If you had to choose one city in the world and name it the capital, I’m pretty sure one of the first options that will come to mind is New York City. The splendor of the skyscrapers, the yellow taxis, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park are some of the many things that make it the most famous city in the world.
New York has incredible attractions for everyone. Whether you like art, music, history, or natural parks, you can find a place that suits your interests and fall in love with the city that never sleeps.
There are so many options to choose from that planning your visit might be a challenge, however, there are some special places that you just can’t miss when visiting The Big Apple. If you are not sure where to start, here are 7 amazing top attractions you must see when visiting New York City.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
No visit to New York is complete without a tour to one of the most important attractions of the city. The Statue of Liberty is not only an important local landmark but a national one, people from all over the country and the world just to see lady liberty and learn about immigrant‘s history in Ellis Island.
Being such a famous attraction, it is a crowded place but there are many viewing alternatives. You can get to the harbor and take amazing pictures from afar, or just take the ferry and approach it from the water. However, if you want to live the full experience, you need to take time to visit Liberty Island and climb the pedestal to enjoy the incredible view.
Then, with a quick trip to Ellis Island, you can explore the Immigration museum and learn about this cornerstone of America.
Taking a tour through the Theater District will help you explore one of the most famous theaters in the world. There is always a show for every taste, from musicals to long-running classics. If you are planning to visit The Big Apple, I recommend you take the time to get tickets to the show you like in advance, you make sure you don’t miss out your favorite play.
You can also take a walking tour where you will learn more about this magical place and the amazing stories behind one of the most famous districts in the world. Complement your tour with a visit to Times Square and get lost in the bright colors and lights.
Chinatown and Little Italy
One of the many reasons that make New York such an amazing place to visit is the huge cultural diversity you can see. These two charming neighborhoods are so close to each other that you can visit both in one trip and get lost in the fascinating attractions each place has to offer.
While Little Italy has the best options for pastries, pizza, and pasta in the city, in Chinatown you can get to explore a taste of Chinese culture with the many shopping places, food, and décor. Complement the tour with a walk through SoHo and visit the numerous art galleries along the place.
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is an amazing experience that will only take about 25 minutes on foot. The view of Manhattan’s skyline from the bridge at night is just breathtaking; the lights of the buildings around the harbor make it a real spectacle.
After getting to Brooklyn you can take some time to rest in the park and enjoy a quiet, peaceful place to relax, read a book or have a picnic. The best moment to enjoy the view of Manhattan from the bridge is at sunset, so you can see how the buildings light up the whole city.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is considered by many as the most beautiful building in New York. It first opened its doors back in 1913, and to this day the splendor and magnificence of the place remain. The architecture of the place is magnificent, and its size is big enough to house about three quarter million people every day.
One of the main attractions of the terminal is its high ceiling, located 125 feet above the ground, with an impressive mural of a constellation made of golden leaves. In the basement, you can enjoy a drink or something delicious to eat in the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant.
The High Line
This charming park was finished in 2016, and even though it is not part of most travel itineraries in New York City, it is definitely worth the visit. It is built on an old industrial railroad that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District all the way up to 34th Street.
Along the over 1.45 miles of the High Line, you will find a beautiful garden with a huge variety of species. This linear park exhibits amazing works of art and local businesses that go from international restaurants to small cafes and even a bookstore.
Among the chaos and noise of the most populated city in the US, you can find a peaceful oasis to chill and enjoy nature. You can lie on the grass and enjoy a picnic while people-watching, ride a bike, or even rent a boat if you’re lucky enough to visit the place in summer. During this season, you can also see some free performances and enjoy Shakespeare in the Park show.
In winter, the park offers two ice-rinks to skate and discover a whole new world in the city during Christmas. Central Park covered in snow is the essence of the city during this magical time, where lights, joy, and festive decorations take over the place.
There’s no doubt New York City is one of the most magical places in the world. Its cosmopolitan lifestyle along with the diverse culture makes it the perfect place to explore and get lost in its streets.