New York is huge and it can be overwhelming for any first timer. Where do you start? We list some useful tips and attractions for you to add to your list. That way you won't miss anything that this great city has to offer!
Purchasing individual tickets to visit all the attractions can be very expensive. Tip: Buy a discount pass! Not only is it more time efficient, but it also saves you heaps of money too. With the Sightseeing Flex Pass you can use the Hop-on Hop-off bus for 72 hours, take the ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and admire the stunning view from the One World Observatory!
Not to be missed during a visit to New York: the Statue of Liberty. The ferry to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located, and Ellis Island departs from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Do you also want to climb up to the crown? Tickets are limited and frequently sell out, so book well in advance to avoid disappointment! If you are pushed for time, take a boat trip that will take you past the Statue of Liberty and other well-known landmarks around Manhattan.
New York is notorious for its high reaching skyscrapers, which means you must visit at least one observation deck. For example, go to the 70th floor of theTop of the Rock for breathtaking views of Central Park and the icon of New York: the Empire State Building!
You can see them in almost all major cities: the Hop-on Hop-off bus. Love them or hate them, but because New York is incredibly large, it’s an ideal way to explore the city. The bus will take you past various sights and the guide onboard the bus will share all kinds of facts about New York with you.
Manhattan is the best-known borough in New York, but the four other neighborhoods are equally as interesting and worth exploring:
Manhattan is an island over 21 kilometres in length and entirely surrounded by water - the Hudson River and the East River. The district is divided into Lower, Midtown and Upper Manhattan. In Manhattan you will find High Line Park in the Meatpacking District, the famous Guggenheim museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The towering Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building can also be found in the same neighbourhood of Midtown. Take the train from the famous Grand Central Terminal in Midtown and be amazed by the beautiful architecture. Visit the world famous Times Square, Broadway and Central Park. Jump on the subway to Lower Manhattan, home to Wall Street, One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Upon arrival into the airport in New York, Queens is actually the first borough you will see. JFK and La Guardia airports are in this area. One of the major attractions in Queens is the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This park is the largest in New York after Central Park. The Grand Slam Tennis Tournament, the US Open is also held here.
Located in the northern part of the city and separated from Manhattan by the Harlem River is the Bronx. Many sports enthusiasts know the Bronx for one important reason: the Yankee Stadium. It is most definitely worth a visit for either a baseball game or a general stadium tour! Other notable attractions include the New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo.
Staten Island is home to New York's most famous beach, South Beach. In the summer months this beach is filled with New Yorkers who just want to escape the hectic pace and sticky temperatures of the city. You also have a beautiful view of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty from Staten Island.
The best way to go from Manhattan to Brooklyn is across the Brooklyn Bridge. You will then arrive in the DUMBO district, which is nowadays one of the hippest districts in New York and certainly the hippest district in Brooklyn. Well-known sights in Brooklyn are Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
New York is ideal for starting or ending your trip through America. The city is geared to every type of traveller. There are all kinds of hotels, hostels and eateries to meet everyone’s budget, but of course your wallet will be significantly lighter after a weekend in New York. Have a few dollars leftover? Fly on to Las Vegas, Miami or San Francisco to extend your American adventure! You can also rent a camper van and drive the eastern route past Philadelphia, Baltimore with Washington, as a possible final destination.