So, with that last part in mind, yes, you should definitely try this at home! Now, we're not suggesting you blast past a bunch of "do not enter" signs, however we will admit that one of our favorite things to do in a new city is find a perch to rise above our surroundings, whether it's a natural (Mount Royal in Montreal, for example) or man-made lookout (the top of the Empire State Building).
Not only does this make for great photos as you can see in Ryaboi's work above, but it also allows visitors to get a grip on how a destination is laid out. Plus, there's just an epic feeling that comes from being up that high - a king looking out over his kingdom, if you will.
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[Photos: Tom Ryaboi]