One World Trade Center & Five of the Highest Observations Decks on Earth

Photo via WTC Progress

Photo via WTC Progress

Proving bigger is better (for great scenic views of a city), New York’s One World Trade Center is set top out at 1,776 ft, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

CNN states that construction crews will be raising the final two sections of a 408-foot spire to the top of One World Trade Center on Monday morning, which will make the building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere (it already stands as the tallest building in New York City). A stainless steel beacon weighing almost six tons will be the final piece put in place to give the building an iconic height of 1,776 ft.

Earlier this month, detailed plans for the building’s state of the art observatory were revealed. ABC News shared that the One World Observatory will occupy floors 100-102 of the building (at 1,250 ft), provide 360-degree panoramas of New York and New Jersey, and include dining options, a souvernier shop, and an event space.

“Not only will the views be spectacular, but every guest will be educated, informed, and entertained from the time they arrive at our front door until they depart the building,” said Dave Checketts, chairman and CEO of Legends, the hospitality group developing and in charge of the observation deck. When visitors arrive, Checketts said to ABC News, they will board a 60-second elevator walled by screens illustrating how New York City has grown through the years.

The observatory will be the newest and highest observation deck in New York and is scheduled to open in 2015. Watch a digital concept of the deck below:

Five of the Highest Observations Decks on Earth


While you jet setters wait for new views of Manhattan, London’s newest building, The Shard (1,016 ft), opened it’s observatory  doors to the public this February—providing the highest views in London to date from the building’s 72nd floor (800 feet above ground). If visiting London later this year, consider staying at the new Shangri-La in The Shard when it opens in the fall. Watch a video from Financial Times below:

In Japan last year, Tokyo opened the doors of the Tokyo Skytree to the public—which stands as the tallest tower in the world at 2,080 ft. Along with being a broadcasting tower, a restaurant is inside and an observation deck that provides views at approximately 1,476 ft. Tour the tower below:

The Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China is the second tallest tower in the world (2,000 ft), but provides the highest observation deck at 1,600 ft on the roof this TV tower. The outdoor roof deck opened in 2011.

2011 was quite the arms race for heights view in China, as Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre (1,588 ft) welcomed the Sky100 observation deck on its 100th floor. Get 360-degree views of the Hong Kong skyline at 1,289 ft. For a stay with a view, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Hotel sits just two floors under Sky100.

In the ever changing Dubai, check out the Burj Khalifa skyscraper (2716 ft) in the heart of the city. It’s outdoor observatory gives you views from 1,482 ft above.


About Andrew Villagomez

Andrew Villagomez is a lifestyle journalist, style photographer and owner of He contributes to publications such as, Out Magazine, Logo TV's, Passport Magazine,, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @VeeTravels

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