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12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers

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It’s no fun unless you have to pop your ears in the elevator. Presented in alphabetical order.

1. The Atomium - Brussels, Belgium
Originally built for the 1958 World’s Fair, the Atomium is supposed to represent a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It also provides you with a nice overlook of the Belgian capital.
1. The Atomium - Brussels, Belgium - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 37591793@N03

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1. The Atomium - Brussels, Belgium - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 33950445@N04

2. Burj Khalifa - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The tallest building on Earth, the Burj Khalifa’s observatory sits 452 meters into the sky (the building itself is 828 meters tall). At 452, meters, you are at nearly the same elevation of Maine’s Cadillac Mountain (466 meters), which is the highest point on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It’s the perfect place to conquer your fear of heights.
2. Burj Khalifa - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: elisasophia

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2. Burj Khalifa - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 69166407@N06

3. CN Tower - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Until recently, the CN Tower was the tallest building in the world. On a clear day, you can see it from New York, and vice versa.
3. CN Tower - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 7776449@N06

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3. CN Tower - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: docsearls

4. Coit Memorial Tower - San Francisco, California, United States
San Francisco’s Coit Memorial Tower may be the shortest structure on the list, but perched atop Telegraph Hill, it offers some of the best views of San Francisco and its most important sites.
4. Coit Memorial Tower - San Francisco, California, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 69214385@N04

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4. Coit Memorial Tower - San Francisco, California, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 7327243@N05

5. Istanbul Sapphire - Istanbul, Turkey
Towering over the ancient city of Istanbul, the Istanbul Sapphire’s observation deck is the highest in Asia Minor, putting you 236 meters into the sky.
5. Istanbul Sapphire - Istanbul, Turkey - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: halilgokdal

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5. Istanbul Sapphire - Istanbul, Turkey - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: nurettin

6. Penobscot Narrows Bridge - Prospect, Maine, United States
Open from May through October, the observation tower in Maine’s Penobscot Narrows Bridge is the tallest public bridge observatory in the world, at 128 meters in height. From the top, you get an awesome view of Down East, Maine, and Penobscot Bay.
6. Penobscot Narrows Bridge - Prospect, Maine, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: en.wikipedia.org

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6. Penobscot Narrows Bridge - Prospect, Maine, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

7. Rockefeller Center - New York City, New York, United States
The GE Building, probably better known as 30 Rock, allows you to take a lovely elevator ride to it’s apex, known affectionately as the Top of the Rock. While long lines, may dog the other observation deck in town, the view from atop Rockefeller Center reigns supreme.
7. Rockefeller Center - New York City, New York, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 92147397@N02

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7. Rockefeller Center - New York City, New York, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 60994857@N00

8. Shanghai World Financial Center - Shanghai, China
Stretching 492 meters into the Chinese sky, the Shanghai World Financial Center’s observation deck (at 474 meters) is among the highest in the world.
8. Shanghai World Financial Center - Shanghai, China - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 77317742@N00

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8. Shanghai World Financial Center - Shanghai, China - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: zilpho

9. The Shard - London, England, United Kingdom
The Shard, one of the newest and most prominent additions to London’s skyline, affords you the chance to look out upon the English capital without having to spend 30 minutes spinning around a wheel.
9. The Shard - London, England, United Kingdom - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: masochismtango

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9. The Shard - London, England, United Kingdom - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: duncanh1

10. Tour Montparnasse - Paris, France
You probably think you should be shooting up the expensive and crowded elevators at that other tower in the center of Paris, but don’t you want that other tower to feature prominently to your pictures of the City of Light?

As an added bonus, Tour Montparnasse wont be in those shots.
10. Tour Montparnasse - Paris, France - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 61732101@N00

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10. Tour Montparnasse - Paris, France - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 10288162@N07

11. Willis Tower - Chicago, Illinois, United States
Until recently, Chicago’s Willis Tower was the tallest building in the United States, but the famed Skydeck will still give you commanding views of the Windy City (and maybe a little thrill, too).
11. Willis Tower - Chicago, Illinois, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: shotbymel-dilla

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11. Willis Tower - Chicago, Illinois, United States - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: argusfoto

12. Yokohama Landmark Tower - Yokohama, Japan
Towering above Yokohama, the Landmark Tower’s elevator is one of the world’s fastest, bringing you all the way to the 69th floor observation deck in 40 seconds.
12. Yokohama Landmark Tower - Yokohama, Japan - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: skyseeker

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Yokohama Landmark Tower - Yokohama, Japan - 12 Breathtaking Views From The World’s Coolest Towers
Photo: Flickr: 91177880@N03

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