6 of the Best Views in the World

One of the best ways to take in a new city is from a bird’s-eye view!  Here are six jaw-dropping views from around the world.

Empire State Building, New York City

Empire State Building

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Earning the title of the tallest building in New York City, the Empire State Building observation deck is a whopping 1,050 feet high. From there, you’ll be able to soak in a full 360 degree view of the big apple.

Tiananmen Mountain, China

Badaling Great Wall

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Tianmen Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie in the northwestern part of the Hunan province in China. It’s name literally means “Heavenly Gate Mountain” because of a huge natural cave that is found halfway up to the summit. You can make your way to the top via a 7,455 meter-long cable car path way, or by traveling along a glass walkway that winds up the side of the mountain (fair warning, this may be an option for the braver crowd).

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon sees more than five million visitors each year, and with good reason. It was formed over a time period of around three to six million years, and is an incredible 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. While at the Grand Canyon, make sure to check out the Skywalk. This transparent platform extends over the Canyon and gives you the chance to look straight down below you.

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro

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At 98 feet high and more than 2,326 feet above sea level, this statue is one of the world’s best-known monuments. Located at the peak of the Corcovado mountains in the Tijuca Forest National Park, this monument overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro and is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Montparnasse Tower, Paris

View of Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse Tower

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From the roof terrace of Montparnasse Tower you’ll be able to see the entire city, including the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Table Mountain Cape Town South Africa

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The view from Table Mountain in Cape Town is often described as one of the most amazing views in all of South Africa. The flat-topped mountain has been through six million years of erosion and its peak reaches 1,086 meters above sea level. If you climb to the top, you’ll find that the mountain is home to one of the richest (but smallest) floral kingdoms in the world.

#Funfact: From the top, you’ll be able to see where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

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