Top sights in New York City
Ten Things You Must See in NYC
You know it from your favorite Woody Allen film or Sex and the City episode. Whether you dream of combing East Village bookshops or sipping martinis in the Meatpacking District, there's something here for you. Skim our highlights and you will fall in love in a New York minute.
1. Manhattan Skyline
The iconic view of Manhattan's Skyline! Head to the Top of the Rock or the Waterfront Promenade in Williamsburg to see the Empire State Building as it gleams above city spires like a crown jewel.
9. New York Harbor
One of the largest natural harbors in the world, the waterway is another great place from which to enjoy the view. Book a boat tour, sit back, and enjoy Manhattan’s magical lights.
Frequently asked questions about New York City
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Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in New York?
Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!
Where to shop?
From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.
Where to eat?
Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).
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- Best time to visit
- There's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.
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What people are saying about New York City
We had a wonderful time at the Empire State VIP Guided Tour. We certainly felt like VIPs from the moment we entered. The staff was professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable. We learned lots of great facts and got to cap it all with a beautiful sunset. Would highly recommend!
There was no in-,person tour. I didn't read the fine print. It didn't really matter as I was able to tour the museum at my own pace. I think I did spend a few extra $ by booking for the "tour" with Gettourguide.
If you like sauce boats and music this was super fun. We sat in the front of the boat and barely got wet and we got some great pictures of the Statue of Liberty when we stopped over there.
Jeff did a great tour. Purchased tickets as a gift for my partner and we had a great time hearing about the graffiti and street art of Bushwick, and taking pictures.
Owesome experience! Great Service and of course a breath taking views, the service in the bar great!