When you visit New York City, you've got to go up one of the skyscrapers to
experience those views of Manhattan Island, and beyond - it's the law. Nearly. Ideally,
of course, you would want to head up both the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock (which
is the Rockefeller Building, not to be confused with a large rock which sits in midtown Manhattan). But
with both these buildings costing a king's ransom to visit, you may choose to climb just the one. So, the
question is, which should you visit - The Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock.
Views out across Central Park in New York City
We were lucky enough to visit both these iconic buildings during our stay in New York City - purchasing
a New York City pass, which allows entry to both buildings. The Empire State Building in certainly the better known
of the two - and the tallest building in New York until the twin towers were built; with
Freedom Tower now being the tallest building.
Freedom Tower in New York City reaching completion
Whichever tower you decide is the right one for you, try and visit before 10am. Both get really busy as the day
progresses, and it's nice to have plenty of room to wander around.
So, Empire State Building or Top of the Rock
Decision time then, our favourite was the "Top of the Rock". Why? Well, there are those views over Central Park, and you
still get to see south to the Statue of Liberty.
You also get to see the Empire State Building in all its glory from the Top of the Rock. Whereas, looking at the Rockefeller
building is, well, it is a little dull. There, I've said it. The Top of the Rock is just another skyscraper. But
that doesn't matter when you're in the Top of the Rock looking out!
There is also plenty of room at the Top of of the Rock. And that's what really swung it for us - all that space to amble round
and take in the views.
Views of the Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock
Don't just take our word for it though. Try both and see what you think (it's well worth having a look at that
New York Pass).
Which is your preferred skyscraper to get the best experience of New York City? Drop me an email and I'll share your ideas
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