New York City. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. This city is typically the first thing that people think about when American cities come to mind.

I’ve been there a few times and have gotten to see most of the sights! Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, Rockefeller Center, I’ve seen them all.

New York City is, of course, a tourist nightmare. When visiting the city, it’s obvious these tourist spots should be visited – however, make sure you see areas of the city that are off “the beaten path.”

For sightseeing, the best advice I can give is to go at abnormal times. The Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Building) and the Empire State Building open early and stay open late. Go early in te morning or at 11pm or later! The lines will be little or non-existant. I know many friends who have waited hours in line to go up to the top of these buildings, but I’ve never waited more than 30 minutes (most of that time was spent on elevators).

These two buildings provide gorgeous views of New York. I highly advise to do these climbs to the sky at least once while in NYC.

I took this picture at The Top of the Rock in October 2013.

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