With a reputation as one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the United States, it should come as no surprise that New York City is an incredibly popular holiday destination. Whether you are interested in historical landmarks, incredible nightlife, vibrant culture or fascinating museums, there is no other city quite like the Big Apple. Here are the seven attractions you won’t want to miss in New York whether you’re travelling solo or with your family. Check out Virgin Holidays for the latest offers and deals.
Statue of Liberty
This iconic structure is located just off the coast of Manhattan and serves as beacon of hope and inspiration for the American people and local residents of the city. Boat tours take you from Manhattan directly to the statue and even allow for tours inside.
Anyone with an interest in the banking, finance and the economics of the country should visit the infamous Wall Street in Manhattan. Of special note is the New York Stock Exchange, a destination that can be toured with advance booking.
Although most visitors stay in Manhattan when exploring New York City, a short walk or drive over the Brooklyn Bridge allows you to take in some incredible views as well as the opportunity to pass from lower Manhattan straight into the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, an area known for culture, diversity and affordable cuisine.
Where shopping is concerned, there is no question about what location in the city is best. Fifth Avenue is a large street full of shops, bars, restaurants and attractions. Stroll through at night in order to see the neon signs and flashing displays of billboards, television studios and attractions.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
As one of the largest and most famous art museums in the world, it should not be surprising that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met as it is called by locals, appears on this list. You’ll find the Gothic Revival building located in Central Park. The museum boasts works by world famous artists from Europe, Asia and beyond.
This exciting neighbourhood was founded at the end of the 19th century and has become a bustling place of industry in the city. The best way to see Chinatown is on foot, which will allow visitors to view the small shops located in alleyways, the traditional restaurants and the cultural art for sale.
Empire State Building
New York City is famed for its impressive skyline, and one of the tallest and most accessible skyscrapers is the Empire State Building. Visitors can take an elevator to the top of the building located between 34th Street and Fifth Avenue to see some of the best views in the entire city. The truly adventurous can take the Empire State Challenge of climbing the steps all the way to the observation deck.