Top of the Rock, New York City

While not as high as the one in the Empire State Building or One World Observatory, Top of the Rock gives them a run for the money with its own striking views (you have a much better vista of Central Park from here, a grand bumpy green blanket laid at your feet). The Rock re-creates very closely the cruise-ship-themed look of the deck from the 1930s, when it was first constructed. There are often special exhibits in its interior space, like an art installation that created art deco "stained glass" windows in 2021, that were quite striking. Also of note: the excellent ground floor exhibit on the history of Rockefeller Center, including some very poignant Great Depression stories (the construction kept thousands working in the 1930's at a time when few New Yorkers had jobs.) Consider buying a City Pass which may save you money, as it bundles together 6 of the city's top attractions, including this one, at a good price. You can also bundle the Rockefeller Center tour pass with this one for a savings.