The Empire State Building, a symbol of the city.

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the stuff of legend. This 102-storey Art Deco skyscraper is now the sixth tallest building in the city, behind One World Trade Center, Central Park Tower, West 57th Street, Park Avenue and Hudson Yards. But it remains number one in the hearts of visitors.

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this distinctive building is one of the city's most prominent symbols. Popularized by the film King Kong and dozens of films and TV series since, this architectural feat stands 380 meters high: for decades, it was one of the first skyscrapers and the tallest building in the world.

The view from its heights is truly unrivalled. Depending on the price you're prepared to pay, you can visit only the Main Deck (the 86th floor) or also the Top Deck (the 102nd floor), where two observation platforms have been installed.

The price also depends on whether you can afford to wait or not: if you're allergic to queues, just pay a little more for almost immediate VIP access.

A useful little detail: tickets are valid for one year from the date of purchase.