from One World Observatory & World Trade Center Tour
Standing as a beacon of strength in the ashes of past events, One World Observatory is a testament to a city and its people. On (and around) the site of the former Twin Towers, pair a poignant walking tour through the intricate sites integral to the events of September 11th, 2001 with a closing visit to the coined, "Freedom Tower" - the tallest building in the United States with endless views across New York City and its environs.
Led by a local New York City licensed guide, embark on a two-hour walk through the places integral and spaces memorialized for the events of September 11th, 2001. This intimate tour begins on the steps of St. Peter's Church, where New Yorkers gathered for news of missing loved ones in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
Visit St. Paul's Chapel, so close in proximity to the original World Trade Center every day as the sun headed west, this small church was encompassed by the shadows of the Twin Towers. Hear of the incredible support this small, historic place offered for the victims and their families as a round-the-clock relief station for a full 9-months after the tragedy. See the messages and offerings that arrived here from across the globe. Entering the space spread across 8 acres of the World Trade Center former complex, now known as the 9/11 Memorial, pause before some of the most moving tributes including the FDNY Memorial Wall, the Survivor Tree, and the reflecting pools - arguably the most recognized element of the Memorial, each element paying tribute to the almost 3,000 lives lost in connection to the site. Step into the Oculus, the city's former and now revived World Trade Center Transportation Hub, where light and architecture mingle in magnificent ways in dedication to the events of 9/11.
After some time visiting the exterior spaces, bid farewell to your guide at the entrance of One World Observatory. As the tallest, and said to be the strongest building in the United States (and 6th tallest in the world) you will benefit from pre-reserved tickets, bypassing any line, and gaining priority access. Prior to entrance, your guide will give you a good overview in order for you to make good use of your time and not miss any must-see sites. In the "skypod", the elevators created in association with Universal Studios, whisk to the top amongst LCD screens allowing you to watch the adaption of New York from the 1600s to the present, all while ascending 102 floors in a short 42 seconds. Truly a magnificent way to end a day of looking back at the past while experiencing the future.
We’ve kept our groups small to ensure a level of intimacy befitting such a visit, and have chosen only the best local guides to give your tour a personal touch, giving the 9/11 Memorial and its surroundings the humanity and reverence it deserves.