Top 15 Most Wonderful Views Across the Globe #GIVEAWAY

I have this thing with views. Which is probably why when we first visited our London skyline flat, I gave Allyn a puppy dog eyed look that read “OH PLEASE CAN WE LIVE HERE?!”

My obsession goes quite far. I’ll research panoramic restaurants in every city I visit and some of my much-loved bars in London are those that let me face plant the window so that I can look out over my beloved city. And don’t even get me started on flying. How anyone has flight phobia goes beyond me. I’m like a kid in a cotton candy shop with my nose against the glass waiting for that moment that the plane bursts through the clouds and I feel like I’m in an Enid Blyton novel. It’s one of my favourite feelings in the world.

So yes. I like views.

With that established I’ve had a good ‘ole think and somehow got my collection down to my top 15 most wonderful views from across the world.

(P.S. The giveaway is at the bottom, if you can resist gawking at the views…)

hiking yosemite mist trail

1 | Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite feels like a great place to start, as a place that has wonderful views around every sequoia. Yet hiking up the Mist Trail to the peak of Nevada Falls was what made me release that sigh of beauty, where you are simply wow’ed by what you see and no words are needed. I managed to bum-shuffle my way over to the edge of a hanging rock, just long enough to throw my arms in the air and cuckoo like Peter Pan.

Read more: A guide to hiking the Yosemite Mist Trail

High Expectations at Sky Pod Bar; A Review
2 | Sky Garden, London

As one of my favourite spots in London, the Sky Garden combines everything I love about my city; panoramic views, an indoor-outdoor setting and god damn good cocktails. On our visit to the Sky Pod Bar I fell quickly and deeply in love with their botanical menu, whilst looking out over the Shard, Gherkin and miles upon miles of bustling London life. The Sky Garden can be booked for free online with reservations for two bars and three restaurants.

Read more: A review of Sky Pod Bar

Experiencing Cortina; The Slopes of the Dolomites

3 | The Dolomites, Cortina

Of course some of the best views in the world are seen from above, one of which is the flight path from London to Venice. Before I could even get to my end destination, I saw it from the skies, looking down onto the Italian Alps. When I ultimately reached Cortina, the surroundings were just as jaw dropping, seen at their best from the peak of the ski slopes where the mountains peeped through the clouds.

Read more: Views from the slopes of the Dolomites and the luxury town of Cortina

Top 15 Most Wonderful Views Across the Globe #GIVEAWAY

4 | The Stratosphere, Las Vegas

Topped with the most terrifying rides in the world, Las Vegas’ Stratosphere is a beast of a building, with open views onto the strip down below. I’ll save my story of what happened at the top for another time, but let it be known that the 360 degree views of Sin City are phenomenal, making it seem like a little Lego strip among a patch of desert land.

Exploring Exmoor National Park; Bossington, Selworthy & Dunster

5 | Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor

On my recent trip to Exmoor National Park, Dad and I walked the 20 minute path up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in the county. Sitting on top of the mountainous pile of rocks, I felt very peaceful looking out at rolling lush green fields, thick forests and even the ocean, all from one point.

Read more: top 10 things to do in Exmoor, the Heritage Coastline and exploring Dunster, Bossington and Selworthy

Top 3 Ways to See the Grand Canyon; From Helicopters to Hiking

6 | Grand Canyon National Park

I couldn’t write this list without giving the Grand Canyon an honourable mention. I recently wrote about the top 3 ways to see this wonder of the world and each one provides an equally striking view over the national park. One of the most overwhelming moments on my travels was sitting in a helicopter, flying low over woodland before suddenly bursting out miles high above the striped canyon below.

Read more: Top 3 ways to see the Grand Canyon

Top 15 Most Wonderful Views Across the Globe #GIVEAWAY

7 | Sulphur Mountain, Banff

I could probably have filled this list with views from British Columbia. But that would be extreme favouritism. So instead I’ve picked one, the first I saw in West Canada which truly took my breath away. Riding the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, I was just blown away by the sheer scale of mountains, forests and deep winding rivers that surrounded us. It’s one of the first times that I’ve sat and felt completely overwhelmed by nature and truly understood Gustave Flaubert’s famous quote...

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Read more: Top 3 ways to see Lake Louise

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List
8 | The Acropolis, Lindos

Walking to the top of the Acropolis in Lindos is beastly, especially in 40 degree heat, but make it to the peak and you’ll be rewarded with striking views from every angle; the Old Town, ocean panoramas and the stunning St Paul’s Bay which is naturally heart shaped from above.

Read more: Why Lindos should be on your bucket list

16 Ideas for a Perfect Girls’ Getaway in New York City

9 | Rockefeller Center, New York

If you want the best views in the Big Apple than don’t head up the Empire State Building, instead pick a sunset slot at the Top of the Rock, where you’ll be able to see the famous skyscraper as well a clear view of Central Park.

