The World's Best Views At Altitude
The mere sight of a stunning scene has the ability to take our breath away. It forces us to look, really look, at what is in front of us. It’s not a life changing moment, it’s just enough to make you take some time to stand and stare. Here are our favourite ways to look at the world.
The Shard at London Bridge
It’s new, it’s shiny and we love it. The Shard is an iconic building that has been firmly and proudly cemented onto the London skyline. The tallest building in Western Europe, it is certainly worth the hype. It’s one of the few modern skyscrapers that is as impressive to stand at the bottom and look up as it is to stand at the top and look down. The view is breath-taking. It’s more than that. It’s London as you know it, but different. Visiting the capital? This is an absolute must.
The Alps across Europe
Stretching 750 miles across eight Alpine countries, the Alps are one of the greatest mountain ranges in Europe. Hop on a bicycle for the best views – there are a number of ski companies who offer cycling holidays in the Alps during the summer months. We can’t just give you one, they are all incredible. Every twist and turn has a new view. Take a guided tour to get the best of the experience.
The Grand Cannon in the USA
Carved out by the Colarado river over thousands of years, the Grand Canyon is an area of outstanding beauty. We love watching the sun rise on the horizon and seeing the shadows plummet into the vast open space below. The U shaped glass bottom skywalk that cantilevers over the canyon is one not to be missed.
The Empire State Building in New York
Now residing again as the tallest building in the heart of New York, the Empire State Building is certainly a place with a view. In the heady heights of the viewing floor, take a look down at the hustle and bustle of the working world. We also love the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn at dusk. Trust us, it’s worth venturing out for.
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Standing (carefully) on the blustery edge of Ireland’s steep, rocky cliffs will certainly remind you you’re alive. The white cliffs against the sharp teal sea, against a bright blue sky is an unrivalled viewpoint. If you can steal yourself away from the top of the cliff, head down to the beach below and take a couple of surfing lessons.
Machu Picchu in Peru
There are many different stories about the purpose of Machu Picchu and why is exists. Take a look for yourself and you won’t be disappointed. There is a mystical beauty in the methodically carved peaks, engineered by the Incas in the 15th Century. Watching the dawn spill over the land is an unforgettable experience.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
The stark contrast of the orange suspension bridge against the blue waters and sky really is impressive. Find the high ground in the Main Headland, north of the gate, for the best view. It’s hard not to be impressed by this outstanding piece of engineering constructed during the Great Depression of 1937.
The Pyramids in Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Giza are certain to leave you in awe at the spectacular fear of engineering precision that they display. Built in around 2500 BC, the pyramids truly are breath-taking. Standing at the base and looking up to the peak is an incredible view. The area is steeped in history and is an inspiring place to visit.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of eastern Australia is accessible to everyone. Whether you are an accomplished diver or unable to swim, there are many ways of seeing this natural wonder of the world. Join a diving group or take a glass-bottomed boat to see the jewels that the ocean has to offer in this corner of the earth. Sometimes, the best views are beneath you!
Whether looking up, down or around you, it is worth stopping and taking some time to look at the many stunning views that our world has to offer.
Sources: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-most-amazing-views/12, http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/10-breathtaking-views.htm#page=1, http://www.news.com.au/travel/galleries/gallery-e6frflw0-1111119882146?page=11
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