Ten of the world's most spectacular views

Take in the views from Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. Photo / Thinkstock
Take in the views from Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. Photo / Thinkstock

For travellers who enjoy breath-taking views, website askmen.com has come up with a list of 10 of the world's best, both natural and manufactured.

Their list includes both timeless sites and lesser-known spots, but all guarantee breathtaking vistas.

1. Acropolis - Athens, Greece

The prime city view hundreds of feet up from Athens' Acropolis is something to behold on its own, but it's nothing compared to the Unesco World Heritage Site you see when you turn around. The ancient remains date back centuries with the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike and other remains intriguing.

2. Lipu Mountains and Yaoshan Mountains - Guilin, China

In the area around the northeastern city of Guilin, the views have been revered for centuries with panoramas of the Lipu and Yaoshan Mountains from the Lijiang River.

3. Lanikai Beach - Lanikai, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach is widely regarded as one of the best beaches and the sunrise views are stunning.

4. Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

An excellent way to take in the view while soaking in a truly Parisian experience is by dining at Georges Restaurant in Centre Pompidou from where the views of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame are some of the best.

5. Grand Canyon - Arizona

There's something about the austere American desert that can clear your mind in an instant and restore peace. Try the Grand Canyon Skywalk, opened in early 2007. Over at the west end of the canyon, the Hualapai Native American tribe will take you on a 14-mile ride.

6. Red Square/Kremlin/St Basil's Cathedral - Moscow

The view of Red Square is as impressive as it is intimidating.

7. Mount Everest - Nepal

Rather than spend tens of thousands of dollars to climb Mount Everest, an alternative is to view it from Kalla Pattar, Nepal. It's no less awe-inspiring.

8. Times Square - New York City, US

Twenty years ago, you had to either be brave or clueless to wander in Times Square after dark but today it's commercialised and even somewhat sanitised.

9. White cliffs of Dover - England

It's often the last thing seen of the UK as one leaves, as well as the first sight upon return. On a clear day across the English Channel, the cliffs are even visible from France.

10. Corcovado Mountain - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For the best view you need to put some altitude between yourself and the city and a summit just shy of 2,300 feet, Corcovado Mountain, is up to the task. This is also the home to the iconic 130-foot Christ the Redeemer statue.

- REUTERS

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