Empire State Building, New York City

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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. Use our New York City trip itinerary maker app to visit Empire State Building on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great buildup to the Top. Great value for the money. Welcoming employees and outstanding safety protocols. And of course the view from the top sells itself.  more »
  • We visited the first day the Empire State Building reopened. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. It was very clear how to social distance and precautions were carefully followed. Please go visit...  more »
  • Great experience will do it again Very friendly all the staff Very clean And my number one favorite bathrooms are very very clean  more »
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  • An iconic global centre of the world that has inspired the world with its brilliant architecture, movies, and art. Also known as the Big Apple, New York is well-known for its magnificent skyscrapers, Broadway shows and beautiful landmarks, making it the perfect destination for travellers from all over the world. From the flashy neon lights and the hustle and bustle of Times Square to the skyscrapers of Wall Street and the verdant ways of Central Park, New York City never ceases to amaze with its energy and vibrancy. World-class exhibition halls like MoMA and exceptional world heritage sites like the Statue of Liberty are simply captivating. Broadway shows, ethnic enclaves and shops, memorable lanes of stately brownstones, in vogue bars and diners all add to the urban buzz. This modern city is home to millions of immigrants and is cosmopolitan in a way no other city can be.
  • We did this and the top of the Rock with our city pass. This place was awesome and I love how they have added so much to it to make it much more than just going up to see the skyline. There are a lot of educational museum type props there no as well that my husband said didn't used to be. The line to get in is a struggle and patience is key but I would certainly recommend it over TOR if you had to chose! It was so beautiful GO AT NIGHT!!
  • Great attraction from entrance to exist with a great journey full of learning and exciting activations. My personal favorite is the King Kong one, it will stun you with how far we've gotten in the entertainment world and art! The view from the observatory is absolutely stunning and you won't want to leave. You should go on a bright day with minor clouds to really enjoy the beauty of the concrete jungle. Being on top of one of the tallest buildings in Manhattan, you will see almost everything there is to see just don't look down. There are 2 floors of the observatory, one where you can step outside and a higher indoor only glass window floor.
  • Great experience! Walking through the museum and representations of how it was built was very impressive. Even the elevator ride up to the observatory had a movie in the ceiling about it. Walking outside to see the skyline of NYC from several vantage points was awesome. Foreigners from everywhere came to see how magnificent this city is. 🇺🇸
  • We went to the empire state building during the weekday around 10pm and in my experience, this was the best time to go there. It was not crowded at all. The only time we had to wait was doing security check because only one lane was open at that time. Everything else had no line and no wait. The best part was that I was able to find plenty of good spots for great pics and videos. Such a great experience!

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