Yet, by viewing locations from above, familiar scenes you’ve seen countless times in photographs (or in person) can be put in a brand new light.
Some places just need to be appreciated from all angles, so go ahead and enjoy this collection of stunning aerial views from around the world.
1. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the 2nd largest city in Spain and is known for its striking architecture.
2. Central Park, New York, USA
An urban park in New York City, Central Park provides many opportunities for entertainment, from sports and boating to performances and a zoo.
3. Mexico City, Mexico
The capital of Mexico is one of the most important financial centers in North America.
4. Venice, Italy
The beautiful Italian city of Venice is situated on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.
5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Situated on the Amstel River, Amsterdam was one of the most important ports in the world in the 17th century.
6. Giza Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
In addition to several pyramids, Giza is also home to the Great Sphinx and ancient temples.
7. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, is one of the most voluminous waterfalls in the world.
8. Namib Desert, Namibia
This coastal desert in southern Africa stretches for over 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles).
9. Chicago, USA
Chicago is quite the bustling city – it’s the third most populous in the country and is an international hub for finance and technology.
10. Tulip Fields, The Netherlands
Each spring, the tulips in The Netherlands turn large parts of the country into a colorful patchwork.
11. Bern, Switzerland
The medieval city center of Bern is surrounded by the Aare River and features a large collection of historic buildings and renaissance fountains.
12. Mangroves, New Caledonia
Most of New Caledonia’s mangrove swamps can be found on the western coast, accounting for 80% of that area. The plants help protect the coastline from cyclones and violent windstorms.
13. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai sits on the emirate’s northern coastline and has become notable for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.
14. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea and one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
15. Paris, France
Situated on the Seine River, Paris is the capital of France and one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers.
16. Meskendir Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
This stunning Turkish Valley has a total length of 4,400 meters (14,435 feet).
17. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is famous for its harbor, its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom (a floristic region in South Africa), and for several well-known landmarks.
18. Athens, Greece
With a recorded history that spans around 3,400 years, Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities,
19. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
This coastal seaport is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada.
20. Male, Maldives
Now the most populous city in the Maldives, Male was once the King’s Island, where ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled.
21. Vatican City, Italy
Vatican City is a walled enclave within Rome, ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope.
22. Bac Son Valley, Vietnam
The residents of this valley, situated in the heart of a rural district, greatly depend on agriculture.
23. Marina Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city that’s built along a 3 kilometer (2 mile) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.
24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a main cultural hub in Brazil and has architecture that dates back to the 16th century.
25. Terraced Rice Fields, China
China is home to many rice terraces that claim the slopes of hilly or mountainous areas. Some spots have been cultivated for over 1000 years.