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Fortunately for us, a great view can happen at any place and at any moment: a sunset over an empty field, an unexpected panorama from the top of an office building, the morning sun on a crowded street. There are some classic views, however, that are certainly worth a trip. As a travel writer, I’ve been lucky to behold a number of spectacular sights, but the following ones I’ll remember for a very long time.

1. The Grand Canyon from the South Rim


People come from all over the world to take in this vista, which at sunset resembles an impressionistic painting brought to life. Hopi Point, on the West Rim Drive, extends far out into the canyon and is an excellent vantage point among many. Try to visit during the shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October, when the weather is milder and the park is less crowded.

2. Hong Kong Island from Kowloon


Hong Kong Island is clustered with dizzying neon-lit skyscrapers, and the view from the Kowloon Peninsula across Victoria Harbour is straight out of a science-fiction film. This dense urban scene is especially impressive every evening at 8, when it promptly erupts into a laser light show!

3. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand


This remarkable bay between the island of Phuket and the Thai mainland is dotted with hundreds of tall limestone formations that rise hundreds of feet from the sea. Ten thousand years ago, you could walk among these towers; now only their tops are visible, like the skyline of a sunken city.

4. Manhattan from the top of Rockefeller Plaza

 


The Empire State Building has some very serious competition when it comes to sweeping views of Manhattan. I now prefer the relatively new “Top of the Rock” Observation Deck in Rockefeller Center, mostly for its incredible panorama of Central Park to the north. Look hard and you can spot Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

5. Istanbul skyline from the Bosphorus strait, Turkey

 


The Bosphorus strait, which runs squarely through the middle of Istanbul, famously divides Europe and Asia. Both sides of the city slope down to the water like an urban valley. The view from Galata Bridge includes several of the city’s incredible mosques, whose graceful domes and towering minarets are the stuff of fairytales.

6. The Ngorongoro Crater from North Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

 


The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s largest calderas, which are formed when volcanoes explode and collapse upon themselves. The result is an elevated plateau perfectly ringed with tall mountains. From this hotel, the caldera spreads out below like a vast natural basin, and to know that it’s teeming with elephants, lions and wildebeest is especially exciting.

7. St. Paul’s from Waterloo Bridge, London

 


Waterloo Bridge, which has been around in various guises since the early 19th century and has inspired all manner of songs and poems, is cannily situated on a bend of the Thames that affords one of the best views in London. Looking east toward the city, St. Paul’s Cathedral (the dome of which recalls the U.S. Capitol) sits like a graceful dowager queen in the midst of cranes and skyscrapers.

8. The Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands

 


Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge is vastly overrated; it’s incredibly windy, and rushing traffic is just steps away. You’re much better off heading up to the Marin Headlands (particularly Hawk Hill) and taking in the view from a calm park bench, with the Bay, the bridge, the city and the blue Pacific spread out far below.

9. Machu Picchu, Peru

 


Perched on a mountain ridge high above the Urumba Valley in central Peru, this remarkable Incan city is surrounded on three sides by steep valleys, giving visitors the distinct impression that they’re hovering in air. The fact that the ruins are frequently draped in a light cloud layer only adds to the thrilling vertigo of the place.

10. The Yucatan Peninsula from the top of Chichen Itza, Mexico

 


It’s 365 steps to the top of El Castillo, the main temple of this sprawling Mayan city, but the view from the top is well worth it. The soft green expanse of Yucatan jungle stretching out in every direction is truly mesmerizing. And with a good pair of binoculars, you can spot distant ruins rising up from the canopy.

11. Florence from the loggia of Villa San Michele, Italy

 


The town of Fiesole, perched on a hillside northeast of Florence, was where wealthy Florentines chose to escape the heat and humidity of the Arno River Valley in the gardens of their lavish villas. The Villa San Michele was constructed in the 15th century and is now a famous hotel. A loggia (open-sided gallery) runs along one side of the building, from which you can look out across the entire city of Florence, an expanse of terra-cotta roofs dominated by the great dome of its 14th-century cathedral. The view, which has changed little in 500 years, offers a kind of time travel back to the world of the High Renaissance.

