Lonely Planet Writer

Now you can watch the sunrise from the top of the Empire State Building in New York

Now, visitors to New York City will have the opportunity to watch the sunrise unobstructed by the city’s incredible skyline. Instead, they can head to the top of the Empire State Building and see the sun come up over the city that never sleeps.

A new “sunrise experience” at the Empire State Building – one of New York’s most popular attractions – will allow guests to take in the 360-degree views of the city from the 86th floor observatory as the sun comes up. Those who head up to the observatory about 30 minutes before sunrise will also get a fairly uninterrupted view of the city, as no more than 100 tickets will be sold per sunrise.

“Thousands each year rise to see the sunrise at the Grand Canyon.  For the first time ever, they will be able to do so from the heart of New York City,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, director of the observatory. The experience will only be available from 1 October until 20 November for $100. The Empire State Building is generally open from 8 am until 2 am. It features an 86th floor outdoor observation deck as well as a 102nd floor indoor deck.

Earlier this year, the building launched premium guided tours for visitors. The premium experience allows visitors to go on small-group tours of the building to see the Art Deco lobby, an exhibit on the building’s sustainability and the “Dare to Dream” exhibit, which details the historic construction of the building.