Traveling to New York is like a rite of passage. American citizens or foreign travelers flock to this entrancing city and feel as if they have changed after marveling those grand skyscrapers. But with so many things to do, it’s hard to decide where to even begin. This list of the top things to do in New York city might just make it a little bit easier.
Atop the famous Rockefeller Center is one of the best views of Manhattan. Shoot up a quick 70 floors and view the city from its spectacular observation deck. You could even catch a show in the building later that night.
If you’re going to fly in a helicopter, there are three places you should do it: the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and New York City. The juxtaposition of Central Park amongst the tall skyscrapers is legendary and if you visit at sunset, even better!
Enjoy the View at One of The Best Rooftop Bars in New York
Would you like to get a view like the locals do? Then you’re in need of a rooftop view (preferably alongside a tasty cocktail). It also just so happens that many of the best bars also happen to be within hotels, so you’ll have many nights to catch those sunset views! The following rooftop bars are the best in the city for spectacular, skyscraper views:
A trip to the legendary 102-story, art deco skyscraper is an absolute must when visiting New York. It’s one of the tallest buildings in the US and in the world, so you know the views are going to be insane!
Yes, it’s incredibly touristy. But you cannot visit New York without heading to Times Square. Check out the hustle and bustle of New York, grab some amazing food or enjoy a broadway play!
This marvelous statue is a bit of a cliche, but for good reason. Take a ferry to this historical landmark and marvel it’s detail as you slowly approach. Once you climb to the top of her crown you’ll see one of the best views in the city.
It’s not enough to visit New York and marvel at its grand history. As a traveler, it’s important to take in and capture some of the city’s more darker moments. Marvel and pay tribute at he 9/11 Memorial & Museum and connect with those who lost their lives on September 11th.
Also known as “The Met,” is an incredible art museum, the second most-visited art museum in the world, actually! With famous artwork from artists like Monet, Duccio and Rembrandt, you can see why it’s a major attraction. Make sure to check out the famous roof garden as well!
New York’s biggest park is famous for it’s amazing sites like the pond, the Central Park Zoo and Bethesda Terrace. No doubt you’ll recognize some scenes from your favorite shows and movies in this park, but you’ve got plenty of time to witness them in its 2.5 miles.
Enjoy Some of the Best Food in the USA
Want a rainbow bagel? A $500 potato with caviar? How about a puppy with your latte? New York has just about everything you can think of for all of you foodies out there.
Should I Get a New York Tourist Pass?
During my stay I got the New York City Pass. With this pass, you can visit the following with a 9-day period from the first day of purchase:
The Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
By buying this pass and seeing each of these options, you will save 43% had you purchased these tickets individually. (Did I mention you get to skip a lot of lines this way?? HELL YES.)
However, I would make sure to visit at least 3 of these attractions. If you buy this pass and see only 2 sites, it might not be worth the money.