Ancient wonders of the world are all well and good, but if you ever get the feeling that you’ve been there, seen that when it comes to travel, or if you’re just keen to learn about the hottest new tourist attractions from around the world, check out the list below. All of these great places to visit were constructed within the last ten years. For more great ideas on up and coming tourist attractions in every corner of the globe, see your personal travel manager.
Orbit Tower, London – United Kingdom – the legacy of the London Olympics lives on, with the blood-red tones of the biggest work of art in the UK
Created by artists Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 London Olympics, the striking blood-red Orbit Tower looms large over the Olympic area. It stands 115 metres tall, making it the tallest work of art in the UK, with ‘Orbit’ reached in just 30 seconds, through a super-fast, twisting and turning elevator to the viewing platform 85 metres in the air. Here, you’ll enjoy sweeping views over the entire London cityscape and if you dare, look straight down through the porthole at the ground many, many metres below. If you’re feeling active, or just want to make the experience last longer, descend via the giant spiralling staircase that runs along the outside of the structure.
Glass Walkway, Tianmen Mountain, Hunan Province – China – You’ll be walking on air, if you dare, on this 1.2km high glass bridge, looking over the mountain peaks below
You’ll literally be walking on air, with the sensation of walking through the sky and among the clouds, on the vertigo-inducing Glass Walkway, around Tianmen Mountain in China. This 60 metre bridge, which wraps around jagged sheer rock face, completed construction in 2011. The clear glass material of the bridge allows for clear views below, into the depths of the mountain canyons. Although, with the bridge more than 1.2km high on the mountain, it’s certainly a long way down, with even the peaks of nearby mountains resting well below the bridge.
Underwater Museum, Cancun – Mexico – Dive below the surface and experience the world’s biggest underwater museum, complete with 400 life-size sculptures
The popular tourist town of Cancun in Mexico has really taken diving to the next level, with the world’s biggest underwater museum. Opening its doors, or underwater floors, in 2010, the Underwater Museum features 400 life-size sculptures by artist Jason de Caires, many of which are modelled on members of the local community. As well as providing a visual spectacle and unforgettable experience for divers, the museum is also primarily designed for the conservation of natural reefs, and will only continue to grow in beauty, as the coral reef gardens below continue to blossom and develop.
The High Line, New York City – United States – Enjoy New York City from a whole new perspective, in a unique urban space complete with outdoor gallery and museum
Since opening in 2009 The High Line has fast become one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City, and is amongst the most unique and beloved urban spaces in the world. The High Line is essentially a park, that’s sprung from a disused rail line in the borough of Manhattan, featuring more than 210 plant species, walkways, and dedicated lounging areas to simply kick back and enjoy a special view of the city that never sleeps. The High Line is also something of an outdoor gallery and museum, with art and sound installations being commissioned. Even the iconic television show The Simpsons has featured The High Line, in a new episode that screened last year.
Cabrio Cable Car, Mount Stanserhorn – Switzerland – The world’s first double-decker, open air cable car, for a truly special view of the Swiss Alps
It’s certainly not one for the faint-hearted or people with a fear of heights, but for those who dare, a trip on the Cabrio Cable Car is well worth any churning butterflies for the sight of the rolling green countryside of the Swiss Alps. The Cabrio is the world’s first double-decker cable car, with the top deck being entirely open air. Enjoy the feeling of the wind in your hair, and breathe in the crisp mountain air as you ascend nearly two kilometres to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn, with 360 degree
Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates – Buckle up for a trip to the fast lane, with a ride on the world’s speediest rollercoaster
Covering an area of 2,000 square metres, all entirely indoors, the vast Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi shows that it’s not just Dubai that strives to do everything bigger and better. Open to the public since November 2010, Ferrari World holds a number of records – it’s the world’s largest indoor amusement park, and its main attraction, the Formula Rossa rollercoaster, is the world’s fastest, reaching speeds of up to 240km per hour.
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