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Ten Things You Must See in NYC

You know it from your favorite Woody Allen film or Sex and the City episode. Whether you dream of combing East Village bookshops or sipping martinis in the Meatpacking District, there's something here for you. Skim our highlights and you will fall in love in a New York minute.

Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Skyline

The iconic view of Manhattan's Skyline! Head to the Top of the Rock or the Waterfront Promenade in Williamsburg to see the Empire State Building as it gleams above city spires like a crown jewel.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

The view of Manhattan from the observation deck is astounding. Book Empire State Building tickets ahead of time to skip the line.

Battery Park

Battery Park

Battery Park is a cool green space at the tip of Manhattan along the Hudson River. Grab a picnic and catch the sunset while you marvel at the fact that this great big city is an island.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Rockefeller Center is an Art Deco skyscraper, and the view at the Top of the Rock is like no other. Photo op: catching the skyline here means the Empire State building is included in the view.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

An icon of freedom, the Statue of Liberty is a must see. Special exhibits or a climb to the top of the crown (booked in advance!) will make you feel like a part of NYC’s special history.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

The melting pot that is NYC: more than 12 million immigrants arrived here in search of the American Dream. View original manifests and get inspired by the history of Ellis Island.

Central Park

Central Park

That sprawling green oasis in the middle, separating east from west. In the world-famous Central park you’ll find zoos, strawberry fields, bike paths, a great lawn, and much more.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

In this unparalleled museum of modern art, you get to see some of the greats up close and personal. Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol... the list goes on.

New York Harbor

New York Harbor

One of the largest natural harbors in the world, the waterway is another great place from which to enjoy the view. Book a boat tour, sit back, and enjoy Manhattan’s magical lights.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Climb the regal front steps into a world of wonder and inspiration. From ancient to modern art, the Met is an art history paradise. The roof offers breathtaking Central Park views.

Planning Your New York City Visit

How many days to spend in New York?

Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

Where to shop?

From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

Where to eat?

Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    There's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.

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What people are saying about New York City

We absolutely loved our tour of Wall Street with Andrew!

Our Wall Street tour with Andrew was the best! They thought of everything we would want to know or might need on our tour like bathroom breaks, when and where would make a good pic, times we could sit and listen! It really was so informative and very accommodating with our schedule! I would have done all of our tours with them if I would have known! The tour was so interesting and we learned a lot neat facts! Thank you Thermosage! ❤️

Wall Street Walking Tour Reviewed by Ami, 03/14/2019

A very informative way to gain insight about the 9/11 tragedy.

Our tour guide provided a detailed and informative tour of Ground Zero. He added a lot of insight and perspective on a very tragic event.

Great day and our guide Jacob was brilliant.

I would really recommend this tour. It was a great informative day. Went early morning so everything was easy. Our guide Jacob was fab, knew loads, kept us all upbeat and was a pleasure to hang out with!! Really enjoyable day!

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Early Access Tour Reviewed by Angelina, 03/04/2019

Loved it!!!!! One of the best parts of my trip to NYC!

My friends and I really enjoyed the tour & our guide John. He was very friendly & super informative. He made us laugh and answered any question we threw at him. Above all, his patience with 6 crazy Texas ladies was above & beyond. Selfies & group shots everywhere along with a few tumbles from a couple of the ladies all the while keeping a smile on his face the whole time. He explained the history of the city with all the stops we made thoroughly and we walked away feeling like we knew the city a lot better. I would highly recommend this tour! We felt it was very personalized & the hours flew by. Thank you to John for making this so enjoyable!!!

5.5-Hour New York City Tour Reviewed by Allison, 02/28/2019

Best Tour so far! Alcohol, history, secret bars and a laid-back group.

Our guide was incredible!! She knew many details and was a lively and very good narrator. The tour is enchanting and you're going to visit places you can't find anywhere else. I can recommend it to everyone who is into history, crimes and thrilling stories and of course cocktails.

NYC: Prohibition Pub and History Tour Reviewed by Gabriel, 02/25/2019