Active + Adventure

The World's Highest Destinations

by Jonathan Trew

There's something about getting high that helps you see things from a whole new perspective—and no, we're not talking about a trip to Amsterdam. Inspired by the January 2010 opening of Dubai's Burj Khalifa—at a staggering 2,625 feet, the spiky tower is the world's tallest skyscraper—we've searched high and low (but mainly high) to uncover ten stratospheric spots around the world that will have you gasping at the view or clinging, white-knuckled, to whoever is closest. You'll need special gear to enjoy some of these experiences; for others, a credit card and a smile will do. But all require nerves of steel and a resistance to vertigo.

Updated January 2010

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