The Best Spots to Get the Perfect NYC Skyline View

You’ve booked your tickets, you’ve picked your hotel, you’ve mentally prepared yourself for the money you’ll spend and food you’ll eat whilst your there – you’re ready to go to New York. Next stop, picking out which attractions you want to do and see whilst you’re there, and how do you pick from all the options there are that promise that ultimate Skyline view?

Well – and I’ve mentioned this plenty of times on this blog – I’m lucky enough to have visited New York three times so far, and throughout each trip I’ve managed to fit most of the tourist attractions in. Below I’ve written up my views on which are the best, and listed them in order of how good I think they are, so if you’re visiting New York

  1. Brooklyn Bridge

Straight in at number one we have my favourite spot for that famous New York skyline view, and also a great way to travel over to Dumbo, Brooklyn. On our trip this year we woke up at 5am (thanks jet lag!) and decided to walk down to the bridge to catch sunrise. I’m so glad we did as it was my favourite moment of the holiday, having the whole bridge pretty much to ourselves and watching the sun come up over the city.

View rating out of 5 emojis – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

2. One World Observatory

In second place I would say my favourite viewpoint has to be the One World Observatory. We went this year on a whim, as the weather was so perfect it would’ve been a shame to miss out on the opportunity. When you buy your ticket you can also add on a drink for $5 – which I would advise doing if you want to view the skyline in style, as it was the biggest glass of prosecco I’ve had for that cost, and if you don’t buy it at reception, the costs at the bar at the top are a lot more money!

Anyway, the view at the top if incredible – you get a full 360 view of New York, from the Statue of Liberty right round to the rest of the city – including the Empire State Building. Also, it’s all inside with massive glass windows, so if you’re not weirdly scared of heights-but-only-when-you’re-outside, or is that just me?

View rating out of 5 emojis – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

3. Rockefeller Center/Bar Sixty Five

Another of my favourites, I think the view from the top of the Rockefeller center is really great, and if you can book yourself in for a time slot at dusk then it would definitely be worth it.

If you’re looking for an alternative way to see the view, you can also visit Bar Sixty Five, which is where I went on my last trip, however unfortunately it was 0% visibility, but the service and cocktails were lovely, so if you can get in on a lovely day then I would definitely recommend.

If you do buy the official Top of the Rock tickets then I’d advise booking in a slot as early as possible, as if it is terrible visibility they do allow you to come back at another date to try your luck with better weather!

The view is really good from the top, as you can see Central Park and The Empire State Building. The Top of the Rock is in two levels and you can pretty much take in a 360 view all the way around.

View rating out of 5 emojis – 🌟🌟🌟🌟

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

4. Empire State Building

Arguably one of New York’s most famous attractions, The Empire State Building is the main sight in every New York skyline shot, but what do you get when you actually go up it? Luckily enough I’ve been to visit twice, and the second time I actually went up to the 102nd floor, which is the extra bit right at the top.

I’d say the view is pretty great from right at the top, and if you can get in for sunrise/sunset it makes for a really pretty view. However, I’m not sure if I would say it’s one of the best you can get for your money. It’s not great for queuing, as they can often take a lot longer than you’d think – might be wort buying in fast pass tickets if you’re really strapped for time.

It is great for the experience of it, as it is the Empire State building, that is right in the centre of the city.  But perhaps if you’re after that view it’d be best to go to the Rockafella centre, where you can have this and the view of the Empire State?

View rating out of 5 emojis – 🌟🌟🌟

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rooftop Bars

Salvation Taco

Now, this is my personal favourite way to take in a view – with a drink in hand. I couldn’t group it with the other viewpoints mentioned above, as technically a rooftop bar isn’t there just for the view – it’s also for the drinks/snacks/experience. Salvation Taco and Mr Purple mentioned next were two bars I had the pleasure to visit on my last trip to New York and I would definitely recommend both.

Salvation Taco was a treat on my visit as it was actually a Halloween party with all-you-can-drink margaritas, and that alone should be worth a 5/5 emoji rating.

However, the view up there is amazing, but it’s not the best. I would say if you fancy some tacos and a few margaritas (they were really tasty btw) then head on up here and you can have an amazing view at the same time. But my personal favourite rooftop bar is the next on this list…

View rating out of 5 emojis – 🌟🌟🌟

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Mr Purple

Mr Purple is a bar sandwiched in-between the floors at the Hotel Indigo, and I am so jelly of anyone who would get to stay there as the views are gorgeous! AND (weather permitting) you can even go for a dip in their pool if you’re staying there, which sounds like a lovely treat on a hot day in the city.

I think the view here was gorgeous and as always when you add a glass of wine or a cocktail into the mix it makes it 1000 times better. The only downside is when it gets quite windy you can really feel it up there. But despite the wind on a sunny and crisps day like we had, the view is incredible. You can’t quite see all around as you can in the other viewpoints mentioned earlier in this post, but I definitely think it’s worth a visit. Because if you’re going to have an expensive glass of wine in New York City then why not have it with THIS VIEW?

View rating out of 5 emojis – 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

And there we are lads, I hope you enjoyed my round up of my favourite New York skyline viewing points. Let me know if you’re planning a trip to NYC in the comments section below, and don’t forget to check out my Instagram if you can 🙂

Big love to you all x

 

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “The Best Spots to Get the Perfect NYC Skyline View

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s