New York, The City That Never Sleeps, The Big Apple, The Capital of the World so many names and so much to do there. It is a paradise for people who love city breaks because the choice is endless. Whether it is sightseeing, eating, theatre or culture that you are looking for, you will find so much to take part in that you will be spoilt for choice.
New York is home to some of the most famous landmarks in the world, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and also some of the most famous places, Broadway, Times Square, Central Park and not forgetting some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries such as The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and The Guggenheim. It’s all here, most of it on a small Island known as Manhattan, which boasts three of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Times Square, Grand Central Station and Central Park.
New York is made up of five boroughs that sit on the Hudson River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. This port city has been a draw for immigrants for centuries, all coming to live The American Dream and make their fortunes. This melting pot of immigrants gives the City its distinct flavour with Little Italy mingling with China Town and the Celtic influence of Ireland running through its core. To visit New York is almost to take a tour around the world and to sample the culture and heritage of so many different people.
Planning your trip to New York takes time as there is so much to see and do that one visit will not fit it all in. New York is a place that you could revisit time and again and you would still not sample everything but even if you are only staying for a short break with careful planning you will be able to fit a lot in.
New York – 5 Top Tips on What to See
There are so many landmarks to see in New York and so many will be discovered just by walking around but some are worth taking a longer look at.
The Statue Of Liberty.
Situated on Liberty Island, you will need to book well in advance to take a tour of the Liberty Crown ,where you will get amazing views of the city and harbour. Alternatively you can get tickets for the Pedestal which will still offer you some breath-taking views. If you can’t get tickets for either of these tours don’t worry as you can go on basic tours around the grounds with any ferry tickets over to Liberty Island. Usually people will visit Ellis Island in conjunction to tours of Liberty island and you will find a lot of interesting history whilst there.
The intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue aka Times Square, is an image that I would imagine everybody is familiar with. This iconic landmark, which is full of yellow cabs and soaring skyscrapers, attracts about 50 million visitors a year. This is the place of the American Dream of years gone by, the hub of the Broadway Theatre District and one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the world and the world’s second busiest tourist attraction.When you think of Times Square images of hordes of people celebrating New Year’s Eve spring to mind, this is the place that encapsulates the vibrancy and frenetic energy of New York City.
Museum of Modern Art.
Four levels of some of the world’s most amazing pieces of art from Van Gough and Picasso to Warhol and Lichtenstein, this is a place for serious art buffs. Wander around the Met and be enthralled by all that is to be seen and experienced. A good idea is to start at the top and work your way down because there is so much here that taking it all in, in one visit can be overwhelming and the pieces not to be missed such as Warhol’s Can of Soup and Van Gough’s The Starry Night are on the top floors.
No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to Central Park, probably the most famous park in the world. This huge park spreading over 843 acres is a mix of rolling meadows, European style gardens a lake and theatre to mention but a few. This idyllic out-door space in the middle of the vast concrete jungle that is New York was designed for everyone regardless of class or standing between 1860 and 1870 and it’s here that you will discover an oasis from the madness of the streets of this great city.
If you get chance when in New York then a must do is to take in a show on Broadway. Broadway refers to the forty theatrical theatres located in the Theatre District and Lincoln Centre located in midtown Manhattan.
A show on Broadway carries the same sort of kudos as a show in The West End of London and Broadway is regarded as one of the biggest tourist attractions in New York. Most of the shows to run on Broadway are musicals such as The Lion King and Les Miserables but you will also be able to catch a play as well if that takes your fancy. Whatever you see, a trip to Broadway will be a highlight of your stay in New York.