If you're looking for a destination that is stylish, cool and fashionable, with dramatic skylines and an almost endless list of things to see and do ... then look no further than New York City. Famously known as the 'Big Apple', the city has a number of iconic attractions that are recognised around the world, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. From the leafy expanse of Central Park to the over-the-top gaudiness of Times Square, New York is a city of contrasts and vibrancy that draws tourists back time and time again.
New York City is located in the north-east of the United States of America, at the mouth of the Hudson River. Three islands - Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island - make up the majority of the city, which is broken up into several districts, each with their own distinct character.
New York is a relatively young city compared with the ancient European capitals, but it still has plenty of history alongside the skyscrapers, particularly in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Whether you're travelling to New York to see the sights, for an unrivalled shopping experience or for the nightlife, you're unlikely to be disappointed.
It comes as no surprise that New York is known as the city that never sleeps, as there really is always something going on in the city. But that doesn't mean you can be complacent about finding somewhere to stay, as hotels and holiday apartments in New York are always in demand.
Top things to see and do in New York include:
Circle Line Cruise - This is a great way to get your bearings and take in the New York skyline. Experienced tour guides provide an entertaining and informative commentary, while refreshments are available on board. The full tour takes about 2.5 hours, including a close-up of the Statue of Liberty, but shorter trips are available for those with less time.
Empire State Building - Located in Midtown Manhattan, this world-famous skyscraper is 103 storeys high, with observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors. It features an art deco design and was the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years. The views from both observation decks are outstanding, but get there early to avoid the worst of the queues.
World Trade Center Site - Nearly 3,000 people died when three of the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Since then, a new skyscraper, One World Trade Center, has been built and is currently the tallest building in the western hemisphere. A museum is under construction, but tourists can visit the 9/11 memorial to those who lost their lives.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - Many important contemporary artworks are housed in this museum, which is located on W 53rd St. Works include drawings, paintings, films and photography. Vincent van Gogh's 'The Starry Night', Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' and Henri Rousseau's 'The Dream' are just some of the 150,000-plus pieces in the museum's impressive collection.
Visitors arriving in New York by plane have a number of options, as the city is served by three major airports. These are John F Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International in nearby New Jersey.
Late spring and early autumn are wonderful times of year to visit New York City. Summer in the city can be oppressively hot, while New York winters can get very cold. Of course, the city is magical at Christmas-time, and this is undoubtedly a great place to do your festive shopping.
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