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A Tourists Guide To The Skyscrapers Of New York City

Home to 5,818 skyscrapers, New York City is not only the largest city in the US, but it also has the most skyscrapers. During 2012, there were also another 218 high rise buildings under construction, or proposed for construction, within the city limits. 

Anyone who visits New York will undoubtedly see a number of these tall buildings, but there are a few that particularly stand out as favourite tourist destinations. Below is an informative guide to some of the best skyscrapers in New York City that you don’t want to miss out on if you’re in town!

Empire State Building

Travel to The Empire State Building, New York

Travel to The Empire State Building, New York

The Empire State Building is America’s 3rd tallest building, and the 22nd tallest in the entire world. Since the collapse of the World Trade Centre towers in 2001, the Empire State Building has stood as New York City’s tallest skyscraper.

This incredible building has one of the best outdoor observatories in the world, and is thought to have been visited by over 110 million people. It is a very popular tourist attraction and a must-visit while in New York. The 86th floor observatory offers a 360 degree view of New York City. You can also go even further up to the 102nd floor’s observation deck it you wish, although that one is completely enclosed and will cost a little extra. 

New York Times Building

Travel to The New York Times Building, New York

Travel to The New York Times Building, New York

Also known as the ‘Times Tower’ this is the 8th tallest building in the USA. It is home to the New York Times Company, who publishes The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune amongst other newspapers.

Although you cannot really go into this building given it is a place of work for thousands of people and not geared towards tourists, it is incredible just to view from the outside. The sheer height of the building is breath-taking and The New York Times building has featured in many American box office hit films.

World Trade Centre Complex

Travel to The Freedom Tower at The World Trade Center

Travel to The Freedom Tower at The World Trade Center, New York

The World Trade Centre Complex is part of the rebuilding of the World Trade Centre site and parts of it are still under construction. Another notable skyscraper is actually one of the oldest in America. It is the Woolworth Building, and you might recognise it from films such as Cloverleaf and Disney’s Enchanted.

Times Square Tower

Travel to The Times Square Tower, New York

Travel to The Times Square Tower, New York

Times Square Tower is also a very famous skyscraper that is used as offices. This building sits in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan and is full of colourful and bright billboards. If you go to Times Square, there’s no way you could miss this huge building.

Four Seasons Hotel

Travel to The Four Seasons Hotel, New York

Travel to The Four Seasons Hotel, New York

If you want to reside in one of New York’s incredible skyscrapers while you’re visiting, then why not stay in New York’s tallest hotel building? This luxury hotel in New York caters for everyone, with very affordable basic rooms, as well as a suite that is 3rd on the list of the15 most expensive hotel suites in the world. 

This incredible hotel has 52 floors and is also home to a top class restaurant. Located in the heart of New York City, there is no better place to stay if you want to experience skyscraper living.

Office Skyscrapers

Most of the skyscrapers in New York are actually office buildings that all come together to create an amazing skyline. You may wish to see some of the most notable office skyscrapers from the outside, but it is unlikely you will be allowed in. 


New York City is full of amazing and breath-taking skyscrapers. The skyline is simply incredible, and you definitely have to visit some of the most famous skyscrapers in the world while you are in this famous and beautiful city.

Written by Natalie Moody who highly recommends camping in rural New York state during your trip, click here for discount tents.

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