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Travelers discover a world of wonder when they embrace a destination's arts and culture. Whether you examine the Mona Lisa's mysterious smile in Paris, walk in soldiers' footsteps on Civil War battlefields or shimmy to live music in Nashville, cultural attractions can be the highlight of any vacation.

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The Ledge, Skydeck, Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois
The Ledge, Skydeck Chicago (Chicago)

The Ledge, Skydeck Chicago (Chicago)

Get a heart-pounding view of Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air. Fearless tourists can step into the Ledge’s glass boxes, which extend 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, which is at the top of the Willis Tower. 960 1280

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CN Tower (Toronto)

CN Tower (Toronto)

There are multiple ways to see Toronto from the top of the CN Tower. Tourists can stand on the 2 1/2-inch-thick Glass Floor and look 1,122 feet down; walk around the SkyPod observation deck; dine at the 360 Restaurant with an amazing view of the city’s skyline; or, if they dare, try EdgeWalk, a hands-free walk around the ledge of the tower’s main pod. 960 1280

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Tilt, 360 Chicago (Chicago)

Tilt, 360 Chicago (Chicago)

Hold on for your life! Tilt, located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, literally tilts riders at a 30-degree angle for a jaw-dropping view of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from 1,030 feet above street level. 960 1280

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Step Into the Void (Chamonix, France)

Step Into the Void (Chamonix, France)

Put on a pair of slippers and step into the Aiguille du Midi Skywalk, aka Step Into the Void, on a mountain peak about 3,400 feet above Chamonix, France. Face your fear of heights, enter the glass box, and get a panoramic view of snowcapped mountains in the French Alps. 960 1280

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Brighton i360 (Brighton, England)

Brighton i360 (Brighton, England)

The architects who designed the London Eye will also design this stunning new glass attraction in Brighton, scheduled to open in 2016. Already touted as “the world’s tallest moving observation tower,” Brighton i360’s vertical cable car will have a glass floor, and patrons can expect to get an eyeful of Sussex’s coast (Bexhill-on-Sea to Chichester) from 450 feet up. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon Skywalk (Grand Canyon West, AZ)

Grand Canyon Skywalk (Grand Canyon West, AZ)

Looking for a spectacular view of the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon? Hop on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge perched 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 960 1280

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Glacier Skywalk (Jasper National Park, Alberta)

Glacier Skywalk (Jasper National Park, Alberta)

Experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies with breathtaking views from the Glacier Skywalk. From 918 feet high, tourists can see glaciers, rushing waterfalls and the valleys carved out by ice thousands of years ago. 960 1280

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Sky Tower (Auckland)

Sky Tower (Auckland)

It doesn’t have a glass-floor observation deck, but Auckland’s Sky Tower is worth a trip if you’re visiting New Zealand. Tourists and locals can dine in Orbit 360 — a rotating restaurant — and will have the option to view the city from the Sky Deck in October 2015. Try base jumping off the side of the tower if you’re a real adrenaline junkie. 960 1280

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Ostankino Tower (Moscow, Russia)

Ostankino Tower (Moscow, Russia)

The Ostankino Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in Europe, which makes it the perfect place to get awesome views of Moscow. Over 10 million people from more than 100 countries have visited the TV tower to stand on its 360-degree observation deck. 960 1280

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The Edge, Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne, Australia)

The Edge, Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne, Australia)

Feeling adventurous? Step out onto the Edge, a glass cube that extends from the Eureka Tower’s 88th floor.   960 1280

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Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth, England)

Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth, England)

Spinnaker Tower has 3 observation decks: View Deck 1 at 328 feet, View Deck 2 at 344 feet, and the Sky Deck at 360 feet. Be brave and walk across the glass floor of Deck 2’s Sky Walk for a unique perspective of the harbor. 960 1280

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Tokyo SkyTree (Tokyo)

Tokyo SkyTree (Tokyo)

The Tokyo SkyTree, the second-tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa, is a broadcasting tower that includes shops, a restaurant and 2 observation decks, giving visitors views from 1,148 feet and 1,476 feet above the city. 960 1280

