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Questions tagged [vantage-points]

Finding great spots for views, panoramas, or photography of specific sites or locations.

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Vantage points in Buenos Aires for photos

Are there any publicly accessible tall buildings in Buenos Aires that are good for views & photos? And hopefully pleasant to visit otherwise too. :) Including (or linking to) opening hours & ...
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Can one see Morocco from Portugal?

Is it possible to see Morocco from the very south of Portugal, say, Faro or Lagos? If so, which would one see more easily, Tangier or Rabat? Both Tangier and Rabat are nearly at sea-level. The ...
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What is the biggest altitude difference between two points visible from each other and where are they?

People who have been to Geneva surely have admired the view of Mont Blanc. On clear days it is possible to see the mountain which is 70 km away and more than 4000 m higher than the city. (To be honest,...
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Can you see the Isles of Scilly from Cornwall?

On a clear day is it possible to see the Isles of Scilly from Cornwall with the aid of binoculars? A distance of around 40km. I know on a very clear day you can only see maximum 20km from sea level ...
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Where is the longest visible line of sight on Earth from point A to point B?

We've had some interesting questions on being able to see country A from B, and on visibility for miles in every direction. For a 6 ft tall person, the horizon in a 'flat' area is meant to be about ...
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Photographable location from “Gangnam Style” music video

What location, if any, from the music video of Gangnam Style is visitable and photographable by ordinary tourists? Visiting and photographing the place shouldn't be regarded as unacceptable or ...
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Is it possible to see Sydney Tower from Norah Head?

There's an urban myth / story that you can see the tower from Norah head. One website claims to have a photo of it but it's hard to know if it's photoshopped and the comments certainly seem to argue ...
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What is the highest viewing spot in London that is accessible free of charge?

I would like to visit a viewing spot in London, but I don't want to pay any entrance fees. Where is the highest spot to do so? Note that restaurants and bars (or other freely accessible venues) are ...
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Spots for night panoramic photography in London

I'm looking for places in London which provide a good vantage point for taking panoramic photos at night. This implies that they should provide a panoramic view of the city center, be accessible till ...
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Which side of the Zagreb - Ljubljana Train has more scenic views?

Going to Ljubljana from Zagreb by train soon. The Seat61 describes the ride: There are several trains every day linking Zagreb & Ljubljana, journey time 2h28. It's a lovely scenic train ride ...
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From what point could you view the most US states?

A fairly simple question: from what single point could you see the most US states? It seems like it should be a popular tourist attraction.
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Free view of the Sydney CBD

Where is the best free view of the Sydney Central Business District from within 30 minutes drive of the city? I'm used to the Brisbane tradition of going up to the top of Mt Coot-tha to look over ...
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What publicly accessible vantage points exist in Portland, Oregon?

Any publicly accessible tall buildings that are good for views & photography in Portland, Oregon? Or is the Aerial tram a better bet?
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Vantage point for photography in Panama City

Yes, we have similar questions for Manhattan, London and Vancouver, but what about Panama City? It has a lot of skyscrapers, but WikiVoyage, Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor mention nothing about a ...
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How can I find tall buildings with a publicly accessible view at an upper floor?

Many travelers enjoy great views from high vantage points such as a hill nearby a city (e.g. Mount Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia), or the (less popular than the Space Needle, but taller) Columbia ...
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Is there a site that lists all the best viewpoints of Lisbon?

I have a goal which is visiting all view points in Lisbon, if possible, in one day. The city has quite some points with very nice scenic views. I know quite a few, but when I talk to people about ...
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Where is a tripod allowed from high up in New York City?

The title says it all. I'd like to make a time-lapse video in New York City, but most buildings do not allow tripods. Does anyone know where I can use one 'from above'?
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Vantage point in Austin, Texas for photos?

I'm staying in a hostel on the river which has a great view of the downtown skyline of Austin (the HI hostel). However, I'm wondering if there's a tower that's publicly accessible in downtown Austin ...
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Does anything happen at Lady Bay, Sydney on New Year's Eve, or is it closed like some other beaches?

Lady Bay is a small nudist beach near Watsons Bay in Sydney Australia. I seem to recall that there's at least a partial view of the city from there. Possibly not the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney ...
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What are my options to get an bird's eye view of the Niagara falls?

What options do I have to see the Niagara Falls from a bird's eye view?
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Sunrise/sunset photographic opportunities at the Grand Canyon

I'm hoping to get a great view of the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. I'll be staying in Williams, and will be there the first weekend of September. Where is generally (on the South Rim) considered to ...
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What time should we go to Times Square on New Year's eve?

We're going to be in New York over New Year's and are thinking of doing the stereotypical thing and going to Times Square. What time should we be getting there to get a decent vantage point? Does ...
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Is there a view point of Grand Canyon close to Las Vegas?

We are going to Vegas. The proper Grand Canyon parks are too far from the city of Las Vegas but is there something within 3 hours that provides a view of the Grand Canyons and is popular?
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Where can I go in Vancouver that's high up for a good view of the city for photography?

Yes, we have similar questions for Manhattan and London, but having just moved to Vancouver I'm keen to find something here - there are a lot of skyscrapers downtown, but I know nothing about them. ...
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What publicly accessible tall buildings are good for views & photography in Manhattan?

There was a similar question for London... but what about New York City? I'm mainly thinking (Midtown) Manhattan, but feel free to recommend awesome vantage points elsewhere in NYC too. If going to ...
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How's the view from Somerset House's terrace?

Somerset House advertises that it's possible to watch the fireworks from their terrace on New Year's Eve - for a fee, of course. On the map they seem very close to the heart of things, but of course ...
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Can I see Lebanon from Cyprus?

On the map, Cyprus seems not to far away from Lebanon. Approximately 100 kilometers. Is it possible to see parts of Lebanon from anywhere in Cyprus?
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How to get to Angel Falls?

I've been told that it's really difficult to get to the falls themselves. Wikitravel seems to indicate you can only fly in. What options exist for getting to a great view of the falls themselves?
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Can I view London from the top of its tallest building?

One Canada Square, incorrectly referred to as Canary Wharf is one of the tallest buildings in London, but it's proving difficult to find out for sure whether it has any public viewing platform or bar ...
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Is there any possibility to view London from “The Gherkin”?

30 St Mary Axe, officially The Swiss Re Building, colloquially The Gherkin is one of the most prominent and tallest buildings in modern London, but it's proving difficult to find out for sure whether ...
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What publicly accessible tall structures to take photos from exist in London?

I'm looking for publicly accessible tall structures in London from where I can take photos of the city. The Monument to the Great Fire of London has pretty good views, and I understand you can get ...
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How can I get a great view of Shanghai?

I'm going to visit Shanghai next month and I know there are several huge skyscrapers. Now I'm wondering from which tower, that's accessible to the main public, can I get the best view at an ...
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What is a good place to have a bird's eye view of Boston?

I'm looking for a place to take pictures of Boston, esp. Back Bay's brownstones. What is a good place to have a bird's eye view of Boston? Some place free and open to tourists would be great!