See the city from a new vantage point with these hot spots worth finding.
With a host of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, New York's skyline is something not to miss. Whether by air, aboard a boat, or from atop a high-rise, here are some of the best places from which to take in the beauty of the Big Apple.
Empire State Building
102 stories up
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 ideal lighting or dinnertime for a meal.
Marvel at the 360-degree, unobstructed views from the Empire State Building and explore its Interactive Museum and more with this combo ticket. See NYC's landmarks from the 86th-floor observatory, enjoy the exhibitions and augmented reality viewfinders on the 80th floor; and explore the 2nd-floor museum’s immersive displays on the building's history. Upgrade for skip-the-line access.
The tallest observation deck in the city (for now)
If you're looking for an observation deck, 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.
See New York City at your feet with admission to the One World Observatory, a 3-story destination on top of the western hemisphere’s tallest building. Ride to the 102nd floor and watch the virtual city skyline transform across centuries of history. Learn about the construction of the skyscraper, which has sweeping views across the city, enjoying New York from a whole new perspective. Or choose from two upgrade options with benefits like skip-the-line security entrance and flexible admission.
From the Top of the Rock's three floors of indoor/outdoor viewing areas, it's possible to see the iconic Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. You can also take a Rockefeller Center tour to learn about the building's art and architecture.
Get the best view in all of New York City from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza. Soak up three floors of indoor and outdoor viewing areas and admire the Big Apple’s popular landmarks, such as One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more.
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 get a look at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, the west side of Manhattan, and more.
Hudson River Cruises
Skyline views from the water
Pass by Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty on a 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 offer opportunities for great photos of the skyline from the water.
Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.