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Manhattan Skyline
Perhaps the most common backdrop for opening scenes of movies for the past several decades, the Manhattan skyline is New York City's shining beacon, designed to impress and inspire. From historical fixtures like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center, the man-made masterpiece dazzles at any time of day and from any vantage point in the NYC area.

The Basics
From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace. For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.
  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about three miles (five kilometers).
  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.
  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

When to Get There
Consider the time of day for your viewing based on what you're looking for. If you want great photos, avoid the middle of the day, when the sun is high; for a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll. Go during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline
The 102-story Empire State Building is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet, built in 1931 in Art Deco style. The Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center offer more Art Deco examples, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature modern architecture.
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NYC Central Park Night Time Photography Tour

NYC Central Park Night Time Photography Tour

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Discover one of New York’s most iconic landmarks after dark—and brush up on your photography skills, too—during this evening tour. With just a guide and a small group for company, set off to explore Central Park. Come ready to see the sights and bring along a digital camera with manual overrides and a tripod; your professional photographer guide will share all the tips you need to become a skilled nighttime snapper.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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Avoid a long wait in the ticket line by prepurchasing ferry tickets for Liberty and Ellis islands. Get tips and background information from a guide during a 30-minute orientation, then explore the two sights at your own pace with the aid of an audio guide. Upgrade to get fast-track reserve-line tickets and access to the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, which houses a museum.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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NOW OPENED: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Cruise 60-Minute

NOW OPENED: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Cruise 60-Minute

See one of New York City's most photographed monuments from the water on this 60-minute cruise in New York Harbor. Take your spot on the boat and enjoy cruising right up alongside the Statue of Liberty for awesome photo ops, then head for Ellis Island and a pass under the Brooklyn Bridge. Taking a boat tour like this is one of the best ways to get frame-worthy photos of the Manhattan skyline.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.19
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New York City Ultimate Nightlife Group Tour

New York City Ultimate Nightlife Group Tour

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If you’re not familiar with NYC, going out at night can seem pretty intimidating. This NYC nightlife tour puts your mind at ease by planning out your night for you. Be led by a guide who knows the downtown area better than most and visit four different venues from rooftop bars to speakeasys. Enjoy skip-the-line entry at each location and two drinks included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Real New York Ultra Bar Crawl

Real New York Ultra Bar Crawl

Even if you're only enjoying a short stay in New York City, you can still get a taste of the city's famous nightlife with this after-dark excursion with a group of fellow partiers. Meet your guide downtown before you're whisked to a few of NYC's most popular bars, speakeasies, and even rooftop hangouts. As you rub shoulders with locals and tourists alike, you can skip the lines, enjoy free entry, and sip a complimentary drink—all included.
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  • 3 hours
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New York Rooftop and Club Nightlife Tour

New York Rooftop and Club Nightlife Tour

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Explore the nightlife of New York City on a tour that guarantees skip-the-line access at top venues. You might visit a bar, speakeasy, live music hall, rooftop lounge, or dance club depending on what’s available that evening. Travel with a small group and guide who provides free admission and complimentary drinks as you meet new people during this worry-free night out in New York.
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  • 3 hours
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Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour NYC

Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour NYC

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While prohibition made alcohol illegal in 1920s New York, the city still retained an illicit bar scene. This prohibition-themed Manhattan tour visits some of the city’s self-styled “speakeasies”—cocktail dens and taverns that mimic the era’s outlawed bars—to enjoy drinks (own cost) with a dose of history—an experience hard to replicate independently. See prohibition-period sights, and savor each bar's atmosphere alongside prohibition and bootlegger stories from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Brooklyn 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour, with Private Driver-Guide

Brooklyn 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour, with Private Driver-Guide

No trip to New York City is complete without a visit to Brooklyn, and though run-of-the-mill tours will show you the highlights, a private outing is the best way to see more in less time. Enjoy a complete Brooklyn tour with this full-day adventure, with your own guide to whisk you around in a private minivan. With hassle-free hotel pickup, views of the NYC skyline, and stops at top attractions like the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Coney Island, this tour truly covers it all.
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  • 6 hours
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$849.00
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NYC Lights Tour by Limousine

NYC Lights Tour by Limousine

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Experience the Big Apple in style on a 2-hour private tour by party bus or limousine.  Take in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and other iconic attractions from the comfort of your private vehicle. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to stop in DUMBO Brooklyn for classic photos in front of the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. If you choose the party bus, enjoy complimentary champagne during the tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$350.00
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Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg

Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg

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This walking tour through Brooklyn's trendy Williamsburg neighborhood offers a brief look at Brooklyn history and its influence on contemporary culture, with an insider guide leading the way. Meet-up just steps from the subway, and begin your adventure uncovering trends and traditions—from the urban street art scene to hip local businesses. Venture past historical buildings, chic boutiques, and neighborhood cafés reflecting the area's laid-back vibe. Then be sure to capture the iconic Manhattan skyline from the scenic Brooklyn waterfront.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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