Located in the heart of New York's financial district, is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the World Trade Center. The massive skyscraper was unveiled to the world in 2014. While the building alone is certainly one of the must-see attractions in New York, what separates this colossal structure from others is the incredible One World Observatory.
The awe-inspiring observatory opened on May 29, 2015. It sits atop the 1,776-foot-tall building (note the symbolism) and occupies the 100th, 101th and 102nd floors of the space. At this height, the observatory boasts one of the best panoramic views of New York City.
One World Observatory is more than just a place with an amazing view of Manhattan; it's an experience that allows you to become part of the city. It's fully equipped with an "interactive skyline concierge." If that sounds like a robot who knows too much, you're not too far off. The concierge explains what it is you're seeing and points out notable landmarks and neighborhoods.
The Main Observatory hosts a Trivia Tuesday where each screen on the City Pulse circle (pictured above) represents a different New York City-based topic. The trivia circle is controlled by a Tour Ambassador and is another fantastic way to find out about the city. However, the big reason to visit the Main Observatory isn't to learn about facts but to test your fear of heights.
Aptly named the Sky Portal, the 14-foot-wide domed illusion in the observatory gives you a real-time look at the street 1,776 feet below. Although the disc itself is only a few feet off the observatory ground, images from the tower's spire are projected onto high-definition screens you can stand on. The whole illusion is one incredible, possibly dizzying, experience.
Cover photo credit: @oneworldnyc via Instagram