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Top Things To See In New York

From strolling through the morning fog on the Brooklyn Bridge and taking in the sweeping views from the Statue of Liberty’s crown, to dreaming in front of the Gauguins in the Met and running with the bulls of Wall Street, there are plenty of things to do in New York. As a matter of fact, the City That Never Sleeps is so packed full of attractions that it can be difficult to know where to start, so we’ve assembled a virtual guide to some of the most memorable things to see in New York. Just click through to take a 360° tour of the city’s most iconic landmarks from the comfort of your armchair.

Statue Of LIberty
  • Statue Of LIberty
  • No landmark is more associated with America, New York City, and the pursuit of freedom than the Statue of Liberty, a 93-metre statue that’s been greeting visitors and inspiring New Yorkers since its dedication in 1886. The majestic statue towers dramatically above the waters of Upper New York Bay, torch aloft, gazing protectively towards the sleek glass-and- steel skyscrapers of Manhattan, and it’s one of the most memorable things to see in New York. Tours arrive via ferry and explore the pedestal or the crown, where visitors are treated to jaw-dropping views of the Big Apple. Tickets go quickly, but you can avoid the lines by taking a 360° spin around the landmark here.
  • No landmark is more associated with America, New York City, and the pursuit of freedom than the Statue of Liberty, a 93-metre statue that’s been greeting visitors and inspiring New Yorkers since its dedication in 1886. The majestic statue towers dramatically above the waters of Upper New York Bay, torch aloft, gazing protectively towards the sleek glass-and- steel skyscrapers of Manhattan, and it’s one of the most memorable things to see in New York. Tours arrive via ferry and explore the pedestal or the crown, where visitors are treated to jaw-dropping views of the Big Apple. Tickets go quickly, but you can avoid the lines by taking a 360° spin around the landmark here.
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Pedestal Access
Wall Street
  • Wall Street
  • An eight-block stretch that encompasses the globe’s most powerful financial district, Wall Street offers a dazzling glimpse at the pulse-pounding world of high finance. It’s home to the two biggest stock exchanges in the world – NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange – and a stroll through its narrow streets will carry you past vertiginous high-rises, elegant buildings from the Gilded Age and charming Art Deco landmarks. The area has a colourful history dating from its early days as a Dutch outpost through its time as a turn-of- the-century playground for swashbuckling financiers, so a visit to Wall Street should be on any list of things to do in New York.
  • An eight-block stretch that encompasses the globe’s most powerful financial district, Wall Street offers a dazzling glimpse at the pulse-pounding world of high finance. It’s home to the two biggest stock exchanges in the world – NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange – and a stroll through its narrow streets will carry you past vertiginous high-rises, elegant buildings from the Gilded Age and charming Art Deco landmarks. The area has a colourful history dating from its early days as a Dutch outpost through its time as a turn-of- the-century playground for swashbuckling financiers, so a visit to Wall Street should be on any list of things to do in New York.
  • Mafia, Gangsters & Wall Street: A True Crime Tour with the NYPD
The Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • One of popular culture’s most enduring landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge has inspired everyone from Woody Allen and Jack Kerouac to Andy Warhol, Ken Burns and P.T. Barnum, who marched 21 elephants across the bridge in 1884. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge remains full of romantic charm (as well as peregrine falcons), and over 4,000 pedestrians stroll across its iconic walkway daily. If you’re thinking about what to do in New York, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge provides a great way to begin or end your day, especially if you manage to catch a spectacular sunset spreading across the glassy waters of the East River.
  • One of popular culture’s most enduring landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge has inspired everyone from Woody Allen and Jack Kerouac to Andy Warhol, Ken Burns and P.T. Barnum, who marched 21 elephants across the bridge in 1884. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge remains full of romantic charm (as well as peregrine falcons), and over 4,000 pedestrians stroll across its iconic walkway daily. If you’re thinking about what to do in New York, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge provides a great way to begin or end your day, especially if you manage to catch a spectacular sunset spreading across the glassy waters of the East River.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
World Trade Center
  • World Trade Center
  • An expansive 16-acre development offering upscale shopping, dining, entertainment and some of the world’s most beautiful office buildings, the new World Trade Center is an inspiring monument to perseverance and freedom. The Daniel Libeskind-designed One World Trade Center tower features an antenna rising to 1776 feet, marking the year of American independence, and the grounds are also home to the incredibly moving 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Set on the site of the original Twin Towers, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza features 400 white oaks and the country’s largest manmade waterfalls, and is a truly stunning place to pay your respects.
  • An expansive 16-acre development offering upscale shopping, dining, entertainment and some of the world’s most beautiful office buildings, the new World Trade Center is an inspiring monument to perseverance and freedom. The Daniel Libeskind-designed One World Trade Center tower features an antenna rising to 1776 feet, marking the year of American independence, and the grounds are also home to the incredibly moving 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Set on the site of the original Twin Towers, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza features 400 white oaks and the country’s largest manmade waterfalls, and is a truly stunning place to pay your respects.
