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I started trying to solve this by finding photos from Cyprus. I found some, but they're not very conclusive. Then I realised we could do this mathematically! The approximate distance to the horizon from an observer close to the Earth's surface is given by: where d is in kilometres and h is height above sea level in metres. Examples: For an observer ...


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The views are pretty sweet from some of the hotels. Here's one from a room that cost me $25 extra for a "falls view room": Really, it's from the room: I'm pretty sure it was the Sheraton. Update: since someone mentioned the Skylon tower, here's a shot (on a fairly old cellphone) from the restaurant. Go up for dinner on a night they have fireworks, ...


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At 1,016ft, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. If you're planning a trip to London after February 2013, the 360° viewing gallery on the 68th-72nd floors should be open. This panorama captures the northern half of the view at present, though it will change as some of the half dozen major skyscrapers under construction in the centre of the ...


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St Paul's is a great start, the views are amazing. Primrose Hill while not a tall building does offer a free panoramic view of London from the north. If i recall correctly you can see the Gherkin, London eye and BT tower. Tower 42 has a champagne/wine bar on the 42nd floor and a restaurant on the 24th floor. You usually need to book for the bar, but ...


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One little known option is Blue Bar on 36, at the Shangri-La hotel, close to Circular Quay. It's on the 36th floor, is pretty smart (but have been in there in smart-casual) and the drink prices are horrendous, but there's nothing stopping you going up for a look. It's free to enter. (source: Lonely Planet article) You get a view down on the Opera House, ...


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In addition to Empire State building which is currently the highest vantage point there is also Top of the Rock which from people who have compared the two offers better views then Empire State Building. Top of the Rock is a 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Centre (the upper decks 260 m above the street ...


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You can do a helicopter tour, many tour agencies provide this kind of tour on both the USA and Canada sides. Prices are a little bit expensive ($110+) but it's worth every penny. I picked up random tour agencies from Google search, one on the Canadian side and the other on the American side. Furthermore, there is a skydiving center near Niagara falls, ...


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In addition to the hotels and helicopter tours that are already mentioned, it is also possible, to access one of the two towers that were built for that purpose: The Konica Minolta Tower Center has a visitor platform at 99 meters and offers a view over the Horseshoes Falls. A more popular option is the Skylon Tower that offers a really great view over ...


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Personally the best view is not from those skyscrapers but a nice spot to view these buildings from the bund (Puxi side) I highly recommend Three on the bund, it has a roof top and now is the perfect time to go. Stunning view of Pudong area. Image courtesy of Stuck in Customs, licenced under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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One option is the Tate Modern. On the 5th floor is a small coffee shop or cafe, publicly accessible and free to gain access. It has a great view looking north over the Thames towards St Paul's and Central London. Another option that costs is the London Eye. It takes 30 minutes to complete a revolution, and I recommend it both during the day and at night ...


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I've been on the Karpaz peninsula, the part of Cyprus that is closest to Lebanon and no, you can't see anything but sea, even from the very tip - though admittedly I didn't have binoculars or tried to find the highest point. But there aren't really any mountains in that area, just some minor hills. Here's a picture from that area (and even pointing in the ...


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Sydney's a bit too flat to have any mountains with CBD views; instead, I'd head across the water! From the west side of Darling Harbour near the Maritime Museum and the Star Casino, you'll get the Hong Kong-from-Kowloon-style "skyscraper view" of the CBD. This is particularly impressive at sunset, when the sun setting in the west catches all the glass ...


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It doesn't look like it's possible, if you are standing on the beach and not taking photos from some elevated vantage point. The eastern part of Cyprus is fairly flat, with elevation of less than 50 m, especially on the side you'd be able to see Lebanon. The easiest way to confirm is to look for photos taken in this region, and see whether you'd be able to ...


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There are some trees between the terrace and the river (sample photo), but they don't have any leaves on them in December and should not obstruct your view of the fireworks. I have not been there on New Year's Eve myself though.


