New York is the most populated city in the United States and is the center of commerce and often referred to as the cultural capital of the world. With its rich culture and history, it is indeed one of the top destinations to travel to. And there are a lot of New York attractions that should be included in any tourist's itinerary.
New York City is full of skyscrapers and if you're tired of looking up, you can soar up 70 floors high to see a panoramic view of the city in the Rockefeller Center. The Top of the Rock is the Rockefeller's observation deck that gives an unobstructed view of the whole city. It is also famous for the giant Christmas tree lit up during the holidays. Its skating rink, shops and restaurants will surely give an activity for the whole family.
Another skyscraper to visit is the Empire State Building. It has 102 floors with an observatory on the top most floor which gives a view that spans at least 80 miles. It also gives an amazing view at night while the whole city is lit up. It is open until 2 o'clock in the morning.
Another iconic landmark of New York City is the Statue of Liberty. It is actually a gift to the United States from France which is a symbol of their international friendship. It is located in the Liberty Island and a 20-minute ferry ride will take you to it. It is advised to arrive at least a half an hour early prior to the departure of the ferry to allow time for security inspections.
Another New York attraction is the Grand Central Terminal, or commonly referred to as the Grand Central Station. It is located at the heart of midtown New York and provides access different destination in the city. Because of the recent restoration efforts, it is more than a transportation hub but a cultural and historical landmark.
For art lovers, New York is the haven of numerous museums such as the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. There you can find a vast collection art of different styles and time periods. If you're a science geek, the Museum of Natural History features numerous dinosaur exhibits and a planetarium.
For nature lovers, the city has over 28, 000 acres of municipal parklands. One the most famous park in New York is Central Park. It has several ponds, lakes, a zoo, a conservatory garden and even two skating rinks. You can simply lounge on the grass, play Frisbee or even do yoga.
And the most meaningful New York attractions is the World Trade Center Memorial, dubbed the Reflecting Absence. Though it has a very tragic background, it also symbolizes the perseverance and resilience of New Yorkers and the whole country as they rise above the tragedy and rebuild their lives.
These New York attractions are full of tourists at any given day so it is best to visit their websites and make reservations online.