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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Empire State Building reviews
We visited the Empire in our trip in September '19 one evening and it was an experience not to forget. Mostly thanks to having now need to queue (10pm meant there were fewer visitors than... more »
I had an amazing experience. The view was beautiful. My only complaint is that we were told closing time was 11 but we were being rushed out at 1040. At one point we were the only people on the 86th.... more »
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We did this and the top of the Rock with our city pass. This place was awesome and I love how they have added so much to it to make it much more than just going up to see the skyline. There are a lot of educational museum type props there no as well that my husband said didn't used to be. The line to get in is a struggle and patience is key but I would certainly recommend it over TOR if you had to chose! It was so beautiful GO AT NIGHT!!
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