New York, USA

New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, and as Truman Capote put it: “The only city city.”

I believe everyone has dreamed at least once about going to New York, whether for being feature so many times in movies and TV shows, for dictating style, for being considered the center of the world or just for being in New York…

The city, which is also one of the most popular destinations to elope, has a plethora of attractions to please every visitor from any age and pocket. In fact, only a few cities in the world can be so diverse as New York City.

It can be visited all year-round but in my opinion, the best time to visit NY is from April to June and from September to November.

I’m going to list a few places and try to include others that are not well known worldwide for your New York itinerary.

Some New York Attractions Are:

Times Square:

Loved by tourists and hated by locals, Times Square is definitely a must-see.

This place is always full of people 24 hours 7 days of the week and boasts theatres, restaurants, stores, tickets offices and some Disney characters, superheroes, and other ones.

The big lights and vibrant atmosphere of Times Square will certainly inspire you.

Times Square.
Times Square.

Central Park: 

My favourite place in New York!!

Whether in summer, fall, winter or spring, visiting Central Park is one of the best things to do in New York.

It changes a lot with the weather and is different in which season. Moreover, there are a lot of things to do in Central Park such as: zoo, museums close by, theatres, ponds and lakes, exercising, watching concerts and plays, ice skating and even a castle.

Gantry Plaza State Park: 

Yet another hot spot that I love.

Gantry Plaza State Park, located in Long Island City in Queens, provides a breathtaking view of Manhattan, especially in the sunset.

The park is also very pleasant and beautiful, good for unwinding, exercising and sunbathing.

Downtown: 

Whether to visit Ground Zero (WTC), Battery Park, Wall Street or the famous Charging Bull, this part of the city has definitely to be seen.

The Highline: 

One of the most visited places in the city is an elevated section of a disused railroad.

The Highline is located in the trendy Meatpacking district and perfect for an afternoon delight, meet friends, relax, watch the sunset and appreciated the city landscape and diversity.

MoMA: 

One of the best museums of modern art in the world and my favourite one in the city.

The permanent collections have some of the greatest pieces of art in the world from some geniuses such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.

Metropolitan Museum: 

Another great museum with fine art collections ranging from ancient times to the present.

Museum of Natural History: 

One of the most interesting museums in the city with an extraordinary collection from dinosaurs to outer space this huge museum is a must-see, especially if you are traveling with children.

This is the museum feature in the movie Night at the museum. The dinosaurs skeletons are fascinating and the planetarium will take you to another world…

I love this museum!

Museum of Natural History.
Museum of Natural History.

Lincoln Center: 

A world-class performance complex building and the house of the Metropolitan Opera of New York and NYC Ballet.

Lincoln Center, NYC.
Lincoln Center, NYC.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden:

One of the best places to see the cherry blossom outside of Japan. This Garden is also good to be seen during fall.

Bronx Botanic Garden: 

It’s bigger and more diverse than the Brooklyn one, this garden also showcases temporary exhibitions.

Top of The Rock

Another magnificent view of the city.

Empire State Building: 

This iconic building which was the tallest one in the city for so many years has inspired so many architects all over the world, provides one of the best views of the city.

Rockefeller Center: 

The emblematic Rockefeller Center is always full of tourists and during the holiday season, you can barely walk there.

Brooklyn Bridge: 

A visit to NY is not going to be completed if you don’t cross the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve done it several times and for me, the best time to do visit it is just before the sunset. 

The first bridge built in the city is more than a landmark and one of the most unique places in New York, it’s a fantastic piece of art. I bet you will love it as much as I do!

Hudson River:

It’s perfect for a nice walk or a run along the river on the West Side Highway path, to practise sports in general, sightseeing and even visit museums.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral: 

Located on the popular Fifth Avenue this Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Catedral church is a standout landmark building.

WTC Memorial, Museum and Observatory:

It’s impossible don’t get moved by visiting this site. The observatory provides amazing views and the museum can be overwhelming and make you cry.

Statue of Liberty: 

You gotta take a look at Lady Liberty at least from far. In case that you want to visit there is a nice and important museum on the island.

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island.
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island.

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