Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA The 3 Best Views of New York City Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA The 3 Best Views of New York City story by: Tom Ricketts Instantly recognisable the world around, New York City is famed for its awesome skyline. Over 6000 highrise buildings of all shapes and sizes pierce the Manhattan sky. For those without the budget for a scenic flight, the next best thing is to visit an observation deck for a birds eye view of this amazing city. Note: This article intentionally contains the incorrect spelling of the word ‘centre’. 1. THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING The two observation decks atop the iconic Empire State Building are easily the most popular in town. Situated in Midtown, the open air platforms have the best views of other iconic buildings such as the Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building and the buildings of Madison Square Park. The Art Deco building has grand marble floors, walls and pillars, as well as some beautiful Art Deco art and grandiose chandeliers. You’ll have plenty of time to admire the art, thanks to notorious queues. Over 100 million people visit the building annually and wait times often surpass an hour. However for an additional fee, an Express Pass can be bought which allows you to skip the queue. The decks are open until 2.00am, with the quietest time being 8.00am-11.00am. 2. TOP OF THE ROCK The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 buildings with its centrepiece being the 260 metre GE Building. Atop the GE Building is the observation deck affectionately known as ‘Top of the Rock’. It’s the second tallest observation deck in the city and often voted the best as it views of the Empire State Building from one side, and Central Park from the other. The Rockefeller Center is famously home to the NBC so keep that selfie stick handy incase you spot a celebrity! In winter it’s also home to an ice skating rink and a massive Christmas tree. Hours are 8.00am to midnight. 3. ONE WORLD TRADE CENTRE The supertall One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the US, and fourth tallest in the world! This brand spanking new tower was completed in 2014 and as the name suggests, is the built on the site of the former World Trade Center towers. The three storey observation platform is located on the 100th floor of the 526 metre tall building, making it easily the tallest in the city. The building is located in Lower Manhattan meaning you can look back up the island past the many skyscrapers between there and Central Park, as well as getting great views over the harbour and Statue of Liberty. Hours are 8.00am to 8.00pm or midnight depending on the season. > VIEW HOT NEW YORK DEALS HERE Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.