Empire State Building

One of the enduring symbols of New York, and once again the city's tallest structure, the Empire State Building stands 436 feet (145m) tall. Completed in 1931, this Art Deco behemoth remains one of the most impressive engineering feats of all time; it was built in just 410 days and remains the fastest rising major skyscraper ever built. The building has been immortalised in many films - most famously the classics King Kong and Sleepless in Seattle. The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors offer magnificent views of the city; it is ideal to visit on a clear day, as the views can be completely obscured when it is foggy.

Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan

Website: www.esbnyc.com

Telephone: (212) 736 3100

Transport: Subway B, D or F to 34th Street

Opening times: Observatory: daily 8am-2am; last elevator at 1:15am.

Admission: Main Deck: $27 (adults), $21 (children 6-11), other concessions available.