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Seeing New York in Style

Seeing New York in Style


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.

Bronx, New York - April 29, 2015: Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Kay Nguyen
    January 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I always love nyc, it’s full of amazing things to see but damn the shopping though haha! Thanks for sharing <3

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 13, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      I know… so tempting! You’re welcome.

  2. Martina
    January 14, 2018 at 11:55 am

    This pics are awesom Carmen!
    I am planning a trip next year – thanks for the fantastic inspirations :*

    Have a nice day,

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      You’re very welcome, Martina!

  3. Bernie
    January 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    There are some fab recommendations there. I’ve never walked the High Line, but that’s definitely on my list for my next trip. Last time we took the circle boat around Manhattan, which was interesting – great to see how green it is north of the city. And I remember seeing all the little legs of the people up in Liberty’s crown; I’d love to do it, but I think my fear of heights might take over.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      January 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      It is very green up north! Sounds like a great trip 🙂

  4. Alice ford
    January 14, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I have done almost all of these activities. I really love New York, and you are so right about all the levels of opulence you can experience.

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 18, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      I love NYC too, always something new to be trying out!

  5. lisa
    January 16, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Ever since I was a little girl watching movies I have always wanted to visit New York! and in the summer so I could walk through central park and see the skyscrapers at night! This was a lovely post I really enjoyed it!

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      Aw, so glad to hear that! Although let me recommend the fall or spring seasons to walk through the park… less humidity 😉

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