17 Most Inspiring Places In The World To Look Up

There are some places where you don’t need to say a word. Just stop. Tilt your head up… and gaze in wonder.

1 | The Florence Duomo, Italy

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As the main church of Florence, Il Duomo di Firenze has a magnificent dome, built by a master goldsmith over 16 years starting in 1420.

2 | Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland


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Hotel Kakslauttanen and its luxurious glass igloos are located at one of the world’s most vivid places to enjoy the Northern Lights.

3 | 1 Bligh, Sydney, Australia


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1 Bligh Street is home to the ‘heart of glass,’ an amazing heart-shaped atrium, which extends the entire height of the building.

4 | Dancing House, Prague


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The Dancing House looks like something from a fairytale and stands out beautifully against the Gothic buildings that Prague is known for

5 | The President, Sequoia National Park USA


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The President is a 3200 year old sequoia that stands 247 feet tall. The trunk is 27 feet wide, and as one of the tallest trees in the world, it’s well worth the neck pain.

6 | Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China


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Jin Mao Tower is known as the “Golden Prosperity Building” for good reason. The atrium of this extravagant skyscraper gleams with a golden tinge.

7 | Gehry II, Dusseldorf, Germany


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The Gehry building was built to reinvent the port of Dusseldorf as it entered decline in the 90s. The twisted building achieved just that – creating a truly amazing center for art.

8 | Solar Furnace, France


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The temperature at the focal point of this massive furnace can reach 3,500 °C. Look into its eye, however, and you can see an amazing mirrored version of the surrounding landscape.

9 | Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA


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The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and at some points, over a mile deep. Unsurprisingly, a trip to the bottom and a simple look up can offer an astounding and truly humbling view.

10 | Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco


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The Transamerica Pyramid is skyscraper at the heart of the San Francisco Financial District. Looking up is a mind-boggling, almost surreal experience.

11 | Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


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The largest balloon festival in the world sees more than 750 hot air balloons assemble for nine days of festivities. We promise that you’ll have a sore neck by the time the party is over.

12 | Sistine Chapel, Vatican City


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The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most extravagant ceilings in the world. Painted by Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam is perhaps the most famous feature, though there are countless other famous works.

13 | Times Square, NYC, USA


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Times Square is the center of New York City, it’s also incredibly bright. Looking up is the only way to appreciate the cacophony we’ve built together.

14 | Angel Falls, Venezuela


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This magnificent waterfall on the edge of the Auyantepui mountain sends water rushing down from heights of nearly 2,700 feet. If you fancy a break from looking up, there’s a further quarter mile of rapids below the drop.

15 | San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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This is one of the most remote and amazing stargazing spots in the world. The lack of civilization means that the skies are free from the light pollution that usually masks the stars.

16 | The Louvre, Paris, France


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The Louvre is home to one of the biggest collections of art in the world. It’s only fitting that the ceilings are equally magnificent.

17 | Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA


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This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice. Since significantly less light makes it down to the deeper depths, the walls often appear to be different colors and it’s always a good time to look up.

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