Why Top of the Rock Observation Deck is a must-visit attraction

…And perhaps the best photo location in New York City.

It may not have the modern interior of One World Trade Center, but the art deco grandeur of Top of the Rock is palpable.

The iconic building offers striking views of midtown and downtown Manhattan and unobstructed views of the surrounding boroughs – and this is what makes it one of the best attractions in New York City.

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There’s many stunning photo opportunities at Top of the Rock, but none more breathtaking than the view of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center (look south – you can’t miss it!). No wonder it’s considered the best panoramic city view!

Standing at 850ft (260m) tall, you can get 360-degree views of the city from its interior and exterior decks on the top three observation floors.

And best of all, you can even experience the bustling atmosphere of NYC at night from this spectacular height.

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Rockefeller Plaza: Some 200 flagpoles line the plaza at street level and display flags of United Nations member countries and US states and territories. Interestingly, during national and state holidays, the US flag is displayed on every pole.

(I’d recommend purchasing the CityPASS which includes general admission to Top of the Rock – but more on that in a later post).

At the start of your journey you’re met by an enchanting three-story Swarovski waterfall chandelier, which gives you an indication of the extraordinary experience that lies ahead.

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The three American icons: the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty (in the distance).

There’s also ample opportunities to learn about the rich history, art and architecture of Rockefeller Center through multi-media exhibitions.

Even the ride to the Top is thrilling! Step into one of the high-speed glass ceiling sky shuttles (cool name!) and ascend at 1,200 feet per minute to reach the observation decks in 42 seconds.

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Looking down at the Concrete Jungle.

Take in the views of every major landmark from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty to One World Trade Center and Central Park.

(The sprawling observation deck and efficient entry system means you experience shorter waiting times compared to the Empire State Building).

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30 Rockefeller Plaza with the words of Isaiah 33:6 KJV: ‘Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times’.

Top of the Rock is open daily, 8am-midnight and the last elevator ascends at 11pm.

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