Empire State Building, New York City
The Empire State Building is one of the most recognizable buildings on the New York City skyline. A mere glimpse of it can put even the most jaded locals and travelers in a "New York state of mind." Incredibly, the 1,454-foot building opened its doors in 1931, only one year and 45 days after construction began.
Still one of Manhattan's most popular tourist attractions, the building features observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.