Discover 12 dizzying viewpoints around the world

The panoramas are both admirable and terrifying. Discover 12 places around the world where the view is exceptional!

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Willis Tower Observatory: Chicago, Illinois

The Willis Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in the United States: the floor of the skydeck and the walls of the balconies are made of glass. A layer of glass supports the weight of visitors. It’s lined with a thinner layer that can split if something hits the ground, according to Fast Company . A crack in the protective layer adds to the fright one can experience while admiring the view.

The Willis Tower is also one of the  25 tallest skyscrapers in the world.

The CN Tower in Toronto is one of 12 dizzying viewpoints in the world.DEYMOSHR/SHUTTERSTOCK

Tour CN: Toronto, Canada

Glass is also featured in the CN Tower in Toronto. It covers the panoramic walls from floor to ceiling, floors and elevators: the spectacular panorama can give goosebumps.

From the CN Tower to the Royal Ontario Museum, here are the must-see tourist and cultural attractions in Toronto.

Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is one of 12 soaring viewpoints in the world.MIHAIULIA/SHUTTERSTOCK

SWFC: Shanghai, China

The Shanghai World Finance Center is over 100 stories tall: three of them are integrated with the observation deck. The view is breathtaking. On a clear day, you dominate the top of Jinmao Tower. There is also a restaurant and a bar, in the hexagonal space of the observation floors. You can have a meal and a drink there while enjoying the view.

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During your stay, visit the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, one of the 20 most popular museums in the world.

Canton Tourism and Television Tower in Guangzhou China is one of the 12 dizzying viewpoints in the world.IAMLUKYEEE/SHUTTERSTOCK

Canton TV and Sightseeing Tower: Guangzhou, China

The star and cloud observation decks are on the 107th and 108th floors. The panorama is truly unique when you are in one of the 16 round glass cabins that run along the edge of the roof.

The famous Empire State Building in New York in the United States is one of the 12 vertiginous viewpoints in the world.PNPY/SHUTTERSTOCK

The Empire State Building: New York, USA

Surely you have heard of the Empire State Building Observatory: the view is definitely worth it. Located on the 86th floor, it wraps around the building and offers views of Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty, among others. You can also climb a few floors higher to the 102nd floor observation deck.  It is, of course, one of the must-see tourist attractions in New York that you absolutely must visit .

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is one of 12 soaring viewpoints in the world.ELENA SEREBRYAKOVA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Burj Khalifa: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa offers two platforms: an outdoor observation deck and an aerial deck for the brave to gaze down from 452 meters or worse, the 555 meters of the building. The view is not the only fascinating aspect of this skyscraper. Those looking for strong emotions can do an immersive experience : walk on a glass walkway that creaks underfoot.

The Shanghai Tower in China is one of the 12 vertiginous viewpoints in the world.IULIIA SHELIEPOVA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Shanghai Tour: Shanghai, China

There is not just one tower in Shanghai with viewing platforms. The Shanghai Tower Observatory is the highest enclosed observation deck in the world . You can see the SWFC and Jinmao skyscrapers very well from there. The 632-meter tower resists strong winds thanks to its architecture: each floor is at an angle of 1 degree from the previous one to counter the wind.

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The Grand Canyon Skywalk in Peach Springs, Arizona is one of 12 dizzying viewpoints in the world.ALISA_CH/SHUTTERSTOCK

Grand Canyon Skywalk: Peach Springs, Arizona

The Eagle Point Skywalk offers an unstoppable view of the Grand Canyon West. We no longer need to bend over the very edge of the void. The horseshoe-shaped glass walkway extends the rim of the canyon by 21 meters, which you can observe from all angles.

The Sky Tower in Aukland New Zealand is one of 12 soaring viewpoints in the world.BOYLOSO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sky Tower: Aukland, New Zealand

There are many ways to enjoy the view from this skyscraper . Daredevils will have the choice between the Skywalk activity (a ride on a 1.20 meter wide outdoor platform – for the strong of heart) and the Skyjump activity (a 10-second leap into the void): great sensations guaranteed. For the view without the risks, head to level 60 and devour the landscape with your eyes, sheltered by walls of glass.

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The Aurland Fjord Lookout in Norway is one of 12 vertiginous viewpoints in the world.VOYAGERIX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Aurland Fjord Lookout: Norway

The 4.25 meter platform is not for the faint of heart. This belvedere projects from a projection on the west coast of Norway before plunging into the void. The glass panel that serves as protection allows you to see the breathtaking landscape. The shape of the belvedere has also earned it a few nicknames: “ski jumping springboard”, “diving board”.

The Clingmans Dome Lookout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is one of only 12 soaring lookout points in the world.SEAN PAVONE/SHUTTERSTOCK

Clingmans Dome Lookout: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Take in the mountains at Clingmans Dome in the Great SmokyMountains National Park. The belvedere offers an unforgettable panorama of the whole range.

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The Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada is one of 12 soaring viewpoints in the world.TRPHOTOS/SHUTTERSTOCK

Stratosphere Tour: Las Vegas, Nevada

Long live Las Vegas! Leave the Las Vegas Strip (the casino boulevard) for a few hours to visit the observation deck inside the Strastophère tower. If you have a strong heart, choose one of the sensational attractions : dizziness and palpitations guaranteed!

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Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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