Vancouver Lookout

Viewpoint in Downtown & West End

Expect your lurching stomach to make a bid for freedom as the glass elevator whisks you 169m to the apex of this needle-like viewing tower. Once up top, there's not much to do but check out the awesome 360-degree vistas of city, sea and mountains unfurling around you. For context, peruse the historic photo panels that show just how much the downtown core has changed over the years.

Tickets are pricey but are valid all day – return for a soaring sunset view of the city to get your money's worth. There's also a discount if you buy from the website in advance.