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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    We went later at night and it wasn't very crowded. The lines were reasonable. The view of the city at night was amazing.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Expect a long wait to get to the observation deck. Once at the top, the views are breath taking. It is neat to learn the history of the building. Weather does play a factor here, fog will limit your v...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We went at 10 in the evening and the experience is worth. The views there is that added in light of this city.
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    Worth every cent. We arrived at 7:50am (10mins before opening) and, although there was a line of people just coming out of the entrance door, it wasn't a long process to the main deck. View was spectacular and it was hard to judge when to leave. I think we spent 30 minutes admiring the view, looking through the telescopes (free) and circling the building several times.
  • July 9, 2017
    We enjoyed the Empire State Building even more so than the One World Trade Center. Even though the observatory is 15 floors lower, it is an open-air observatory so you get a completely different feeling out there with the wind blowing. Amazing view of the entire city!
  • May 18, 2017
    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).
  • June 29, 2017
    Of ALL of the "HISTORIC LANDMARKS" located in "NEW YORK CITY", The "EMPIRE STATE BUILDING" is PROBABLY the MOST FAMOUS of them ALL. Just think, "CARY GRANT", "DEBORAH KERR", "TOM HANKS", "MEG RYAN", "GENE KELLY", "FRANK SINATRA", "VERA ALLEN", "ANN MILLER", & of Course, THE Biggest STAR of them ALL, "KING KONG", The ORIGINAL 1933 Version ALL Visited the ROOFTOP OBSERVATION DECK of The "EMPIRE STATE BUILDING" Which at 1 time was the TALLEST Structure in the WORLD. Imagine looking up & seeing SNOWFLAKES coming down on the STREETS of NEW YORK CITY. At CHRISTMASTIME that would be BEAUTIFUL & Very MAGICAL. The VIEW of NEW YORK would also be a SPECIAL VIEW. Rumors are that you CAN SEE 5 States from the BUILDINGS Observation Deck.

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