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Ten Things You Must See in NYC

You know it from your favorite Woody Allen film or Sex and the City episode. Whether you dream of combing East Village bookshops or sipping martinis in the Meatpacking District, there's something here for you. Skim our highlights and you will fall in love in a New York minute.

Manhattan Skyline

The iconic view of Manhattan's Skyline! Head to the Top of the Rock or the Waterfront Promenade in Williamsburg to see the Empire State Building as it gleams above city spires like a crown jewel.

Empire State Building

The view of Manhattan from the observation deck is astounding. Book Empire State Building tickets ahead of time to skip the line.

Battery Park

Battery Park is a cool green space at the tip of Manhattan along the Hudson River. Grab a picnic and catch the sunset while you marvel at the fact that this great big city is an island.

Top of the Rock

Rockefeller Center is an Art Deco skyscraper, and the view at the Top of the Rock is like no other. Photo op: catching the skyline here means the Empire State building is included in the view.

Statue of Liberty

An icon of freedom, the Statue of Liberty is a must see. Special exhibits or a climb to the top of the crown (booked in advance!) will make you feel like a part of NYC’s special history.

Ellis Island

The melting pot that is NYC: more than 12 million immigrants arrived here in search of the American Dream. View original manifests and get inspired by the history of Ellis Island.

Central Park

That sprawling green oasis in the middle, separating east from west. In the world-famous Central park you’ll find zoos, strawberry fields, bike paths, a great lawn, and much more.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

In this unparalleled museum of modern art, you get to see some of the greats up close and personal. Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol... the list goes on.

New York Harbor

One of the largest natural harbors in the world, the waterway is another great place from which to enjoy the view. Book a boat tour, sit back, and enjoy Manhattan’s magical lights.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Climb the regal front steps into a world of wonder and inspiration. From ancient to modern art, the Met is an art history paradise. The roof offers breathtaking Central Park views.

Planning Your New York Visit

How many days to spend in New York?

Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

Where to shop?

From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

Where to eat?

Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    There's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.

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What People Are Saying About New York

Its worth the price to purchase the vip ticket to avoid huge line.

I absolutely recommend to all my friends who are willing to visit empire state & the rest of the tour.

A wonderful knowledge of history and architecture.

Well worth our time and money. She even made it great in 20 degree weather. Lots of good stories and buildings to see. She was very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions.

New York Architecture Tour with Local Expert Reviewed by John, 01/10/2017

Opputunity to explore one of NYC's iconic landmarks. Great fun.

We'd suggest doing the tour at an off-peak time. Crowds make movement a bit tricky. But it was enlightening experience. If you are extremely curious, like us, and keep pushing the green button for additional information, the tour can take as much as 2 hours. We'd suggest the stops be renumbered to facilitate movement. Too much jumping around.

Grand Central Terminal Self-Guided Audio Tour Reviewed by Noreen, 01/07/2017

Amazing, great guide David full of information. Well worth doing!!

Well organised tour. David the guide, good sense of humour and full of knowledge. We went over New Year and it was freezing, on the outer deck, do wrap up, well worth the cold though! Came home with some great photos.

90-Minute Landmark and Harbor Cruise Reviewed by Carolyn, 01/06/2017

So glad we didn't miss this, very enjoyable!

This was really a lot of fun. To see the NY skyline at night and to cruise right up to Lady Liberty was such a treat! We love Christmas, and not only is the city magical at this time of year, but this harbor Christmas cruise was the icing on top of the NY experience cake! I would definitely do this again.


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