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The Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building, New York City

What this 80-year-old, 102-story landmark (the world’s tallest until the World Trade Center stole its title in 1972) has that newer, taller towers don’t is an unsurpassed location in the middle of Manhattan. The 86th-floor observatory has an outdoor promenade that gives visitors a full sensory immersion in New York City’s sights, sounds, and smells.

Observe This: Yes, you can pay $15 extra and continue on to the 102nd floor, but the 86th is really much nicer. —Karrie Jacobs

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