How many states can you see from the top of the Empire State Building?

Answer: 5 States

According to multiple sources, on a clear day people standing on the top of the Empire State Building can see up to 80 miles in each direction. That means they can see all the way to Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. They can also wave to their neighbors in Connecticut, New Jersey, and other parts of New York.  

ESBNY - On a clear day you can see five states from our Observatories: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

CNN - Visitors can see 80 miles into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on a clear day.

Here are some other fun facts about the iconic New York building complements of the two sources above: 

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The tower lights are turned off on foggy nights during the spring and autumn bird migration seasons, so the lights will not confuse birds and cause them to fly into the building.

It is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)- certified building in the United States.

Every year on Valentine's Day, couples who marry on the 80th floor become members of the Empire State Building Wedding Club. They receive free admission to the observatory each year on February 14 (their anniversary) thereafter.

Over thirty people have jumped to their deaths from the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building Run-Up is an annual race up the stairs to the 86th floor (1,576 steps).

William Lamb, an architect at the firm Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, designed the Empire State Building.

The contractor was the firm Starrett Brothers and Eken.


In 2011, Cornell researchers analyzed millions of Flickr photos and concluded that the Empire State Building is the most photographed building in the world. 

Static electricity gathers at high heights, and under the right atmospheric conditions, couples can experience a slight electric shock when they kiss.

The top of the Empire State Building is used for broadcasting the majority of commercial TV stations and FM radio stations in New York City.