The Empire State Building: Tour One of NYC’s Most Famous Tourist Attractions | Empire State Building Sightseeing

Empire State Building

Location: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

The Empire State Building is one of the most well-known and iconic attractions in New York City. This skyscraper has stood majestically on 5th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan since construction was completed in 1931. The building is 1,250 feet in height to the roof, and if you include the spire on top, the total height is 1,454 feet. A trip to New York City wouldn’t be complete without taking time for an Empire State Building tour!

When the Empire State Building was finished, it was the tallest building in the city. The race was on at this time to hold the title of tallest NYC building, as the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street were also vying for the top spot. The building managed to hold the title of the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years before the World Trade Center’s North Tower beat it. Currently, the Empire State Building is number five on the country’s list of tallest buildings, and it is the 34th tallest building in the world.

The Empire State Building got its name from New York state’s nickname, the Empire State. Architects Shreve, Lamb, & Harmon Associates were responsible for designing the Empire State Building. The plans for the building were patterned after a building in North Carolina and another in Cincinnati. These two Art Deco structures are sometimes called the Empire State Building’s architectural ancestors. Building the Empire State Building was a massive undertaking, but it was completed in just 20 months. Around 3,400 workers toiled each day, putting together as many as four and a half stories every week. Upon completion, the building came in under budget and ahead of schedule, although five workers were killed during construction.

Exploring the building on an Empire State tour promises to be spectacular. The recently renovated and restored lobby includes a breathtaking display of ceiling murals, and there’s a “Dare to Dream” exhibit that tells the story of the building’s engineering, construction, and lengthy history. You can explore period photographs, sketches, construction notes, and original documents connected to the creation of the building. Your Empire State Building sightseeing excursion should also include stops at the 86th and 102nd floors. The main deck on the 86th floor is definitely worth a visit: Empire State Building observatory views will amaze you! The open-air observation deck on this floor provides a stunning 360-degree view of the city below and beyond. If you venture up to the top deck on the 102nd floor during your Empire State tour, you’ll behold the biggest and best views of NYC, stretching out a whopping 80 miles in every direction on a clear day.

The Empire State Building tourist attraction is one of the most popular landmarks in the city for visitors. Aboard a TopView Sightseeing double-decker bus, you can hop off at the Empire State stop, take an Empire State Building tour to fully experience this iconic structure, and then hop back on another bus to continue on your route. Whether you take a single tour with us or book one of our touring packages, you’ll get the most out of your trip to New York City with us!

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