You certainly can't visit New York without visiting the Empire State Building and unless you want to stand in queues all day to get to the top you want to make sure you visit it early in the day.
Luckily I am a morning person when I'm travelling and so was ready nice and early for the 8am opening. Even at this time there is queue but only a small one. There are a number of exhibits on the bottom floors that the queue winds through with information on the buildings sustainability policies and the odd bit of history. The building itself is very pretty, with beautiful floors and wall titles. But, of course, everyone is here for one thing and that's the view.
I've opted for the Main Deck option and similar to other viewpoint buildings such as the CN Tower I've declined the upgrade to a slightly higher point usually for double the price. For me the Main Deck is the iconic spot anyway.
The vantage point from the Empire State Building is amazing. The views over Manhattan really are breath taking and even if the tickets are pricey this is worth the price. On the day of my visit the weather seemed a little dull but this perfect for long distance viewing with no squinting into the sun.
|The views over Manhattan toward "Freedom Tower"|
|The iconic binoculars on the Main Deck|
After spending my morning at one American icon, I take the rest of my day soaking in my last few hours in the city and picking up a few nick nack souvenirs before my evening at another. Making full use of the free Staten Island Ferry I head out at sunset to get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty as the sun goes down and it did not disappoint.
|The sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty complete with little sail boat.|
|Manhattan as the sun dips|
|The nightlights of Manhattan|