Colette Murphy
Colette Murphy

Top tourist attractions in New York

The fact that New York is chock-full of iconic sights and sounds goes without saying. North America’s largest and most populated city is unlike any other, with an overwhelming number of things to do and places to see. It’s the center for so many things, from fashion to finance to music to art, theater, architecture, and all things culture.

Being such a whirlwind of activity, it’s no surprise that figuring out where to start your journey in The Big Apple can be challenging. Unless you plan on staying for months, chances are that you won’t be able to see it all in one trip. That said, you can get a feel for the city and collect a few unforgettable memories by visiting New York’s top tourist attractions.

Statue of Liberty

Towering 305 feet above onlookers is The Statue of Liberty, who was gifted to the United States by France in the late 18th century. The gesture was done in honor of the relationship between the two countries and represents America’s openness to immigrants arriving in search of a better life.

You’ll need to book in advance to access Lady Liberty’s crown, as entry is limited to 240 people per day, but a visit to Liberty Island is a great way to start your adventure.

Empire State Building

If you’re looking for a good view of the spectacular cityscape and its incredible skyscrapers, an elevator up to the Empire State Building’s 102nd-floor observatory is the way to go. This legendary structure opened in 1931 and reflects the era’s Art Deco architecture, which is in and of itself a sight to behold. Be sure to buy tickets early to book a spot on the deck.

Times Square

Come nightfall, there’s no better place for a tourist to be than Times Square. With all its magical lights and hundreds of thousands of visitors, this collection of streets, buildings, and billboards is a quintessential New York destination. Plus, the prevalence of food carts makes Times Square the perfect spot to fuel up and get a taste of the local cuisine.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

You don’t need to be a history buff to be amazed by the collection of art and artifacts contained within the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another structure that has been around for over a century, the Met contains over two million works of art spanning thousands of years, giving you an inspiring and fascinating insight into human history.

Central Park

One thing that you’ll quickly realize about New York is that it’s no place for cars unless you want to spend all day being sandwiched between them. Knowing that, you can expect to do a fair bit of walking. When the time comes to relax and unwind, Central Park is your best option, offering a serene escape from the concrete jungle and all its busyness.

If you have a few hours or days to spare, then there is plenty more to see in and around New York. Rest assured that you’ll never run out of amazing places to see during your stay.

About the Author
I grew up in New York with a Jewish mother and an Irish-American father. My upbringing wasn't typical of a Jewish or Irish childhood but rather an amalgamation of both. I believe this allowed me to see things from a unique perspective. I hope you enjoy my writing.
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