Awesome views are always inspiring, but at the moment they're in short supply. If kids are tired of looking at the same old things right now, check out 11 of the world's best vantage points and the views that go with them. Then go visit Google Earth and take a virtual tour; not exactly like being there, but good fun until we can all go gaze again for real.

11/11 View from Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

The Palace of Pena stands boldly atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in Portugal's Sinatra hills. Standing proudly at 528 m above sea level, it was built in such a way that it would always be seen from any point in the park, Parques de Sintra. A former a monastery, King Ferdinand II made his mark by building an impressive new wing in the 19th century. Visitors can walk around these walls, looking down on Sintra below. Let kids see the views from Pena on Google Earth right now.

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