Observation Towers at Popular Tourist Places in the United States
Humans are curious creatures and we love to travel to interesting places and see great sites. In the United States in order to see many popular tourist places from a height observation towers have been built. Whether it be waterfalls, beaches, mountains, oceans or other man-made curiosities visitors will pay good money to view these sites from a height.
All of these observation towers at popular tourist places in the United States really add to the experience of visiting these sites and all are located within walking distance of hotels in the areas.
Space Needle in Seattle
The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington is 605 feet high and was built for the 1962 World's Fair which was held in the city. Today the Space Needle is the 6th tallest structure in Seattle and has a great observation deck and the rotating SkyCity restaurant at the top. A tourist trip to Seattle is not complete without a visit to the Space Needle observation deck for the fantastic views of the city, the surrounding mountains including Mount Rainier and the islands and great beauty of the Puget Sound.
Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the great tourist cities in the United States and the world. All the casinos, hotels and other tourist attractions that have been built in Las Vegas are impressive to see and really impressive from the great height of the Stratosphere Tower. Built in 1996 the Stratosphere Tower soars 1,149 feet above the city offering fantastic views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.
The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest structure in Las Vegas and the 5th tallest structure in the United States and in addition to the observation deck offers visitors the highest thrill rides in the world along with a casino, restaurants and a hotel.
Coit Tower in San Francisco
Coit Tower is located on Telegraph Hill and soars 210 feet above the hill offering visitors fabulous views of the city of San Francisco and all the great tourist attractions located in the area. Built in 1933 the Coit Tower itself is one of the great tourist attractions located in a city filled with great places to visit and see. San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the United States and the world.
Aloha Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii
The Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 in the Honolulu Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. Soaring 184 feet above the capital city of Hawaii the Aloha Tower offers visitors fantastic views of the city, the surrounding mountains, Diamond Head, the great beaches including Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean. The Aloha Tower was built in Honolulu in 1926.
Observation Towers at Niagara Falls
There are three observation towers located at Niagara Falls which is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with 25 million annual visitors. The three towers are the Skylon Tower, the Konica Minolta Tower and the American Falls Observation Tower. Visiting any one of all three of these towers really enhances a Niagara Falls trip. You can read more about these towers at Observation Towers at Niagara Falls. Did you know they light up Niagara Falls at Night?
Gatlinburg Space Needle in Tennessee
The Gatlinburg Space Needle soars 407 feet above the city of Gatlinburg in Tennessee and offers visitors fantastic views of the city and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Gatlinburg Space Needle was built in 1970 and is located right in the middle of Gatlinburg which is a big tourist place in Tennessee full of great attractions like Ober Gatlinburg which is a ski resort and amusement park with an aerial tramway, other amusement parks like nearby Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg is full of hotels, motels, resorts and other visitor accommodations.
Tower of the Americas in San Antonio
Image Source (View from observation deck at top of the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas)
The tallest build or structure in San Antonio, Texas is the 622 foot high Tower of the Americas that was built for the 1968 World's Fair held in the city. San Antonio receives some 26 million visitors a year and people come to the city to see the Alamo and other Spanish Missions, the beautiful River Walk that offers candle-lit dinners on board boats in the river which flows gently through the city, SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Siesta Texas all of which are visible from the observation deck at the top of the Tower of the Americas.
If you have never been to San Antonio it really is one of the great tourist cities in the United States and most of the best hotels and restaurants in the city are located within walking distance of the River Walk.
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