Empire State Building

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 7 publications
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Top 1% in New York About the TripExpert Score

7 expert recommendations



With the tragic demise of the World Trade Center, this symbol of New York is again the city's most recognizable skyscraper and, at 1,050 feet, its tallest.


Condé Nast Traveler

One of the city's most beautiful—and popular—attractions, with thousands of people visiting every day. Full review →

Come very early or very late for shorter wait times.

Fodor's Tick Choice

The Empire State Building is an art deco monument to progress, a symbol for New York City, and a star in some great romantic scenes, on- and off-screen. Full review →


Frommer's 34

There’s no better introduction to New York than a visit to the Empire State Building... the apex of the New York skyline Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

The Empire State Building – actually a very glorified office building – is the most famous member of the New York skyline. Full review →

Getting here very early or very late will help you avoid delays.

Michelin Guide 55

Strength and grace combine to make the Empire State Building the most famous sky­scraper in the world and the quintessential New York landmark. Full review →

Views from the 86th-floor observatory (try to go early in the day to avoid long lines) extend 80 miles on a clear day,

Not For Tourists

View unlike any other (except maybe Top of the Rock). Full review →

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