“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold/ And she’s buying a stairway to heaven./ When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed/ With a word she can get what she came for./ And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.” Sounds familiar? Of course it does.It’s the “Stairway to heaven” by the legendary Led Zeppelin.

Did you ever think about how it would be if the stairway to heaven were real? Well, it does now, and it is located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. With 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942 and banned for public in 1987.It’s purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. Legal access is currently still on hold, even though some avid hikers go anyway because of the spectacular view that awaits from the top. Up until today, there is no legal entrance to the Stairway to Heaven/Haiku Stairs. If you attempt to hike here, expect to be turned away or cited by Honolulu Police. Hikers have been parking in the residential area, which is limited and frowned upon by residents.

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