New York City is a sprawling metropolis with towering skyscrapers and dense crowds walking its streets at all times.
From the street, it might seem chaotic and hectic. To remember how beautiful the City is, sometimes you have to get a birds-eye view of Manhattan — a change of perspective.
Finding these perspectives isn’t always easy, however. Because of that, we’ve put together a list of some of the best views in New York City. Read on to see the best locations to get gorgeous glimpses of NYC.
One World Observatory
Standing tall on our list is the One World Trade Center Observatory. This observatory gives you views of the NYC skyline from the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors.
The observatory isn’t the only thing to look forward to when visiting. The elevator ride to the top is done in a mere 47 seconds, giving you an unforgettable view and ride to the top of the Freedom Tower.
For pricing information, visit the One World Trade Center Website.
The Empire State Building
This iconic and unforgettable building is rooted in the history of NYC.
The view here is also one of the best. Just like One World Trade Center, you can get a view from the 102nd floor, or the 86th floor if you like. Standing right at the heart of Midtown, the view of the skyline worth the trip to NYC alone.
For pricing information, visit the Empire State Building website.
Top of The Rock
Located at Rockefeller Center, the Top of The Rock has views from its 67th, 69th, and 70th floors.
The view is beautiful. Once you’re done taking in the Skyline, head down to the Rockefeller Center rink and ice skate, or look at the shops at Rockefeller Center.
For pricing information, visit the Top of The Rock website.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop
Not many people know that this rooftop exists. For one, it isn’t widely advertised throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you really want to find it, your best bet is to ask one of the workers for directions.
After many twists, turns, and elevator rides, however, you’ll find yourself with one of the most amazing views in Manhattan.
The view not only gives you a sweeping view of the New York City skyline, but it also gives you an incredible view of Central Park. The roof might not be as high as some of the other places on this list, but that is certainly not a shortcoming. You have to see it yourself to truly understand.
On top of the view, there is also a rooftop bar and some art basking in the New York City sunlight.
The admission fee to The Met is $25 for adults. This means you can pay whatever you think is fair for this incredible museum.
230 Fifth Avenue
This is one of NYC’s most iconic bars. Located right in the Flatiron District, this bar markets itself as the bar with the largest rooftop space in New York City.
It can get quite crowded on weekends, but its worth the visit, there are heated areas and igloos from November until late April, and in the summer its the perfect place to cool off.
The view of the Empire State building is spectacular from 230 Fifth’s rooftop, but the view from the Empire State building to 230 Fifth is equally as impressive.
If you plan a day filled with just rooftops, this would be a great location to end it. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the incredible New York City.
The admission is free at 230 Fifth, all you have to do is pay for drinks. If you decide you want to check out other New York City bars that aren’t rooftops, check out GoVisitNYC’s article on Unconventional Themed Bars in NYC, maybe you’ll find something you love.