There's no doubt that New York City boasts one of the most iconic skylines in the enitre world.
Dotted with grandiose buildings, parks, and sprawling bodies of water, the views here are enough to take your breath away (and have you reaching for your phone to snap countless photos).
So, if you’re searching for the places with the best views of New York, read on and take note.
The Edge | $36
A part of the Hudson Yards, the Edge is the highest outdoor skydeck in the Western Hemisphere. The Edge’s unique vantage point on the western side of Manhattan lets you take in the entire skyline, so you’ll be able to take in the view from Central Park, all the way down to the Statue of Liberty. The Edge also features a glass floor that allows you to look down from 100 stories up at the streets of NYC.
Hunters Point South Park, Queens | Free
Hunter's Point South is approximately 30 acres of prime waterfront property in Long Island City, the westernmost neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. Recently revitalized, the new park includes a central green, playgrounds, a bikeway, a waterside promenade, and a 30-foot-tall cantilevered platform for viewing the Midtown east skyline and waterfront.
One World Observatory | $41
The tallest building in Manhattan, One World Observatory also known as the Freedom Tower, offers views from floors 100-102. Located all the way on the southernmost point of Manhattan, you’ll be able to take in incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and almost the entirety of Manhattan. On a clear day One World Observatory provides a line of sight of about 50 miles.
Brooklyn Bridge Park | Free
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park on the Brooklyn side of the East River. Not only will you be able to take in amazing views of downtown Manhattan, the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the park is basically unparalleled. make sure to check out the stunning view from Washington and Water Street, just steps away from the park, where the Empire State Building aligns perfectly with the pylon of the Manhattan Bridge.
Empire State Building | $46
By far the most iconic building in all of New York City, The Empire State Building offers virtually unobstructed views of the city from its 86th-floor viewing platform. Known as the highest open-air observatory in the city, The Empire State Building also offers views from the 102nd floor, if loftier views are something you crave.
Roosevelt Tram | $2.75
Sitting in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is known for its quiet streets, peaceful parks and gardens, and incredible views of Midtown skyscrapers. To get there you’ll take the tram, which hoovers 250 feet above New York. You’ll get a front-row seat to some of the best views of the city from a perspective most residents don't typically get.
Top of the Rock | $42
Located in the infamous Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan, the Top of the Rock is a massively tall building known for having the best views of Midtown and Central Park.