New York is constantly pulsating with an exuberant energy, and it is no surprise that the city has frequently been ranked as the top travel destination in the world. From the iconic Empire State Building that towers over Gotham to the sprawling oasis of Central Park, these are some of New York City‘s most famous attractions.
Empire State Building
The second tallest skyscraper in New York, the Empire State Building was built in 1931, and while you may have to brave long queues before being able to reach the top, it is definitely a worthwhile experience. After taking in the art deco design of the lobby, you will then be whisked up 86 floors by the elevator to the first observation deck, or to the 102nd Floor Observatory where you will be 1250 feet above the city. From here, on a clear day, you will be able to enjoy views out across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and, of course, New York.
New York City’s lush green playground, Central Park is another iconic feature of the city. Each year, millions of visitors descend on this 843 acre plot, which has everything from tranquil woodlands to open meadows. Ice skating here is a classic winter activity in New York, while the Central Park Zoo is always a hit with younger visitors.
Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island
Built in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was France’s gift to America, and, standing at 152 feet tall, is the largest statue in the world. Since this monument is located on Liberty Island, you can only access it by boat, but there are many ferry operators to choose from, as well as a wide variety of tours. Also on Liberty Island is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, where you will be able to learn about the history of American immigration.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Known locally as the Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest, and most visited, art museums in the world. With over two million pieces of art that span five centuries, this museum is a must-visit for any art enthusiasts out there, as it offers a collection that simply cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
The High Line
The only elevated park in New York, the High Line stretches out for 1.4 miles, and was first opened to the public in 2009. Created on an abandoned railway track, this park snakes over the Meatpacking District, Chelsea and Hudson Yards, providing visitors with panoramic views of downtown New York and the Hudson River. With the sweet scent of flowers and greenery filling the air, the High Line is at its best during the summer months, but is still worth a visit at other times of the year.
New York is home to an astounding array of different sights, from the arty to the historic, meaning that just about anyone will be able to find a famous attraction that appeals to them in the city. While each of these attractions are a must-see, keep in mind that they are also always popular with every other tourist that visits the city, so you will need to plan your trip carefully if you want to avoid the majority of the crowds.