There are few things that could take a tourist’s breath away quite like a spectacular view. And destinations of all different types are famous for the aerial views they provide. Here are some of the very best views in the world that you can experience without getting into an aircraft. That’s right, these are all accessible on foot, by bike, and through other means of ground transportation.
The Dragon’s Spine, Longji, China
The people of Longji, China mainly make their living by growing and selling rice. But thanks to the spectacular way the rice is planted, the town also relies heavily on tourism. In the fields of Longji, the rice is planted in a terraced fashion resembling a dragon’s spine.
Visitors come each year to see the fields. Tourists can make an 880-meter hike up to the top. Once there, they can take in breathtaking views.
The Skywalk at the Grand Canyon
More than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year. Not all of them, though, have the same experience. One of the coolest experiences, one could have when visiting the park is taking in the view from the skywalk.
Constructed in 2007, the structure allows visitors to go over the cliffs and get an incredible view of the canyon. There is a North Rim and a South Rim. While the North Rim is 1,000 feet higher than the South, it is also closed over the winter and spring due to snowfall.
The Shard in London
The Shard was designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano. Once completed in 2012, it became an enormously popular site for tourists to visit. It also became popular among moviemakers, appearing in the film Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Once tourists make it all the way up to the 72nd floor, they can take in some astonishing sites. The skyscraper allows visitors to see the city of London from a unique perspective. The elevation makes landmarks like London Bridge and the London Eye stand out even more than usual.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu was the 15th-century stronghold of the Incan Empire. The Incans were known for being far advanced for that period of time. And they left behind extraordinary buildings made with incredible craftsmanship.
Visitors can take a long and winding hike up a lot of stairs that are carved into the area. Along the way, tourists get glimpses of palaces, storehouses, and terraces. And when the visitors reach the top of the hike, they then receive an incredible view of the entire city.
The Peak, Hong Kong
The island of Hong Kong has many amazing features to offer travelers. Few things are better, though than The Peak. The Peak, a mountain that stands at 552 meters, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hong Kong.
The Peak is home to giant mansions, home to some of the richest people on the island, as well as fashionable shops and hip restaurants. In addition, the mountain gives visitors incredible views of the buildings below. It’s not often you can receive a view of a major metropolitan area without getting into a helicopter or flying over a city in an airplane.
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher offer some of the most spectacular views that one can experience. The views are so fantastic that they’ve been featured in movies such as The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Leap Year.
While the cliffs feature great views and incredible hiking trails, they can also be quite dangerous. A number of visitors have died over the years after straying from the course and falling while trying to get closer to the edge.
Bac Son Valley, Vietnam
In order to get a close-up view of the Bac Son valley in Vietnam, you are going to have to do quite a bit of climbing. But once the tourists get up top, it is totally worth it.
The hike up the Northern Vietnam field offers visitors close-up views of paddy fields and bright colors. And once upon the top of the mountain, the tourists see stunning vistas with a river running through the town.