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Where to Find the Best Views in New York City

By Viator, August 2017

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With some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers and plenty to see, New York City’s top viewpoints are worth finding. Whether by air, aboard a boat, or from atop a high-rise, here are some of the best spots to take in the beauty of the Big Apple.

Empire State Building
One of America's most iconic skyscrapers, the Empire State Building offers 360-degree views from its 86th-floor observatory. Climb to the top to visit its two indoor/outdoor decks, from which you can see Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square. Don't miss the Art Deco lobby at street level or the chance to admire the building itself—some tours offer access at sunrise for beautiful lighting or dinnertime for a meal.

One World Observatory
While in New York City, you have to catch the views from One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, the Western Hemisphere's tallest building. A Sky Pod zips travelers up to the 102nd floor for views of up to 50 miles away in each direction on a clear day. Pre-book your tickets for priority admission and a direct elevator to the observatory.

Top of the Rock
From the Top of the Rock's three floors of indoor/outdoor viewing areas, it's possible to see the iconic the iconic Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. You can also take a 75-minute Rockefeller Center tour to learn about the building.

Helicopter Tours
There's no better way to get a bird's-eye view of New York City than by flying over it. On a 15-minute helicopter tour, you'll catch views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, the west side of Manhattan, and more.

Hudson River Cruises
Pass by Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty on a three-level boat on a Hudson River cruise. Daytime sightseeing cruises offer crisp views of the city, while dinner cruises typically include a three-course meal and plenty of time to take in the city skyline at dusk and by night. Ferry tours to the Statue of Liberty also feature great NYC views from the water.

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Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1079 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 $199.00
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2382 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 outdoor ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Varies

From USD $36.00
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Hudson's by World Yacht New York Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

Take in the views from a 3-level dinner cruise on Hudson’s brought to you by the team behind World Yacht at Pier 81. Cruise around New York City as you ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.99
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NYC One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 477 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 $34.00
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Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass & STATE Grill and Bar Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Experience one of New York City's top sights without the lines, with this exclusive offer, available only through Viator. Ditch the crowds with an express, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Flexible

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1781 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 $34.00
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Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1017 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: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.00
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New York Rooftop Lounge Experience

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Take in incredible views of the New York City skyline from the city's best rooftop bars and lounges on this evening tour. Hang out at local favorites such as ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.50
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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 $299.00

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