  • Ground Zero, One World Observatory & Optional 9/11 Museum
Empire State Building
  • Empire State Building
  • Once the world’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building looms large in the hearts of Americans, and draws nearly 4 million visitors per year. The building itself is a stunning example of classic Art Deco architecture, and the sweeping views from the observation deck on the 86 th floor are breathtaking. There’s also a lift to take you all the way to the 102 nd floor, from which you’ll enjoy views of nearly 80 miles on a clear day. Or, of course, you can beat the queues by taking a virtual 360° tour of the surrounding area here.
  • Once the world’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building looms large in the hearts of Americans, and draws nearly 4 million visitors per year. The building itself is a stunning example of classic Art Deco architecture, and the sweeping views from the observation deck on the 86 th floor are breathtaking. There’s also a lift to take you all the way to the 102 nd floor, from which you’ll enjoy views of nearly 80 miles on a clear day. Or, of course, you can beat the queues by taking a virtual 360° tour of the surrounding area here.
  • Empire State Building & Statue of Liberty Cruise
Madison Square Garden
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Whether you’re an NBA fan looking to join Spike Lee courtside at a Knicks game, a canine connoisseur dead set on seeing the Westminster Dog Show, or a music lover looking to catch one of the biggest bands on the planet, the events at Madison Square Garden offer some of the hottest tickets in town. History is in the air here – the arena has welcomed everyone from the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to the NBA draft and Cirque du Soleil – and it’s regarded as one of the world’s greatest venues. Before splurging on a ticket, stake out the best seats in the house with our 360° look at the arena.
  • Whether you’re an NBA fan looking to join Spike Lee courtside at a Knicks game, a canine connoisseur dead set on seeing the Westminster Dog Show, or a music lover looking to catch one of the biggest bands on the planet, the events at Madison Square Garden offer some of the hottest tickets in town. History is in the air here – the arena has welcomed everyone from the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to the NBA draft and Cirque du Soleil – and it’s regarded as one of the world’s greatest venues. Before splurging on a ticket, stake out the best seats in the house with our 360° look at the arena.
  • Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour
Times Square
  • Times Square
  • Soak up the energy of one of the world’s most vibrant entertainment hubs with a virtual voyage beneath the glowing billboards of Times Square. The area has become renowned for its New Year’s Eve celebration – a bucket-list event for many travellers – but it’s also the perfect place to catch a Broadway show, pop into the country’s largest Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum, snap a selfie with the George M. Cohan statue, or just kick back and watch the colourful crowds. Explore the area’s nooks and crannies to discover old-school treasures such as Sardi’s (a legendary local haunt), an appointment-only accordion museum, and boxing- inspired dive bars.
  • Soak up the energy of one of the world’s most vibrant entertainment hubs with a virtual voyage beneath the glowing billboards of Times Square. The area has become renowned for its New Year’s Eve celebration – a bucket-list event for many travellers – but it’s also the perfect place to catch a Broadway show, pop into the country’s largest Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum, snap a selfie with the George M. Cohan statue, or just kick back and watch the colourful crowds. Explore the area’s nooks and crannies to discover old-school treasures such as Sardi’s (a legendary local haunt), an appointment-only accordion museum, and boxing- inspired dive bars.
  • Small Group Midtown Sights & Bites Food Tour
Central Park
  • Central Park
  • Offering a tranquil respite from New York’s bustling modernity, as well as world-class culture and high-octane nightlife, Central Park is the perfect spot to while away a leisurely afternoon. The park covers nearly 850 acres, but for a quick taster, you can take a virtual stroll around the leafy grounds here. Notable Central Park landmarks include Belvedere Castle (perched atop Vista Rock), the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and the Imagine Mosaic – a tribute to former NYC resident John Lennon. Make sure to pop by the oft-photographed Bow Bridge, which looks particularly stunning when it’s back-dropped by colourful autumn foliage.
  • Offering a tranquil respite from New York’s bustling modernity, as well as world-class culture and high-octane nightlife, Central Park is the perfect spot to while away a leisurely afternoon. The park covers nearly 850 acres, but for a quick taster, you can take a virtual stroll around the leafy grounds here. Notable Central Park landmarks include Belvedere Castle (perched atop Vista Rock), the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and the Imagine Mosaic – a tribute to former NYC resident John Lennon. Make sure to pop by the oft-photographed Bow Bridge, which looks particularly stunning when it’s back-dropped by colourful autumn foliage.
  • Central Park Walking Tour
Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you’ll not only find yourself face to face with some of history’s most magnificent masterpieces, you’ll be swept away on an artistic journey through time and place. Linger over the ephemeral water lilies of Monet’s 18 th -century France; land smack dab in the middle of the Italian Renaissance with Duccio di Buoninsegna; join George Washington on a boat across the icy Delaware River; and see the 1870s Paris Opera House through the eyes of Degas – The Met offers an unforgettable journey. The museum’s collection is truly amazing in person, but you can wet your whistle with a 360° tour here.
  • Stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you’ll not only find yourself face to face with some of history’s most magnificent masterpieces, you’ll be swept away on an artistic journey through time and place. Linger over the ephemeral water lilies of Monet’s 18 th -century France; land smack dab in the middle of the Italian Renaissance with Duccio di Buoninsegna; join George Washington on a boat across the icy Delaware River; and see the 1870s Paris Opera House through the eyes of Degas – The Met offers an unforgettable journey. The museum’s collection is truly amazing in person, but you can wet your whistle with a 360° tour here.
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