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Have you ever had a desire to visit all seven of our world's continents just so you could say you did? What about the seven world wonders? How about every state in the USA?

If so, you are a collector. A collector of travel experiences. And a pretty complete collector if you manage to visit them all. (And a little bit OCD most likely.)

Regardless, if that sounds like you, then you are going to have to start visiting and checking these 10 Tallest Towers in the USA and 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA off your bucket list... just to say you did.

Please keep in mind that I spent hours researching and am 99% sure that this list is accurate (there is a lot of misinformation out there) but if you do notice any inaccuracies, I would appreciate it if you would let me know so I can correct them.

I am going to share these all as their own separate posts so that I can give a little more info about each ... and share a photo of each, of course. In fact, I might do two posts for each so that you can see both the attraction AND the view if I can find a good photo. I will also be adding additional "top" and "tallest" landmarks, lookout points, mountains, buildings, etc. over time.

If you have been to the top of one, more, or all of these, please do me a favor and leave a comment telling me a little bit more about it. How was the view? What was special about the experience? Feel free to upload a photo in the comments as well!

Interestingly enough, as I was doing my research and searching for photos for the observation towers and wheels, I quickly realized that it is "a point of view" as to whether the view from these observation points is the main attraction... or if the towers and wheels where the main attraction. I say this because it is a lot easier to find pictures OF these attractions than it is to find pictured OF THE VIEW from these attractions. Anyway, that is why I decided to name this collection "A Point of View" which is kind of a double entendre (I think).

Pictured Below: The beautiful Ferris wheel at Coachella, the La Grande Wheel, CLAIMS to be the world’s largest transportable Ferris wheel, (I'm still searching to find out for sure), although at a "mere" 130 feet tall, it does not come close to making our top 10 list. It is still worth an honorable mention though! This wheel travels, but I believe it normally resides at the California State Fair. (CC0 Public Domain)

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A Complete List of 2017 Balloon Festivals in the USA (bit.ly/BalloonFestivals)

Well, this was a lot of work to put together! I was looking through the list on Wikipedia and it is COMPLETELY outdated! Broken links, linking to sites with malware, linking to balloon festivals that have been closed for years ... in fact, from their list of close to 100 balloon festivals, more than half were not current.

This is a clean list. I checked every link, I found FB and Twitter pages, I found accurate dates... it's definitely a much-improved resource now!

Check it out! bit.ly/BalloonFestivals

#TownTourist #balloons #balloonfiesta #balloonfestivals  
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Do you like Aerial Tramways? (bit.ly/AerialTrams)

I do! Well, I actually thought that they were all or at least mostly all at ski resorts, but it turns out that they are mostly aimed at tourists. Anyway, I decided to research, and like a nut, I spent 3 entire days immersing myself in the subject!

These systems are very prolific in the Alpine regions of Europe; however, (according to my research) there are only 21 in the United States and each is iconic and special. Since there are so few in the USA, they have become tourist destinations of their own right, and many have been featured in major blockbuster movies.

Rather than share each photo here tonight (I will come back and do that another day), I am just going to redirect you to my brand new website (still a work in progress) so you can take a look for yourself. Tell me which ones are your favorite and if you have actually ever been on any of them. I haven't but I definitely plan to now, probably starting with the Roosevelt Island Tramway (pictured below) as it is the closest one to me (2-3 hours).

The Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City is actually not really considered a tourist attraction, it is one of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States; however, supposedly the view is fabulous, it would be nice to say I rode it, and I am interested in exploring Roosevelt Island... so that is now on my bucket list!

Here's the link: bit.ly/AerialTrams

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Part 3: The view, looking southwest towards the Las Vegas Strip, at the top of the High Roller ferris wheel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At an astonishingly height of 550 feet tall, this wheel is currently the tallest wheel in the world and #1 on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA.

Img Credit: by Nate Stiller, via Wikimedia Commons

#TownTourist #LasVegas #Ferriswheel #Top10  
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Part 2: Taking the #1 spot on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA is the High Roller in Las Vegas, NV.

At an astonishingly height of 550 feet tall, this wheel is currently the tallest wheel in the world!

Img Credit: by Tony Webster, via Wikimedia Commons

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Part 1: Taking the #1 spot on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA is the High Roller in Las Vegas, NV.

At an astonishingly height of 550 feet tall, this wheel is currently the tallest wheel in the world!

The High Roller has cabins that are so large, they can each hold 40 riders. The ride is one revolution, which takes about 30 minutes.

A 2,000-LED system illuminates the wheel at night and can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.

Img Credit: by Nate Stiller, via Wikimedia Commons

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Taking the #2 spot on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA is the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye at an unbelievable height of 400 feet tall, nearly double the size of the Texas Star!

The recently rebranded Coca-Cola Orlando Eye (formerly known as simply the Orlando Eye) first opened in 2015 in Orlando, Fl. It is the largest observation wheel on the East Coast and offers 360-degree views of Central Florida, including views of Orlando's skyline, and theme parks. On a clear day, riders can catch views of Cape Canaveral.

The ride consists of a single-revolution, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. The wheel spins so slowly that it doesn't even need to stop to allow riders to exit or enter the capsules.

I actually rode the Orlando Eye in September 2015, soon after it opened. We decided to wait until sunset thinking it would be spectacular, but we got there a little late and it was dark by the time we got on the wheel. We really could not see much of anything at all. Based on my experience, I would recommend riding it on a clear day, rather than at night.

#TownTourist #Orlando #Florida #Ferriswheels #Top10  
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Part 2: A black and white photo of the 212 feet tall Texas Star at the annual State Fair of Texas in Dallas TX, which takes the #3 position on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA.

by Terry Shuck, via Wikimedia Commons

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Part 1: They say everything is always bigger and better in Texas, and that includes the Texas Star in Dallas at 212 feet tall and taking the #3 position on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA.

The Texas Star opened in 1985 and kept it's title of the nation's tallest wheel for many years. There are currently only two that are taller in the USA.

While the rest of the large observation wheels in this list are open year round, the Texas Star only operates during the State Fair of Texas, an annual fall event. More than 2,402,199 people attended the 2016 Fair.

On a clear day, riders on the Texas Star can see the Downtown Fort Worth skyline, which is some 40 miles away.

Until 2007, the star was illuminated at night by 16,000 incandescent red, white, and blue turbolites; however, In 2008, the incandescent system was replaced with a longer-lasting, more energy-efficient LED system.

Img Credit: by Terry Shuck from Garland, TX (Texas Star Spinning), via Wikimedia Commons

#TownTourist #Texas #Ferriswheel #Top10  
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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN, is 200 feet tall, making it #4 on our list of the 10 Tallest Observation Wheels in the USA.

Since June of 2013, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge has provided riders with an unparalleled view of the world famous Smoky Mountains.

Towering 200 feet tall the wheel is one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast. It sits at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States.

At night, the wheel displays a spectacular 24,000 LED light show which can be seen for miles around.

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#TownTourist #Tennessee #Ferriswheels #Top10  
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