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Visiting The World Trade Center's Observation Deck

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Exactly 40 years ago on April 4, 1973, the original World Trade Center opened in New York City’s financial district. Now, with construction of One World Trade Center to be completed in 2014, the first views from its panoramic observation deck have been revealed.

The observatory, which will occupy floors 100 through 102 of the tower, will feature 360-degree views. Just one stroll around the deck offers sights of the entire island of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York and New Jersey ports, and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Not bad for the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

As Randy Levine of Legends Hospitality, the company that will run the observatory, said, the tower will “fit the grandeur and the stature of what this [building] is about…[it] means moving forward without ever forgetting…the days of 9/11.”

The 1,776-ft. high observatory will be open to the public in 2015. While ticket prices are not set, discounts to local school and community groups will be available.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler

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