Best Views in New York City

By Viator, August 2015

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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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Complete New York, New York Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 245 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 $189.00

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1950 Reviews

The must see for any visitor to New York City, the World’s Most Famous Building is on every list for its Observatory’s spectacular indoor and ...  Read more

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

From USD $32.00

One World Observatory Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 88 Reviews

There are a million things to experience in New York City, but this is one in a million. The One World Observatory is the latest and greatest Big Apple ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $28.75
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Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 829 Reviews

Enjoy an in-depth experience of two top New York City attractions with this special-access tour, a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else. Learn about the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Guided tour 2 hours; self-guided 3-5 hours

From USD $59.99

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1589 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 $30.00

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

4 star rating: Recommended 108 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

World Trade Center Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 597 Reviews

The World Trade Center once stood tall and prominent, one of the world’s largest financial complexes and a symbol of New York City. This New York City walking ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2.5 or 3-hours

From USD $25.00

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