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10 international cities with stunning skylines

By: Josh Lew on June 5, 2013, 12:28 p.m.
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Rio de Janeiro

No skyline is affected by geography as much as Rio de Janeiro's. The Atlantic coastline, steeply sloping hills and landmarks like the mountain-top “Cristo Redentor” statue make for a very distinctive set of urban panoramas. One of the best places to see the skyline is from Sugarloaf Mountain. This not-to-be-missed landmark rises up to a height of more than 1,200 feet. The views from the top are wonderful, but the best part of the experience is the trip to the summit on a glass-paneled cable car, which provides the perfect vantage point to see this storied Brazilian city. 

Another towering peak is Corcovado, which is topped by the famous “Cristo Redentor” statue (aka the Rio Jesus statue).  It is possible to see the entire city spread out before you from the grounds where the statue sits. The Skylab Bar, on the 30th floor of the Rio Othon Palace near the famed Copacabana Beach, offers skyline seekers a chance to enjoy the views of Rio with a cocktail in hand.