The United States offers travellers some of the most interesting holiday destinations in the world. Whatever your holiday plans, it is essential to take out holiday insurance before visiting the States: should you need medical treatment, costs can be very high.
One of the must-sees for visitors is New York City. For those who have been to NYC before, or for travellers who are looking for a more “authentic” New York experience, here are some top tips for alternative places to visit and things to do in the Big Apple.
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1.Take a helicopter ride over Manhattan
There are several companies offering 15-minute rides around Manhattan Island. Take off from the roof of a skyscraper and get a bird’s eye view of skyscrapers and famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty.
2. Visit Ground Zero
The site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed in the 9-11 attacks has been turned into a small memorial park, featuring a large waterfall and two reflecting pools. A visit here allows you to pay your respects to the three thousand people who died on one of the darkest days of American history.
3. Take in a comedy show
New York is famous for its stand-up comics, and there are many venues where you can see comedy at its best. Try Caroline’s on Broadway, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, or the National Comedy Theater.
4. Sail on a tall ship through New York harbour
There are two sailing ships that will take you on a cruise through New York’s historic harbour, sailing past the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building,allowing you a unique view of a side of New York many people will miss.
5. Go to a ball game
Whether your sport is football, baseball or basketball, you are spoiled for choice in New York. famous baseball teams include the Yankees and the Mets, while the football teams to look out for are the Giants and the Jets. Each team has a website where you can check for fixtures. Games always sell out, so if you plan to attend a game book your tickets well in advance.
6. Enjoy a walk through an elevated park
The High Line is a park created from an elevated railway line, disused since 1980, which crossed the Lower West side of Manhattan and which offers exciting views of the city.This vibrant, green oasis for walkers is now the second most visited cultural attraction in the city.
7. Relax at Water Taxi Beach
At Long Island City, opposite Manhattan Island, this man-made sandy beach is the perfect place to sip a Cosmopolitan and soak up the ambience of the Big Apple.