At the Top of the World

Anytime I travel somewhere new, I love to admire the city and its skyline. Where is my favorite place to go for a good view? Well, I love to look from above! If the destination I’m visiting offers a tacky touristy attraction that involves heights, you better believe I’m buying myself a ticket to the top.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The Reunion Tower Observation Deck in Dallas, Texas

This spherical building provided us with sweeping views of Dallas! In addition, once we reached the top, we found various interactive devices that offered great information regarding the city and its history. I loved that I could enjoy the gorgeous scenery from indoors as well as outside. When we visited, it was cold and windy. I’m an Arizona girl, and I can’t stand temperatures under 80 degrees. I did manage to stay outdoors long enough to get a great photo, though!

Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavík, Iceland

After seeing this image plastered all over Pinterest, I wanted to see it for myself. At the top of Hallgrímskirkja, there is an outdoor viewing area that offers great scenery of Reykjavík’s city center. I love these buildings and their colored rooftops.

The High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada

The High Roller is a ferris wheel that has amazing sights of the Las Vegas Strip. This is one of my favorite things to do in Vegas, because I love seeing these buildings shine!

Guiness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

At the end of the Guinness factory tour, we were treated to this panoramic scene. The picture above doesn’t compare to my wonderful in person experience. While visiting, guests may also choose to sip on a pint of Dublin’s signature beer.

The London Eye in London, England

My first time in London, I skipped this ride. I thought it was just an average ferris wheel. Once I got home, I immediately regretted my decision. So, during my second visit, the London Eye was at the top of my must-see list! I love this view of Big Ben.

The Seattle Great Wheel in Seattle, Washington

I guess you could say that I like ferris wheels. Unfortunately, it was raining during our visit to Seattle. However, I still enjoyed the scenery! Seeing the Space Needle from afar was a surreal experience for me.

Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois

This is an amazing attraction! Anywhere I looked, I had breathtaking perspectives of Chicago and its architecture. In addition, the Willis Tower also has several protruded areas with glass floors that we stood on. It’s a little nerve racking, but I really enjoyed looking down below.

Skybar in Bangkok, Thailand

After seeing this bar in the Hangover II, I wanted to experience it for myself. Bangkok is seriously stunning. I love this city and all of its unique buildings! The Skybar is a SUPER busy place, though. We arrived immediately after opening, and I still found it difficult to get a good photograph without a someone blocking my camera.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Aside from my mediocre photography skills, the Eiffel Tower is an amazing sight to see. Just like the Observation Deck, we were able to enjoy the scenery both inside and outdoors. I also liked that there were multiple levels for those who may not want to go all the way up. Even though it can be a bit crowded, I still think the tower is worth a visit!

Rooftop bar at Marriott Marquis in San Fransisco

Finally, I’d like to talk about the Marriott Marquis. What a wonderful hotel! One night, we ventured up to their rooftop bar, and we realized that this was also an incredibly popular tourist destination. I couldn’t get close enough to the window to get a great snap, but here is a photo, of the same view, from our room just a few floors below. Not too bad!