One World Observatory

1world3Visiting the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center is an unbelievable experience and something you should absolutely do at least once in your life! The observatory is located on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It offers outstanding panoramic views of New York City’s iconic sights, buildings and neighborhoods, surrounding water and an unobstructed skyline. I was captivated from the very beginning of this experience. Once you enter and pass the Global Welcome Center, you reach a tunnel and experience the program, “Voices” where personal stories of people who built the One World Trade Center are played. You also pass through “Foundations” which shows you an up-close look of what the bedrock on which the skyscraper stands looks and feels like.

The really cool part is that you get to the top of the skyscraper not on any old regular elevator, but what they call a “skypod.” Jetting you to the top of the building in 60 seconds, it’s known as one of the fastest elevators in the world. The initial ride up is hands down the coolest elevator ride I’ve had in my life. You’re surrounded by a virtual time lapse that recreates the development of the NYC skyline and surrounding areas from the 1500s to today. It’s so cool to watch the landscape change as you zoom to the top of the building. Once there, you’re surrounded by nothing but 360-degree views of NYC!  A few other cool features includes the sky portal which shows a live video of the streets below the observatory. You literally stand on a round video platform that displays a livestream of the view down! A bit scary, but in an awesome way. After our tour, we headed over to Parm for a delicious bite to eat before continuing to explore the city!1world41world1world21world51world6


Chelsea is a San Francisco-based journalist whose passion revolves around exploring the world, immersing herself in foreign cultures, and of course, eating and drinking everything delicious.

Her work can be found in TravelPulse, Forbes, INSIDER, SF Gate and more. She covers all things food, drink and travel and is always up for an adventure, whether that means an adrenaline-pumping excursion or trying a new cuisine.


  1. December 14, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    This looks amazing!!! Definite add to my bucket list!

    • December 15, 2015 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks girl! Yeah, I totally recommend going- the views are outstanding!

  2. December 14, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Looks awesome!! xo

    • December 15, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      Hey Angela- omg it was! It was such a cool experience, although being so high up it was a little unnerving at times haha

      • December 15, 2015 / 12:42 pm

        Yeah…I’m not great with heights, haha, but I’d be annoyed if I missed out on something so great!!

  3. December 28, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Nice photos! I’ve only seen NYC from the top of Rockefeller center. I love the city!

    • December 30, 2015 / 3:54 am

      Hi Adriana! Thanks so much! If you have the chance, totaly go to One World Observatory- it’s amazing 🙂 Hope you have a Happy New Year!

      • December 30, 2015 / 4:15 am

        Thank you, Chelsea! Happy New Year to you too! I really want to go back to NYC someday.

        By the way, check out my other blog if you get a chance This is the only one I am using now. I should delete the one you already saw.

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