Ten Stunning Aerial Shots of Major World Cities


Ten beautiful aerial shots for ten beautiful cities. Click on the linked city names to see our archives of travel articles and guides for each destination. Otherwise scroll through and enjoy the photos!

  • The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco just visible through the fog.

    San Francisco, USA: It’s probably for the best that the Golden Gate Bridge has such a bright color in a city as foggy as San Francisco! Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands is the place to go for the best views of the city and bridge.

  • An aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro and the Christ the Redeemer statue.

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The 100-foot art-deco Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the entire city of Rio de Janeiro from its perch on the 2300-foot peak of Corcovado Mountain.

  • The Sacre Coeur and the neighborhood of Montmartre at night.

    Paris, France: The Sacre Coeur Basilica is a beauty to behold, but just as good is the view of the Parisian skyline and the neighborhood of Montmartre from the church itself.

  • A view over Munich’s historic Marienplatz with the New Town Hall and Frauenkirche. Read more at: Modern Art in Berlin and Historic Sights in Munich - Traveler's Digest http://www.travelersdigest.com/3876-modern-art-in-berlin-and-historic-sights-in-munich/#ixzz2WQxUjOwP

    Munich, Germany: The 15th century Frauenkirche (left) dominates the skyline of Munich, and, to ensure that never changes, the city of Munich has a law forbidding any building from obstructing views of the cathedral.

  • A sunset over Kuala Lumpur and the Petronas Twin Towers.


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: At one time the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers remain a stunning example of the economic rise of Malaysia and Asia as a whole. The rest of the city’s isn’t too bad either.

  • View of the entire city of Barcelona with the Mediterranean Sea in the background.


    Barcelona, Spain: This beautiful photo of Barcelona was taken from the top of Mount Tibidabo. Besides being a great lookout point, the mountain also has an amusement park that is a lot of fun for families.

  • The Griffith Observatory with Downtown Los Angeles behind it.


    Los Angeles, USA: The Griffith Observatory sits high above Los Angeles with downtown in the distance. Though the city has an infamously low density, Downtown Los Angeles does have a number of skyscrapers.

  • View of Central Park in the autumn.


    New York, USA: View of New York’s Central Park in the fall along with the Hudson River and the Upper West Side. 843 acres of greenery right in the city, the park is a literal oasis for New Yorkers.

  • An aerial shot of Vancouver on an incredibly clear day.


    Vancouver, Canada: A stunning aerial shot of Vancouver with downtown in the center shot. Granville Island can also be seen, as can the North Shore and its mountains. Photo credit ecstaticist CC BY-SA.

  • View of Hong Kong and its skyscrapers on a clear night from the Peak.


    Hong Kong, China: Hong Kong has a beautiful skyline and it shows in this photo from the Peak. Central District is at the forefront, while Kowloon and ICC, the world’s 4th tallest building, are in the background.


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