It can be hard to understand the sheer scope of a destination when bound to the ground. That's why some of the most striking travel photos are snapped from above, often with the help of ascendent drones.
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.
We scouted out some of the most breathtaking aerial shots of destinations, to help the earthbound see the world anew.