New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania all offer spectacular views. Whether you’re perched atop a skyscraper or dining on the water, these places have unbeatable surroundings that make for great scenery.
New York City is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring skyscrapers, so why not enjoy the view from atop one of these architectural masterpieces? At the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, you’ll see the city from every angle. Check out Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Hudson River to the south, or look north to spot Central Park and the George Washington Bridge. Coin-operated binoculars will give you close-up views through glass panels on the 67th
floors while the 70th
floor offers an open-air experience to remember. There are even Kodak professionals on hand to take photographs. For some fun facts to go along with the scenery, consider the official Top of the Rock podcast, which provides a narrated audio tour of your surroundings. Buy tickets online at www.topoftherocknyc.com.
If you’re looking for a challenge that offers a reward for all your hard work, head to any one of New Jersey’s hiking trails. Across the entire state, you’ll find a variety of routes that lead to stunning views of both natural and manmade wonders. In Middletown, Hartshorne Woods Park has easy, moderate and challenging trails where you’ll see the Navesink River in all its glory. The park is situated 274 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest elevations along the Atlantic Coast. Some trails, like the Battery Loop and Bunker Loop, will even take you past military bunkers from World War II. Check out Hartshorne’s trail maps and online brochure at http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2524.
Known as the largest four-masted sailing ship in the world still afloat, the Moshuluboasts a long history of service around the world and across several different industries. These days, however, the Moshulu isn’t about transporting goods, but rather luxury dining. Docked at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, the boat offers guests incredible views of the city and waterfront to accompany its gourmet food. In nice weather, you can enjoy your meal on one of the Moshulu’s multi-level decks, or book a private room for a more intimate setting. Try the Pennsylvania Veal Tenderloin as you watch the sunset illuminate the city with vibrant colors; whether you’re with a group of friends or that special someone, it’ll be an unforgettable experience. Learn more about the Moshulu at www.moshulu.com.
Take some time this month to explore all the best views in your area – you may be surprised by all the breathtaking spots right in your own backyard.