One place in New York I had to see was the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, it was the tallest building in the city for several years. It stands 1,454 feet (or 443.2 metres high) with 102 floors including the observation deck on the 86th floor and is an iconic Art Deco building. Located on 5th Avenue, between West 33rd and West 34th Streets, it is located in Midtown Manhattan.
It’s an amazing view, and just as beautiful to stare up at from the streets below (or with a glass of chilled wine on the roof terrace of the hotel we stayed at).
Tickets cost $49 for standard adult entry, including a return night time visit on the same day. You can also visit as part of the New York CityPass, which costs $122 for entry to 6 attractions including the Empire State Building.
Entry to the One World Observatory costs from $34 for standard entry. When I went we bought the City Pass (from http://www.citypass.com/new-york) which allows entry to the top 6 New York attractions. Entry to the One World Observatory isn’t included but is well worth the expense for the views alone. We bought the City Pass rather than the NYC pass as the City Pass covered the main attractions we wanted to visit and was a lot cheaper. It allows you to visit The Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can also choose from between the Top of the Rock Observation Deck/Guggenheim Museum, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island/Circle Sightseeing Cruise and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum/ the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The City Pass costs $122 for an adult but as the entry to the Empire State Building costs $49 alone for me it was definitely worth getting. You also get a same day evening visit to the Empire State Building, and it was amazing to see the city lit up at night.
We flew with @British_Airways (thank you for the amazing upgrade onboard!)