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Carolina Renaissance Festival
Carolina Renaissance Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Watch knights battle for the Queen’s favor in a modern representation of a Renaissance-era jousting tournament at the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC. This major festival runs from October through November, with several activities and attractions, including an artisan marketplace, games and rides. 960 1280

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Go to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, TX, to experience its 8 themed weekends of fun, including Oktoberfest, All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas. We recommend checking out the exciting Fire Whip Show. 960 1280

Texas Renaissance Festival  

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Stroll through Valley Meade, Kenwood Lane, White Stag Grove, King’s Field, Kenwood Lane, Meadow Lane and Mary’s Dale Way, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD. Sample tasty food like smoked turkey legs, friar’s fritters, meat pie on a stick, peasant bread, king’s dogs and many more delicious delights. 960 1280

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New York Renaissance Faire

New York Renaissance Faire

Visit Tuxedo Park, NY, to enjoy the fun at the New York Renaissance Faire. Nestled in the groves of Sterling Forest, this faire is a full-on experience of Elizabethan England, complete with 16th-century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. From August through September, take the kids to see aerial acrobatics, knife throwers, royal pipers, jousting and storytelling. 960 1280

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Watch performers Don Juan and Miguel sword fight at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX. Located south of Dallas, this festival runs from the beginning of April through the end of May. It’s a unique place for a spring wedding, too. Royalty, Nobility and Gentry wedding packages are offered to couples who want to get married in the Wedding Garden. 960 1280

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Bristol Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire

In Kenosha, WI, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is held on a 30-acre site where visitors can meet Robin Hood or Queen Elizabeth in person, or watch swordfighters and jesters perform on open-air stages. At the Bristol Fair Marketplace, more than 200 artisans sell their wares, including jewelry, pottery, tapestries, pewter and crafted leather. 960 1280

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Northern California Renaissance Faire

Northern California Renaissance Faire

For about a month, starting the second week in September, the Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister, CA, is the place to be for travelers looking for fun. The Queen’s Band and other musicians fill the streets of Willingtown with magical sounds of the Elizabethan era. The faire also has themed weekends, including Fantasy Weekend, where visitors may catch a glimpse of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies. 960 1280

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Welcome to Harveysburg, OH, home of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Visit a 30-acre recreated 16th-century English village where guests can rub elbows with Queen Elizabeth and over 150 costumed characters. In addition to fire eaters, this festival features nearly 100 shows each day on 11 stages, 135 arts and crafts shops, food and drink fit for a king, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. Check out this fun festival on the weekend during August, September or October. 960 1280

Ohio Renaissance Festival  

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Enjoy feasting on a variety of food and a bevy of beverages, including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, honey mead, beers, ales and more. Located near Apache Junction, AZ, this daylong family adventure features a 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, and arts and crafts fair and jousting tournament. The Arizona Renaissance Festival runs from the beginning of February through the end of March. 960 1280

Arizona Renaissance Festival  

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Witness intense live armored jousting at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. This festival -- held from the beginning of August through Labor Day weekend -- has become the largest Renaissance Festival in the US, with an annual attendance of 300, 000 people. 960 1280

Minnesota Renaissance Festival  

King Richard's Faire

King Richard's Faire

Cleavage Contest, Vow Renewal, Biker’s Weekend, Children’s Fairies Contest, Prince and Princess Costume Contest and the Beard and Moustache Contest are just a couple-themed weekends held at the King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. From August to October, hundreds of people converge on the 80-acre site to see knights battle on horseback, beggars compete in mud, and performers put on an acrobatic show. We recommend a visit to the royal zoo to see birds of prey, snow leopards, Bengal tigers and jaguars. 960 1280

King Richard's Faire  

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Watch the Celtic rock group The Rogues perform at the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn, GA. In addition to live music, this festival also features comedic storytelling, 4 pubs, a royal petting zoo, King Henry VIII and his Court, and the Jousting Tournament of Kings. Looking for more to do? Check out the games and rides like the Corkscrew Slide, Junior Joust, Sea Dragon, Drench-a-Wench, Catapulting Frogs, Ax Throw and King of the Log. 960 1280

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