New York City, or better known to some as ‘the city of dreams’, is one of those places that you have to visit.
Many would agree that the city, voted the number one place to visit by Time Out, seems to have an almost magnetic pull that leaves you desperate to experience it for yourself. And, if you’ve already been there and done that, then you will sure as hell be left wanting more.
I’m not entirely sure when New York City first became such a desirable place to visit, but I can definitely tell you why.
Even before landing onto American soil, the birds eye view of the city is simply breathtaking, with the sparkling lights of the skyline instantly treating you to a very much memorable view.
Now it can be quite daunting knowing where to start in such a huge city, especially if you are only in New York for a couple of days. So here is a little insight into the big city and a list of the must-see places. Yes, they might scream cheesy tourist attractions, but for a first timer and to gain an overall great New York experience, you’ve just got to do them.
Central Park. Despite the time of year that you choose to visit New York, you can guarantee that the renowned Central Park will have your heart beating just how it does when you see it in the films – I don’t know what does it for you, but Home Alone: Lost in New York gets me every time!
If it’s spring or summer time that you visit, then you are lucky enough that you get to wander through the park surrounded by beautiful flowerbeds and leafy trees, taking in the stunning views whilst basking in the warm sunshine. Whilst this is a popular time to visit, New York is particularly famous for its snowy decor around the winter months, and there is nothing more magical than strolling through Central Park when it is covered in fluffy white snow.
If walking around the park doesn’t appeal to you, then you have the option of taking either a horse and carriage ride or a bike and carriage ride through the park. Whilst the horse and carriage only partially goes through the park, the bike and carriage will happily give you the full tour, throwing in a few fun facts about what films were filmed where and key spots in the park that you should know.
Fifth Avenue. If you are visiting New York then it goes without saying that you’re going to need a lot of spending money. Known for being the most expensive street in the world, if shopping is your thing then you will be in your element. Juicy Couture, Prada, Chanel, you name it, this street has it when it comes to designers. Either way, it is definitely worth a visit, purely for its extreme superiority.
Ground Zero. This might not sound particularly exciting, but the 9/11 event had and still does have a huge impact on America. The way in which the US citizens all pulled together is inspiring, and paying respect to the people who lost their lives that day is the least we can do. You’d be surprised how much of an effect it actually has on you when visiting the memorial site, especially after reading some of the heart-wrenching tributes which were left in honour of the deceased.
Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Centre. This is the place to go to take in and really appreciate the unforgettable sights of New York City. With its panoramic views, you could stand for hours taking in every inch of America’s most popular city. Capturing it in a photograph is all well and good, but there is nothing better than experiencing it first hand.
Times Square. If you are going to visit Times Square for the first time, then I recommend that you do it at night. The lights are extraordinary and it will be ten times better than you could ever imagine. The hustle and bustle of New Yorkers going about their business really gives you the feel of the true New York, and will have you instantly feeling at home.
Statue of Liberty. A national monument and a popular tourist attraction, the Statue of Liberty is, like New York, one of those things that you have to see. Symbolising freedom and democracy, it embodies New York’s values. Try visiting it in the evening – you’ll catch a perfect view of the sun setting behind it.
Museum of Natural History. If you enjoyed the film Night at the Museum, then without a doubt, you have to visit the Natural History museum. With so much to see, you could easily spend a whole day here. However even if you have a spare hour, it’s worth a quick look round to at least get a feel for the place. With numerous tours going on, enabling you to delve into the history of near enough everything, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do first.
But don’t take my word for it, jump on a plane and experience this wonderful and extremely moorish city for yourself. I can guarantee you that you won’t come back disappointed.