If you are looking for that take-your-breath-away New York City view, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is really as good as it gets. With three levels of wrap-around walking terraces set atop one of the most spectaular Art Deco buildings in the world — it really is a must visit if you are in town, and I found it an especially easy place to take children (kids under five are free!) After a recent visit I also thought it was a far superior option to the Empire State Building (which I have heard is kind of a run down mess inside). It’s kind of nice to have a photo OF the Empire State Building in the background with a view that is equally as nice in a less cramped and hectic setting. One of my favorite parts of the whole visit was the ride in the elevator… that alone was worth the trip (I won’t ruin the surprise as to why but it was way cool!) And as if it couldn’t get any better… it’s right next door to Rockefeller center where there are tons of places to eat afterwards with kids. If you are going to do the NYC tourist thing – I say by all means, this is a must for the photo books and kids will dig it.
Area: Midtown Manhattan
(Image from Pure Contemporary)