New York City

New York City

With a globally recognizable skyline and 8.4 million people who call it home, New York City is bursting with diversity and excitement – from the iconic attractions you've seen on TV and in the movies to hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Each of the five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – has a distinctive flavor, while individual neighborhoods maintain identities all their own. Walkable streets and access to the subway, buses, and cabs make it easy to get from neighborhood to neighborhood. Whether it's your first visit or your hundredth, there's always something new to do.
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    You’ve seen them a million times in the movies, but there’s nothing like taking in these quintessential New York City landmarks in person. First stop, a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, capped with a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry for stellar views of both. Immerse yourself in the bustle and bright lights of Times Square followed by the incomparable spectacle of a Broadway show – both experiences that you can’t find anywhere else but NYC. Explore Rockefeller Center, and take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Experience Grand Central Terminal, a unique architectural gem and the city’s major transportation hub. As panoramic scenes go, NYC can’t be beat. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for views of New York Harbor or scale 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Art Deco skyscraper to Top of The Rock, an observatory offering 360-degree views of the city.

    Top sights in New York City

    Manhattan

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    One World Trade Center

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    New York Harbor

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    Statue of Liberty

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    Brooklyn

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    Governors Island

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    Brooklyn Bridge

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    Queens, United States

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    Top 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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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)
    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.

    Planning Your New York City Visit

    How long should you spend in New York?

    When it comes time to plan your trip to New York I recommend spending as much time there as you can afford to spend, aiming to go for a minimum of around 7 days to make the most of your time.

    What is the best shopping street in New York?

    New York’s Fifth Avenue is the city’s most famous shopping street, and probably the most famous shopping street in the world.

    Where to eat in New York?

    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 ($)

    Country Code

    +1

    Time Zone

    UTC (-05:00)

    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.

    What people are saying about New York City

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Absolutely no wait to experience a truly amazing museum!
    I cannot say enough about the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. It is inspiring, heartbreaking, a truly profound experience. Needless to say, the lines can become overwhelming. Booking through Get Your Guide made the experience quite simple, allowing us to focus on our visit. I highly recommend Get Your Guide. We have used their services in NY, London, and Glasgow. Looking forward to using them in other cities as well!

    New York: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry reviewed by Monica

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Finally paid honor to so many’s sacrifices, standing where they rest.
    A beautiful honor to the many who perished innocently & to those who heroically went in to save them and perished with them. May it eternally help future generations to come to Never Forget the sacrifices. I cried again as I did on 9/11/2001. Thank you for this memorial, a testament to man’s love for our fellowman.

    New York: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry reviewed by Vilma

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A fantastic tour of all the best sights with an amazing guide
    A brilliant way to see New York if you only have a short time as you get to experience all the major sights with a fantastically friendly and knowledgable guide. The observatory entry is a must-see you get the most incredible view of the whole island and beyond. Lynsey our guide was warm, funny and so helpful and gave us the confidence to explore further on our own in the days after her tour.

    New York: “Must See” Full-Day Tour with Observatory Entry reviewed by Sharon

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tour was excellent because of our excellent tour guide Erik strauss
    The only disappointment was we were not informed we had a specific time to go to the observatory and were at the museum when we realized we missed our time slot. Not aware there was a specific time.

    9/11 Tour & All Access: 9/11 Memorial, Museum & Observatory reviewed by Sylvia

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