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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  • Had a wonderful evening at the Empire State Building. Wonderful views, NYC light, Statue of Liberty and Hudson River. Excellent atmosphere  more »
  • Clean NY was relatively empty in the evening, at night the excited little slight. Could not reach the window to my fear of heights
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  • There is such a contrast between the outside which is really nice compared to the Chrysler Tower, and inside all in marble. Quite a tail to the elevators. Seen on all of Manhattan. A few memories of King-Kong and archives on the construction of this tower. A must, even if you've been at the top of the One Observatory.
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  • Words can't describe! A photo comes with the admission cost. A good photo with paper matte or frame. Stay up there for as long as you want. If u go in May I'm told the lines aren't as long- try not to go in the middle of summer longest lines& hot. Where comfy shoes. If you go to NYC it's a must do. You can see for days!
  • Wonderous! Elegant! We felt transported through time when we walked into the building. Staff was courteous and efficient. We didn't have much time to explore the displays which was unfortunate as I would have loved to learn more about the building's history. The views of the city were amazing....from all sides. The open air observation deck was great, made me feel almost like part of the city. So much history this building has seen and been a part of. If I ever get the opportunity to visit NYC again I will make it a point to come back to this great building.
  • 🏆TOP 10 VIEWS IN AMERICA No list of famous views for any year can be truly taken seriously without including the one from America's favorite building. Is the view from Willis Tower in Chicago better? Ya, probably. But does Willis have that romance, that vibe, that wow...? Not even close! No building defines "skyscraper" before or since the way this building does. I LUV Chicago, but may the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING live forever as THE very best in the minds of us all.
  • A little pricey but everyone enjoyed it. A great view of everything. A lot of lines to wait in but they move fairly quick. It took 2 hours to reach top of the building. Amazing views because there’s no glass on the viewing platform you get a better photo as there is no glare! From ground level it seems a little less impressive but beautiful lit up at night
  • 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.
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