One World Observatory – Top of the World

I was clear about it in my previous post: the One World Observatory is one of the most impressive attractions in Manhattan, New York City.

It is located on top of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site. Other landmarks such as the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum lie nearby as well.

One World Trade Center is precisely 1,776 feet (541 meters) high, a height that refers to the year of United States independence. Only three structures in the world are taller. It’s also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, the skyscraper is the safest one ever built and it’s a green and self-sufficient building. One World Trade Center is definitely a cutting-edge ultra-modern building.

One World Observatory – A Fantastic New York City Attraction

If you’re staying in New York City for whatever reason, I strongly recommended that you head to One World Trade Center for one of the most impressive experiences you’ll ever have.

The elevators—among the fastest in the world—bring you to the top of the building in less than a minute. On the way up, a superb floor-to-ceiling LED time-lapse screening displays how New York City developed from a rural 16th-century settlement to a vast metropolis.

Elevator Display, One World Observatory
Elevator display, One World Observatory

After stepping out of the elevator, you are pointed toward a long three-dimensional screen. Now, you get to see a two-minute presentation of life in New York City, featuring scenes of day-to-day life and typical iconic images such as yellow cabs, Broadway and the subway.

Brooklyn Bridge from One World Observatory
Brooklyn Bridge seen from One World Observatory

Then, it’s time to enter the actual One World Observatory on the 100th floor, which is a big circle-shaped room offering marvelous 360-degree views of New York City, the Hudson and East Rivers, and beyond. At the top, there’s a shop and restaurant as well.

Governors Island, seen from One World Observatory
View of Governors Island and Lower Manhattan

The beauty of it all is that you can stay up there as long as you want. We were there late in the afternoon, but I’m sure the views must have been marvelous later at night as well, when all buildings are lit.

Manhattan from One World Observatory
Manhattan, seen from One World Observatory

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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