The Empire State Building (ESB) announced that it was ranked first in Top Attractions in the U.S. and third in the world – in Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, the Travelers’ Choice Awards honor the best in travel and recognize the places that deliver the most exceptional experiences.
“The Empire State Building’s recently reimagined Observatory Experience is an authentic, must-visit attraction with a brand-new, immersive museum and unmatched views from the heart of New York City,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory. “We are so pleased that Tripadvisor’s user generated reviews have acknowledged our Observatory Experience as the best of the best not only in New York, but throughout the country. We are grateful to every single member of our Observatory team, without whom this experience and recognition is not possible.”
The Empire State Building Observatory Experience recently underwent a $165 million, top-to-bottom reimagination that added a dedicated guest entrance, a digital and tactile museum that celebrates the icon from the moment it was conceived to its current place in pop culture, and a completely re-imagined 102nd Floor Observatory with unmatched, 360-degree views. Visitation to the deck continues to improve relative to 2019 levels as travel restrictions are lifted.
“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best winners,” said Kanika Soni, chief commercial officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best of the best in tourism and hospitality according to those who matter most: your guests.”
To celebrate this esteemed recognition, the Empire State Building lit up its world-famous tower lights in Tripadvisor Green on June 15.
About the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, the “World’s Most Famous Building,” owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., soars 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna. The $165 million reimagination of the Empire State Building Observatory Experience creates an all-new experience with a dedicated guest entrance, an interactive museum with nine galleries, and a redesigned 102nd Floor Observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows. The journey to the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory, the only 360-degree, open-air observatory with views of New York and beyond, orients visitors for their entire New York City experience and covers everything from the building’s iconic history to its current place in pop culture. Declared “America’s Favorite Building” by the American Institute of Architects, the world’s most popular travel destination by Uber, the #1 attraction in the United States in Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best, and the #1 New York City attraction by Lonely Planet, it welcomes more than 4 million annual visitors from around the world.
Since 2011, the building has been fully powered by renewable wind electricity, and its many floors primarily house a diverse array of office tenants such as LinkedIn and Shutterstock, as well as retail options like STATE Grill and Bar, Tacombi, and Starbucks.