New York City

Top of the Rock

September 22, 2015

Let me tell you about one of New York City’s worst-kept secrets–Top of the Rock. I’d seen a bunch of instagram posts dedicated to this bird’s eye view of the city, and so when boyfriend and I were visiting for the weekend I knew that we had to go see it for ourselves.

We went on Sunday afternoon right before we left for Grand Central Station so there wasn’t a huge wait or anything, although we did almost accidentally join a tour group until we realized that we were in the wrong line! Located right on top of 30 Rock, it’s centrally located and pretty hard to miss because there’s always a swarm of tourists and locals alike in the area. After we bought our tickets, we went up this crazy elevator (which totally reminded me of the Twilight Zone or Tower of Terror) all the way up a crazy number of floors to the first look-out point. We were the first to rush out of the elevator in the hopes of beating the crowds and get the best spots to view the city.





From one side, you have an absolutely gorgeous view of Central Park and all of the museums and high-rises that surround it. And on the other, you find yourself basically face-to-face with some of the more iconic buildings in the city–the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and, if you really squint, the Statue of Liberty!



Of course we stopped to take pictures of ourselves too because we all know the saying, “Pics or it didn’t happen!”




We made our way up then up to the highest point of the Top of the Rock. And honestly, as much as I loved this whole experience, looking down did make me a bit nervous. I think I totally forgot how high up I was until I was looking through my camera and got a little dizzy!





We were really lucky with the beautiful weather all weekend but I was especially thankful for the sunshine and clear days when we were up so high in the clouds. I can’t even imagine doing that if it had been misting or even raining.







It was all smiles that afternoon!


We walked around the look-out for as long as we could, trying to enjoy our weekend together to the fullest before we had to board our train back to Connecticut.





We made our way back down in the elevators and then walked, hand-in-hand, around Rockefeller Square for a little bit. My boyfriend had never seen the square without the ice skating rink which I thought was pretty funny considering that it’s the exact opposite of my experience. I’d love to see the lighting of the tree someday!




So if you’re in Manhattan and have a few hours to kill, I’d 100% recommend making your way up to the Top of the Rock to get the most gorgeous views of the city.


Top of the Rock

30 Rockefeller Center

New York, NY 10112

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  • What a gorgeous view! It looks like you had an amazing time!

    Mary Kate

    • Courtney

      We had such an awesome time!! That was definitely one of my favorite things that we did that weekend!

  • Kathy

    Your photos of the city are gorgeous! You’re making me want to jump on a plane to New York City!

    • Courtney

      Me too!! New York City is just so gorgeous in the summer!

  • I did this when I went to NY, the view is amazing up there!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • Courtney

      It’s probably my favorite view of the city! The only thing that could probably top it would be a helicopter ride!

  • Wow that view is incredible! I love all of the green in the city xx

    • Courtney

      It’s almost shocking to see how much green is popping up in the city!

  • Monic

    Those views are amazing !!

    • Courtney

      The views really were!! I loved the whole experience!

  • Can’t get any better than those views! What an amazing experience.


    • Courtney

      I totally agree! Plus it was a beautiful day which made the experience that much better!

  • Ally

    I love, love, love the Top of the Rock! Definitely a better view than the Empire State! Gorgeous pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hustle & Whoa

    • Courtney

      I totally agree with you! I’ve been up to the top of the Empire State Building but it really doesn’t compare to the view from the Top of the Rock!

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