New York City on the Cheap: The 50 Best Free Sites to Visit on Your Trip

1. Empire State Building

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Location: 350 Fifth Ave.

Snobs will tell you that the 1,454-foot-high Empire State Building is a tourist site. So what? The building, opened in 1931, is also a 103-story art deco marvel. It’s easy to reach the midtown landmark by public transportation, which is one reason it’s a popular location for businesses. If you’re around at night, tower lights on the building make it visible for miles. If you do splurge on a ticket, you can take a tour, enjoy exhibits and experience one of the best views in the city; you can see almost 80 miles from the observation decks on the 86th or 102nd floor of the building. Want sparks to fly while you’re on a deck? Kiss your sweetie and prepare for static electricity, which tends to build up at high heights. For more information visit the Empire State Building website.

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