BIG IS BEST. That’s the guiding principle behind these mammoth landmarks. But it’s not just the sheer size that attracts tourists in droves to these famous structures; they all have something pretty special you can’t find elsewhere in the world. For those who appreciate engineering feats on a grand scale, this bucket list is for you.
At 555 metres high, the views over Dubai and the Arabian Sea from the outdoor observatory at Burj Khalifa will take your breath away. For a more exclusive experience, reserve a table at the sky-high restaurant or stay in one of the designer suites by Georgio Armani himself. Just make sure you have a head for heights before zooming to the top in the lightening-fast lift, it’s one of the fastest in the world.
Where to Stay:
Towers Rotana Dubai: Centrally located on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, Towers Rotana is an ideal base for exploring the city state. This luxury hotel has two major draws: a rooftop swimming pool with urban views and an award-winning restaurant. Keep the world record experience rolling by patronising the on-site bar, it’s the longest in the Middle East!
Jumeirah Emirates Towers: Round out your Dubai itinerary with free entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark and the Private Beach at Zero Gravity when you stay at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. This hotel does luxe on a grand scale; beyond sprawling suites with heady views of Dubai, it also contains an in-house boulevard shopping mall, nightlife options and a restaurant complex.
Fittingly known as “The Big House,” Michigan Stadium holds a whopping 107,601 American football fans. When it’s not football season the stadium hosts lacrosse games. For a tour you’ll need to visit between seasons, when it’s open to visitors on weekdays.
Where to Stay:
Stone Chalet Bed and Breakfast: As a lover of all things grand, it makes sense for you to stay at the largest bed and breakfast in Ann Arbor. The Stone Chalet is a seven-minute drive to Michigan Stadium, with a delicious complimentary breakfast supplied to fuel guests before their tour around The Big House.