“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Travel gives you a new perspective on the world, opens your mind and introduces you to new cultures. With so many destinations, you can visit again and again and always find a new side to explore, something new to discover.
Lately, drone technology has been taking travel photography to new heights. Aerial photographs give us a new perspective on landscapes, and a renewed appreciation for nature, ancient cities, and renowned landmarks. Other times, all you need to do to get a new perspective is climb to a mountaintop or bell tower and look around.
These sixteen photos showcase some of the most beautiful and interesting travel destinations in the world from unique perspectives.
1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The main river that flows through Amsterdam is called the Amstel, and gives the city its name. “Amsterdam” comes from “Amstel Dam”. It’s also the name of a beer: Amstel Brewery used to use river water to cool its beer. More than 60 miles of canals also run through Amsterdam. Three main canals form concentric belts around the city, called Grachtengordel.
2. Athens, Greece
Modern day Athens is a sprawling city of over 38 square kilometers. However, ancient Athens was much smaller. Walls erected in around the city in 478 enclosed an area of only 3.5 square kilometers. Today, the neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio surround the Acropolis. This is where you’ll find most ancient ruins, museums, landmarks and more.
Of course, for another great view of Athens, just soak in the views from atop the Acropolis itself.
3. Barcelona, Spain
It’s not hard to find a great city view in Barcelona. Park Guell, home to many of Gaudi’s famous works, offers a stunning panorama. For an even better, 360 degree view, find Turó de la Rovira in the city’s Horta-Guinardó district. Visitors to Castell de Montjuïc will discover incredible views of the city and port, as well as gardens, a café and museum. The best part? No need to climb the hill – the Montjuïc Cable Car will take you there.
4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik’s city walls are among the oldest and best preserved in all of Europe. They run an uninterrupted course of about 1,940 meters, encircling most of the city’s charming Old Town. The fortifications date back to the 12th century and have been strengthened over centuries. Today, walking the city walls is one of the most popular tourist activities in Dubrovnik.
5. Florence, Italy
There’s no need for fancy drone technology to get this view of Florence. Simply climb the 414 steps to the top of Giotto’s Campanile in Piazza del Duomo. The famous bell tower stands at a height of 84.7 meters and offers a beautiful perspective on the red-roofed houses and piazzas of Florence.
For another breathtaking view, cross the Arno River and climb to Piazzale Michelangelo.
6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Saigon River winds through Southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City, also commonly known as Saigon. Thanks to their small size, Azamara ships are able to dock in city center. For another perspective on Vietnam, take a tour through rice fields and villages to the Mekong River and Mekong Delta. It will feel a world away from the energetic city.
7. Hong Kong, China
It’s easy to look down on Hong Kong from atop one of the 1,223 skyscrapers in the bustling metropolis. That’s more than anywhere else in the world! To get a view of the entire skyline, take the tram to Victoria Peak. The Peak, as it’s known locally, is the highest mountain on the island. It’s home to some of the most expensive homes in the world, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, and a garden.
8. Lisbon, Portugal
Did you know that Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital city, after Athens? It’s true! Many historians believe Phoenicians settled there in 1200 BC, making it approximately four centuries older than Rome. The hilltop Castelo de São Jorge overlooks the city center and is a main tourist attraction thanks to its great city views.
9. London, England
The Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. It opened in 1894, following eight years of construction. Design of the bridge was open to public competition, and over fifty submissions were sent in. Horace Jones, the city architect at the time, won in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry.
In 2018, the Azamara World Journey will conclude with an overnight stay beneath the tower bridge.
10. Miami, USA
Miami Beach is known for cool art deco architecture, incredible beaches and lively nightlife. But it also is home to a unique ecosystem. It’s the only U.S. city bordered by two national parks – Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. The Biscayne Bay, which separates Miami Beach from Miami, is a shallow lagoon that’s home to a variety of fish and birds, as well as manatees and sea turtles.
11. Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo is informally defined as the Monte Carlo Quarter, the part of Monaco where you’ll find its famous casino, the Hôtel de Paris, Café de Paris, and Salle Garnier. This is the most glamorous and iconic part of Monaco, but don’t discount the rest of the principality. The quieter, historic Monaco City Quarter boasts the Prince’s Palace, the impressive Oceanographic Museum, exotic gardens and harbor views.
12. Paris, France
The only thing better than the view from the Eiffel Tower is the view from the Eiffel Tower at night. Of course, the view of the tower itself is not so bad either – 20,000 lightbulbs and 336 floodlights illuminate the Paris landmark. For cruisers, “The City of Light” is accessible from Honfleur. Or, extend your vacation by spending a few days there before embarking from Nice.
13. Rome, Italy
Rome is home to countless piazzas, fountains, obelisks, archeological sites and churches. Perhaps the most famous landmark is the Roman Colosseum, seen here. The Colosseum is an elliptical building of more than 24,000 square meters. It has over 80 entrances, 36 trap doors, and was built to accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. Today it receives millions of visitors each year.
14. Sydney, Australia
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 and is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. In the 1950s and 60s, there were occasional reports of covert daredevils who’d illegally traversed the bridge on foot, under the cover of darkness. Since 1998, brave souls have been able to legally climb the bridge on foot – and they’re rewarded with incredible views of the city.
15. Valencia, Spain
Valencia, Spain is a beautiful hodgepodge of architecture throughout the ages. You’ll see occasional examples of Romanesque architecture (the Church of Saint Vincent), endless Gothic buildings (the city’s famous Silk Exchange), many Renaissance influenced churches, Baroque buildings (the Palace of Marqués de Dos Aguas), Neoclassical structures (the Plaza de Toros bullring) and to contrast it all, innovative modern architecture. Don’t miss the City of Arts and Sciences. This brilliant creative complex set in a sunken park was designed by world-famous Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.
16. Whitsunday Islands, Australia
The 74 tropical islands known as the Whitsundays are found off the coast of Queensland, Australia, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef itself is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs, as well as over 900 islands across more than 2,600 kilometers. This massive protected area is perfect for snorkeling and diving but is quite astounding when seen from an aerial perspective as well.
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