In a triumph that echoes the heartbeat of New York City itself, the Empire State Building has soared to the pinnacle of global acclaim, securing the title of the world’s highest-rated attraction in Tripadvisor’s prestigious 2024 Travelers’ Choice Awards. This historic skyscraper, an emblem of New York’s skyline and cultural tapestry, has captivated the hearts and minds of travelers worldwide, earning it a remarkable 4.5-star rating from over 95,000 reviews on Tripadvisor.

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A Triumph of Iconic Proportions

For the first time in history, the Empire State Building has claimed the coveted number one spot globally, surpassing renowned landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Colosseum in Rome. Its ascent to this prestigious position reflects not only its architectural grandeur but also its enduring allure as a must-see destination for visitors from every corner of the globe.

A Legacy of Excellence

With over 60,000 5-star reviews and 21,000 4-star reviews, the Empire State Building stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of tourist attractions. According to Tripadvisor, more than 300 reviews have described it as a "once in a lifetime experience," underscoring its profound impact on visitors. This accolade further solidifies its reputation as an indispensable part of the New York City experience.

A Statement from Leadership

Anthony E. Malkin, chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, expressed his delight at this unprecedented recognition, stating, “The Empire State Building Observatory is the most authentic New York City attraction, and this incredible global recognition is further proof that our decision to require reservations and avoid crowds at our reimagined Observatory Experience has been a huge success.” He humorously added, “The only problem is that I promised to take a pie in the face if we won #1 a third time, so now I have to choose my flavor!”

Beyond the Numbers

Standing at 1,454 feet tall with its spire and antenna, the Empire State Building continues to inspire awe as the fourth tallest building in New York City and a global icon of architectural prowess. Its observation deck, offering breathtaking views of Manhattan and beyond, remains a testament to its enduring popularity and timeless appeal.

As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, the Empire State Building reminds us that amidst the hustle and bustle of the greatest city in the world, there stands a beacon of history, culture, and unparalleled views. Whether you're a native New Yorker or a first-time visitor, experiencing the Empire State Building is not just a journey to the top of a skyscraper but a journey to the heart of New York City itself.

By Bruce Emmerling - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
By Bruce Emmerling - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

In the words of the Empire State Building’s own website, it stands tall not only in stature but in its ability to touch the sky and the hearts of millions worldwide.

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