Discover the Best New York Attractions

There’s no question about it – New York City is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Check out this list of our absolute must-sees:

1. Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building is one of the most famous tourist attractions in New York, if not the world – and for good reason. It is a highlight of the New York Skyline, been featured in countless famous films and held the distinction as tallest building in the world for almost 40 years.

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2. Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty in New York City

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More than three million people visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City each year. It is, undeniably, one of the iconic images not only of New York but of the entire United States. If you are headed to New York this season, it’s wise to learn as much as you can about “Lady Liberty” to help you get the most from your visit.

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3. Brooklyn Bridge

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New York is full of iconic sights but the Brooklyn Bridge is without a doubt one of the most talked about, filmed and visited places in the whole city. Running from lower Manhattan to the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, the bridge was started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. It’s only about 1,600 feet in length and you can walk the distance from one borough to the other in less than an hour, depending on how many times you stop for a photograph. You’ll get great views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn from over the East River and can enjoy the lovely architecture of the bridge itself.

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4. Central Park

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Central Park is a unique icon of New York City, a haven of nature and a sprawling outdoor playground amid the skyscrapers. Whether it’s your first visit or one of many return trips, the National Historic Landmark is one of NYC’s must-see attractions, packed with enticing destinations from lakes and flower gardens to seasonal ice rinks and amusement parks.

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5. Grand Central Terminal

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This famous landmark and transportation hub in Midtown is also a charming and enthralling dining, shopping and cultural center. Offering 60 shops, 35 restaurants and eateries, numerous places of artistic beauty and tales of intrigue, this culturally rich building and icon has been open to the public since February 1913.

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6. Rockefeller Center

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This well-known destination embodies holiday spirit. There’s no question that it’s one of the best places to spend Christmas. The amazing decorations, beautifully lit Christmas tree and spectacular displays alone will leave you in awe.

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7. Times Square

Times Square

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If you want to get a feel for what New York City is really like, you can’t miss Times Square.  Here are some of the best things to experience when you visit Times Square so you can feel like you know the city like a local.

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8. Guggenheim Museum

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The Guggenheim New York is one of the city’s most famous museums. It’s a landmark by its own right, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation recognized the need for it in 1959 once they had amassed such an amazing collection of art that they realized they needed a permanent building to house the collection.

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9. One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial

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There are literally thousands of things to see and do in NYC, but if you had to choose between just one attraction make it the One World Trade Center.

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10. Prospect Park

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Prospect Park in Brooklyn should also be a destination for anyone hoping to see the best of the Big Apple.

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11. The High Line Park

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It’s no secret that New York’s High Line Park is buzzing with attention. It’s a funky urban oasis where you can unwind, take long walks, relax and score a prized recliner to watch the scenic NYC views.

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12.The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art — or “the Met,” as it’s lovingly been nicknamed — is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of New York. This expansive art museum, located on the city’s Upper East Side, is a haven for anyone who loves art, history or culture.

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13. Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

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New York City has perhaps the most iconic skylines of any major city.  Many consider the Chrysler Building to be New York’s crowning glory. An Art Deco beauty of 77 floors, it has a magnificent spire that cuts into the sky. It’s worth visiting to see the lobby, which has a beautiful mural on the ceiling.

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14. Chinatown

Chinatown

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Chinatown in New York City offers a feast for the senses. Chinese culture, music, art and tradition can be found at every turn — so much so it’s easy to forget you’re in America at times.

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15. The Museum of Modern Art 

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The Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA) is located in midtown and pushes the boundaries for what can be considered art. While MoMA does have some classic modern art from the likes of Picasso and Monet, more recent modern art typically takes the form of installations. Those installations range from Kingelez’s funky urban models to psychedelic art prints and vintage Americana.

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16. Coney Island

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It’s a rule that you can’t visit New York City in the summer without visiting Coney Island. And while everyone has probably heard of Coney Island, you may not be aware of all there is to do and see.

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17. Chelsea Market

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Located on the hive of activity that is Ninth Avenue, Chelsea Market is everything that is great about New York City. Fun, brash and fascinating, this historic shopping destination is a great place for a day out.

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18. Flatiron Building

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Although it only stands 21 floors high, the Flatiron building is a sight to behold. The triangular shaped building sits at the intersection of 5th Avenue, Broadway and 22nd Streets. It was constructed in 1902 and got it’s name because it actually looks like a flat cast-iron clothing iron.

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19.The Whitney

Whitney Museum

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There are countless museums in New York City to keep any visitor busy; in fact, you could live for years in New York and never take in all of the art and culture the city has to offer. One of the city’s very best is the Whitney Museum of American Art (lovingly known as “the Whitney”), which is located on the border of the city’s West Village and the Meatpacking District.

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20. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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One of the most beautiful churches of the city. It’s a neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral located across from Rockefeller Center.

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