In order to get the best views of the Manhattan’s magnificent skyline, you need to rise above the island or leave it entirely! You either need to climb up the sky-high perches within the city or go to another borough. Here is an ultimate list of where to go to be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of New York City.
The Empire State Building may not be the tallest skyscraper of the Big Apple anymore, but it is still the most iconic and emblematic building in the city. It is the number one tourist destination as you can get panoramic vistas of New York City – and beyond – from its 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories. You’ll be able to see every landmark New York has to offer from above. If you’d like to see the city under varying shades of light, you can go there just before sunset to enjoy both daylight and glowing colorful lights of the night.
Its biggest competitor, of course, is Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock with its 70th-floor observation deck. One distinct advantage over the Empire State Building is that you can get views of the Empire State. Many believe it has the finest sights in all of New York City thanks to its proximity to Central Park.
The record for tallest building in NYC now returns to the new One World Trade Center. Perched at 1,250 feet above the ground, the newly opened One World Observatory offers the most spectacular and impressive views you can get of Manhattan. Stand on a sky view floor, and be able to see every single point of interest the city has to offer.
There are plenty of rooftop bars and restaurants in Manhattan where you can gaze at the incredible views while enjoying delicious food and drinks. One of the most famous is the Marriott Marquis on Times Square and its revolving rooftop that make a slow 360-degree turn every hour, offering you amazing panoramas of the city – north, south, west and east.
You can also span the East River in the aerial Roosevelt Island Tramway to get sensational sights of the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is one of the most romantic spots in New York City. Along the East River, it offers a vista of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the majestic steel-cable suspension Brooklyn Bridge. It couldn’t be better as you get to see everything all at once.
It’s easy to forget that Manhattan is an island, but the many cruises and boat rides you can take will remind you of that. Float on both the Hudson and East Rivers to enjoy a tour where you can discover all the great landmarks of Manhattan’s shoreline and the islands around the world-renowned Statue of Liberty.
If you want to see famous buildings from the streets, the best option is a Big Bus tour. You can choose between different tours of New York City districts (Downtown – Uptown – Brooklyn) and admire historical sites from a hop-on, hop-off bus.
For the best views of all, take to the skies with Manhattan Helicopters. A Manhattan helicopter tour provides you the best views you could ever get and is a must-do unique experience. Manhattan Helicopters offers you exhilarating views of New York City and beyond. Greet the Statue of Liberty eye-to-eye, soar past One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, Ellis Island, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Central Park, the U.S.S. Intrepid, Grant’s Tomb, Columbia University, Yankee Stadium, Coney Island, and many more. There is nothing like the breathtaking aerial experience a helicopter tour over NYC gives you.
Choose from three New York City helicopter tour options: the Classic (12-15 minutes), Deluxe (18-20 minutes), or VIP (25-30 minutes) tour. To book a helicopter tour today, please call (917) 720-4659 or email us at[email protected] to make your reservations.