The Big Apple's got to be worth a bite; home to 8.3 million, New York is one of the world's most exciting cities and for sheer energy and creativity it simply can't be beaten.
New York Skyline
Statue of Liberty
Brookland Bridge at night
Taking a trip to The Big Apple is an experience you will never forget. There are so many sights to take in and so many things to do, you will leave feeling you need to return to do it all again.
There are so many things to see here, you probably won’t have time to see it all.
One of the most obvious tourist attractions is The Empire State Building which will take you up to the 86th floor however, for a little extra you are able to go up to the dizzying heights of the 102nd floor. The views from up here are spectacular but of course, don’t include the amazing sight of The Empire State Building itself. Therefore, a trip up The Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is a must – this offers unique views of all of the iconic skyscrapers including The Empire State Building.
The Statue of Liberty is accessible by boat and very often includes a trip to Ellis Island where you can look up any relatives you think may have past through there years before.
To really get to know the city, I would highly recommend a walking tour around Ground Zero. This tour is hosted by a New Yorker and includes first-hand accounts of 9/11, these stories will leave you both heartbroken and uplifted.
The most convenient way of getting around this fast-paced city is to use the Subway. Although it is ancient, the trains are surprisingly fast and will get you from A to B to C with speed and ease. There are subway stations on the majority of every street corner and so you will always find a way to get down there.
If you choose to get around by taxi, be prepared for hitting traffic. The city is a one way system and is very often gridlocked during rush hours so try to avoid this time of day if at all possible.
You may choose to hop on a City Sightseeing Tour bus which is a great way of seeing the city, learning interesting historical facts whilst also getting you where you need to go.
Throughout Manhattan, there are many different restaurants to sink your teeth into. On Times Square, you will find The View which is a revolving restaurant located high into the air enabling you to take in the sights of this amazing city whilst enjoying a top class meal and cocktail.
There are many budget places to eat including many of the City’s diners which offer low cost but delicious meals.
No matter what kind of food you want you will find it from Italian and Chinese to French, Japanese and American.
The shopping in New York is second to none and you won’t be disappointed by 5th Avenue if you want to spend big at stores such as Tiffany’s, Prada, Gucci and Christian Louboutin.
Macy’s is worth a look but you can easily spend all day in here shopping around the many different departments – if you are visiting at Christmas, you need to take a look at the window scenes, they offer up a different theme every year and go above and beyond to top the previous year.
There are budget stores if you are prepared to travel out of the city to Century 21. Bargain hunters will love it here.