Birthplace of Hip Hop in the 1970s, New York City is known by many names, and a dream city for many people. The Empire City, the Big Apple, the City that never sleeps. This diverse and vibrant intellectual bank has earned its title of Cultural Capital of the United States by attracting some of the smartest, most ambitious individuals. In exchange, she gives them their dream of making the big time in one of the most competitive cities in the world.
You cannot talk about New York without mentioning the Statue of Liberty. This universal symbol of freedom and democracy was first made a national monument in 1924. You can take a ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island. The island is open everyday of the year save on Christmas. Make an advanced reservation to gain access to the crown and pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
The second sight that is synonymous to the name of New York City is the Empire State Building. There is even a song entitled “New York State of Mind”. A highlight of the New York skyline, the Empire State Building’s observatory is 1,250 feet above the city. Buy your tickets and enjoy the magnificent view from one of the city’s most loved and famous landmark. Finding your way to the top of this beacon that is the symbol of so many dreams and aspirations for so many people is unlikely to be an experience you will soon forget.
The third sight not to be missed is Times Square. Madame Tussauds’ wax figurines, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’s odd and outlandish artifacts, the Hard Rock Café, and the Times Square Museum are some of the venues you cannot leave New York City without seeing. Much like you cannot visit Egypt without seeing the pyramids, these are some of New York tourists’ staples.
Live a page out of Sex and the City. Go shopping at Madison Avenue. Home to some of the most extravagant and sought after brands, Madison Avenue is the go-to place if you have some money to spare to give yourself a treat. A bit of retail therapy never harms anyone. A word of caution though, Madison Avenue will take bite at your wallet if you want to ease your itch to make a purchase.
How to get around
The Subway and buses are the easiest and most inexpensive way to navigate New York City. The Subways are available 24 hours seven days a week. The buses offer a scenic way to see and experience New York.
Hail a taxi after a long day of sightseeing or when you have done too much shopping to make your way back to the hotel via subway and buses.
Car rentals are also an option though it is not encouraged. Navigating through the New York maze of traffic and finding affordable parking can be daunting tasks.
How to get there
Book yourself and your travel companions a flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Skyscanner. From there, you can easily find your way to the city center via cabs, shuttle buses, car rentals, or the AirTrain from the airport.
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