Observation deck of One World Trade Center named top new attraction of 2015

One World Trade Center (AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert)

One World Trade Center (AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert)


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Travel experts at Lonely Planet have named the opening of the observation deck at the One World Trade Center in New York the most anticipated new travel experience of 2015.

Set to open this spring, the observation deck will give visitors sweeping views of Manhattan from the 102nd floor.

The new attraction is one of 26 top experiences named in Lonely Planet's latest guide, available as a free download and ebook for Kindle and iOS devices.

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Experts note it's not just the sky-high views that are set to make the One World Observatory the hottest ticket of 2015. Before being whisked to the top in high-speed glass elevators, visitors start their tour on the ground floor in the lobby where they're given an immersive lesson about the history of the building.

The towering structure boasts bragging rights to being the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, equal to six Statues of Liberties stacked one on top of the other.

Likewise, architects and designers chose to build the tower to a height specification with a special significance: 1,776 feet, chosen to represent the year the US Declaration of Independence was signed.

Second on the list is the opening of a four-hour zip line tour above dramatic waterfalls and valleys in Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve in South Africa, while the opening of a Yellow Submarine in Argentina, a semi-submersible boat that will take visitors on underwater whale watching expeditions rounds out the top three experiences.

Other attractions to crack the top 26 list include a brewery opening in Kilkenny, Ireland, and the reopening and restoration of a hiking trek in El Chorro, Spain that was once known as the scariest in the world.

For a free copy of the list visit lonelyplanet.com/new-in-travel-2015.