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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.

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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

A wonderful way to get the first overview of NY

Walking with this guided groups through the different quarters of NY was a very good and helping way to do the first steps in this awesome city! It helped me to focus later on on the things I wanted to know better. Thanks for this idea, I will recommend you guys!

Best way to familiarize yourself with Manhattan

Most accommodating franchise. The staff very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Dan, 10/31/2016

Ryan was an amazing, informative and energetic tour guide.

This was my favorite tour while visiting NYC. Ryan is amazing historian as well as entertaining.

Fun and informative, time and money well spent

Great 5 hour highlight of NY. Jeff was fun and knowledgeable - and his recommendations for places to eat were great!

New York See It All Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/23/2016

Brilliant way to get around the different areas of New York.

Guides on boats were very entertaining and knowledgeable. 9/11 museum was very emotional.

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