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article imageThe best views in NYC: Must-see spots on a summer vacation

By Lizz Riggs     Jul 19, 2013 in Travel
New York - New York City is full of skyscrapers, lookout points, rooftop bars and more. There are some amazing views that no NYC tourist will want to miss this summer!
With the streets of New York City busy with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, escapes to appreciate the big picture are in high demand. Watch from the peaks of the city as the city buzzes beneath you. Tourists are fitting in all of their sightseeing, locals are rushing around for work and play and a getaway on your getaway is much needed. Spectacular views are offered from popular city venues and lesser known public places. Relax in the lounges of the most famous buildings, on well kept lawns or while sipping drinks and take in one of the most famous skylines in the world.
Top of the Rock
Rockefeller Plaza holds wonders within its walls and offers another wonder on top of its highest floors. The open air of the 70th floor is inviting and offers a stunning panoramic view of the city. Relax in comfort on the 67th and 69th floor in the seating lounge with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy Chicago sights in any weather. This big attraction can have surprisingly short lines and there are great views of the Empire State Building!
Empire State Building
Speaking of the ESB, the only down side to visiting its observation deck is that the iconic building will not be a part your view. Watch the city from their 86th or 102nd floor observatories with 360 degree views, high powered binoculars and an indoor gallery and lounge. The World’s Most Famous Office Building offers the highest public point in NYC, nearly a quarter of a mile into the sky. On clear days you can see beyond the bustling streets and out to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Brooklyn Bridge
This bridge is a New York staple connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn for accessibility and providing all with amazing views of the city. Walk the elevated pedestrian path for great views of the bridge’s famous towers and that Manhattan skyline. Right on the other side of the bridge is Brooklyn Bridge Park and its another spot for good skyscraper gazing. Relax in the well-groomed park right along the water of the East River and get a glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge sharing the spotlight with its skyline neighbor.
Castle Point
This castle along the Hudson River sits on the highest point in Hoboken, New Jersey so it offers views similar to a tall building while being surrounded by the elegance of the Old World. The terrace outside of the castle has memorable views that are unobstructed thanks to the location on the river. Come here for an historic retreat and a different outlook on Lower Manhattan.
NYC Boat Tours
The Hudson, East River and NY Bay are filled with boats who all have perfect views of the famous skyline. Book a tour with Classic Harbor Line or CircleLine’s Full Island Cruise for a cruise full of landmarks and sights of the city. Get a new perspective of the skyline and some unique pictures from the deck of these cruise boats. For all of you looking to save a buck or who just so happen to be traveling that way hitch a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s a free ride full of money-worthy views.
Rooftop Bars
Rooftops are the up and coming hang out spot in New York City. They are relaxing getaways during the day and romantic hotspots at night. The bars may vary in style and luxury but they all have a leg up on the rest of the bars in the city, high up locations for stunning city views. These bars and restaurants mingle with the skyscrapers of NYC and their elevation is not the only thing worthy of boasting, they are some of the best restaurants and bars in town!
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