Empire State Building, New York City

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The 103-story Empire State Building in midtown stood as the world's tallest building for nearly four decades, from its completion in 1931 until 1970, when it was surpassed by another New York skyscraper. Considered an American cultural icon, the building underwent a massive renovation in 2010 to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Admire the Art Deco mosaics in the lobby, and then take an elevator to the observation deck at the top, where you'll have 360-degree views of the entire city. If you don't have time to wait in line for the top, visit the 86th-floor observatory, which at 320 m (1,050 ft) high still provides remarkable views. If you're in the city in the evening, try to catch a glimpse of the building to see its pinnacle bathed in lights. Use our New York City trip itinerary maker app to visit Empire State Building on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Despite the weather, we had an amazing time in Empire State. Truly an amazing view when the weather did let up. Made it an unique experience as it wasn't busy at the time! 
    Despite the weather, we had an amazing time in Empire State. Truly an amazing view when the weather did let up. Made it an unique experience as it wasn't busy at the time!  more »
  • First time visiting NY, First time touring the Empire State Building, First time seeing the Statue of Liberty. A whole bunch of first times and I loved each one of them. 
    First time visiting NY, First time touring the Empire State Building, First time seeing the Statue of Liberty. A whole bunch of first times and I loved each one of them.  more »
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  • Amazing art deco building absolutely loved it inside and out. The building is so beautiful and has been respectfully modernised so that you can barely notice. The journey to the observatory has a wealth of historical information on the construction and foundations of the building which is hugely interesting. The staff are there at every step,helpful and polite and courteous. Would highly recommend a visit for everyone and of course the stop at the gift shop. Fabulous day out.
  • It exceeded my expectations. It’s always been my dream to travel to NYC and go to the top of the ESB. We booked 7pm reservations which was a great choice. We were able to view the city just before the sun set and then at sundown. It takes your breath away. Worth every penny. Staff were cool, calm and collected with making sure people got to where they needed to go. So many photo ops before you take the ride up to the observatory. Lots of history about the building’s construction. Great gift shop as well - literally anything you can think of, they have. A little pricey, but that’s to be expected. Overall - great experience and I would do it again!

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