In the summer of 2012, our USA trip was the hero of the summer. Being the first time long haul flight with our son and one of our longest holidays, I have really worked a lot on the planning of what to do, where to go, what to eat and where to stay. A visit to Empire State Building was also in our plans, so we did.
Here, you can read how our luggage was lost and how this effected our trip. So on the third day of our NY visit, our luggage still could not find us and as every morning, we went shopping for daily outfits and headed to Manhattan.
For our son, a good building is a high building, a good hotel is a high hotel, a good room is a room somewhere on 20+th floor, a good restaurant is a restaurant with a high view, a good elevator is an elevator with dozens of buttons on it, a good museum is the skyscraper museum. So you can imagine how our son was excited about this visit to Empire State Building.
As I told, I have worked about this trip quite a lot and remembering the “How I Met Your Mother” season 2, Episode 12 waiting in the queue of the building for hours and hours, I preferred to buy express tickets in advance from the internet a month ago. Getting close to the entrance and showing our tickets to the first of the guards that we were soon going to see a lot more, told us that it is good thing that we have express tickets, because there was a 4-hour-waiting queue. Getting inside, there we saw loads of loads of people sitting on the floors on the queues, to buy tickets, to pass trough the security control and to get to the elevator. We on the other hand, with A4 papers printed tickets in our hands, with big letters of “express” on them, passed all these queues and got directly to the very front of the first, second, third, forth and fifth queues of the “visiting event”.
So here we were successfully, in the elevator watching the numbers increasing 10 by 10 and arriving to the 86th floor and here is the views that our son took with his camera.
After a big tour around the main deck of 86th floor, we took another elevator (with another advantage of our express tickets) to go to the top deck on 102th floor.
Even though we had our express tickets, it took us about an hour to go up, look around and return. An Empire State Building visit, seems to be more than just an elevator and a building.