of the stairs or crawl to and from the temple to keep themselves from falling down the steep incline. The guides tell travelers the steps were built extremely steep and nearly impossible to climb in order to remind people that they have to work hard to reach heaven.

    2. Mount Hua Shan, China
    Also known as "the Heavenly Stairs," Mt. Hua Shan's stairway extends so high into the sky that you can't see where it ends, according to Viralnova. However, if the stairs scare you, you should hang tight at the base of the mountain, for the steep staircase takes adventure travelers to the world's most dangerous path - the Hua Shan plank path. It's a wonder that no one forces you to wear safety gear because after a certain part of the path, it turns into a mountain climbing excursion, leaving nothing but small metal sticks to pull yourself up with and foot holes to balance. Most travelers are surprised to find a quaint tea shop at the very top of the mountain where they can put their sweaty palms to rest.

    3. The Verrückt, Kansas City
    Opened in July of 2014, the world's tallest and fastest water slide requires that visitors make the trek up a 264-step staircase that snakes around 25 turns before you reach the top of the tower, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. Once you've succeeded, you'll find yourself at least one foot higher than if you were standing at the top of Niagara Falls, 168 feet in the air. Now is when the fun begins. The slide starts off with a 50-foot linear drop, whipping people to the bottom at close to 65 miles per hour. The online travel source warned hesitant travelers to avoid this heart-stopping attraction at all costs, for once you're at the top, you have no choice but to take the plunge, unless a 17-story walk back down sounds appealing.

    4. Pailon del Diablo Waterfall, Ecuador
    You have to strain your eyes to get a good look at this staircase, as it was built to blend in with the tropical surroundings and the waterfall that it leads travelers to. According to Travel and Leisure, the English translation is the "Devil's Cauldron," warning visitors of its treacherously steep stairs covered in moisture from the spraying waterfall. The slippery pebble steps offer no traction and blend together to make the staircase look like a tropical slide.

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