Empire State Building
Empire State Building, NYC © BigMac
The Empire State Building in New York is an iconic landmark in the sprawling Manhattan cityscape. Completed in 1931, it stretches 102 storeys into the sky and was for a time considered the tallest building in the between 1931 and 1970.
Today, it is only the 28th-tallest building in the world yet still retains much of its dramatic grandeur and presence. One of the most beloved activities is embarking on the journey to the top floor's observation deck, providing views across the entire city.
Aside from its magnificent vistas, there are also restaurants with delicious food as well as exhibits displaying the history of the Empire State Building. It is best to visit between 8am and 11am, avoiding the scores of daily visitors. It is open until 2am.
For those brave individuals, the annual Empire State Building Run-Up offers runners the chance to reach the top via the stairs. These stairs are otherwise closed to the public. Free multimedia tours are downloaded with every admission.
The Empire State Building has facilities for disabled visitors with service dogs and wheelchairs. The 86th floor is specifically designed with a lower wall for those visitors at a disadvantage.
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan
Transport: Subway B, D or F to 34th Street
Opening times: Observatory: daily 8am-2am; last elevator at 1.15am.
Admission: Top Deck: $57 (adults), $51 (children 6-12), Main Deck: $37 (adults), $31 (children 6-12). Concessions and special ticket deals available.