Top 8 Attractions to visit in New York

New York, one of the most iconic places in the world. Stepping into the Big Apple is like walking into your favourite film set, the shopping, the sights and the buzz of this city will leave you wanting to come back every year!

Here Sam gives her Top 8 favourite attractions to visit, in the city that doesn’t sleep…


#1 Rockerfeller Centre – “Top of the Rock”

70 Floors up at the top of the Rockefeller Centre the ‘Top of the Rock’ has unspoilt 360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan’s Midtown and Central Park. Take an exciting elevator ride to the 70th floor to find an amazing 3 storey outdoor deck for the very best views of New York city.

TIP – best time to visit is just before sunset, one of the most magical sight you will see, from the daylight through the Sunset to the bright lights of the city at night, you get the best of views.


#2 Empire State Building

Located in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has 86th and 102nd floor observatories that provide unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond. The Empire State Building is famous for its evening light shows which can be seen from most parts of the city, the light shows symbolise events in the world and occasions.


#3 9/11 Tribute Museum

Run and opened by the September 11th Families Association, the 9/11 Tribute Museum will take you on a very emotional journey of that world changing day. Connect with surviving family members, retired firefighters and police officers as they share their personal accounts of the tragic events. This self-guided tour takes you through videos pictures and artefacts from Ground Zero close up.


#4 One World Observatory

Built in the surrounding area of the original world trade centre, the One World Observatory is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and has breath-taking 360-degree view of the city taking in views of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, and Statue of Liberty. The observation decks are on the 100th 101st 102nd floor and you take a Sky Pod elevator which takes just 60 seconds.


#5 Central Park

Famous for its film scenes, horse drawn carriages and the world-famous ice rink, Central park is not to be missed, take a seat and just watch the world go by, join the local joggers and explore all the park has to offer including the Central Park Zoo, Central Park Carousel and the Reservoir. In the winter make sure you wrap up warm as it will get a bit chilly on a romantic horse drawn carriage ride followed by Ice Skating.


#6 Madison Square Garden

It is always worth a visit to Madison Square Garden to see a traditional American Sport with it being home to 2 of New York most famous teams. New York Knicks Basketball Team and the New York Rangers Ice Hockey Team. The atmosphere is fantastic, with halftime shows and all-american fast food dining.


#7 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Experience the beauty of one of the world’s most iconic attractions of Lady Liberty (Statue of Liberty) up close with a trip on the ferry to Liberty Island, which you can just wander around the island or take a trip inside the pedestal or why not even climb to her crown. On the way back why not stop at Ellis Island and take tour around the Immigration Museum.


#8 Times Square and Broadway

Known as the crossroads of the World, it’s difficult not to be mesmerised by the bright lights of this entertainment district. Times Square is well worth visiting after dark as the abundance of neon advertising boards and signs create a surreal daylight over the area. Also home to Broadway theatreland, why not take an evening or matinee seat and be dazzled and entertained by one of the world famous theatre shows and musicals.


So, there you have it! If this has whetted your appetite for New York, give Destina call and check out our fantastic deal and offers available.

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