Looking for must-see attractions in New York? From a visit to the Empire State Building to view the city skyline to a trip to Times Square to see Broadway lit up at night, here are a few of the Big Apple’s most popular tourist destinations.
1. The Museum of Modern Art
Located at 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) in New York City, “MoMA” is home to several exhibits including those by Monet and Picasso, a film series, contemporary and modern art, drawings, designs, photography work and sculptures.
With its convenient location along Fifth Avenue, it’s the perfect place to shop as well.
2. Times Square
Located on Broadway and Seventh Avenue in New York City, Times Square is bustling with visitors, Broadway shows and huge overhead billboards. With nearby public transportation access and plenty of dining and entertainment options, Times Square is busy day and night.
3. The Empire State Building
Located at 22 West 29th Street (near Fifth Avenue) in New York City, the 102-story skyscraper stands tall at 1,454-feet high (from ground to tip) and has observatories on its 86th and 102nd floors. With 360-degree views, every view from the Empire State Building is picture-perfect.
4. The Top of the Rock – Rockefeller Center
Located at 30 Rockefeller Center (at Fifth and Sixth Avenues) in midtown New York City, the Top of the Rock Observation Platform in Rockefeller Center is worth the wait in line to ascend 70 floors for skyline views.
While you’re in the area, take in a show at Radio City Music Hall.
5. The Statue of Liberty
Built by Gustave Eiffel and designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty depicts a robed Roman goddess with a crown on her head, bearing a torch that symbolizes democracy and freedom.
6. Central Park
Located between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side in Manhattan, Central Park is an urban park that sees about 25 million visitors annually and includes a zoo, boating, concerts, outdoor activities and horse-drawn carriage rides.
7. Grand Central Terminal
Located at 89 East 42nd Street in New York City, Grand Central has distinct architecture that includes the Tiffany glass clock and the celestial ceiling in the main concourse. With over 90 restaurants and shops, the travel hub – which sees more than 750,000 travelers each day – offers convenient Metro-North train and subway access.
8. The New York Public Library
Located at 476 Fifth Avenue in New York City, the New York Public Library is the second largest library. This historic landmark with a record 53 million items includes a plethora of educational materials and books and its famous signature stone lion statues.
9. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Located at 180 Greenwich Street in New York City, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum was designed to honor the 2,977 people who were killed in the World Trade Center attacks.
Visiting tourists can view the names of the fallen on the 9/11 Memorial, visit the museum store or interactive 9/11 timeline, and see how the city of New York rallied together to become stronger.
10. The Guggenheim Museum
Located at 1071 Fifth Avenue (at East 89th Street), the Guggenheim, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and founded by Peggy and Solomon R. Guggenheim, is a famous art museum with collections from impressionists and it includes a mix of contemporary and modern art.
There are so many exceptional ways to explore New York City. For the best things to do in New York, use Gosur travel maps for convenient smartphone access and maps of The Big Apple.