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Welcome to New York City

New York City is one of the most visited places in the world—and for good reason. The city’s diverse population makes it a cultural capital for art, music, food, and much, much more.

Top 10 attractions in New York City

#1
Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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Guarding the entrance to New York Harbor on Liberty Island, the 305-foot (93-meter) Statue of Liberty came to the United States as a gift from France to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence—Lady Liberty has been a symbol of democracy and hope for NYC and the US almost ever since.More
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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

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As the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, New York City’s Ellis Island was America’s busiest immigrant inspection station for more than 60 years. Today, the island’s restored main building houses the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which honors the US’s immigrant heritage, chronicles the island’s role in immigration history, and gives voice to the immigrants themselves.More
#3
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City stands as a place of remembrance and a somber tribute to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Reopened 10 years after the 2001 attacks, the eight-acre (3.2-hectare) plaza—built on the World Trade Center site—features two massive square reflecting pools whose waterfalls cascade down into the footprints of the former Twin Towers. The surrounding plaza is a peaceful and moving green space, while the museum, located beneath the plaza, lends a deeper understanding to the impact of that day. You’ll undoubtedly leave with a heavy heart.More
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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.More
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Central Park

Central Park

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The heart and soul of Manhattan, Central Park is 843 acres (341 hectares) of green space featuring running paths, a boating lake, ponds, a zoo, fountains, statues, gardens, and a skating rink. New Yorkers and visitors alike have gathered at this National Historic Landmark year-round since 1857 to enjoy a respite from Manhattan’s concrete jungle.More
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SoHo

SoHo

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New York City’s hyperhip neighborhood of SoHo is renowned for its stylish shops, art galleries, and trendy restaurants. Though it’s more relaxed than bustling Times Square, SoHo can get mobbed with shoppers and tourists. Stroll down the cobblestone streets, browse stores—from big-name brands to posh boutiques—or peek inside its many galleries.More
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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

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Extending for 1.3 miles (2 kilometers) across New York City’s East River, this 19th-century bridge sees constant foot, bike, and car traffic thanks to commuters and sightseers alike. After a construction beset by tragedies—at least 20 people died during the building process—this steel-wire suspension bridge, then the world’s largest, finally opened to the public in 1883. Today crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is an essential New York experience. Visitors come in droves to admire the bridge’s dramatic neo-Gothic towers and the stellar views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront.More
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One World Observatory

One World Observatory

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Admire New York City from on high at the One World Observatory, the 100th-floor viewing deck which you’ll reach in just 47 seconds view high-speed elevator. On the ride up, impressive time-lapse technology showcases the city’s transformation from the 1500s to the present in immersive floor-to-ceiling screens. At the top, enjoy panoramic views of the city’s waterways, iconic skyline, and renowned landmarks.More
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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

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One of North America’s most majestic natural wonders, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls—American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls—which plunge dramatically over the Niagara River. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the US with viewpoints and falls-themed attractions on both sides.More
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Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building

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Both an architectural marvel and one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, the Flatiron Building has been a city icon since its debut in 1902. Named for its uncommonly thin, triangular shape, the building was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and is a National Historic Landmark. It is not currently open to the public.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Highlight of our trip
Patrick, Jul 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
We got to see and experience New York City beyond our expectations.
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Fantastic
Tammy_S, Jun 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
I am ready to visit again and see some of the places he showed us.
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Holiday pics in NYC
juliesmallpage55, Dec 2019
Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer
Having a professional walking photographer at the beginning of our week in New York City was amazing to see so much and do so much in two hours was appreciated
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Cruise ready river very good view to see the building of New York City
farisalmasabi, Oct 2019
New York Dinner Cruise
Cruise river there is very good view to see the buildings of New York City when I was enjoying with attractive views I ate delicious dinner and I interested with Soft music only with other combinations of attractive look and tasty food
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A fun group activity
lucievictoria3, Oct 2019
New York City Ghost Tour of Greenwich Village
Everyone said it was a fun, interesting way to see the city that we all have lived in for years.
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Summer in the city
Robert D, Aug 2019
Private TCM Classic Film Tour
I would highly recommend both Jason and this tour- a great summer day out
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Great tour!
Diana_Y, Jun 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
Great way to see and learn about New York City.
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A Very Pleasant Evening
DGarison, Aug 2019
New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
The city skylight and Statue of Liberty were beautiful to see as the sun was setting.
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9/11 Memorial tour.
GrandTour21703565443, Jun 2019
9/11 Memorial & Ground Zero Tour with Optional 9/11 Museum Ticket
My wife and I decided to go to New York city to view the Freedom tower and 9/11 memorial, to make it easier to see everything we decided to buy a tour guided package.
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Great Tour
jennifernA1927EH, Jun 2019
Private Super Tour of NYC: Heroes, Comics and More!
We got to see many NYC sites and the information about how they were related to the superhero movies was really interesting.
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Jeffrey is a fabulous tour guide
albertlc, Jun 2019
NYC Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access
This tour is the best way to see NYC quickly and well!
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Great Detailed Tour
Freedom01778713821, May 2019
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with One World Observatory
Our tour guide Rob was extremely knowledgeable about the city and its attractions.
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Excellent Tour!
cjleonards, Sep 2018
NYC Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access
Got to see some of the highlights of New York City.
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What a Wonderful View!
Lecinda B, Aug 2018
New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island
We flew all around New York City and got to see things we'd never before seen.
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A perfect way for preteens, not...
Greg K, Jul 2009
Circle Line: Beast Speedboat Ride
A perfect way for preteens, not interested in sightseeing, to see the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.
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We had Kernan, he was really funny...
Sokphear Y, Sep 2017
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
The tour is tiring because it's about 4 hours long but I think it's definitely worth it if you're in New York City to see the statue and also learn a little history.
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Our guide Alice was the best! She...
ROZALIA L, Aug 2017
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Gave us great tips on attractions and navigating New York City.
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Really interesting trip around...
Janelle M, Dec 2017
Harlem Gospel Sunday Tour
It was great to see other parts of New York City.
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Compact Tour
G M, Oct 2019
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
Best way to see New York City if constrained by time.
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A great way to see and experience...
Jess P, Nov 2017
The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 100+ Attractions and Tours!
A great way to see and experience the sights, sounds and smells of New York City.

