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Views From The Top! The Top Five Views From Around The World With

LONDON, January 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The Shard opens its doors - and viewing platform - 1 February

As The Shard opens to an eager public on 1 February, Londoners and visitors will have the chance to view the capital from a whopping 800ft (244m) above the skyline. As one of the newest and most exciting experiences to book through, it's no wonder that tickets are selling fast, but there are other great views to be enjoyed by those with a head for heights. have put together their favourite and most popular views from around the world that are sure to inspire, excite and intrigue even the most jaded traveller.
  1. The View from The Shard - London, UK

Drink in the sights of London from the top floors of London's newest attraction, The View from the Shard. Already an iconic landmark, this magnificent building was designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, and at a towering 1,016ft (310m) is the tallest in Western Europe.

The View sits at nearly twice the height of any other viewing platform in the UK's capital city and means that intrepid travellers will need to journey to 800ft (244m) above the great city of London. First stop is Level 00, for glimpses of the city, before travelling in one of the two high-speed 'kaleidoscopic' lifts to Level 68. London is once again revealed in an astonishing 350 degree view at Level 69, before ascending to Level 72, which at 244m is the highest public level of The Shard. Prices start from £24.50 per adult and £19 per child.
  1. CN Tower inc. Lunch at Restaurant 360 - Toronto, Canada

Discover spectacular views from one of the world's tallest buildings - the CN Tower in Toronto. View the city skyline and maybe even the mist rising from Niagara Falls from the Observation Deck, which has an open air area that completely encircles the tower. Continue admiring the view over lunch or dinner at the rotating 360 Restaurant. Lunch prices start from £57 per adult, and £30 per child.
  1. Top of the Rock - New York, USA

Forget the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock is the best place for 360° panoramic views of this incredible city and constantly tops the lists of 'best things to do in New York'. City slickers can look out across Manhattan and beyond from the Rockefeller Centre's 3-tiered observation deck, with views that stretch for 80 miles in every direction. Famous landmarks that can be seen from the 70th floor observation deck include the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and the Empire State Building. Prices start from £14 per adult, £8 per child.
  1. Sugar Loaf - City Tour and Cable Car - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Standing atop the Sugar Loaf Mountain allows for spectacular views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and the beaches of Niteró. See Rio from this stunning vantage point with a cable car ride via the Aterro do Flamengo the neighborhood of Urca where this symbol of the city is located. A first cable car travels to Urca Hill, a vantage point some 215 metres high, from where views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteró Bridge and Corcovado Hill can be enjoyed. From this stage, a second cable car travels to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. This experience starts with a panoramic tour of the city. Prices start from £45 per adult, £33 per child.
  1. Skywalk Express - Grand Canyon, USA

The Skywalk Express is a cantilevered glass bridge extending 70 feet from the rim and 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon. Open to the public since 2007, it offers unparalleled views of this natural wonder. This particular tour starts with a helicopter flight that affords spectacular aerial views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, extinct volcanoes and the Colorado River as well as a picnic on the canyon floor, before landing on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and heading out onto the Skywalk. The return flight will conclude with an exciting view of the Las Vegas Strip. Prices start from £288 per adult.

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