9 Things That Are About 500 Meters (m) Long

It may be hard to comprehend how long something is at 500 meters without providing some helpful descriptions to aid it along. Turns out, 500 meters is quite lengthy — 1,640 feet to be exact.

To bring it even closer to home, imagine five and a half football fields stretched out on a mass of land. Yep, that’s also 500 meters. In this article, we’re making a list of things that are 500 meters long.

1. 2X The Height of The Golden Gate Bridge

The height of each tower of the Golden Gate Bridge is 227 meters above the surface of San Francisco Bay.

Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The single-suspension span is anchored by twin towers that reach skyward 746 feet.

To support the suspended roadway, two cables, each more than 7,000 feet in length and both containing 80,000 miles of wire stretched over the top of the towers and are rooted in concrete anchorages on shore. 

2. 3X The Height of The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument measures 169 meters tall, with some discrepancy since the monument’s base is slightly below the surrounding ground.

The structure was completed in two phases of construction, one private (1848-1854) and one public (1876-1884). When completed, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches.

3. 3X The Height of The Singapore Flyer Ferris Wheel

The Singapore Flyer has a height of 165 meters. The Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s largest observation wheels, built over a three-story terminal building in Marina Bay.

The Flyer is 150 meters in diameter, 165 meters high, and travels at 0.21m per second. It’s 30 meters taller than the famous London Eye.

4. Coral Reef in Australia

Scientists have discovered a “massive” detached coral reef in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — the first of its kind in over 120 years. And, at approximately 1,640 feet, it’s taller than the Willis Tower, Chicago’s tallest building at 1,450 feet.

5. Merdeka 118 

The Merdeka 118 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is currently under construction but tops off at 500 meters. When completed, this structure will be a 118-story, 644-metre (2,113-foot) building. It is currently the tallest building under construction in the world.

6. Big Sur Cliffs

Big Sur, America’s most famous scenic byway, has some of the tallest cliffs that rise above the rushing and roaring sea and reach as low as 500 meters to as high as 1000 meters. Big Sur is one of the most famous scenic roads in the U.S. that runs along the central coast of California, close to the Pacific Ocean.

7. Guyed Mast or Tower

A guyed mast, also known as a guyed tower is a tall thin vertical structure that depends on guy lines for stability. It requires guy lines to stay upright and to resist lateral forces.

Guy lines are usually spaced at equal angles about the structure’s base and are used for telecommunications, sailing and meteorology. The tallest guyed mast in the world is currently the 2,063 feet (629 m) KVLY-TV mast near Blanchard, North Dakota, USA. However, there are quite a few that stand at or fairly close to 500 meters high:

  • Richland Towers in Cedar Hill, Texas at 498 meters 
  • WWRR Renda Tower in Kingsland, Georgia at 497 meters
  • University of North Carolina Tower in Columbia, North Carolina at 500  meters
  • QueenB Television Tower in Galesville, Wisconsin at 496 meters
  • KDEB Tower, also known as American Towers in Fordland, Missouri at 496 meters
  • WPSD-TV Tower in Kevil, Kentucky at 496 meters 
  • NVG-Amarillo Tower in Amarillo, Texas at 496 meters
  • American Towers Tower in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 502 meters

8. Distance Between Mount Everest and Mauna Kea

If you’ve ever seen Mount Everest, you know it’s extremely tall and much higher than 500 meters. However, the dormant volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii is one of several known peaks that are arguably taller than Everest, by almost 500 meters. The top distance from one to the other is exactly 500 meters.

9. Saddle Mountain State Natural Area

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in Oregon has a stunning viewpoint at the 3,290-foot summit, but the main trail has a 1,640-foot (500 meters) rise in elevation over two and a half miles. Saddle Mountain is believed to have served as a refuge for many plant species during the last Ice Age.