Welcome to part two in my series North America from Above. Make sure you check out part one which is packed full of some of the best views from above in North America.
This is a new series that I’ll be rolling out throughout the year where I’ll be taking you above the world one region at a time. From Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania, nothing will be missed. And to start this series off is North America from above.
And to help you find the best place to view various cities, towns, regions and areas of North America from above, I’ve enlisted the help of some well travelled blogger friends. Together we will be taking you on a journey across North America from above in search of some of the best views, giving you the inside scoop on how you too can get the view.
Sulphur Mountain – The Rocky Mountains
Colette Dunn – Armchair to Reality
To get to the summit of Sulphur Mountain where the picture was taken from the City of Calgary head west onto the Trans-Canada Highway (the drive will take approximately 1 ½ hrs) and head to the town of Banff in Banff National Park. Then it’s just a short 10 minute drive (which is well signposted) to the Banff Gondola which will take you to the summit.
The Observatoire de la Capitale – Quebec City
Hannah Logan – Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
At thirty one floors high The Observatoire de la Capitale offers the best panoramic views of Quebec City. This particular photo looks out to the Château Frontenac (the world’s most photographed hotel) in Old Town, and across the Saint Lawrence river.
Dobbins Lookout, South Mountain – Phoenix, Arizona
James Kelley – Escaping Abroad
South Mountain Park is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the United States covering more than 16,000 acres. It’s open to the public and you can get to the great views by hiking, horseback riding, biking or riding right to the top in a car.
John Hancock Building – Chicago
Jenna Kvidt – Wander the Map
To get this view, head to the 96th floor of the building and grab a drink or apps at the Signature Lounge. The views here are much better than they are at the Willis Tower, and entrance is free (besides your bill at the bar)!
St Louise Arch – Downtown St Louis
Josh & Liz – Peanuts or Pretzels
The “pods” are a very small Willy Wonka-type of elevator which take you to the top of the Arch. Once at the top, you might need to brace yourself because a strong gust of wind will set the Arch to sway.
Mt Philo – Charlotte, Vermont
Katie McGrain – Around the World in Katie Days
It is a quick hike (that I take multiple times a week when I am home in Vermont) and I never, ever get sick of the view. The view is of the Vermont countryside and Lake Champlain. The mountains across the lake are the Adirondacks in New York.
The Rocky Mountains from an airplane
Dawn Kealing – Life, Love and Adventure
It’s an absolutely gorgeous 55 minute flight from the small northern city of Prince George to the well known Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia. There are many breathtaking sights along the way; it always seems as if as soon as you have departed the pilot is announcing your arrival in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Lookout
Lance & Laura – Travel Addicts
High atop the Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver is the 360 degree Vancouver Lookout, offering the finest views in the city. From the Vancouver Lookout, visitors can see downtown, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains across the harbour. This is one of the best views in all of North America!
Mix Lounge at Delano – Las Vegas, Nevada
Matilda – The Travel Sisters
One spot that offers a great view of Vegas is the outdoor terrace of miX Lounge which is on the 64th floor of Delano Las Vegas.
Fisher’s Peak – near Cranbrook, British Colombia
Matt Gibson – Xpat Matt
To get to Fisher’s Peak you need to drive to the trailhead, which is on a logging road about an hour’s drive East of Cranbrook. Then start climbing. It’s a 10km hike with a nearly 1.5km vertical climb. It’s a tough hike, but the reward is definitely worth it. It’s the tallest peak in that region of the Rocky Mountains, so the view is a sea of other peaks in the Rocky Mountains of southeast B.C.
Chimney Rock – North Carolina
Megan Claire – Mapping Megan
With spectacular 75 mile panoramic views over Lake Lure, hiking trails for all ages, guided rock climbing, and a 404-foot waterfall (Hickory Nut Falls), Chimney Rock State Park is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic outdoor attractions. Chimney Rock is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC. Directions here. Visit Chimney Rock and take in Brevard’s Land of Waterfalls in the same afternoon. Rates to enter the park are $15 for adults and $7 for youth ages 5-15.
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