Empire State Building, New York City

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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  • A must see. But do not forget the Top of Rock, you can take the best pictures of the Empire State Building
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  • A family of 4 will pay well over $300 to go up this building. Still, worth doing once. The views are incredible.  more »
  • You must traverse it and climb up to the last place that can be reached, displayed the city in a wonderful way. At night it is advisable. The entry that is sold with some other excursion is not expensive. It is available in the building also.
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  • Amazing, of course. It was my second time visiting, but I went with some colleagues because we had a meeting there. However, the top floor was closed when we were there and it now costs (gulp) $60 to visit! We went Friday at 5:30 p.m., and there was absolutely no line. When we were leaving around 6 or 6:30, there was a huge line to come in. So amazing, you can see the entire city from up there. If you plan to go out on the observation deck during the winter, remember that it's outdoors, and bring a warm coat.
  • magical! My experience was magical! I had the opportunity to go in the night. The whole experience is very special since you enter and buy the tickets to go up. When you get to the side of the viewpoint is simply magical, you are left speechless to see every city in its splendor. It is very beautiful. It was night and seeing the whole city of New York with its lights on makes you think how small we are and how wonderful this is. Life is full of these moments. if you have the opportunity go and visit the empire state building. you will treasure it in your memory
  • After coming down on a crystal clear night - after seeing everything that anyone can imagine seeing, I guess that I had a really glowing expression, because one of the tour guides told me that it looks like that "I am feeling no pain". And he was completely, totally, absolutely right!! I also recommend the lobby restaurant called the State Grill and Bar. Great drinks, gigantic New York Sirloins and a beautiful Art Deco atmosphere. This also gives you the additional privilege of wondering all around the entire lobby floor. The sites are incredible, the multicolored marble walls and floors, the 24 karat gold ceilings, the gigantic mural of the Empire State Building broadcasting out to the world, and the amazing bridges three levels above connecting one upper hallway to another.
  • Such an iconic building with great view over the city. There was no line at all during our visit (evening around 7:30pm). We could just walk right up to the ticket booth, didn't have to wait for or share the elevator. The view was breathtaking, there was enough room to take pictures, there were only a few people on the roof. The view is totally different compared to daytime (and from Top of the Rock). Would definitely recommend to visit it twice (day and night) if you can afford it!
  • A great experience in an iconic city. We went to the 86th floor on a very windy day and got amazing views as you can expect. All staff very friendly and lots of security on which I find important in modern day times. A must when you visit. As a tip though, between the 2 I would choose Top Of The Rock as more impressive views in my opinion but both worth doing!

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