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Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan

Are you also looking for the perfect New York sunset? If you are visiting New York, you should definitely take some time to watch a perfect New York sunset. You won’t forget this unbelievable travel experience, when the sun sets over the iconic Manhattan skyline! It’s one of the most romantic monents you can ever imagine!

Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan

Where to watch the best sunset over Manhattan

Especially with a scene that is so fascinating and at the same time surreal like the view over Manhattan. I have seen this skyline thousands of times, in series, on posters, in movies, on Instagram.

The best place to watch the sunset over Manhattan and to enjoy the iconic view over the sparkling lights of the Big Apple is the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center!

Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan

And even if it’s just an agglomeration of huge skyscrapers in an even bigger city, full of people and full of traffic: The sunset over New York on the Top of the Rock is one of the most magical moments in my entire travel career.

Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan
Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan

How to get to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center

The Top of the Rock is the viewing terrace of the Rockefeller Center. Situated on Fifth Avenue you can’t miss the statue of Prometheus at the main entrance, literally carrying heavy on the weight of the world on his shoulders.

The entrance to Top of the Rock is hidden in a side street (50th Street) between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The tickets have a time stamp, i.e. you can only go up at a pre-determined time. In January there weren’t that many people and as I just happened to pass by, I bought a ticket straight away and didn’t have to wait long. In more popular months (in New York, this almost every month except January and February) a purchase in advance comes in handy!

If you want more flexibility, which is always better when traveling, you can get flexible tickets at Get Your Guide! They can be exchanged for a time ticket on site. If you want to experience the sunset the same way I did, the Get Your Guide ticket is even cheaper!

BOOK your flexible ticket with Get Your Guide HERE (it’s even cheaper for sunset!*

Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan

When is the best time to see the sunset from the Top of the Rock?

The tickets are assigned to a specific time, but anyway, it may take a while until you finally arrive at the top. I was down at the counter about an hour before sunset and it was just perfect. It’s best to plan enough time if you want to catch the sunset from the beginning (it’s definitely worth it!). Once you’re up, you can stay as long as you want.

How much time do you need for a visit to the Top of the Rock?

Convenient for me, even if I only wanted to take a quick photo – but in the end it took me about four hours to leave. The view was so breathtaking, I just couldn’t go away. To see the lights of Manhattan sparkle in the dark after the perfect sunset was just too beautiful. Don’t miss this view if you visit New York!

Top of the Rock in New York City: Best Sunset over Manhattan

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