12 Iconic Views to See in Your Lifetime

You've seen these sights on postcards, but experiencing any of them in person is sure to stir your traveling soul.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery from the Trail

Weary hikers rejoice at their first sighting of the Tiger’s Nest, or Taktshang Goemba, in Bhutan.

Bhutan photo by koshkha

Petra Treasury from the Siq

This first glimpse of the ancient Treasury in Petra, Jordan, is incomplete but incredible.

Petra photo by garymarsh6

Manhattan from the Top of the Rock

Take in a 360-degree view of Manhattan that has the Empire State Building in it.

New York photo by Dutchnatasja

Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail

This iconic vista from the trail's end captures the beauty of both the ruins and the peaks.

Machu Picchu photo by Zeke111

Grand Canyon from the Skywalk

Since 2007, the Grand Canyon Skywalk has provided visitors with near-aerial views of the canyon.

Las Vegas photo by Dagnasty

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak boasts plenty of entertainment options, but staring at the harbor beats them all.

Hong Kong photo by EsslingerBrian

Paris from the Eiffel Tower

With three different levels open to visitors, the beauty of the Eiffel Tower is that travelers can see the beauty of Paris from several stunning perspectives.

Paris photo by J'aimeParis

Sydney from the Harbour Bridge

The view of the Sydney Opera House from the bridge is worth the precipitous climb.

Sydney photo by EsslingerBrian

Great Wall of China from Simatai

Devoid of crowds, the stretch of wall around Simatai Gate offers an unbroken view of China’s famous wonder.

Beijing photo by Gard

Blue Mosque from Hagia Sophia

This is the best vantage point in Turkey for enjoying Ottoman architecture from the inside out.

Istanbul photo by Liam Hetherington

Santorini Sunset from Oia

Oia’s whitewashed buildings reflect the sunset like no other place on earth.

Oia photo by MichaelJM

Pacific Ocean from the Road to Hana

Many people argue that the Road to Hana is the world’s most beautiful drive; with views like this one, it’s no wonder.

Maui photo by bebebloom