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Empire State Building, New York City

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Must see · Observation Deck · Architectural Building
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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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  • Basically no queue, we entered at the scheduled time. The view is amazing an it is not only an iconic building but they have really upped their game with making upgrades in technology and it is... 
    Basically no queue, we entered at the scheduled time. The view is amazing an it is not only an iconic building but they have really upped their game with making upgrades in technology and it is...  more »
  • This landmark has been on my list for a while after watching sleepless in Seattle as a little kid. The only the I would change is the amount of people allowed up at a time. It was... 
    This landmark has been on my list for a while after watching sleepless in Seattle as a little kid. The only the I would change is the amount of people allowed up at a time. It was...  more »
  • Booked the first slot for Jan 1st 2023. So impressed with the organisation of the entry to the building, the staff who were friendly & incredibly smart, cleanliness & of course the views. Absolutely.....  more
    Booked the first slot for Jan 1st 2023. So impressed with the organisation of the entry to the building, the staff who were friendly & incredibly smart, cleanliness & of course the views. Absolutely.....  more »
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  • Amazing art deco building absolutely loved it inside and out. The building is so beautiful and has been respectfully modernised so that you can barely notice. The journey to the observatory has a wealth of historical information on the construction and foundations of the building which is hugely interesting. The staff are there at every step,helpful and polite and courteous. Would highly recommend a visit for everyone and of course the stop at the gift shop. Fabulous day out.
  • Best experience ever!!! So I got gifted a chance to go to the 80, 86, and 102 floors at sunset. Best gift ever!!! The best experience ever. It was beautiful and stunning. The photos and the museum were great. I had a blast. I highly recommend it if your in NYC, the view it amazing. And!! You can see the roof top bars and pick one to go to after your visit the Empire state building.
  • Just an amazing experience. I loved the way they captured the history of the building. The workers were extremely polite and helpful and welcoming. Then you have the views. Ya gotta plan for a clear day otherwise your just gonna be disappointed. We got lucky. The higher we went, the clearer the sky became. Anyone who don't appreciate this place, I feel sorry for them.
  • Amazing place, worth to visit,in my opinion better than the top of the rock. We did both and I would recommend this one. Amazing experience and lovely staff, who making sure everyone is enjoying their time there. Was very windy on the 86th floor outside, so be prepared, but worth every minute of it. Great pictures and experience for all ages. There is a gift shop on the end. Make sure you book your slot in advance!!! We loved it. And definitely worth the money. We had bought a city pass which included in it.
  • Good to visit but expensive (56$). I recommend to come arround 4:30pm, then you'll enjoy day time, sunset, and night time. You can stay as much as you want in the viewpoint. I think 1 hour / 1 hour thirty minutes is good enough. You can visit 2 View Point, one is inside the room (indoor) and the other one is outside. Can be cold in winter but there is warmer outside. Enjoy!

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