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The Places You Must Absolutely Visit in New York

After visiting New York dozens of times over the past 20 years and living there for two-years, I have come to know this incredible and famous city quite well. Although New York is constantly changing there are also many things (like the major attractions) that never seem to change! With this in mind, take a look at the list of things you absolutely must do in New York!

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“The places you must absolutely visit in New York”


Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

New York City is famous for its incredible skyscrapers. The first thing I recommend when visiting New York City is to take it all in with an incredible view from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center! This will be an incredible introduction to this world-class city and you’ll be amazed at the number, size, and density of buildings packed on to Manhattan. Spend some time pointing out the major destinations around the city as you’ll hopefully be seeing those soon!


Times Square

Top of the Rock

The most popular city square in the world filled with shops, restaurants, hotels and tourist information. As cliche, cheesy, and touristy as it may be, Times Square should be one of your first stops in New York City! There is an infinite amount to take in and the incredible amount of lights, buzz, people, and information in front of you should be enough to show you why Times Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Check-out the ‘crossroads’ of the world for yourself to see exactly what all the buzz is about!


Central Park

Top of the Rock

After all the buzz around the city, you’ll want to check-out one of the world’s most beautiful urban parks. Give yourself a break from the hussle and bussle of New York City with a relaxing trip to this massive and beautiful park right in the middle of Manhattan. Stretching 51 blocks long and 3 avenues wide, this is a park that you can visit over and over again receiving a different experience each time. Take in the grasses, the trees, the trails, and the peace before getting back into the city.


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Top of the Rock

As one of the largest art museums in the world and THE largest in the US, the MET’s staggering collection of 2 million pieces is certainly an absolute must see! Plan to spend some time at the museum, but also remember you don’t need to see it all … whew. In fact, I highly recommend making this part of your day when visiting Central Park. The museum is located on the Eastern border of the park and makes for a perfect stopping point after strolling through the park.


Broadway Show

Top of the Rock

It’s time to be entertained! And why not take in a world-renowned musical performance right on Broadway? There are dozens of shows to choose from and keep in mind they are not all “on Broadway”. Don’t let this discourage you – some of the very best musicals and performances are not on Broadway. For your first musical, unless you have your heart set on one, I would stick with some of the biggest names such as Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, or Chicago. You can book these tickets online, with your hotel concierge, or at the dozens of tickets sales offices around the city.


Brooklyn Bridge

Top of the Rock

Ah, the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s just a bridge right? No. This is the Brooklyn Bridge which when built was the longest suspension bridge in the world and helped New York rise from its early beginnings to the top. The bridge is not only a historical landmark, but its classic architecture is simply beautiful. I highly recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge and then spending a little time in the Brooklyn Bridge park where you’ll have the view you see in the photo above!



Top of the Rock

With every name brand designer, boutique, and up and coming designer on the planet selling their goods in New York City, you’ll be at the epicenter of the shopping world! Shop for literally anything and everything you want in this city. The major shopping districts are 5th Avenue, around Macy’s on 34th, and Soho. There are dozens of other shopping districts for you to seek out as well for some of the most unique items and the best bargains.



Top of the Rock

New York is famous for its pizza and your trip will not be complete without trying the famous New York City style pizza from Lombardi’s! Lombardi’s is the oldest Pizzeria in the world and uses a unique coal fired oven to bake the pizza – it’s delicious. Be prepared to wait if you come at peak times and if you don’t want to sit around, I highly recommend going for a late lunch. This can be perfect on a day when you’re seeing a show and won’t eat dinner until much later!


So there you have it, the list that you MUST complete on your visit to New York City! Also, check-out some of my local favorites on the city page itself!

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