New York city is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and boasts one of the most recognized skylines in the world. It may take you a lifetime to uncover all the things NYC has to offer but if you are strapped for time and can only visit 6 places in this city you must see the following:
1. The Empire State Building: The famous Empire State building stands tall over midtown Manhattan dwarfing all buildings next to it. In the summer month’s queues will run around the block to get to the top of the building and take in the spectacular view. I suggest getting up early to avoid the long lines and making sure that the day you choose to go to the empire state has good visibility otherwise the effort maybe a waste. Whether you decide to go in the day or at sunset, the sights of New York City from the top will leave you exhilarated. It is a must see for a local and tourist alike.
2. Central Park: It is amazing how as soon as you set foot into central park the sounds of NYC just melt away. There is always something special you will come upon at the park from street musicians and performers, outdoor concerts, ice rinks in the winters, the central park zoo or just experiencing the rhythm of the park. You will feel refreshed and recharged every time you come to the park. There are a range of activities from boating, fishing, biking, rollerblading, volleyball, tennis and more. You can walk to the famous Bethesda fountain or jog at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir or just have a picnic at sheep’s meadow.
3. The Metropolitan Museum or the MET: One of the famous museums in New York City is the MET. Housing the Egyptian exhibit with model pyramids in an absolutely beautiful hall the MET has treasures that will amaze you. A rooftop exhibit during the summer months will give you the opportunity to take in lovely views of Central Park as well. There is something exquisite about the MET and one never seems tired of visiting it again and again.
4. Fifth Avenue: The shopping heart of the city with shops lined from the extremely high end shops like Bergdorf’s, Saks, Cartier, Mikimoto and iconic Tiffany’s to the more affordable options by Zara, H&M, Armani exchange. Whether you are out window shopping or intent on breaking the bank with your purchases, a stroll along fifth avenue will convince you that New york City loves Fashion and shopping.
5. South Street Seaport: The south street seaport located in the Financial district of New York City gives visitors a chance to enjoy the water that surrounds the island of Manhattan. You can take a boat tour to the statue of liberty or take a ride on the water taxi, a daily commute for some coming to work in the city. A lazy day of shopping at the seaport mall while you take in beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge will give you a different feel for the city and let you experience a different Manhattan.
6. Times Square: Set ablaze with numerous billboards and signs Times Square will leave you breathless as you struggle through the crowds. There is always something new to experience and gawk at as you walk along the streets from caricature artists to amateur musicians to cartoon characters like Elmo, Mickey and big bird who will greet you as you take in the buzz of the city. Lined with Broadway theaters, restaurants, and shops, you can easily get overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of the city. And, if you want to take in the quintessential tourist experience of New York City a visit to the grand Toysrus in the center of Times Square is a must for any adult or child.