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Empire State Building, New York City

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Observation Deck Architectural Building
The 103-story Empire State Building in midtown stood as the world's tallest building for nearly four decades, from its completion in 1931 until 1970, when it was surpassed by another New York skyscraper. Considered an American cultural icon, the building underwent a massive renovation in 2010 to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Admire the Art Deco mosaics in the lobby, and then take an elevator to the observation deck at the top, where you'll have 360-degree views of the entire city. If you don't have time to wait in line for the top, visit the 86th-floor observatory, which at 320 m (1,050 ft) high still provides remarkable views. If you're in the city in the evening, try to catch a glimpse of the building to see its pinnacle bathed in lights. Arrange to visit Empire State Building and other attractions in New York City using our New York City travel itinerary planner.
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  • This is a must when visiting NYC. Me and my wife left the hotel early and got there for the doors opening. The Entrance into the building is stunning, simply beautiful - great entrance way. No queues ...  more »
  • it's "a must" due astonishing, wonderful, georgeous, amazin at day & nit (NY pass allows those visits-worth it)  more »
  • My family of five visited Ellis Island. Having had family immigrate to the United States, originally passing through Ellis Island, the visit carried a certain amount of poignancy for us. Once you get ...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful location to see all of the views of the city. I thought the city would block them but that was not the case. The views are outstanding however it was not really made for shorter children as it seems hard for them to see due to safety walls. Be aware of the painted ceiling when you enter the building. The gold design is fantastic. The displays of photos are also well done and show the actual work being done. The lack of ropes and harnesses in the old photos make me tremble but they are showing the time period when this building was built. This gem has been well taken care of and the building is loved and maintained at a high level. The 102 floor was well worth the extra amount to view the city higher up. It was a delight and a highlight.
  • Perfect way to cap off an evening (as long as the weather is good). Be wary of staff who take their job almost too seriously when it comes to security and moving people along. Once you get past that gauntlet, the view from the top is outstanding. Bonus points for very little wind up there (I ordered that ahead of time).
  • Excellent views of NY in this iconic skyscraper. Great to get to rooftop on late evening so that you can catch the sunsetting and later the closed night. The building has its charm too, it looks solid, with so many concrete, iron, marble and bronze everywhere. Love this mid twenty century style!
  • Few sights rival the splendor of an illuminated Empire State Building on a clear New York night. It may not be New York City’s tallest building, but it’s possibly its most visited and photographed. Plenty of offices here. One of my best friends work at Shutterstock located in one of the floors here. Pretty awesome to get to work every day while smiling tourists are excited in line to visit the top floors.
  • This is an iconic building in NYC. You have to go to the top of it to catch a good glimpse of this area. Its lighting changes colors for different special occasions. You can literally spend a good few hours here especially at night.