Planning a trip to a new city always poses the same problem: I want to see it all but I won’t have the time! Our advice? See it all at once. Here are the best bird’s eye views of five major cities:
First Tallest Buidling: John Hancock Tower
Second Tallest: Prudential Tower
Officially referred to as Hancock Place, Boston’s John Hancock Tower is located right near the main branch of the Boston Public Library. Unfortunately, its observation deck is currently closed, making the Prudential Tower’s Skywalk Observatory the spot to visit for a 360 degree view of the city.
For a view of Boston’s famous Harbor and waterfront district, make a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art for their floor-to-ceiling windows that suspend you right over the water.Note: the below ads are not affiliated with SmartDestinations.com
First Tallest Building: Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)
Second Tallest Building: Trump International Hotel & Tower
Chicago is known as the birthplace of the skyscraper (though New Yorkers might tell you otherwise). The Willis Tower (still commonly called the Sears Tower) is the tallest building in the country, and when it was first built the tallest in the world. Its observation deck is called the Skydeck; for a cheaper view of the city, check out our deal on the John Hancock Observatory.
First Tallest Building: U.S. Bank Tower
Second Tallest Building: Aon Center
The tallest building in California, the U.S. Bank Tower, is located right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles along with the city’s second tallest building, the Aon Center. While the tops of either building will get you high-up views of the L.A. skyline, they won’t give you any advantage when trying to spot the celebrities L.A. is famous for. For that, you’ll need to take the Universal Studios Hollywood tour or the Movie Stars Homes Tour.
New York City
First Tallest Building: Empire State Building
Second Tallest: Bank of America Tower
The iconic Empire State Building boasts an unmatched view of Central Park, Manhattan, and much more. Ride the elevator up to the Empire State Building Observatory to take it all in. If the line is too long, there’s also the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, or a quick trip to the Statue of Liberty, for some alternative but memorable views of the city.
First Tallest Building: Columbia Center
Second Tallest Building: 1201 Third Avenue Skyscraper
Columbia Center observation deck provides its visitors with classic views of Seattle, including the Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, and an overview of the freeway system and downtown area. When most tourist think of Seattle’s tallest buildings, the Space Needle may also come to mind; it’s worth a visit not only for its views, but for the SkyCity restaurant, which rotates 360 degrees as you dine.
If the thought of that rotating restaurant makes you a little queasy, you can always see Seattle from the ground with the World’s Greatest Seattle Walking Tour.
As always, for discounted admission and other deals on attractions in the cities mentioned above, check out our Go City Cards and Go Select Passes for great travel deals!