The skyline of New York City has starred in hundreds of movies, making it one of the most iconic man-made landscapes in the world. And while the former World Trade Center once stood as the defining image of this electric city, today’s landscape has shifted slightly—though it remains just as memorable. 

Travelers who wander the Big Apple’s crowded streets will find themselves at the foot of dozens of architectural landmarks—from the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building to the sky-high spire of Freedom Tower. It’s easy to marvel from the pavement, but visitors who want to experience the skyline in all its wonder need explore beyond the sidewalks.

Travelers looking to go all out can fly high above the city in one of the popular and grand helicopter tours. But there are still plenty of options for those on a budget. A trip to the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center provide visitors with a look at the skyline from inside the towering concrete jungle. 

For a peripheral view, walks across the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges offer travelers uninterrupted views of the impressive Financial District, while a ride on the Staten Island Ferry showcases the Big Apple in all its wild glory—and even gets of close to the famous Statue of Liberty. More intrepid travelers can head over to the shores of Hoboken, New Jersey. The expansive green space along the river is a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic with a breathtaking view of Manhattan’s West Side.

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New York Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1218 Reviews

Indulge in a classy evening out on this New York dinner cruise featuring a four-course gourmet meal, entertainment and sensational skyline views. Admire top ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.00

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1578 Reviews

Until you see New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven't really seen it! You'll remember your first visit to the Empire State ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

4.5 star rating: Recommended 750 Reviews

See New York's famous landmarks from the air on an exhilarating 15-minute helicopter tour. You'll come face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty as you fly above ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.99

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1263 Reviews

Daytime or night-time - anytime is the right time to visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Perched 70 stories above the city at Rockefeller Plaza, the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.99

Viator VIP: NYC Night Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

Get unbeatable views of Manhattan from the sky and water on this exclusive VIP tour in New York City! Hop aboard a luxury helicopter and soar over the Brooklyn ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

From USD $249.00

New York City Night On The Town Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 124 Reviews

Enjoy a full night out on the town in New York City on this comprehensive evening tour! You'll take a relaxing walking tour of historic High Line Park at ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.99

New York Harbor Evening Sail with Live Jazz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Step aboard a historic sailing ship and cruise around New York Harbor, taking in magnificent views of New York City on this entertaining evening jazz sail. ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99

Manhattan Skyline Segway Tour

Admire dazzling views of the New York City skyline on this morning or afternoon Segway tour of Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.00

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

4 star rating: Recommended 172 Reviews

See the entire City of New York on a comprehensive 25-minute helicopter tour of the Big Apple! As well as the most popular sights, such as the Statue of ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

From USD $270.00

Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 598 Reviews

Sit back and unwind on a relaxing two and a half hour cruise around Manhattan Island. You'll see all the sights on the only New York cruise to circumnavigate ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.99

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