Five of the Best Views in New York

New York‘s towering skyscrapers and incredible architecture are just one of the many reasons tourists visit in their droves, and one of the best ways to see the cityscape is from up high.

Whether you want to get a glimpse at the Big Apple from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere or sit back and sip on a cocktail while taking in the Manhattan skyline, we’ve rounded up five of the best views in New York City that we experienced on our recent visit…

Statue of Liberty:

Book in advance to get crown access tickets at the Statue of Liberty
Book in advance to get crown access tickets at the Statue of Liberty

This was one of our favourite experiences of NYC, helped by the fact that it was a beautiful day when we climbed the 354 winding stairs up to the crown. Here you will get amazing views back across to Manhattan and over the Hudson River, as well as a close up glimpse at the statue. Tickets for the crown are limited and sell out fast, so book up to three months in advance for your chance to visit.

statueoflibertytickets.com, from $25.

One World Observatory:

One World Observatory offers 360 degree views across New York
One World Observatory offers 360 degree views across New York

One World Observatory is one of the newest additions to New York’s skyline and one of the most dominant. Based next to the site of the original World Trade Center, this glistening skyscraper stands at 102 storeys tall, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Travelling up to the top is a breathtaking experience, and the 360 degree views of Manhattan, the Hudson River and across to Brooklyn make this well worth a visit.

oneworldobservatory.com, $32.

Empire State Building:

The Empire State Building is a must visit during your trip to New York
The Empire State Building is a must visit during your trip to New York

The Empire State Building is one of New York’s most popular tourist attractions, and for good reason. This art deco skyscraper is an iconic feature of the Manhattan skyline, and thanks to its Midtown location, offers amazing views from its observatory. Try to get there early to avoid the queues.

esbnyc.com, $32.

Top of the Rock:

The views from the Top of the Rock are even better at sunset
The views from the Top of the Rock are even better at sunset

While the view from the Empire State Building is pretty epic, the view of the Empire State Building is even better. We loved watching the sunset at the Top of the Rock, taking in the sights of Central Park, and watching the skyscrapers lighting up one by one as darkness falls. This is arguably the best time to visit as within the space of an hour and a half we had the chance to see the city by day, at sunset and by night.

topoftherocknyc.com, $26-32.

Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn:

The Wythe hotel in Brooklyn is the perfect spot for cocktails and stunning views
The Wythe hotel in Brooklyn is the perfect spot for cocktails and stunning views

If you’re done with the tourist trap, take the Subway across to Brooklyn and head to the Wythe Hotel. There, from the Ides bar, you’ll get sweeping views back across the river to Manhattan. No queues, no entrance fees, just tasty cocktails and a prime spot to relax for an hour or two.

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