Who hasn’t heard of New York or the Big Apple as Americans like to call it? It’s one of the largest cities in the world and it harbors people from all over the world looking for the ‘American dream’. Now, even if you don’t live there, New York is a fascinating town and there are lots of interesting to do as a tourist.
Points of interest in New York
You can eve say that there are so many things to do and see that you may have to visit again and again just to make sure you got the spirit of the city completely. Below are a few ideas for your first visit.
Empire State Building
This 102-stories high skyscraper located in the middle of Manhattan (the most famous quarter in NY), will definitely leave its mark on you. It’s also one of the most showed buildings in American movies so you’ll recognize it quite easily. Even though it may be tall, it’s only the 5th tallest building in the US and 29th all over the world.
However, this building is a cultural icon and you must see it and climb to the top. At the 86th and 102nd floors you’ll find observation decks that allow you a panoramic view over the city. However, you’ll have to pay a fee for this amazing view.
One fun fact: the building makes more money from selling tickets for these observation decks than it does from renting office spaces.
Statue of Liberty
You can’t visit NY and not pay a visit to Lady Liberty. The icon of the American people is a colossal sculpture received as a gift from the French. The statue was actually designed by Gustave Eifel, the very designer of the French icon, tour Eifel.
The statue is located on Liberty Island and you have to take the ferry to visit this amazing monument.
Situated in the middle-upper Manhattan, this 341 ha park is absolutely amazing! With lots of green space and places to spend your free time, it is one of the most popular parks in the world.
And now for a bit of culture! NY is a large city and one of the beacons of culture in the world so you’ll have plenty of things to see. Here are the ones you shouldn’t skip:
- The Met, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art – this colossal building has over 2 million pieces on display and goes through about 5,000 years of history. You should plan ahead on which sections you want to visit as it is impossible to visit everything in one day.
- Museum of Modern Art – here legendary artists like Picasso and Van Gogh await art lovers with amazing masterpieces. Even more, the building itself is gorgeous and you’ll be amazing by the intricate construction.
- American Museum of Natural History – this is a fantastic place to go when you want to learn more about our history on this planet. As one of the largest museum in the world, the complex is designed out of 28 interconnected buildings with 45 permanent exhibition halls and a planetarium and a library. Within its walls, the museum has over 33 million specimens of fossils, minerals, plants, animals, and more.
As you can see, you can’t get bored in New York! There are still so many things to see and visit that you’ll definitely want to come back!