Aerial shots of the world’s greatest destinations, like you’ve never seen them before

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It’s hard to grasp the incredible size and shape of a destination when standing on the ground looking up. Some of the most stunning travel photos of late have been taken from above, thanks to a helping hand from drones.

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From the vantage point of the sky, fog settling in over the Golden Gate Bridge appears like an eerie gathering storm. The staggering skyscrapers of Manhattan, Shanghai and Hong Kong look smaller, yet somehow even more impressive. And the vibrantly colored architecture of Kathmandu and Vienna seem like they’re from a painting.

Looking down from the sky, fog settling over the Golden Gate Bridge seems like a creepy, swirling tempest. The monolithic skyscrapers of Manhattan, Shanghai and Hong Kong appear smaller, yet somehow even more monumental. And the rich colors of Kathmandu and Vienna seem to have jumped out from a painting.

We scoured the world for the most unbelievable aerial photos of destinations around the world to help those stuck on Earth to get a different perspective.