Step foot in top most notable tunnels over the world
Across the globe are a number of impressive tunnels, ranging from natural tunnel formed by trees like the famous Tunnel of Love in Ukraine to man-made tunnel to Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai, China. If you would like to embark on a tunnel-exploring journey around the world, take a look to the following most notable tunnels over the world and make a list of which tunnel you want to visit in your fascinating tunnel exploration.
1. The Zion – Mount Carmel Tunnel, the USA
The Zion - Mount Carmel Tunnel was the longest non-urban tunnel in the USA at the time it was constructed
The Zion – Mount Carmel Tunnel has transformed the Zion National Park in the USA from an off the beaten path destination to one of the most famous attractions in the USA. The notable tunnel was constructed in 1927 to provide visitors an easy access to the eastern part of the Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and, the Grand Canyon as well. At that time, the engineers aimed to build the longest non-urban tunnel in the USA. Until now, it has still been a feat of engineering. The construction of Zion – Mount Carmel Tunnel lasted three years and cost roughly 2 million dollars (nearly 26 million dollars today). It was opened to traffic in 1930.
A great view of Zion National Park through one of six huge windows inside the tunnel
Driving through this impressive tunnel provides visitors a great view of Zion National Park through six huge windows cut in the sandstone cliffs. Since 2011, oversized vehicles need to buy a 15-dollar permit to drive through the tunnel in certain hours. Don’t miss this historic tunnel when you set off to Zion National Park.
2. Laerdal Tunnel, Norway
Laerdal Tunnel in Norway is the longest road tunnel in the world
The Laerdal Tunnel stretches over 24.5 kilometers, making it the longest road tunnel in the world. The Laerdal Tunnel is separated into several sections so that drivers will feel like they are driving through a variety of small tunnel, which is a unique driving experience. Drivers can take a short rest or even host their wedding ceremony right in these small sections of Laerdal Tunnel. To enhance safety, the huge tunnel is colorfully lightened up every six kilometers, making it more attractive to tourists.
3. Arnarneshamar Tunnel, Iceland.
Arnarneshamar Tunnel is the first tunnel in Iceland
Hidden on a highway, Arnarneshamar Tunnel is the first tunnel in Iceland, which was built in 1948. A short tunnel is located between Súðavík and Ísafjörður. Arnarneshamar tunnel is not as popular as other tunnels in Iceland, though, it is likely to become a star in car advertising f it is touched by social media.
4. The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine is a great place for lovers to make a wish
When it comes to tree tunnel, the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine is perhaps one of the most famous tunnels in the world. The evergreen tunnel connects Ozhiv village with Klevan and a secret military base. At first, trees were grown to cover up the military facility transport. Besides, the Tunnel of Love used to be used by a plywood factory in Orzhiv village. In addition to a beautiful passageway, the Tunnel of Love is also regarded as a great place for lovers to make a wish. It is believed that if your wish is sincere, your wish will come true. After all, while you visit Ukraine, don’t forget to pave your way to this notably stunning tunnel.
5. Tunnel Log, the USA
The Tunnel Log is a tourism destination in Sequoia National Park
In 1937, a giant sequoia fell and blocked Crescent Meadow Road at Sequoia National Park, California, the USA. Instead of chopping it apart to move away, the National Park cut a hole through the huge tree and transformed it into a tourism destination in the Sequoia National Park. If you would like to drive through a tunnel log like in fairy tale, head to Sequoia National Park to have such a fairy driving experience.
6. Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, China
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, China provides visitors a short but fascinating travelling experience
Have you ever wanted to travel through an underwater tunnel? If yes, embark on a journey through Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai, China. The underwater tunnel links the Bund in Shanghai to Lujiazui where the Pearl TV tower houses. It is a short but fascinating traveling experience for any visitors to Shanghai. There's no word to describe precisely the feeling of passengers when they travel through colorfully-lit Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. Originally, passengers traveled by ferry from one side to another one but now they can get on automated cars to behold the beauty of this notable tunnel.
7. Predator Lagoon, Bahamas
Predator Lagoon showcases various marine animals
The construction of 800,000-gallon Predator Lagoon ended in 1998. The underwater lagoon showcases various marine animals including Great Hammerhead sharks, Barracuda, Caribbean Reef sharks, and Smalltooth Sawfish, among others. Although only a few marine animals live in Predator Lagoon, it is worth visiting, especially at night, for more adventurous experience while you are surrounded by many giant creatures staking you overhead.
8. Tree Tunnel, UK
Tree Tunnel is a natural passageway formed by lime trees in Christchurch, England, UK
At one of the most underrated great churches in the UK is a stunning tunnel formed by lime trees. The natural passageway runs along the Mill stream at Christchurch, England, UK. Throughout the year, the Tree Tunnel is in a greenish color. However, in autumn months, the tree tunnel in Christchurch is changed into reddish yellow and then brown.
9. The Greenwich Foot Tunnel, UK
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel goes under the river Thames, linking Cutty Sark to Island Gardens
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel goes under the river Thames. It is the connection of Cutty Sark and Island Gardens. It was opened to visitors in 1902. Recently, it has been renovated. It could be quite cool while you walk through the tunnel. Cyclists are not allowed to enter the tunnel. Every year, the tunnel receives about 1.2 million visitors.
10. Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Israel
Hezekiah's Tunnel was created by King Hezekiah to protect water from invasion of Assyrian Army
Hezekiah’s tunnel in Jerusalem, Israel was originally created by King Hezekiah to protect water for the residents of the city for fear of the arriving Assyrian army. Hezekiah’s tunnel system brought water from the Gihon Spring to the west side of the City of David. Engineers had to dig 533 meters into the mountain to create the impressive Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Now, walking through knee-high water Hezekiah's Tunnel is on travel itinerary of a number of visitors to Jerusalem.
Each tunnel is a feat of engineering, natural or man-made. Hope that with the help of our list of most notable tunnels over the world, you can make a decision on which tunnel you want to explore for your next memorable adventure.