Unique Places to View NYC’s Skyline

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This post was originally published on IHG’s blog.

The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Trade Center… all of them offer exceptional views of NYC, but only with some major trade-offs. You could wait hours in line just to reach the top, and the cost of admission is as sky-high as the observation deck. Plus, you’ll find the same exact views in every tour guide and on about half of all NYC postcards. Visiting New York City is breath taking, make sure you are getting the most out of your trip whether your hotel is within walking distance to Times Square or discovering more unique places off the beaten path.

So where should you go to see New York in a new way? Fortunately, there are several other locations which let you see the NYC skyline from a fresh perspective. While they aren’t featured in many city guides, we’ve put together a list of cool and unique locations with unbelievable skyline views. These are more than just tourist trap observation decks; each one doubles as a memorable New York experience, whether you’ll be enjoying a relaxing stroll in the park, learning about natural history, riding a famous carousel, listening to live music, or viewing some of the world’s finest artwork.

Keep this guide handy as you explore New York City from top to bottom. We’ve highlighted some local spots with seriously exceptional views of the city that will remind you why NYC is so special.

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Have you seen NYC from any of these spots?

5 thoughts on “Unique Places to View NYC’s Skyline

  1. I’ve never even seen NYC! But I will one day, hopefully.


  2. And this is totally perfect timing too! Headed to NYC in July! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope all is well with you!


    1. Oh, that’s great Liz! Once again, glad I could be helpful. All is well, it’s been pretty routine lately on the surface, but I feel changes coming. Some things feel differently below the surface. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


      1. Speaking of the changes… I’ve got a post about the full moon and summer solstice coming up tomorrow. A bit about changes and moving forward. 😉


      2. Looking forward to it! I feel like some big change is coming around August. Not sure what, but I just feel it. 🙂 We’ll see I guess!


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