10 Best Vistas
What a view! Grand vistas calm our soul and bring us a sense of wonder. They make us feel like we are either very big or very small, regardless they give us a different perspective on the world, here are ten incredible vistas.
1 – GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA
The Grand Canyon is the biggest canyon on the earth, it gives you a view that is unique to any other and shows the expanse of what nature can achieve. The canyon is 10 miles wide and 1 mile deep and is a million acres in total. There is a small village centered around the south loop, but you can drive the entire perimeter, hike or take a mule ride to the bottom.
2 – NIAGARA FALL, UNITED STATES AND CANADA
Niagara Falls is a huge water fall, which is actually three falls connected to one another, it pours out 700,000 gallons of water each second and drops a distance of 184 feet. The most spectacular views can be seen from Canada near the Niagara region that has built its industry over the decades on tourism created by the falls.
3 – SAN FRANCISCO BAY, CALIFORNIA
The San Francisco bay is the earth’s largest deep water harbor and it’s surface is punctuated by the towering Golden Gate Bridge, which has become a famous landmark. The view from the shore offers a sail boat dotted surface infused with swirling banks of fog amid sky scrapers and buildings that pierce the skyline.
4 – FLORENCE CITYSCAPE, ITALY
One of the world’s most beautiful cities, the cityscape provides a romantic view reminiscent of ages past. From the top of the Duomo one can see the entire skyline to the horizon unobstructed. Other remarkable views are those from the hillside of the Arno River and top of the Palazzo Vecchio tower.
5 – THE WEST COAST OF IRELAND
This fairytale land offers views of rugged cliffs that hug the coastline with deep plunges to the sea, thatched roof homes sit atop green hillsides that are sprinkled with blooming lilacs. As you drive along this fabled countryside, you will probably see rainbows in the mist and thus the lore of the leprechaun was born.
6 – VERSAILLES, FRANCE
Louis XIV almost bankrupt France adorning Versailles castle with the world’s finest things. The sprawling view from above of the immense castle and gardens, makes Versailles look like it is piece of art. So exquisitely styled and crafted are the castle, lake and gardens that it creates a mesmerizing view. The richness and grandeur depicted in this incredible vista are reminders of the power and influence Louis XIV held over his reign and France.
7 – AMALFI COAST, ITALY
This beautiful coast town, has ornate buildings clinging to steep cliffs above blue water that laps the shore below. A 30 mile drive along the coastline gives you an amazing view of the ocean and the picturesque towns that balance above the water. The drive, however, has many switchbacks and is perched on a thin road above the surf, so drive the inner lane if you are faint of heart or afraid that a wrong turn may land you in the drink.
8 – THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA
This is simply one the most remarkable places in the world to see some of the rarest and most dangerous animals on the planet. A live animal exposition, the Serengeti offers a once in a lifetime chance to be amongst wild animals in their own environs. During the rainy season when animals are out eating and enjoying watering holes a visitor can see, gazelle, lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, rhino, leopards, cape buffalo and many more.
9 – MANHATTAN SKYLINE, NEW YORK
The skyline of Manhattan is one of the most recognized horizons in the world with its towing skyscrapers dancing across the horizon. During the day you can see Midtown connected to downtown by a small valley between banks of skyscrapers whose windows reflect the sun. At night those same windows sparkle with light and make the skyline look glistening and electric. The best place to see this amazing vista is from the 86th and 102nd floor of the Empire State building.
10 – HONG KONG HARBOUR
Hong Kong is a maritime gateway as reflected by the harbor, that sits nestled amongst tall skyscrapers while vintage fishing boats, which are a reminder of times gone by, and ocean liners flock to these waters that provide the watery mix of Eastern and Western culture so represented in Hong Kong. The best place to see the harbor is from the top of Victoria Peak, visitors can take a tram that has been in use since 1888 and boasts that is has never had an accident up to the top to get a 360 degree view of the water and surrounding city as well as South China Sea and its outlying islands.