World's Coolest Observation Decks
Courtesy of Encounter Restaurant
Theme Building Observation Deck, Los Angeles International Airport
No, it’s not very high up—only 68 feet—but this 1961 tribute to the flying saucer is inarguably cool. It just reopened for the first time since 9/11, after a $12.3 million renovation with a new security apparatus and structural upgrades (no more falling stucco). The outdoor observation deck offers a 360-degree view of flights arriving and departing at LAX.
Observe This: Try the very Jetsons-y Encounter restaurant on the level just below the deck. —Karrie Jacobs