Every time someone asks me what they should see or do in New York City, I always recommend Top of the Rock!
Top of the Rock is named so because it is on the rooftop of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (NBC headquarters). While this has become a huge tourist attraction, I don’t think it should be avoided! If you love vantage points, this is such a great one. Unlike seeing the city from the top of the Empire State building, the view from Top of the Rock puts the Empire State as the center focal point!
On the south side of the rooftop is the view of the Empire State building and downtown. You can even see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. On the north side of the rooftop is a stunning view of Central Park that I’m kind of obsessed with. I love seeing the scale of the perfect rectangle smack in the middle of all the concrete and stone buildings. (next time: helicopter tour??!!)I had always wanted to come up here to see the park from above during the fall season! Unfortunately the day we did this the weather & lighting wasn’t the best to allow the fall leaves to really pop, but it was still much more lush than the time I went in January (below)! It can be hard to time attraction visits when you’re sightseeing, but if you can get to the rooftop right when it opens at 8am or be there as the sun sets, you will have an extra special experience! During the trip in January we luckily timed ourselves there at sunset so we got to watch the whole city light up!
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