• Take a ride on the world's coolest elevators

    2012-02-23

    Some travelers may want to take in the entire cityscape of the new metropolis they're visiting to get a lay of the land. Although the skyscrapers and summits that offer these views tend to be impressive, sometimes the elevators that lead visitors to the top are the real stars of the show. If baby boomers happen to be in one of these cities with amazing elevator rides, they should not miss a trip to the top.

    According to Budget Travel, one of the sleekest designed elevators is the one that takes guests to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Travelers can soar 630 feet above the ground while enjoying the stark white and comfortable exterior of the elevator capsule.

    Brave tourists can take an Adventure travel ride on the outside elevator found in the Zhangjiaijia National Forest park in China. It journeys straight up a 1,000-foot cliff and brings patrons to amazing views and trails high in the air.

    If travelers are more interested in history, they may want to make plans to see the oldest operating birdcage elevator in North America, located in Victoria, British Columbia, reports national Geographic. Constructed in 1899, this lift is surrounded my myths and legends of ghosts and other tall tales.

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