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The 5 Most Iconic Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline

New York City invented the skyscraper, and its skyline against the Atlantic is breathtaking by both day and night. Spot these historic and modern wonders from a boat, helicopter, bridge, or the top of one of the gigantic iron buildings themselves.

Chrysler Building

Renowned for its elaborate Art Deco style, it is regarded as one of the architecturally finest buildings in the world. Get the best view at the top of the Empire State Building.

Empire State Building

This American symbol was built in just 14 months during the Great Depression. Another Deco building, it was the first to ever rise more than 100 stories.LʼEmpire State Building Il nʼa fallu que quatorze mois pour construire ce symbole américain pendant la grande dépression. Cet autre édifice Art déco est le premier dans le monde entier à avoir dépassé les 100 étages.

One World Trade Center

Where the Twin Towers once stood is now the “Freedom Tower”. It’s the tallest building not only in the city, but the entire Western Hemisphere, and fourth tallest in the world.

Top of the Rock - Rockefeller Center

Along with the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock is an attraction for its tours and observation decks. Allow 30 minutes to get to the top and time your visit with sunset.

Photo: edenpictures @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Condé Nast Building

Finished in 2000, this modern skyscraper is an important example of green design. It is so environmentally sound that it uses little heating or cooling throughout the year.

Manhattan Skyline: Our Tips

The Cost of the City

The skyline is always going to be free, so spending is totally in your control. The tours are fantastic and prices vary. If saving is more your style, take the ferry to Staten Island, no tickets required, and get the skyline view along with the same historic view early immigrants had arriving at Ellis Island.

Walk a bridge to Brooklyn

New Yorkers will tell you that walking a stretch of the Brooklyn Bridge is a must-do during your visit. Less popular (read: less crowded) is the Williamsburg Bridge, where you can catch the same magnificent view of the skyline -- as well as a postcard view of that famed Brooklyn Bridge.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    24 hours a day, but the best photography moments are at sunrise and sunset
  • What is the price?
  • Will I need a guide?
    If you want, sure! But it's not necessary.
  • How to get there
    Depending on your destination, take the subway or walk like a New Yorker!
  • Additional tips
    Though not located in a tropical clime per say, New York can get very muggy in the summer. Avoid the sweltering heat by heading out early and taking a long lunch at midday.

What People Are Saying About Manhattan Skyline

The bus tours were great-guides fun and helpful.

Busses were good, but some of the headphones/audio didn't work. Guides fun and informative.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 10/06/2016

Very informative . A good introduction to the area .

A perfect introduction to the area , for further exploration if time is available.
Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour Reviewed by Dianne, 09/26/2016

Very informative cruise with great views.

No problems during cruise, drinks brought to use, might suggest picking up empty glasses as they were rolling around after people set them down.
Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise Reviewed by Rebecca, 09/26/2016

Brilliant Ross tour excellent scenery perfect before heavy rain

Ross tour guide very professional helpful friendly caring , looked after everybody on tour had wonderful & interesting knowledge on every part of tour. Great views from both Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges prior to the heavy rain. Wonderful experience would go again

Perfect way to see as much if NYC as possible.

Clean buses, easy check in, very informative tour guide. What's not to like? Another great day out thanks to GetYourGuide.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/01/2016

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