5 New York City Highlights

New York is one of the greatest cities on the planet – here’s what to do on a trip to this fantastic place.

There is nothing quite like the excitement of planning a trip to New York. The hardest part is knowing exactly how big a bite you will be able to take out of the Big Apple due to not only it’s size but the amount of attractions it boasts. It can be daunting to try and narrow down what to see and what not to, and trying to fit too much in will just leave you exhausted and not enough time to enjoy what you are seeing.

Before you go to the USA you will need to prepare – here’s a quick guide how:

  • Book flights with a competitive quality travel provider like Travel Pirates
  • Organize your visa with a provider like estaonline.org.uk to ensure no issues with entry
  • Make a List and Pack
  • Call a Taxi with plenty of time to spare to ensure you get to the airport
  • Be ready for the taxi and if it’s an early flight set two alarms

With the short term visitor in mind we have compiled this list of 5 must see things in New York that combines attractions with getting the essence of this incredible metropolis.

1. Empire State Building

You can’t go to New York and not visit the Empire State Building, simple as that. Whether you have seen King Kong swatting toy airplanes or grab the tissues every time you see Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan having their famous meeting this is a must see in every sense of the word. Taking a trip to the observation deck on the 102 floor of this 103-story skyscraper is something you will never forget. Now, sadly, once again the tallest structure in New York the Empire State Building should be on everyone’s itinerary.

2. Chinatown, Manhattan

Home to the biggest enclave of Chinese outside of Asia, Chinatown is a cacophony of sounds, sights and smells that is like no other. There are actually at least 9 separate town scattered across New York but this one in Manhattan is the oldest, the biggest and by far the most famous. Easily located and bordering Little Italy, another area worth a visit, and time your visit to include one of their amazing parades is well worth it.

3. Statue of Liberty

Perhaps the most iconic representation of New York and recognized the world over, a boat trip to experience this very special lady close up is awe inspiring. Alternatively you can catch the ferry to Liberty Island where the statue is located but you do get the best view from a distance rather than standing at the bottom looking up at it.

Ellis Island of course is also home to the immigration offices that met the millions that came to this great nation from Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

4. Times Square

Lights, music, action and much much more awaits you when you take time out to experience the assault on the senses that is Times Square. This major commercial intersection is found in Midtown Manhattan and is the junction between Broadway and Seventh Action. You will have seen this so many times in films but, once again, nothing beats being there to appreciate it in all its glory.

5. Central Park

New York City

New York City’s Central Park

843 acres of lush greenery smack bang in the middle of the city, there isn’t another park in the world like this one. You have to actually be there to appreciate not only its size but its diversity. The best way to appreciate the beauty of Central Park is on a bike. These are really cheap to hire and thanks to the excellent sign post system you can take in the model sail boats on Conservatory Water, Belvedere Castle on top of Vista Rock, the sculpture of Alice in Wonderland, and one of the parks most photographed features the Bow Bridge. Built in 1862, this cast iron arched bridge stretches for 60 miles over a lake and connects Cherry Hill to the Ramble.

New York is a fantastic place to go and one of the most exciting cities on earth, so get planning and you’re sure to have a great time.