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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Empire State Building Reviews
We got tickets in reception from a machine for both the 86 th floor and the 102nd. Cost was around 60 dollars each. Expensive but worth it for a once in a lifetime thing. Great views and not rushed at... more »
I was in NYC and the Empire State Building was on my list of things to do. I ordered the tickets through Groupon, same price at the ETB website, but I wasn't charged a convenience fee. It was easy to ... more »
Really nice building. Super great look out off the top of the building. Super great place to visit. I think everybody should come and visit here at least once in there life time. We had a blast here and cant wait to come back. Thank you so much for giving us a great experience here, Thank you and we cant wait to come back. If my review helps you in any way PLEASE give me a thumbs up like on my review. Thank you.
Definitely better than it is in the movies! The sheer architectural magnificence of this building is jaw-dropping, and it is probably the most iconic building in the world. The security guards were very friendly. The interior is also iconic, with the marble floors and ornate ceiling. I recommend going to the top if it’s during sunset or night time. You will see how beautiful New York is from the top. Be prepared to spend a whole lot of time to get to the top. Overall I would highly recommend this building to any person because you only live once and its the most iconic building on the planet.
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