All about New York City

When to visit

New York City is one of those rare cities where every season has unique attractions:

Summer weather means the perfect time to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, or even take a visit to the iconic Coney Island.

Chilly fall temps bring the changing foliage; renting a car for “leaf peeping” upstate is a great way to experience the Hudson Valley.

Winter activities center around the holiday season, with the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and skating rink topping travelers’ lists.

Spring thaw is an ideal time to experience the blooming trees of Central Park or even the Highline, if you can catch a break between rain showers.

Getting around

Walking: New York is a great walking city and relatively straightforward, given each borough’s numbered streets and grid layouts. Exploring by foot is ideal in the bustling neighborhoods with great shops, restaurants, and cafes tucked away in the city’s many corners.

Subway: New York is big, which means walking to and from destinations may not always be feasible. That’s where the city’s subway comes in. Single-fare tickets on the many different subway lines can bring you to virtually any part or borough and runs around the clock.

Taxi: New York is known for its famous yellow taxis. They are easy to flag down by waving your hand (look for taxis with the roof light on for vacancy). Uber and Lyft have large networks in New York, so if you are looking for a guaranteed ride, then apps are a safe bet.

Traveler tips

New York City is known for its wealth of fun dive bars and legendary pizza slice shops. No matter which attraction or neighborhood you end up visiting, there’s a good chance you are within walking distance to a notorious NYC establishment. If you’re walking the Williamsburg Bridge, or exploring Chinatown, you can’t miss 169 Bar—a local favorite adorned with leopard prints, color lights, palm trees, and a hits-only jukebox.

A trip to Times Square isn’t complete without stopping by Joe’s Pizza on Broadway. Originally a Greenwich Village shop, Joe’s went on to expand to multiple locations throughout the city—and for good reason. The owner has been at it since 1975, slowly perfecting the art of the slice, landing Joe’s on numerous Top 10 lists in a competitive pizza city.

A local’s pocket guide to New York City

Alex Maddalena

Alex is a writer with deep family roots in NYC. Having grown up just outside the city, he became familiar with all of the food and culture the city has to offer, including the outer boroughs. His favorite pizza slice is the square from L&B Spumoni Gardens.

The first thing you should do in New York City is...

get oriented. There are a lot of visible landmarks in New York that will help you explore by foot without a map.

A perfect Saturday in New York City...

begins with brunch followed by a trip to one of New York’s amazing museums. Saturday nights in New York are more bustling than usual, so make sure you’re rested before heading out for evening festivities.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Central Park truly is a thing of beauty. Walk around in the middle, and you’d be stunned to find out you’re still in one of the busiest cities in the world.

To discover the "real" New York City...

get lost. Start walking. No map. Let all the things in between shine through. You’ll find your way back when you’re ready.

For the best view of the city...

you can’t beat the view from the top of the Empire State Building, but the Manhattan Bridge offers a pretty spectacular view from the other side.

One thing people get wrong...

New York City is much more than Manhattan and Williamsburg. Head north to discover the Bronx, or even east into Queens, which is one of the most diverse areas in the world.

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