If your kids have never seen five different states at the same time, get them over to The Empire State Building for your next family getaway. The adventure begins with the bustle of Fifth Avenue at the entrance, and continues into the grand Art Deco lobby, crafted in rich granite and marble. Ride up 86 stories to the observation deck and you’ll know instantly why this is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. In good weather you can see clear to Massachusetts, and the little ones will be mesmerized by the acres of buildings spreading out in all directions. There’s a powerful feeling that comes with standing a quarter-mile in the sky, the boats and taxis turned into toys below. Dodge the line by coming first thing in the morning. Your kids will never forget the sight of the first rays of sunlight breaking over the city–and neither will you.