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Often there are charity events for climbing tall buildings. For £30 you could climb the Gherkin in April 2011 to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. I think they did a climb of it for child cancer last year (2010). That and the London open house are about your two best bets short of getting a job there)(not a sure bet but it has been ...


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These are currently negative answers, obvious tall buildings you might expect to be the ones to go for, but which can be ruled out due to lack of known ways for members of the public to access them: 30 St Mary Axe, officially The Swiss Re Building, colloquially The Gherkin. This building has a restaurant on the 39th floor called "Searcys 40|30 Gherkin", ...


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Alexandra palace has some nice views: Centrepoint tower which has a club/restaraunt at the top: Views from there:


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I don't recall any bars in NYC having a dress code, so T-Shirt and Jeans should be fine as long as you don't come in looking like a complete bum. Having said that there are quite a few rooftop bars. Here is the list of some of them that have menus available. 230 Fifth The Heights The Local cafe But you can simply look at the top 10 list(?) to pick the ...


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This may be better suited for photography.SE Generally speaking your requirement of time lapse photography you will need a permit if you will be on city property and explanation of restrictions. When it comes to private buildings access to using the observation deck or the roof is regulated by the building owner. Normally places with accessible ...


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Some of the tallest and most inspiring structures in Asia and the world can be found along the Huangpu River bank in Pudong's Lujiazui district. Three of considerable mention are: Oriental Pearl Tower, one of the tallest structures in Asia, providing visitors with city views (different tours available) or light shows (at night) from below (free). Jin Mao ...


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The one that springs immediately to mind is the Empire State Building. The main observation deck is on the 86th floor, which has 360 degree views over the city. There's also a smaller and fully enclosed observation deck on the 102nd floor; apparently the view is better, but you're indoors. I think it misses something not being able to feel the wind and see ...


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As you've probably already discovered, the normal place to visit the Grand Canyon when coming from Las Vegas is the "South Rim", which is about 4 1/2 hours drive (each way!) from Vegas. Although the Grand Canyon (and the Grand Canyon National Park) does extend almost 100 miles further west of the "South Rim", there are no suitable roads that allow access to ...


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To get a decent vantage point you should probably get into a restaurant like Olive Garden on Times Square or some similar, menu is not that fancy but the location is great and you might want to reserve the seat by the glass now. Generally it used to be that to get a place by the fence you will need to be on Times Square the morning of the 31st (times have ...


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The Pearl Tower is half museum half observation deck (museum is mostly at the base) but it isn't as tall as the other skyscrapers. The Jin Mao tower has an observation deck and also a bar (I've been to both) the bar as a minimum spend which when I was last there was about 20 quid, personally I like the bar, go up before night is about to fall and drink good ...


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The tower of Westminster Cathedral (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey) is not as tall as the more modern buildings but it offers nice views over central and west London.


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The Prudential center is a great place to see it. Directly above the observatory is the bar Top of the Hub You can go up without any charge and buy a drink at the bar and walk around and enjoy the views. Here's a picture I quickly snapped on my phone from last year at the Top of the Hub bar:


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Lady Bay is a part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. In general, Sydney Harbour National Park is only open sunrise to sunset. During special events like New Years Eve they do open parts of the park outside of these times, but this only applies to specific areas, and normally requires tickets purchased in advance. The list of such sites for NYE 2013 is ...


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Other good and free views not yet mentioned include: Cremorne Wharf Balls Head, Waverton Larkin St Lookout, Waverton Bradley's Head (Ideas courtesy of a great write-up by Ilya Genkin.)


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A great place to have a bird's eye view of Boston is the Skywalk Observatory. It is located at the top of the Prudential Center. Please find the link below: http://www.prudentialcenter.com/shop/shop_detail.php?id=64 It is not free but it isn't too expensive and open to the public Ticket Prices: Adults $13.00 Seniors $11.00 Children under 12 $9.00 ...


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25 Canada square, the Citi Group building, which as far as I know is the second tallest building in London does have a cafe on the 27th floor (I may be incorrect with the exact floor number), which is open to the public. It offers amazing panoramic views over London, and especially the new Olympic sites and London City Airport. Source: I used to work for ...



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