I do not think that anyone, planning for a U.S tour will be excluding New York. It had been famous from the very first day with the ushering of the postmodern world. What Florence was to the Renaissance, London to the Victorian era, Paris to the 20th century, New York is to the 21st Century. It defines ‘life in the west’ with its pace, prominence and prosperity. Everyone under the sun dreams at least once in his lifetime to spend the 31st night at the Times Square. The dynamism and vibrant nature of life backdrop the rows of skyscrapers is the city life redefined. New York is about everything. It tells you stories from all corners of the globe.
New York is a magic box, full of lights, dazzling sunshine and a pocket full of hopes. It is the meeting point of diverse people. It is the cultural center of the new world. And travelling through New York City means experiencing all those vibes of life and world all around. Right from the walk-in day tours to helicopter and balloon tours, from night cruises to market hopping- New York is all about fun and excitement. The adrenaline rush is always high in this land of wonder.
So let’s explore all parts of this famous city through all those various kinds of tours and let’s see what awaits for us there. In this article, we will be providing you with a list of places to visit in New York. Though it is always a very tough and challenging task to handpick the best five or ten spots, yet we are trying to this solely on the basis of an individual choice. So it might vary as well. We have tried to, sort of, balance several diverse common attractions of travellers and decide to bring to you a list of places in New York. And we will do it by classifying the particular categories of a potential tour. So, here we go.
Day Trips and Walk-in Tours:
- The Statue of Liberty:
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The Statue of Liberty has gone to such heights of fame, that today it is really tough to state whether The Statue of Liberty symbolizes New York or the other way round. Constructed in 1886, it is the world symbol of freedom and arguably the greatest American icon. It is one of the world’s largest statues, standing around 152 feet tall from the ground. On a tour to the Statue of Liberty, you can soak yourself at Ellis Island and explore the ‘Immigration Museum’. This fantastic museum is situated in the historic immigration.
- Central Park
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The famous central park in New York located almost in the centre of the city. With rows of trees, fallen yellow leaves, a clean water body, this place has been a target for silver screen several times. And now it is a famous and popular tourist destination. Right from skating to strolling down the lush green ground, this place will certainly offer you all the fun and amenities you would like to get. There are several other attractions as well apart from the main body of the park, namely, Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake etc.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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This famous art museum is popularly known as MET. Founded in the year 1870, this famous museum has a wide range of collections of American decorative arts, arms and armour, costumes, Egyptian art, musical instruments, photographs over a span of 5000 years or so. This place is certainly an epitome of antiquity. So if you are a man to explore, it is surely going to get a place in your wish-list.
- The Empire State Building
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Another famous landmark is on the list. With its height of 381 meters, this 102- storey building this building defines what we call ‘enormous’. This used to be the tallest tower in New York until the establishment of World Trade Center. So, you must go and visit this to experience the mouthpiece of construction of a modern history of the world.
- The Wall Street
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The eight-city block stretch from Broadway to South Street is the world’s famous Wall Street. It is the global hub of money exchange. This busy spot is the economic center of not only New York but also of the entire world. This street is surrounded by New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange.
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum
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9/11 has been the darkest part of American socio-political history till the date. The destruction of the twin towers of The World Trade Center had caused the tragic deaths of thousands. The suicidal plane crash literally crashed the livelihood of New York on the 11th September 2001. Today there is no tower. Instead, there are two square reflecting pools, each one acre in size, known as the National September 11 Memorial.
- Nightlife and Market hopping
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Broadway and the Theater District: The cultural center of New York is the hub of the metropolitan euphoria. If you want to experience a nightlife in its absolute best, go and buy a ticket for a Broadway Show. The place speaks for itself.
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The City Highline is the newest addition to the bundle of attractions. Once the rail line, this place has been reconstructed as an urban walking trail above the city streets. A walk down the trail at night will certainly give goosebumps down your spine.
- Time Square
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I will sign off with the famous Time Square. No matter in which part of the globe you are, you never miss the chance to watch the New Year’s Countdown in the famous Times Square on your TV screen. No matter whether it is the 31st or the 15th, Times Square is the redefinition of post-modern urban life. The dazzling nightlife will absolutely blow up your mind.