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New York is often regarded as one of the best cities in the world. It is always brimming with activities of all kinds. At every twist and turn, you will come across a famous site as you are exploring this city. From Broadway shows to exquisite shopping and dining experiences, from the magnificent Statue of Liberty to the majestic Empire State Building New York is filled with attractions and you need some time in the city to witness all its marvels. So if you are planning a trip to NY, here are some of the most awesome places that you just cannot miss!
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the first places that anybody thinks of when they are talking about New York. This monument built in 1886, was a gift from the French and is one of the most iconic places in the world! At 152 ft, this ever-standing symbol of freedom is one of the largest statues in the world. The best way to bask in the glory of this singular statue is to take a boat ride to Liberty Island and climb to the top of the statue. You will get a truly dramatic view of the city from the top. You could also halt at Ellis Island on the way to Liberty Island and check out the amazing Immigration Museum.
Central Park spans over a width of half a mile and is about 2.5 miles long and is situated in the center of New York City. It is a stunning place to be in while you are exploring New York and a walk or carriage ride is a must-do thing while you are here. There are also many attractions to look out for within the park premises such as the Belvedere Castle, the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, and the Lake. You can easily retrieve a map of the park in one of the visitor's centers and get going with your explorations through the park.
Rockefeller Center is another prime attraction of New York that should be on the travel itinerary of every visitor. It is a massive shopping complex in Manhattan and houses some media giants such as NBC-TV. The 70-story Rockefeller Plaza in the center is one of the major attractions in this place- you will get some of the most picturesque views of Manhattan from the Observation Deck in the plaza which covers the 68th, 69th, and 70th floors.
Everyone has heard about Broadway- one of the premium theatres in the world! Broadway could very well be classified as the pinnacle of American theatre. Broadway refers to Broadway Theatre which includes many such venues in Theatre District. You should also visit Shubert Alley- a pedestrian-only zone and home to two well-known theatre halls. If you are planning on catching a popular show on Broadway you should book well in advance because tickets sell out very fast and easily!
Empire State Building
The iconic Empire State Building is a landmark structure in America much like the Statue of Liberty. It is 381m tall and has 102 floors making it one of the tallest buildings in the world. It has been a landmark structure since 1931 when it was opened. There are two observatories atop the Empire State Building both offering spectacular views of the city in front of you. On a clear day, you could even glimpse into the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The Observation Deck on the 86th floor is open and gets you the grand views while the one on the 102nd floor is enclosed. Generally, there is always a huge line of visitors who have come to witness this marvel and thus you could opt for the Skip the Line passes if you are in a hurry.
Museums in NY
New York is larger than life and so are its museums. Whether you are a history buff or not, you should make it a point to visit some of the museums in New York, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and the American Museum of Natural History.
MET was founded in 1870 and is one of the most famous museums in all of America. The permanent collection alone contains over 2 million works of art detailing about 500 years of history. American decorative arts, costumes, arms and armor, Egyptian art, photographs, musical instruments, and much more are part of the stunning collection. If you want to take a serious tour you should go for the VIP pass wherein you can visit the museum with 24 other people just before it opens for the day.
The Museum of Natural History on the other hand has interesting exhibits about the environment, science, fossils, and much more. There are eight halls in the museum showcasing its permanent collection while special temporary exhibits are also put up. The Butterfly Conservatory is an amazing place to be in with about 500 different kinds of butterflies flying around you.
Times Square is another iconic place to look out for while you are visiting NYC, especially at night when all the bright billboards are lighted up. This is the famed location of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in NYC during which time the streets are entirely filled up with all kinds of people. It is nearly always crowded and busy and bustling with life.
The architecture of the Brooklyn Bridge is exquisite and cannot be missed on your trip to NYC. The arches are imbued with the Gothic style of architecture and coupled with the huge suspension wires; this is one of the most exciting features of NYC. The majesty of the Brooklyn Bridge has inspired generations after generations of songwriters, poets, painters, and other artists. Constructed in 1883 this is the first such steel suspension bridge in the world. The bridge is easily visible from various parts of Manhattan but the best way to enjoy its grandeur is to take an hour walk across the bridge. You will get stunning views of the city, the East River, the Statue of Liberty, and beyond from the bridge.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Another fine example of Gothic architecture in New York has to be the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The gigantic doors made from bronze, the façade made of white marble, the Great Organ, the spires towering at 330 ft from the ground, the bronze baldachin, the rose window, and the huge 2,400-seating capacity of the cathedral are but some of the fascinating details that you have to look out for. This huge cathedral is visited by hundreds of visitors as well as believers every day, throughout the year.
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