Visit the Empire State Building in New York City

New York City Manhattan Skyline

Our Visit to the Empire State Building in New York

On our recent visit to New York City, one of the many attractions we enjoyed was definitely the Empire State Building. Full of history and with a view that will leave you breathless, this is a Must See designated National Historic Landmark when visiting the city.

The view atop the 86th floor is Amazing!

About the Empire State Building

Empire State Building Entrance

This beautiful refurbished building rises above 102-stories or 1,453 feet tall to its peak and is situated in Midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It received its name from New York’s famous handle … The Empire State.

The skyscraper was constructed in just 410 days, a phenomenal feat to become the tallest building in the world in 1931. It was successful in this venture and remained the tallest building for almost 40 years.

Empire State Building Completion Sign

An amazing accomplishment in the 1930’s with most of the construction and steel workers immigrants having arrived and starting a new life in New York City!

Empire State Building Iron Workers

Be sure to check out the complete history of this lovely historic building at Wikipedia. Below, I have added their website for your convenience to learn more about the Empire State Building.

The 86th Floor of the Empire State Building

Empire State Building Lobby

Entering the main lobby entrance of the Empire State Building is like taking a step back in time. A beautifully restored building in Manhattan making this a true gem of the city!

Visit the Empire State BuildingExperience an incredible view of New York City from their largest indoor and outdoor observation deck.

You can stroll 360 degrees either indoors or outdoors from this floor and experience a view like no other!

For an additional fee, head on up another 16 floors to the top floor 102 stories up, to a smaller indoor viewing deck if you desire.

My wife and I found 86 floors up was plenty high enough and enjoyed the option of enjoying this spectacular view from indoors and outdoors.

We decided to take in this attraction just before sunset and were able to see the city come alive at night with lights beginning illuminate everywhere!

Expect Busy Queue Lines

Empire State Building Welcome Poster

We enjoyed our visit to New York City in late September. The weather was perfect and the crowds not as intense during the summer months. Although busy, the line for entry moved quickly and was well organized with staff directing you all the way until you reached the top.

A Spectacular View on the 86th Floor

New York City Skyline

As you can see, the view from the 86th floor is stunning and certainly worth the wait!  Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city and the height from which you are seeing the city from at your leisure. You can take in the view inside or outside and walk completely around the building, taking in an awesome 360 degree view of New York City!

New York City View

Visit the 102nd Floor If You Dare

Empire State Building Peak

As mentioned and for an additional fee, you can venture up to the 102nd floor to another viewing deck inside. I took the photo above from the main 86th floor viewing outdoor deck.

For much more detailed information on visiting this beautiful structure, I have listed their official website below for your convenience.

Old Empire State Building Poster

There you have it, just one of the many reasons to visit the Big Apple at least once in a lifetime. Be sure to check out my recent post and photos on Experiencing New York City on a Budget.

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Did You Know …

“The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or more than seven million man-hours.”

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