One of the best parts about exploring a new place is finding the best spot for a 360 degree view of the city you just walked through. While most trips are spent on the ground, it’s a must to take the views to new heights every now and then and see things from above.
Charleson Park, Vancouver
A pretty little waterfall and pond greet you around one of the many winding roads of Charleson Park in Vancouver, Canada. Enjoy this breathtaking view from your bicycle or rent a boat to sail off into the bay of the city with one the world’s best beaches (seriously!) Your feet may still be planted safely on the ground, but with this view who cares?
Sears Tower, Chicago
The Iconic View | ©Christopher/Flickr
Mimosas and yoga are just one of the many activities you can experience on the 99th floor of this 108 story building in Chicago.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Perfectly located between two sacred peaks, known as apus, Machu Picchu, Mountain offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and of Mount Huayana Picchu. With vistas like this, you know the hike will be worth the effort.
The Top of the Rock, New York
One of the most recognizable views in the world: the view from the observatory on top of Rockefeller Center is something that everyone must see when in New York City.
The Top of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
View from St. Peter’s Basilica | ©Bhupal Adhikari/Flickr
There is no shortage of places to go for mind blowing views in Rome, but perhaps one of the best spots is from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. Just 550 steps stand between you and the view from the top of this Italian Renaissance church
Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada
Getting High in Las Vegas | ©wbeem/Flickr
The observation tower at the top of the Strat on the north end of the Strip offers more than just incredible views. There’s a roller coaster that hangs off the edge AND you can base jump off the top!
Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand
View from the Sky Tower, Auckland | ©Robert Linsdell/Flickr
Revolving restaurant? Check. Panoramic views of one of the most beautiful parts of the world? Check plus.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Tennessee
Chattanooga | ©Jeff Gun/Flickr
Chattanooga offers a unique mix of Southern hospitality, exciting bars and restaurants, a rich industrial past, and sites devoted to its Civil War past. Catch a view of Georgia and Tennessee from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
The Shard, London, England
London City Views | ©ilirjan rrumbullaku/Flickr
The Shard is 95 stories and 11,000 glass panels of magnificence in central London. The tallest building in western Europe has a gorgeous bar and restaurant at the top that you must visit. Good food, delicious drinks, stunning views; what more could you ask for?
Tour Montparnasse, Paris, France
While there’s no doubting that the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is incredible, you don’t see the Eiffel Tower when you’re up there! For an equally breathtaking view in Paris that includes one of the world’s most recognizable structures, Montparnasse Tower is the place to go.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
View from Marina Bay Sands | ©Traveller_40/Flickr
Three high-rise buildings make up this luxurious, upscale 5 star resort right on the bay. Be sure to catch views of the most famous skyline in Singapore from the rooftop infinity pool.
Twin Peaks, San Francisco, California
Dawn Colors | ©David Yu/Flickr
One of San Francisco’s quiet residential neighborhoods has a small mountain in it. Drive up in seven minutes, at most, and you’ll be greeted by this. The view will take your breath away, but be sure to bring a jacket with you no matter what time of year you’re visiting!
Top of the Grove, Los Angeles, California
LA Grove Mall Sunset | ©Om/Flickr
The Grove is a mall with an outdoor AND indoor area in the heart of Los Angeles. It’s beautiful, offers shows and performances regularly and has a fun cable car ride that will take you from one end to the other. You can also find a movie theatre and delicious restaurant scattered around this beautiful and bustling spot. Where’s the best view though? From the top of the parking lot! Seriously!
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
View from the 124th floor | ©Miroslav Petrasko/Flickr
The world’s tallest building offers incomparable views of the City of Superlatives. A journey to the top is the absolute definition of a once in a lifetime experience.