Why Choose This Tour?
There's a lot of symbolism in One World Trade Center. Standing at an iconic 1776 feet tall, it's said to be the strongest building in the world; earthquake, storm and attack-resistant. A symbol of hope and the enduring strength of a city that was knocked down and got up again.
On our small group World Trade Center tour you'll travel with a local tour guide for a more personal take on the sites and events that unfolded here. You'll hear harrowing personal stories of tragedy and loss on September 11th, as you visit the most important sites to pay tribute to victims and firefighters. The One World Observatory is the light at the end of a long tunnel since September 2001: What better way to end an insightful and reflective day?
Visit the most important sites of the World Trade Center.
Your tour starts at St. Paul's Chapel; familiar to most from the footage and videos beamed around the world after the 9/11 terror attacks. This is where families and friends gathered to pray for their loved ones, support each other and await news from the wreckage.
Ground Zero has changed a lot since that day, as you'll see when you visit the beautiful reflecting pools, built in the footprint of the Twin Towers. Lined with the names of every victim of the attacks, they're a striking reminder of the scale of the tragedy, while roses (a single rose is placed on the name of every victim on the day of their birthday) humanize the great memorial.
Travel with an expert tour guide for more personal insight
Your guide will lead you around the World Trade Center Memorial adding a more personal side to the sites as you pass them. Visit the Fireman's Memorial to learn of the heroic men and women who worked around the clock; many of them sacrificing themselves to save hundreds of lives. At the Survivor Tree you'll hear how after surviving the attack, the tree was weaned back to health by New Yorkers, becoming a symbol for their own recovery and resilience.
For many visitors the 9/11 Memorial is a daunting visit; the size and gravity so momentous that the reality is almost unfathomable. Traveling with an expert local tour guide in small groups, your experience will be more personal and insightful. Through their stories and anecdotes your guide will help you come to terms with the sites you visit, pointing out details and taking you to sites you may not have visited on your own.
End on a high with a visit to the One World Observatory
One World Observatory is tipped to be one of NYC's best visits (and, according Lonely Planet, one of best in the world). The observatory offers not just a breathtaking 360-degree view over NYC; but a full 360-degree experience too; with video commentary about the builders who created the tower and details of the structure itself.
With pre-reserved entrance, your visit is guaranteed, regardless of the crowds. Enter One World Trade Center and hop onboard one of the "Sky Pods" - incredible elevators that shoot from the first floor to 102nd in just 43 seconds. As you ascend the pods light up with LED technology, animating the changing skyline of New York from the 1600s to present day, and the program even changes depending on the time of day you visit!
Having explored the tragedy and loss of 9/11 at ground level, you'll end your tour on a high. Step out of the Sky Pod and into a circular room with floor to ceiling windows for the most spectacular 360-degree views New York has ever seen. Enjoy an independent visit at your leisure, staying for as long as you like to soak up the views.
The opening of One World Observatory has been years in the making and is one of the most hotly-anticipated events of 2015. Book now to guarantee your visit.
NOTE ON VIDEO: Please note that, while our video features both the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory, only tickets for One World Observatory are included in this tour. If you would rather visit the 9/11 Museum, you can book that tour here. This tour is the same in all respects but with museum tickets included rather than observatory tickets.