Woman using a tower viewer in New York City

Top 5 Tallest Skyscrapers in the World

If you're looking to reach the stars while traveling the world, we have the perfect list for you. Whether you are a tourist or just an adrenaline junkie, standing at the top of a 160-story building is an exhilarating experience. We listed out the 5 tallest skyscrapers in the world that you can visit… and climb to the top of! Which one (or two) are you adding to your bucket list? 

5. One World Trade Center, NYC, USA

Standing at the corner looking up at one world trade center in the evening

It may the shortest of the 5, but it is certainly not short. Standing at 1,792 feet tall, One World Trade Center is the main building of New York's World Trade Center complex. It may not be the tallest in the world, but it is the tallest in the United States. It has a 3-story observation deck located on floors 100-102, making it the highest point in NYC. Have you visited? 

4. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

Looking at the Shanghai Tower in China across the water

128-stories and 2073 feet tall, it's hard to believe this tower is only 4th on the list. It is the tallest skyscraper in China and shares the world record for being the highest observation deck in the world standing at 1,841 feet. Until 2017 it also had the fastest elevators in the world, clocking in at 45.9 miles per hour!

3. Abraj Al-Bait / Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia 

Outside the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia

A mix between a 5-star luxury hotel and a residential complex, this 120 story structure is the tallest hotel and clock tower in the world. The clock measures a whopping 141 feet across! The building stands 1,972 feet tall making it #3 on our list.

2. Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo

looking up at the tallest skyscraper in Japan, the tokyo Skytree
Labeled as the tallest structure in Japan in 2010, it wasn't until 2011 that it reached its full height at 2080 feet. It is primarily a broadcasting and observation tower. Through a glass tube, you'll rise from floor 445 to 450 to have a 360-panoramic view through the tower's glass windows. If you're the ultimate adrenaline junkie, this is for you!


1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai 

Burj Khalifa skyscraper on the persian gulf
Standing at a massive 2,722 feet tall, Burj Khalifa has an observation deck waiting for you. It's the world's highest outdoor observatory AND the tallest building! This Dubai staple took 22 million hours to build and holds several world records. Not only it is the tallest building in the world, but it is also the tallest free-standing structure AND has the tallest elevator. Would you reach the top?
A visit to any of these 5 structures is definitely not for the faint-hearted when it comes to heights, but the views from the tops are spectacular! Have you visited any?
And mark your calendars... a new competitor is on its way! The Warisan Merdeka Tower (KL118) located in Malaysia is currently the tallest building under construction in the world. It is a 118 story, 2,113-foot tall tower, making it the tallest in Malaysia. They're keeping things tight-lipped for now, and won't announce the tower's final height until it is revealed late in 2022! Some estimates suggest it could reach a stunning height of almost 3,000 feet above sea level!

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