New York City. The City of Bright Lights and Opportunity. It remains one of the ultimate holiday destinations in the world, with travellers of all ages and budgets being awed by the sheer scale of the place. New York City boasts perhaps more top-notch attractions than most other major cities, but what are the best of the best? Here’s the top 10 things to add to your itinerary in NYC:
10. The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an antiquated aerial tram that takes visitors to Roosevelt Island. Although, you don’t go very high, it still allows good views of the city down below, and it is a way of utilising one of NYC’s classic transportation methods (further reading: The Roosevelt Island Tramway).
9. Broadway is the name of New York’s “West End”, where major theatre productions are in full swing all year round. A lot of people come to the city to catch a show before heading off elsewhere for dinner. I wonder what will be showing during your visit?
8. Brooklyn Bridge may seem like a strange entry in this top 10 list, but I have always been fascinated by the design. A much more rustic and personalised bridge compared to the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it is like a gateway from “tourist NYC” to “urban NYC” – so the chance to see the real New York is just on the other side!
7. The Statue of Liberty is the iconic sight of New York that welcomes all visitors to the city. Located on Ellis Island, this timeless statue is New York’s most popular tourist attraction, so it will always be busy! It is possible to ascend inside the statue and view over the city from Her crown (further reading: Taking Liberties with Miss America).
6. Fifth Avenue is New York’s answer to Regent Street of London, Ginza in Tokyo, or Orchard Road of Singapore (further reading: Fifth Avenue, a shopper’s paradise). Some of the most expensive luxury brands have their flagship stores here, and the traditional New York architecture amidst modern shop-fronts makes this place all the more interesting.
5. Ground Zero is the sight where the World Trade Center towers once stood before the 9/11 terrorist attacks (further reading: Ground Zero: lest we forget). Thousands of people lost their lives in this attack and now an impressive and heartfelt museum and memorial is here. A must-see when in NYC.
4. Top of the Rock is the name of the viewing platform experience at the Rockefeller Center. Of all the skyscrapers in the city, I think this experience is the one that gives the best views of New York – and the glass elevators are also an attraction in themselves (further reading: Top of the Rock)!
3. Coney Island is well-known to New Yorkers as a getaway from the fumes of downtown. Funfairs and carnivals are always on offer here, whereas you will also find a public beach with sunbathing opportunities! Perhaps more than anything else, though, you MUST try for yourself some of the delicious hotdogs available here (further reading: Coney Island: Birthplace of the Hotdog)!
2. Times Square is the beating heart of NYC. I don’t think I have ever seen it not busy or bursting at the seams (further reading: Bedlam in Times Square)! The electronic neon billboards up high are as iconic as anything else in the state, and the area is also a mecca for American fast food!
1. Central Park may seem like a strange choice for the number one entry in this list, but this public park in the middle of downtown Manhattan seems to be high on everybody’s list of things to do. Make sure you check out the many statues scattered around the park, which all add a touch of gothic ambience to proceedings (further reading: Musical statues in New York’s Central Park). With skyscrapers all around you, the lush, green Central Park really provides the kind of contrast you can find nowhere else in the city!
I hope these top 10 attractions have given you a taster of what to include on your itinerary, but whatever you do in New York, make sure you have a whale of a time in what is, perhaps, America’s most happening city!