Of course the attraction of the US city of New York is familiar to most of us but there is so much to see and do here you are never going to fit it all in. Therefore some prioritizing should be considered.
Getting in and Around
The first point is to get your travel arrangements and travel insurance worked out. The best way in is by air and you will be required to catch a flight to the city’s main airport — JFK International. The airport however, is some 20 kilometres from the hub of Lower Manhattan and taking the AirTrain from the JFK to the Beach Subway Station will be the next step. From here you can take the A-Train to Manhattan. The alternative is taking a taxi but this will cost considerably more.
Next, you may want to make a quick visit to the main tourist office which is situated at 810 7th Avenue. Here you would do well to pick up a New York pass, which will get you into many of the top attractions in addition to giving you several dining discounts.
Central Park – photo by sis-in-law
What Not to Miss
As noted above, there are a massive number of top attractions in the city — too many in fact to see them all, but there are certainly a few attractions which simply have to be included in your itinerary.
The Statue of Liberty
The first has to be what is probably the most famous icon in the city if not the whole country; the Statue of Liberty. Standing at a massive 305 feet in height, if you include the pedestal, this famous symbol of democracy, freedom and independence is a spectacular sight and should not be missed. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the public are no longer allowed to go up to the top but the pedestal is always open for visitors on a daily basis from 9.30 am to 5 in the afternoon.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Another must see is this, one of the largest art galleries in the world, which is often simply known as the ‘Met’. Located at 1000 5th Avenue on 82nd Street the Met is home to over 2 million artworks which includes both contemporary pieces in addition to some of the finest examples of classical, Egyptian, Asian and Byzantine art in the world. Open from Tuesday to Sunday the gallery does have an entrance fee but payment with credit cards is welcome.
At over 843 acres Central Park is one of the largest and probably the most famous parks in the world. Set between 5th Avenue and Central Park West the park includes facilities for rock climbing and other sporting activities in addition to being a great place to take a stroll, something that more than 20 million people are estimated to do each year. Furthermore, the Public Theater and the variety of sculptures that populate the park are also worth a look. The park is open every day between 6 am and 1 am.
The Empire State Building
Finally a visit to the Big Apple will never be complete without seeing what was for 40 years the tallest building in the world and still remains the most famous skyscraper ever; the Empire State Building. Climbing up to the 86th floor allows you to enjoy the best views of the city. The building is located at 350 5th Avenue.