Cue Empire State of Mind: we’re taking off to the Big Apple! Would you like to admire New York in it full glory? Then you should visit on of its many viewpoints. From these points, you can see how big and beautiful the city is. In this blogpost, I’ll share four views in New York City that you can’t miss, and when you should visit them!
Views in New York City during the day
Let’s start with my absolute favorite place in New York: Top of the Rock (pictured above). A fast elevator will take you up to the upper floors of the tallest building of the Rockefeller Center. From here, you’ll have a beautiful view on Central Park and the Empire State Building. If you look very closely, you can even see the Statue of Liberty showing off in the distance! On the different floors, you’ll have enough space to take some beautiful pictures. Since Central Park is not illuminated at night, I would definitely recommend visiting this lookout during the day! Visit Top of the Rock as soon as it opens (at 8am), to avoid crowds.
Do you have some time on hand during the day? Then hop on the Staten Island Ferry! This free boat trip will take you to Staten Island in half an hour. Along the way, you sail around the Statue of Liberty and you have a beautiful view on Manhattan. Once arrived at Staten Island, just take the ferry back to Manhattan! Try to avoid rush hours (the ferry will be packed with commuters), which can be seen at the online schedule.
Viewpoints at night
Don’t feel like spending too much money on a vantage point (although it really is worth the money)? Then you should take a walk over Brooklyn Bridge! The view is especially beautiful at sunset, but it is also worth it during the day and at night. The bridge is quite long, so I would recommend renting a bike or taking the metro back.
A visit to the Big Apple is of course not complete without the Empire State Building (pictured below). From this second tallest building in the city, you’ll have a breathtaking view on Manhattan. If you’ve already visited Top of the Rock during the day, you should definitely do Empire State in the evening. At night, the entire city is beautifully illuminated! Unlike Top of the Rock, there’s less space to take pictures here. We went around 11 PM and luckily, it was pretty quiet!
These were four views in New York City that you can’t miss! However, I would definitely recommend doing one of them (or better, both!). They are really worth the more than thirty dollars! We bought a C3 Pass in advance, saving us some money.