12. Paris from the Pont des Arts, France

 


A pedestrian bridge across the Seine, the Pont des Arts is at the epicenter of Paris. On the right bank is the Cour Carrée of the Louvre; on the left, the Institut de France; directly upstream is the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Standing on the bridge, the great art historian Kenneth Clark famously remarked: “What is civilization? I do not know. … But I think I can recognize it when I see it: and I am looking at it now."

13. The medina of Fes from the Palais Jamai, Morocco


The ancient walled city of Fes is dramatically sited in a bowl of hills. From the Palais Jamai (now a hotel) you gaze down on the white and beige roofs of the medieval medina, a vast warren of alleys and courtyards in which it is all too easy to become hopelessly lost. At is center are the green-tiled roofs of the University of Al-Karaouine, founded in 859 and the oldest university in the world.

14. Annapurna from Sarankot, Nepal

 


The Himalayas are unlike any other mountains on earth: They are simply much bigger and grander. Arguments rage about which is the most unforgettable view: The Kangshung Face of Everest in Tibet; K2 from the snout of the Baltoro Glacier; Kanchenjunga across the tea terraces of Darjeeling. The list is endless. The first time I saw the Himalayas in all their incomparable splendor was from the village of Sarankot, 5,000 feet up in the foothills of Nepal. It is a famous panoramic view of immense peaks, dominated by the 26,000-foot Annapurna massif. And to this day, it remains my most indelible memory.

15. Sydney Harbour from Taronga Zoo, Australia

 


Which is the most spectacular harbor in the world: Rio, Hong Kong or Sydney? It’s hard to say, but on a sunny day, the view from Taronga Zoo across a yacht-strewn expanse of blue water to the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the towers of downtown Sydney certainly takes the cake.

16. The Potala Palace from across the Lhasa River, Tibet

 


Throughout the 19th century, Lhasa was the most mysterious city in the world, a magnet for intrepid European travelers. Today, it is a Chinese regional capital, increasingly swamped by shoddy and depressing concrete buildings. At its heart, however, the magnificent Potala Palace, the winter residence of Tibet’s Dalai Lamas, is still as extraordinary as ever. Its 13 stories are terraced 400 feet up the side of Marpo Ri (“Red Hill”), contain more than 1,000 rooms and have walls 16 feet thick. There are few more remarkable and impressive structures on earth.

17. The Parthenon from Mount Lycabettus, Athens, Greece

 


Athens is not a particularly beautiful city, but every time you turn a corner and catch a glimpse of the Parthenon, high on the Acropolis, your spirits are instantly lifted. The most stirring view is not from down in the city itself, however, but from the top of 900-foot Mount Lycabettus, one of the isolated limestone peaks that rise from the Plain of Attica. It is possible to walk to the summit through pine trees from Kolonaki, Athens’ chicest residential district.

18. The Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

 


Nicknamed “Kodak Gap,” the Lemaire Channel extends for seven miles between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island. Snowcapped 3,000-foot peaks rise almost vertically from a sea littered with ice floes. For some reason, the water usually has a mirror-like surface, and the reflections, especially in December and January at the time of the midnight sun, are almost psychedelic.

19. The City Palace from the Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

 


The Lake Palace, apparently afloat in the middle of Lake Pichola, is an image familiar from innumerable photography books and India Tourist Board posters. But the view the other way, from the Lake Palace to the city of Udaipur, is equally, if not more, extraordinary. The colossal City Palace, a mass of golden stone rising from the sapphire waters of the lake, was a scene beloved by 18th- and 19th-century European watercolorists.

20. The temples of Bagan, Myanmar

 


Dotted across a plain beside the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar, the ruins of Bagan cover 16 square miles. Dozens of immense stupas and temples rise from the red, dusty soil, all that remains of a major city sacked by the Mongol Kublai Khan. The scene at sunrise is unforgettably romantic.

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merhabaaa Thanks for sharing.   Declare

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Thanks for sharing DD..

but i dont think so..i think the one who choosed these views as the best 20 of world, is wrong..

i think, this is a lot better than many of that views...