Read more: 16 ideas for a perfect getaway in New York

My Top 10 Tips for Falling In Love with Cape Town
10 | Lions Head, Cape Town

I’m a sucker for a sunset. The way the sky transforms so quickly, casting shapes and shadows whilst becoming a palette of colours. Gosh I might have to write a post about my top sunsets soon… but for now going with the ‘view’ theme, my Cape Town experience was definitely my favourite. Perched at the peak of Lions Head, we sat with a bottle of fizz and picnic, looking out over the ocean from above.

As the sky took its journey from blue to pink, we noticed two movements in the water below. From this distance it could have been impossible to identify the cause but with a large ship providing scale of size, we could see that it was two whales dancing among the waves. Pretty unbeatable ey?

Read more: Top tips for falling in love with Cape Town

This list started as a top ten but I genuinely couldn’t choose… so here are your bonus five!

Postcards from Vienna and Wachau Valley

 11 | Riesenrad, Vienna

Now Vienna’s historical Ferris wheel might not offer the most conventional views of the capital but I loved looking out over the city and surrounding mountains from a wobbling wooden capsule. You could see far and wide over the historical skyline, a striking match to the dense wooded hills of the Wachau Valley.

Read more: Postcards from Vienna and the Wachau Valley

30 days in Kenya; the trip that inspired me to travel

12 | Tsavo National Park, Kenya

I recently wrote a post about the trip that inspired me to travel, a 30 day adventure in Kenya when I was just 15. Here I described a moment that stays with me to this day and developed into a love for Africa and its wildlife. On a morning game drive we stopped on Tsavo’s very own Pride Rock, watching a herd of elephants, zebra and antelope graze around a watering hole. From the corner of my eye I noticed a slow creeping beast down below; a lion picking his next meal as he cautiously crawled forward. With the African plains and red burnt mountains in the distance, this view was definitely unforgettable.

Read more: 30 days in Kenya, the trip that inspired me to travel

Returning to North Wales; A Photo Diary - Harlech

13 | Harlech Beach, North Wales

Okay one more sunset… but you tell me that these skies don’t deserve a place in this list! The wide open stretch of Harlech Beach is a glorious place to visit, with dolphin and seal spotting by day and enchanting skies by night. These Welsh skies have created some of the most incredible natural patterns I’ve ever seen.

Read more: A photo diary from Harlech and a mini-break on the North Welsh coastline

48 hours in Paris; Saint-Germain-des-Pres & the Jardin des Tuileries

14 | The Montparnasse Tower, Paris

For views of Paris, then head to the Montparnasse Tower, where the panoramas are provided from a rooftop terrace offering champagne to chilly tourists. The sight that stands out is of course the Eiffel Tower in all its effortless glory. Even with a moody Parisian sky, the views still made my tummy go.

Read more: 13 things I learnt on my first trip to Paris and Saint-Germain-des-Pres & the Jardin des Tuileries

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15 | Koh Phi Phi View Point, Thailand

One of my favourite spots on my travels around Thailand was Koh Phi Phi, with its tiny strip of restaurants, hotels and bars between the two great hills, it’s a tourist trap but one you can relax in. I wasn’t the camera geek that I am today when I went, so my pictures won’t do it justice. But that said, the view point is of course spectacular, looking down onto the patch of car-free land, surrounded by turquoise waters.


There’s so many more wonderful views across the world still on my bucket list, Machu Picchu, the beautiful Austrian Alps and of course the Tren a las Nubes in Argentina… among many. Please do share with me your favourite views too!

Now how would you like to win your own view? Unfortunately I’m not sending you to one of the above – wouldn’t that be dreamy – BUT I am giving away a vintage poster of the Austrian Alps in collaboration with Inntravel so you can gaze away and fantasise about the stunning views of the mountains. These guys offer a lovely selection of ‘slow holidays’ in Europe complete with detailed maps, transported luggage and self-guided routes, perfect for individuals who like to take a relaxed approach to exploring idyllic scenery and walk at their own pace.

 

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10 Comments

  1. 31st July 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Nice list! I would love to visit Tsavo National Park, Kenya and Koh Phi Phi View Point, Thailand. Good article..Thanks for the share.

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Good choices! I hope you get too 🙂

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you Camila 🙂

  2. 25th July 2017 / 2:56 pm

    This post is truly awe inspiring. Everything about these views just makes me feel so small and yet absolutely yearn to see all of these places. These places are definitely being added to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you Christina! If there’s anything I love about views it how they can make you feel so impossibly tiny!

  3. 25th July 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Beautiful collection, Eppie! I’d definitely include the Grand Canyon and somewhere in Yosemite or another national park. I’d also have to include the view from pretty much any mountain-top restaurant/bistro in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. I never seem to get tired of those views!

    • 31st July 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks Tom! The Austrian Alps are high on my list, I know I’d just love those views 🙂

  4. 25th July 2017 / 11:36 am

    Ahh so many beautiful views! I think my favourite is the New York skyline and the North Wales skies – I’ve been to the latter many times and still consider it one of the most beautiful regions I’ve ever visited. xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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