Tall Stories: 10x Up High Around the World

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Everyone travels for different reasons and thus have different itineraries when they vacation. I make it a mission to get to the highest point wherever I am. I thoroughly enjoy absorbing the view of the entire city/locale I am visiting and admiring the world below me in wonderment. In 2 years, I have managed to visit (and in some cases re-visit) many of the world’s highest and most fascinating look-outs. Here they are in no particular order!

10494743_10154357317835612_3986084950324537948_n 1. Skydeck, Willis Tower. Chicago, USA. 

Willis Tower (formerly named and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower) is a 108-story, 1,451-foot (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States. When it was completed in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the former World Trade Center in New York, and it held this rank for nearly 25 years. Willis Tower is currently the 2nd tallest building in the US and the 8th tallest freestanding structure in the world!

Coittower1 2. Coit Tower. San Francisco, USA.

Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210 ft (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The tower was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit’s bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification! It offers spectacular view of the bay including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge.

3. Park Guell. Barcelona, Spain.

Parc Güell is one of the world’s most intriguing parks! The park’s colorful main staircase and the fanciful pavilions that were designed by Antoni Gaudí look like they belong in some fairy tale. But most importantly, the site offers the most amazing – and FREE – view of Barca!

4. Rockefeller Center. New York, USA.

Ascend 70 floors into the sky and take in sweeping 360-degree unobstructed city views from the three viewing decks at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.  You can easily obtain the best view of NYC, better than you would at the top at the Empire State Building!

5. Seoul Tower. Seoul, South Korea. 

Built in 1969, Seoul Tower, commonly known as the Namsan Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, South Korea. It is the highest point in Seoul measuring 236.7 m (777 ft) in height from the base and tops out at 479.7 m (1,574 ft) above sea level!

6. Burj Khalifa. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Burj Khalifa (formerly the Burj Dubai) is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft)! Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the building officially opening in January 2010. It is a multi-use building and holds many engineering world records including housing the highest swimming pool and the tallest mosque in the world!

7. CN Tower. Toronto, Canada.

The CN Tower was completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually!

8. Space Needle. Seattle, USA.
The Space Needle is a 520 ft observation tower in Seattle, Washington and a symbol of  the city. Built in 1962,  it is 605 ft (184 m) high and can withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude!!  It also has 25 lightning rods. From the top of the Needle, you can see not only the downtown Seattle skyline but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, and even surrounding islands!
9. Galata Tower. Istanbul, Turkey. 
The Galata Tower at about 67 m (220 ft) tall is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. When it was built remains up for debate but  it is inarguably one of the city’s most striking landmarks & offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs!
534181_10151437517485612_1910316336_n 10Christ the Redeemer. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was constructed between 1922-1931 and is 30 meters (98 ft) tall, not including its 8-meter  (26 ft) pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) wide! The statue weighs 635 tonnes and is located at the peak of the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. It is a symbol of Brazilian Christianity and an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.