1. From the tallest buildings to open-air bars, here are some highest places on earth

From the tallest buildings to open-air bars, here are some highest places on earth

From the tallest buildings to open-air bars that will give you vertigo, here are some natural and man-made wonders the world around us has to offer, as per a list prepared by travel magazine Travel+Leisure

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Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed five years later in 2009.

Highest building

More than 2,700 ft from the ground, you’ll find yourself as high as you can go without the help of an airplane (or other substances) at the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed five years later in 2009. The primary structure is reinforced concrete. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai.

Highest hotel

Want to spend a night in the highest hotel bed on earth? You’ll find it at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which comes in at 1,165 ft (or 76 stories). It even holds a Guinness Book World Record. The hotel has 1,364 standard guest rooms, 240 suites, four ‘presidential suites’, a banquet hall, an auditorium, 18 shops, 19 restaurants and a spa.

Highest outdoor elevator

In May 2002, the world’s highest elevator was constructed. The Bailong Elevator was built into the side of a cliff in Zhangjiaje National Forest Park in China. As per Guinness World Records, the elevator car can carry up to 46 people at a clip of three meters per second. The trip up 1,070 ft will take you one minute and 58 seconds.

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Highest sandcastle

There aren’t any beach activities more relaxing than building a sandcastle. On February 10, 2017, noted sand artiste Sudarsan Pattnaik built a castle that was nearly 49 ft tall on a beach in Odisha. All in all, it took nine days of hard work and help from members of the Sudarsan Sand Institute to help break a Guinness World Record.

Highest open-air bar

It’s lit. Sky Bar is so lit, in fact, you’ll recognise it from The Hangover Part II. There’s even a drink called the Hangovertini that was made for the cast while they were filming in the building. The world’s highest open-air bar, located on the 64th floor of the State Tower on Silom Road in Bangkok, Thailand, features transparent walls for 360-degree views of the Chao Phraya river and the Bangkok skyline, as well as an LED-illuminated cylindrical bar that changes colours every 90 seconds.

Highest bridge

In 2016, China’s Beipanjiang Bridge became the highest in the world. It is 1,854 ft from the ground and measures 2,362 ft across.

Highest slide on a cruise ship

Sometimes the best thing to do on a family vacation is to take a ride down the highest slide on the Seven Seas, of course. Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas takes the title for highest slide, which will send you down 10 boat decks.

Highest apartment building

In 2014, New York City surpassed Dubai’s record for the highest residential building in the world: 432 Park Avenue is the highest of them all. With 1,398 ft between the roof and the ground, as per the building’s website, we’d go as far as saying this building is super-high.

Highest restaurant

On the 63rd floor of the State Tower in Bangkok, you’ll find the highest al fresco dining experience you can have at Sirocco. This might be the best place to satisfy your munchies.

Highest floating slide

This floating slide at Baysports Boat Training and Water Sports Centre in Athlone, Ireland, is 21 ft off the ground, giving it the Guinness World Record for tallest floating slide.

Highest swing

If you’ve ever wanted to swing from the rooftop of a soccer stadium, head to Durban, South Africa. There you’ll find a 288-ft swing attached to the roof of Moses Mabhida Stadium. Don’t worry, the seat itself is only 30 ft above the ground.

Highest rollercoaster

If you’re the adventurous type, head to Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey, to experience the highest adrenaline rush you can get on a rollercoaster. The Kingda Ka is 456 ft high, as per the Roller Coaster Database.

Highest rideable motorcycle

Imagine rolling up to your next family reunion in this massive motorcycle. Measuring 16 ft high from the ground to the handlebars, this hog was taken for a 328-ft ride (breaking a World Record) on a course in Montecchio Emilia, Italy, on March 24, 2012.

Highest commercial bungee jump

Expect to free-fall 233 ft when you bungee jump from the top of Macau Tower in Macau, China. This is no half-baked creation. As per the building’s website, an entire bungee cord system had to be specially created for this activity.

Highest glass-bottomed observation deck

You’re going to need some courage (or a serious chill-out session) before climbing to check out the views from Lotte World Tower’s 118th floor glass-bottomed observation deck in Seoul, Korea. The Lotte World Tower is also home to the world’s highest swimming pool in a building, on the 85th floor, and the world’s fastest elevator, which can whisk visitors to the top in one minute.

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