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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

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

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
Edge NYC

Edge NYC

While all of New York’s observation decks have their merits, Edge NYC is the tallest outdoor deck in the Western Hemisphere. Head up to the site’s glass-floored platform for a unique view of the cityscape and enjoy a sunset or just spend some time spotting city landmarks, from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty.More
Central Park

Central Park

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
Ellis Island

Ellis Island

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
Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

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
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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
Times Square

Times Square

The neon lights and video billboards of Times Square are one of New York City’s most well-known landmarks. This triangular intersection between Broadway, 42nd Street, and Seventh Avenue is home to the Big Apple’s famous theaters and the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop—an essential Manhattan experience.More
Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Radiating art deco glory, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan is where you'll find Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, the Top of the Rock observation deck, and in winter, New York City’s famous ice rink and Christmas tree. Opened by John D. Rockefeller in 1933, it’s a classic NYC stop for its history as a cultural center and architectural icon.More

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in New York City

Ways to Beat the Crowds in New York City

Free Museum Days in NYC You Need to Visit

Free Museum Days in NYC You Need to Visit

Top Parks and Gardens in New York City

Top Parks and Gardens in New York City

Don’t-Miss Dishes in New York City

Don’t-Miss Dishes in New York City

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

Nice NYC
Leticia_O, Jan 2022
Edge Observation Deck - General Admission
Nice to see they put us in the elevator very tight.
Amazing tour
Sarah_R, Dec 2021
Private New York City Christmas Walking Tour
She also catered the trip to what we wanted to see and took very nice pictures of us by the tree to have.
learn, laugh and see cool things on this tour
Susan_S, Oct 2021
New York Catacombs by Candlelight
I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and got to see old and colorful things.
Amazing Tour of Manhattan Island
CAROLINE_R, Aug 2021
Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise
It was the best way to see the Island.
It's Beautiful, Touching and Sad all at the same time.
Kristine_A, Aug 2021
9/11 Memorial Museum Admission Ticket
You can spend all day there, so Please leave you time to visit it, no short cuts..
Excellent day in Boroughs!
Stanislav_Z, Aug 2021
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Moreover, my native language is not English, and Jorge perfectly narrates in English for foreign tourists (he speaks clearly, not quickly) - I understood absolutely everything that he was telling.
Ana_G, Aug 2021
Bypass the Box Office: NYC One World Observatory Ticket
Was a great experience to visit such a big building Thank you!
Fun, informative tour!
Beth_T, Oct 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
It was wonderful to see so many of the highlights of New York City in such a well organized manner.
Great tour guide, great way to see a lot of NYC in a short amount of time
Steven_R, Oct 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
The day flew by and we were glad to see so much of NYC in such a short amount of time.
A college course in 2 hours!
Sally, Aug 2021
NYC's Underground Subway Tour
There is so much to see and understand about the structure and the art that adorn this amazing infrastructure!
Holiday pics in NYC
Julie_S, 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
Cruise ready river very good view to see the building of New York City
Faris_A, 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
A fun group activity
Lucie_C, 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.
Summer in the city
Robert D, Aug 2019
Private New York Classic Film Tour (On Location Tours)
I would highly recommend both Jason and this tour- a great summer day out
A Very Pleasant Evening
Duncan_G, Aug 2019
New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
The city skylight and Statue of Liberty were beautiful to see as the sun was setting.
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.
Great Tour
Jennifer_N, Jun 2019
Super Tour of NYC: Heroes, Comics and More! (On Location Tours)
We got to see many NYC sites and the information about how they were related to the superhero movies was really interesting.
Jeffrey is a fabulous tour guide
albertlc, Jun 2019
NYC Tour with Statue of Liberty Visit
This tour is the best way to see NYC quickly and well!
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.
Excellent Tour!
Richard_L, Sep 2018
NYC Tour with Statue of Liberty Visit
Got to see some of the highlights 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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