The lobby of the Empire State Building is coated in Art Deco artwork, including a relief sculpture of the Seven Wonders of the World. But we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that’s not why you want to visit the world’s most iconic skyscraper. It’s all about going to the top. There probably won’t be a giant ape up there, but there will be literally breathtaking views from the 86th-floor observation deck. Completed in 1931 and consisting of 60,000 tons of steel, the Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world until the Twin Towers were erected in 1970. Today it may seem tiny compared to newer buildings, but it’s still one of the most gorgeous. Be sure to make plenty of time for waiting to get up to the top; the lines can be long (waits can be up to three hours long).
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