Top 5 Places for a Million Dollar View in New York City

The greatest city in the world also has some of the world’s most gorgeous views. In the hustle and bustle of the streets, it’s easy to miss the magnificence of New York City’s scene. The dazzling architecture, skylines and historic buildings can simply not be beat. Come along as we take an in-depth look at the best views in NYC.

1. Top of the Rock

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The view from Top of the Rock, looking south over Manhattan. Photo Credit: Beth Beckman

Visiting the Top of the Rock is a memorable experience for all ages and needs to be on everyone’s must do list. Situated on top of 30 Rockefeller Center—the panoramic view from this New York landmark is incredible. The tri-level viewing from the 68th, 69th and 70th floors are gorgeous, spacious and less frenzied than the Empire State Building. Top of the Rock also makes it a wait-less experience with the option to purchase a timed viewing ticket, allowing for shorter lines and waiting time. Cooler temperatures shouldn’t deter—with indoor and outdoor viewing options, this view is perfection any time of the year.

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2. One World Observatory

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View from One World Observatory. Photo Credit: Beth Beckman

There’s no better view than from the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Ascend the 100 floors in less than 60 seconds aboard the Sky Pod elevator, where guests are able to watch the building of NYC via a floor-to-ceiling virtual time lapse of the city. Once you reach the top of One World Observatory, the views truly go on forever – including New Jersey and the surrounding cities. Children will also love the Sky Portal – a clear 14 foot glass disc allowing you to see what is happening on the city streets 100 stories below. Work up an appetite viewing all the sights? There are three restaurants on the 101st Floor, including one that accepts advance reservations.

3. Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Overlooking Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo Credit: Beth Beckman

Looking for an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline? This park was made for you. Situated across the East River – Brooklyn Bridge Park spans over 85 acres and offers truly unparalleled views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Be sure to walk south through the entire park for a crowning view of the Statue of Liberty. Sunsets here are spectacular. With plenty to do including the stunning waterfront Janes Carousel, playgrounds, boating tours, restaurants and more—this is one park that offers one of the best views in NYC.

4. Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop

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The gorgeous view from the Metropolitan Museum Rooftop. Photo Credit: Beth Beckman

The view from the top of the largest museum in the United States is just as spectacular as the incredible art inside. The Iris and B. Gerald Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open from May through October each year, and acts as an extension to the museum with special rooftop art exhibitions. There may be no better gallery backdrop in the world with this view! Situated on Central Park East—the tree top vantage point view into the park with the peeking skyline can’t be beat. The rooftop café offers light snacks and refreshments—a perfect accompaniment as you drink in this amazement. Want more incredible views? Inside the museum you will find over 2 million works of art spanning over 5,000 years—making this museum worth a visit (or two).

5. The Highline

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View down 14th street from the Highline. Photo Credit: Beth Beckman

There’s no better way to be part of the skyline than enjoying the view from the Highline. The Highline is a public park that was built on a once abandoned freight rail line, elevated above Manhattan’s West Side. This extraordinary green space encompasses 1.45 miles, running from Hudson Yards to Chelsea, and offers truly incredible views of the city. The park’s elevation places you within the city scene, with a perfect vantage point over the streets and surrounding buildings. Aside from the views, the lavish landscaping and rotating art exhibits that cover this West Side Park make this a must visit.

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About Beth Beckman

Beth BeckmanBeth Beckman lives and breathes New York City, where she is a travel writer and explorer, and doesn’t like to sleep. She is the founder of Lil Kid Big City, where she writes about her explorations in NYC and beyond with her young son. Follow their adventures through her website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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