Seeing New York is always an amazing experience, but to truly get the most out of it, you need to know the most important sites and the best places to stay and to dine. Finding a way to combine the most exhilarating excursions with the a healthy dose of relaxation, refinery, and posh accommodation is key if you want to see New York in style.
Accommodation and Dining
The Mark, for example, is a luxury hotel with few equals, where you can lounge in a spacious suite, soak in a marble tub, and dine at the famous in-house Mark Restaurant run by chef Jean Georges. Or, you might consider New York Palace, with captivating views of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral right out your window and the glow and glitter of Broadway just a hop, skip, and jump down the road.
The best of New York City dining, both in terms of cuisine and ambiance, will range from upscale establishments like the French cafe called Eleven Madison Park, or the hardy but refined Benjamin Steakhouse, to Little Italy New York style pizza parlors and authentic but localized Chinese food in NYC’s Chinatown neighborhood.
5 Must-see Tourist Sites
From your hotel haven of luxury, and with daily stops at fine dining establishments, you can strike out to explore the city. Here are five key sites that shouldn’t be missed:
1. Cruise to the Statue of Liberty
See the Liberty Cruise homepage to find out how to get a free boat tour of the Statue of Liberty and how to combine it with a city bus tour. You definitely include a visit to this iconic symbol of freedom on your itinerary. Be sure book ahead to get your spot on a National Park Service 30-minute tour and get reservations months in advance to get access to the crown for a look over NY Harbor.
2. Gaze From the Empire State Building
Still among the tallest buildings on the planet (though, of course not number one anymore), the Empire State Building defines the NY skyline. And a view from its observation deck is literally breathtaking. You can’t get any other view like it in New York or in the world, so it’s well worth the price and the time to ascend this mighty skyscraper. Plus, there are museums near the observation point.
3. Explore the Lush Outdoor Spaces
Over 840 acres of greenery surrounded by a sprawling metropolis, Central Park is full of near-endless worthwhile sights and experiences for visitors. Just strolling or biking the grounds is exhilarating. And you will find statues, ponds, museums, a zoo, and maybe identify some of the numerous plant and animal species that inhabit this big city eco-zone.
4. Bike and Relax on The High Line
Another great park, and a very unique one, in NYC is “The High Line.” This abandoned railway spur turned green stretch lets you bike or walk elevated above much of the city and with great views all along the way. It’s a great retreat from the city hustle-and-bustle, and there are significant art displays on The High Line as well.
5. Be Impressed by the NY Botanical Garden
If you want another place to relax secluded from the crowds and yet with plenty of activities going on, New York Botanical Garden is a prime choice. There is immense greenery, a 50 acre forest with some of the city’s most antique trees, and year-round shows and events like the Holiday Train Show and the Orchid Show.