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Best Views in New York City

By Viator, August 2014

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Spot the tourists in Manhattan by the people with their necks craned, spinning, looking endlessly upwards. For decades, ‘build up, not out’ has been the motto for Manhattan architects and designers, and upon arrival, you’ll see that this was well adhered to. New York is the Big Apple because its skyscrapers are a site to behold, and are practically a landscape in and of themselves.

So in this land of giants, where to enjoy a sunset cocktail? Where to gaze out in the glory of all that man has made? In short, where are the best views in Manhattan?

Without a doubt, the Empire State Building still ranks high on the list of wonderful viewing spots. Built in 1931, this 102-story iconic skyscraper, is not only an architectural wonder but it offers wondrous 360-degree views of Manhattan from its two observation decks. Glass-enclosed high-speed elevators shuttle visitors to both decks, where high-powered binoculars allow for zeroing in on favorite New York attractions from above.

30 Rock is not just the name of a hit television sitcom, but the true address of New York icon, Rockefeller Plaza, and home to Top of the Rock Observation Deck. You'll see New York's famous landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Definitely worth checking out.

The Rise bar at the Ritz is another stunner. Though only 14 floors up, the aptly named 14th Floor Bar allows stunning views of New Jersey and the New York Harbor, while toasting with a martini in hand.

If these top picks still aren’t satisfying your craving for a comprehensive view of the Manhattan skyline, why not consider seeing it all at once in a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of the Big Apple? These trips are well worth the price-tag as you’ll see the city as very few have seen it before.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1723 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

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1452 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

Complete New York, New York Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 222 Reviews

Take the ultimate helicopter tour over New York! This 20-minute aerial tour covers all five Boroughs. You'll see the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $214.99

Wine and Cheese Pairing Class Aboard 1920s-Style Yacht

Relax and savor fine wines and cheeses on this scenic cruise around Manhattan aboard a sleek 1920s-style yacht. Learn wine-tasting techniques from a ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

From USD $104.00

New York City Fall Foliage Cruise with Lunch

Experience the unparalleled beauty of New York City during the fall season on this scenic cruise. From the seaport in Manhattan’s Financial District, cruise ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00

July 4th VIP Exclusive: Fireworks from the Empire State Building's Observation Deck

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE FOR JULY 4TH! BOOK NOW - THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! Enjoy fantastic 360-degree aerial views of New York City and watch the spectacular July ...  Read more

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

From USD $199.00

Viator Exclusive: Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Lobster Dinner

Make your Fourth of July in New York City a night to remember on this lively boat cruise with a lobster buffet dinner and incredible views of the city's ...  Read more

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

From USD $250.00

NYC Exclusive: July 4th Fireworks and Skyline Cruise on a Luxury Yacht

Enjoy the most thrilling views of New York City's famous 4th of July Macy's fireworks aboard a luxury yacht! You’ll cruise past landmarks of the downtown New ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $325.00

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