What do the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Singapore’s Henderson Waves Bridge have in common? Both opened in the last five years and surged to the top of Travel + Leisure’s first landmarks survey, proving that some structures are instant classics.
T+L readers weighed in on 60 landmarks; the resulting list of favorites is your cheat sheet to the latest generation of groundbreaking architecture—the kinds of landmarks that inspire you to travel and see them in person.
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Case in point: More than 1.2 million visitors from over 120 different countries visited New York’s September 11 Memorial within the first few months after its opening. The two illuminated reflecting pools and 400 white oaks create a calming, respectful space.
Get inspired to plan your own trip to one of the world’s top new landmarks—some like Chicago’s Millennium Park look their finest as summer gets into swing.
Henderson Waves Pedestrian Bridge
This undulating walkway of yellow bakau wood soars 118 feet above Singapore’s Henderson Road, connecting Mount Faber to Telok Blangah Hill.
National September 11 Memorial
New York City
Opened in September 2011, the two illuminated reflecting pools—occupying the footprint of the Twin Towers—and 400 white oaks create a calming, respectful space to commemorate 9/11.
Grand Canyon Skywalk
Twelve-and-a-half inches of reinforced glass is all that separates the brave souls who walk this four-year-old horseshoe plank from a 4,000-foot plunge into the Colorado River below.
The standout features of Chicago’s 24.7-acre Millennium Park include Anish Kapoor’s jellybean-like Cloud Gate sculpture, Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and various outdoor art exhibitions.
Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay
This three-acre Moshe Safdie–designed garden “floats” 57 stories off the ground and has a pool, two restaurants, and 360-degree views over the city.
Spanning 1.6 miles and reaching a height of 1,132 feet, the viaduct was opened in 2004 along France’s Tarn River Gorge and is the world’s highest bridge—just taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The High Line
New York City
Flower beds, day loungers, even a bar occupy this once-abandoned elevated rail bed—reconceived by Diller Scofidio + Renfro—that now threads through buildings from the Meatpacking District to West 30th Street.
De Young Museum
Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron sculpted 950,000 pounds of natural copper into a form that complements the landscape of Golden Gate Park. The fine arts museum opened in 2005
After a massive $1.3 billion reconstruction, England’s national arena with its distinctive arch reopened in 2007 as the second largest sports structure in Europe.
Ponte della Costituzione
Decidedly modern, Santiago Calatrava’s glass-and-marble footbridge over the Grand Canal ruffled the feathers of Venice’s hard-core traditionalists when it opened in 2008.
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