Visiting 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!