I drove up into the Phoenix Mountain Preserve to get this view of Phoenix looking to the south. The horizon is a bit hidden because of haze and smog but you can just see the high rise buildings along the central corridor and downtown. They look like little bumps between the hilltops to the right in the picture. In the foreground you can see the roof tops of homes that are perched on the mountain side giving the owners stunning views both day and night. The homes in this area are all very large and very, very expensive.
The mountain you see in the distance is South Mountain Park. Visitors drive up to the top to see this huge city laid out below them.
We don't have a Sears Tower or an Empire State Building observation deck but, we do have mountains on the north and south of the city where you can view the city from above.