Admission: $34 (general admission), $112 (all-inclusive)
Opening hours: 9am-8pm
Address: One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street
The Empire State building has long advertised itself as having the best view over New York City. The One World Observatory may have something to say about that. This is not only the tallest building in New York; it’s the tallest in the whole of the USA.
The views at the top are incredible, but even the ride there is an experience; the elevator slowly delivers you to the 102nd floor, immersing you in a cutting-edge virtual-reality film world as it does so. As the movie ends and you step out onto the observation deck, you’ll be 1,776 feet above ground.
There isn’t much you can’t see from that height, but as a shortlist, prepare to see the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Central Park as you’ve never seen them before. If you’re brave enough, try walking across the Sky Portal; a floor of transparent glass that feels like floating on air, far above the streets below.
Time your visit carefully; the Observatory is at its most crowded at sunset. Early in the morning and late at night, you’re more likely to enjoy the view in comfort.
If all the sightseeing has given you an appetite, the One World Observatory offers a first-class restaurant experience in its One Dining restaurant, although you could always visit One Cafe or One Mix if you want something smaller or less formal.