View from the Top

New York is one of the best cities in the world to visit. The city offers endless activities, from seeing a Broadway show to visiting museums and historical sites. On a recent trip with a group of friends from Beverly Hills, visiting Top of the Rock landmark was fun for everyone. It is a 55,000-square-foot, six-level complex that allows visitors the most amazing panoramic views of New York City. The experience began the moment you step into the high-speed sky shuttle elevator that soars smoothly to the top. Once inside the glass shuttle, colorful lights and photos appeared on the ceiling showing images from the 1930s through present day. I felt like being transported through time in a capsule as the vessel ascended to the top– the 67th, 69th and 70th floors at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The “Grand Viewing Deck” on the 69th floor offers full views of Manhattan in all directions.

There are several levels from which to take pictures, some have transparent safety glass panels and other sections are without to allow completely open-air views. Everyone around me was happily immersed in taking endless selfies and videos on their smart phones on this clear, though chilly afternoon in December. If it feels too cold or windy, the inside observation deck is only a few steps away. I enjoyed unobstructed view of every major landmark including Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State buildings. Guests arriving before sunset can enjoy both the day and night time skylines. I highly recommend buying your tickets online in advance. Top of the Rock offers reserved-time tickets to deter long waits. Better yet, buy the VIP pass to avoid long lines altogether. It was worth the visit and I definitely recommend this attraction for all ages.