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17 sensational observation towers that aren't in Paris

By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 5, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
Looking up at the Eiffel Tower in Pairs

Photo: Son of Groucho/flickr

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Look beyond Paris

The Eiffel Tower — a 986-foot object of disdain erected as a temporary attraction for 1889's Exposition Universalle that has stuck around for 125-plus years as a tourist attraction — is an observation tower that needs no explanation.

However, there are plenty of other landmark observation towers that do, many affixed with massive antennae and pulling double-duty as telecommunications hubs.

To celebrate towering feats of imagination and structural engineering that aren't located in Paris, we've rounded up 16 of the world's most unique and impossibly high towers with open-to-the-public observation decks. Most of our mega-lanky picks offer a range of different high-altitude activities from abseiling (no, thanks) to fine dining (yes, please) but all have one thing in common: they each offer unparalleled panoramic views.