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Planet is full of these breathtaking scenes. Where is this one located Can?

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donald:

Planet is full of these breathtaking scenes. Where is this one located Can?

This one is located in Artvin..name of place is "Bela Kaya"..one of the best views of Çoruh Valley..everybody doesn't know this place..its only maybe %0,01 of the best Blacksea scenes..Blacksea especially Artvin has a lot suprises like this... Okkk

the second biggest canyon of the world is also in Artvin (Cehennem Dere Canyon)..but many of people doesnt know that.. Protesto what a big shame for us..

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Can Iyidinc:
the second biggest canyon of the world
is the Grand Canyon in the USA. Probably you don't know which one is the biggest. Did anybody knows? Smile

I never heard the canyon you mentioned, how big is it? By the way, how do you define "big"? Deep? wide? long? or combinatin of these three?

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DD, actually i dont know which criteria was used to say that canyon is
the second biggest one, i dont know much about canyon criterias but
i had heard its the second after the one in Colorado..(canyon in Colorado
is Grand Canyon?)..the one in Artvin is nearly 300 meters height, i didnt go and
see that place but i ll do that as soon as possible..

hmm now i think and i have a better idea.. :)..if you come Turkiye
lets go there and see how big is it..i think its a good reason for a trip :))

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donald:
is the Grand Canyon in the USA. Probably you don't know which one is the biggest. Did anybody knows?
 

 I'm not sure but probably it can be the spectacular Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga,South Africa...

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Infamous Grand Canyon is "one of the biggest canyons" of the planet. It is 446km long, 10~30 km wide, and one mile deep (actually 1870m). But it is not the deepest one...Three well known other huge canyons around the planet are all deeper than Grand Canyon. Cotahuasi Canyon (3535 m) and Colca Canyon (3200 m), both in Arequipa, Peru, and Hells Canyon (2436 m) at the Oregon USA.

 

    

Grand Canyon

I saw the Grand Canyon and stunned. there is no way to grasp the phenomenon. I'll give you guys an idea how big it is...

It is big as red or green shape in the Turkey map. Roughly of course. 443X30km's. Can you imagine a canyon from Istanbul to Antaya? or Edirne to Bolu? shok It is this big.

I never heard about the "Blyde River canyon" Gencer, thankscoolll. I just checked in the internet, and found some information in Wikipedia. "The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles (26 kilometers) in length and is, on average, around 2500 feet (800m) deep."

There was a picture too.. It is really awesome.

 

 

But again, if we are talking about the size, even this one is just a baby if you compare w/Grand Canyon or Colca...And...oh please do not compare with "Cehennem Dere Canyon".Big Smile

As I mentioned previously, months ago, I spend my Christmas vacation in Mexico. My main reason was to give a visit the "biggest canyon" of the world,” The Copper Canyon". The criterion here is the surface of the geographic area. Copper Canyon is not as scenic, deep, wide, and long as Grand Canyon BUT four times larger than her area. shok

Copper Canyon, Mexico

So, long story short... We have to see these beauties before we die. Artvin, North America, South Africa and Peru Canyons...Bilge

OK...Let me ask a real question. THE Biggest was not one of the canyons we mentioned above. What canyon is "the biggest" of the world? Longest, deepest, widest... In all criteria. Let me see if anybody would know or can find it....Stick out tongue 
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"The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet, China, is regarded by some as the deepest canyon in the world, and is even slightly longer than Grand Canyon. Hence it is regarded by many as the world's largest canyon, followed by the Kali Gandaki Gorge[2] in Nepal, Polung Tsangpo Canyon in Tibet, Cotahuasi Canyon (3,535 m deep and the deepest in the Americas), and the Tekezé gorge (2000m+ deep and deepest in Africa).[3]"

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Again thanks DD for all info that u shared merhabaaa

i dont know anything about canyon criterias bu i've learnt so much in this topic..

and i didnt search if the one in Artvin is the second biggest one from the top or last in the ranking Crazybut i know thats a good reason to travel Okkk

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Thanks a lot for the topic.   Arastiralim

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