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Sensational attractions, outstanding entertainment, world class shopping and tempting cuisine
A global capital in every sense, New York is the city that never sleeps; a bustling hub of activity where culture and diversity fill the air. At the top of many people's must-see city list, New York may be big and brash, but it's also incredibly captivating. Sightseeing, shopping, skylines, shows – the Big Apple has it all.
- Fifth Avenue is a shopper’s mecca with many designer boutiques such as Prada, Versace and Tiffany & Co. alongside department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s and Bergdorf Goodman
- Although you can visit the city for a long weekend we recommend spending a week or so here if you have the time. There’s so much to see and do it’s likely you will want to return time and again
- New York is famed for its outstanding array of restaurants, delis and cafes offering cuisine from all over the world. Whatever your flavour, you’ll find it here
- If you’re an art lover the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim are outstanding
- New York City is easily combined with numerous destinations in America, Canada and the Caribbean, including Cuba, now the island is opening for Americans to visit
New York holiday highlights
If you want to see the sights of the Big Apple, there are a few you simply cannot miss. The first is the Empire State Building, the tallest building in New York with an observation deck on its 86th floor offering outstanding views across the city. Times Square is hailed as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ and is a truly iconic landmark and symbol of bustling New York. For a slower pace of life, explore Central Park, its gardens, lakes and zoo or enjoy a carriage ride along its paths. A visit to the Statue of Liberty is another unmissable experience. Accessed by the Circle Line ferry, it is a beacon of hope that has welcomed countless immigrants into the USA with the promise of a better future.
You can also see the Statue of Liberty by as you arrive or leave New York by cruise ship. Numerous cruises start in New York, or over Hudson river from Cape Liberty in New Jersey, with ships departing regularly for the Caribbean, New England and Canada and of course across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom; there's still something very special about taking joining one of Cunard's iconic Transatlantic crossings.
Many people come to New York for one thing - the shopping - and they will not be disappointed. Fifth Avenue is a shopper’s mecca where alongside high-end brands, the iconic subterranean Apple Store can also be found here. Another shopping spot is Madison Avenue; here you’ll find Jimmy Choo, Christian Laboutin, DKNY along with a whole host of other designer stores. Nearby you’ll also find Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s two of New York’s best known department stores.
Seeing a show on Broadway is a must. The heart of the Big Apple’s theatre district offers a swathe of shows including musicals, comedies and drama. When combined with some of the superb dining available nearby, it’s a night out to remember. If history is your passion, the Museum of the City of New York will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this great city, its past, present and future. .
When it comes to cuisine Little Italy and Chinatown have their own obvious specialities and the iconic hot dog vendors that feature in all the movies can be found on many streets. The popular hot dog is also a great mid-game snack at the Yankee Stadium should you have the pleasure of catching a game.
In New York the best way to get from A to B is the subway. Though there are streams of the iconic bright yellow NYC taxis, traffic can be unpredictable at the best of times and its sheer volume of traffic means progress can be slow. You can also take a water taxi along the Hudson River or opt for the Staten Island Ferry.
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