New York City Travel Guide

 

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Ellis Island & Manhattan, NYC Skyline

Ellis Island & Manhattan, NYC Skyline

 
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.
— Tom Wolfe
 
 

NYC is known for its breathtaking skyline, globally-known tourist attractions and points of interest, food, fashion, and fun!

New York City has always been on my list. If you’ve ever felt the same, I hope you find something of value here, today. This New York City Travel Guide lists all of my absolute favorite spots in The City. I will always make time for these exact same spots, every visit.

 

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Minton Tiles at Bethesda Terrace and Arcade, Central Park, New York City, NY

Minton Tiles at Bethesda Terrace and Arcade, Central Park, New York City, NY

NYC Points of Interest

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

I honestly felt like I had “made it” in life when I saw the Statue of Liberty in person, for the first time. It had that effect on me, that “travel euphoria” I’ve mentioned time and time again. These two are a permanent staple in the New York City Travel Guide.

Located in the New York Harbor, New York, “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” (a gift from France to the United States) is a national monument, and symbol of democracy and freedom.

For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the entrance point for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892-1954. This New York City point of interest is full of history, excitement, and a must see for any new traveler to the city.

Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City, NY

Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City, NY

Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour, New York City

Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour, New York City

Tour Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

  • Website & Visitor Information (click link for ticket information)

  • Location: 17 Battery Pl #210, New York, New York 10007

  • Travel Tips

    • Purchase Statue of Liberty Crown Entrance Tickets 3-4 months in advance for (Crown Entrance tickets allow you to walk up, inside, the Statue of Liberty’s crown for a stunning view of the New York City skyline and surrounding area)

    • Ellis Island offers a unique experience called the Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island

    • Free Statue of Liberty Views on the Staten Island Ferry

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry, New York City, NY

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry, New York City, NY

Central Park & Central Park Zoo

First public park built in America (in 1857), Manhattan’s Central Park is arguably one of the most famous parks worldwide. Over 25 million visitors stroll the 842 acres, annually.

The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, NY

The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, NY

Central Park stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street!

Must See Park Locations (there are many wonderful sites within the park. Continue your research to narrow down your “must see” spots in this New York City Travel Guide. Below are some of my favorites.)

  • Bethesda Terrace and Minton Tile Ceiling Arcade (72 Terrace Drive, New York)

  • Strawberry Fields John Lennon Memorial (West 72nd Street, New York)

  • Belvedere Castle (West 81st Street entrance, located at middle of park)

  • Bow Bridge (located near Bethesda Terrace, 72 Terrace Drive, New York)

 

Central Park Zoo

  • Website & Visitor Information

  • Location: East 64th Street & 5th Avenue, New York

  • Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Cost: Adults $19.95; Children $14.95 (ages: 3-12); Senior $16.95 (ages 65+); FREE (ages: 2-under)

Times Square NYC

Times Square is New York City’s major commercial intersection, tourist point of interest, and location for main NYC entertainment.

Times Square, New York City, NY

Times Square, New York City, NY

Times Square, New York City

  • Website & Visitor Information

  • Location: Times Square stretches from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street

  • Hours: 24 Hours

  • Cost: Free (to window shop. Ha!)

  • Travel Tips

    • Enjoy the shops; eateries; entertainment (for purchase; street entertainers); get mesmerized by the lighted billboards hundreds of feet wide!

 
Times Square, Cardi B, and me! New York City, NY

Times Square, Cardi B, and me! New York City, NY

 

Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects NY’s boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning across the East River.

DUMBO (Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge Overpass) is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, one of New York City’s five boroughs. There are many great photo opportunities, great food, and shops to experience in this life-changing area.

DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York

DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

  • Brooklyn Bridge Location

    • Manhattan entrance: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop OR Chambers Street stop

    • Brooklyn entrance: Tillary Street & Adams Street

  • DUMBO Photo Op Location

    • Intersection of Water Street and Washington Street

  • Hours: open 24 hours

  • Cost: Free

  • Travel Tips

    • One of the most famous, popular photo spots in NYC - If you stand at the intersection of Water Street and Washington Street, you will see the Empire State Building perfectly aligned beneath the Manhattan Bridge pediments!

One World Trade Center & 9/11 Museum & Memorial

Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City, the One World Trade Center is the main, rebuilt building of the World Trade Center complex. A stunning beacon for Downtown Manhattan, the One World Trade Center is an emotionally moving place to visit and experience.

The 9/11 Museum & Memorial serves as the United States’ principal location for exploring the events of 9/11. This unforgettable experience shares collections of video, stories, artifacts, and photos.

9/11 Memorial, New York City

9/11 Memorial, New York City

9/11 Museum & Memorial

  • Website & Visitor Information

  • Location

    • 9/11 Museum & Memorial: 180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

    • One World Trade Center: 285 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10007

  • Hours (museum): 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

  • Cost (museum)

The High Line & Chelsea Market

Once an elevated freight rail line, the High Line is now a converted public park, located in Manhattan’s West Side. Visitor’s will enjoy a perfect stroll in NYC, dazzling architecture, and enjoy endless opportunities to relax and people watch.

Chelsea Market definitely deserves a spot in my New York City Travel Guide for it’s unique urban food court, shopping center, and overall experience. Filled with tasty eateries and fun shops, you can spend hours in this unique market area and love every minute of it.

Berlin Currywurst, Chelsea Market, New York City

Berlin Currywurst, Chelsea Market, New York City

The High Line, New York City

The High Line, New York City

The High Line

  • Website & Visitor Information

  • Location: West 34th Street, between 11th and 12th Street

  • Hours: 7:00 AM - Sunset

  • Cost: Free

  • Travel Tips

    • High Line: Cover up! You will walk along the Hudson River. Windchill is to be expected.

Chelsea Market

Museums

New York City is home to many iconic cultural and historical institutions. Here is a list of New York’s top museums, containing 5,000 years of art and more!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Museum of Modern Art (FREE on Fridays from 4:00-8:00 PM

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (PAY AS YOU WISH on Saturdays from 5:45 - 7:45 PM)

American Museum of Natural History (PAY AS YOU WISH - every day of the week!)

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author: suzanne rocco @ holistictravelers.com

 

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