When most people think of New York holidays, they immediately picture Manhattan with its stunning skyline and multitude of attractions and places to visit – but there’s much more to the city. New York City is a sprawling metropolis, rich in diversity and colour incorporating the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan.
New York’s attractions are constantly jostling for your attention, and you might find it difficult to squeeze in a visit to everywhere you want to see in just one trip (especially if you love shopping - 5th Avenue can be quite a distraction!). Organised tours and excursions are an excellent way to cram in as much as possible, and our expert travel advisors can recommend the best options to cover your NYC essentials.
Couples – New York City is as glitzy or as gritty as you want it to be, making it the perfect place for a romantic stay.
Foodies – One of the world’s most delicious food hubs, with cuisine from every culture you can think of.
Museum fanatics – New York City is home to endless museums that are filled with art, historical relics, knowledge, and spectacular exhibitions.
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Home to Time Square, the Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building, and more, central Manhattan is one of New York’s most celebrated districts. It might feel like every spot is a “must-see” in Midtown, as it bulges with iconic sights and buildings, but there is more to do whenever you become exhausted of landmarks such as Madison Square Garden and the Museum of Modern Art. Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Madame Tussauds are crowd-pleasers, and in the evening you can see a Broadway show or even watch a live TV programme being filmed (as long as you book way in advance!).
The Financial District is home to Wall Street, an area of the city that has seen fortunes being made and lost for over 225 years. A holiday stay here is one filled with history and elegant class, with fine dining restaurants and classy wine or cocktail bars to enjoy of an evening. There is also a more poignant reason to stay in or visit the Financial District: it was once home to the Twin Towers, which since 9/11 were replaced by Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the city.
While NYC’s Lower East Side has been gentrified in recent years, the creativity and spirit of the past can still be embraced in the area’s bars and coffee shops. You’ll have easy access to Manhattan Bridge here, but there is plenty to explore in the district without leaving. Hipster-style eateries line the streets, separated by hip art galleries and boutiques, while if museums are your thing you can learn about the Lower East Side’s Jewish past in the Tenement Museum and the Museum at Elridge Street.
This is one of New York City’s most glamorous neighbourhoods, where celebrities are often spotted cat-walking the pavements or shopping in one of Madison Avenue’s haute couture boutiques. Central Park and Central Park Zoo are certainly one of the Upper East Side’s highlights, and it is also known for its Museum Mile where you can spend a day admiring artistic masterpieces and taking an eye-opening tour through the neighbourhood’s colourful past.
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