Elevate your senses at this awe-inspiring tower and tribute.
Water cascading 30 feet down vast chasms where the Twin Towers once stood makes for a moving tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Bronze panels installed on the edges of the National September 11 Memorial fountains are inscribed with the names of the 2,983 victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; the passengers aboard United Flight 93; and those who died in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. And don’t miss the gripping museum that relives moments of the tragic day. Its visitors descend into massive spaces once part of the World Trade Center’s foundation. Enormous fragments salvaged from the site convey the magnitude of the disaster, as do the individual stories of the “In Memoriam” exhibition. It’s all nestled in the shadow of the sleek One World Trade Center, which rises to 1,776 feet (it’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and sixth tallest in the world). The “Sky Pod” elevators to the One World Observatory show an amazing time-lapse animation that details the rise of the New York City skyline from the 1500s to today. The observatory itself sits on floors 100 to 102, the highest vantage points in the city.
- Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2016, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub serves 250,000 daily commuters. Its main feature is the “Oculus,” a soaring complex of shops and restaurants topped with a 355-foot-long operable skylight.
- St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church. Thanks to a certain hit Broadway musical, this famous church’s leafy cemetery is getting more attention—it’s the final resting place of founding father Alexander Hamilton.
- Wall Street. Although the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is closed to visitors, you can still gawk at the Romanesque façade of the world’s largest stock exchange.
If You Go
One World Trade Center Observatory
285 Fulton St.
New York, NY 10007
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007
One World Trade Center Observatory, (844) 696-1776;
9/11 Memorial, (212) 312-8800
One World Trade Center Observatory: April – early May, daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; early May – early September, daily, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; early September – March, daily, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. 9/11 Memorial: Daily 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 9/11 Memorial Museum: Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Accessible by trains A, C, J, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton Street Station; E train to World Trade Center Station, R train to Courtland Street Station, 1 train to Rector Street Station
Recommended time to spend:
At least two hours