New york city

Wake up in a city that never sleeps

welcome to the big apple

New York, New York - a whirlwind of excitement!
Brace yourself for a skyline that'll make your jaw drop, an energy level that refuses to take a nap, and a list of attractions that will keep you wide-eyed for days.

NYC is a five-borough smorgasbord of adventure starring Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Dive into the cultural melting pots of Little Italy, Chinatown, Greenwich Village and Harlem where every neighbourhood tells its own unique story. And don’t worry, getting around is a breeze thanks to bridges, tunnels, ferries, and the legendary NYC subway system - your all-access pass to the city that never sleeps.

Manhattan is where the party's at for most tourists - think bustling streets, iconic landmarks, world-class museums, and a vibe that screams, "you've made it to the centre of the universe!" Times Square, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building - not to mention the Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Madison Square Garden? Manhattan's got it all!

New York doesn't just invite you; it engraves itself on your soul. And here at Travel USA we feel to truly ‘make it here’, you'll want to stick around for at least a week. Check out our Ultimate New York itinerary for the inside scoop and get ready for an adventure you'll be reminiscing about for a lifetime!
Sunset boulevard: a city's silhouette cradles the dipping sun, bestowing a golden glow upon the urban expanse.

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in New York City. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Central Park

Enjoy the tranquillity of Central Park where city charm meets natural calm; an 843-acre urban oasis right in the heart of New York. Its lush landscapes, serene ponds, and winding pathways provide a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. For the ultimate experience, explore on foot, hire a bike and cycle through, or opt for a classic horse-drawn carriage ride - but whatever you do make sure it is included in your plans!

Empire State Building

A quintessential experience for first time visitors to New York City is a ride to the top of the Empire State Building. This iconic skyscraper has been a showstopper in New York City's skyline since 1931 and remains an enduring symbol of the city itself. From its elegant lobby to the majestic spire, the Empire State Building is a must-visit destination, promising awe-inspiring panoramas and a glimpse into the city's rich past and vibrant present.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Set atop the tallest commercial skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, an observatory high atop Grand Central Terminal, was conceived as an installation that compels you to question your perception of the built environment, the natural world around you, and your sensorial reality. SUMMIT ups the ante on the NYC observatory experience through art installations, glass ledges, and exterior glass-floor elevators.

American Museum of Natural History

This cultural gem invites visitors on an inspiring journey through the wonders of nature and human culture. Founded in 1869, it houses a vast collection of artifacts, fossils, and exhibits, offering an enthralling exploration of Earth's history and the diversity of life. From towering dinosaur skeletons to captivating dioramas, the museum's exhibits blend education and entertainment, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a connection with the natural world.

Times Square

Experience the pulsating energy of Times Square. NYC’s global icon is more than just bright lights and towering billboards - it's a non-stop fiesta of Broadway magic, diverse eateries, trendy shops, attractions, and street performers. The atmosphere is not just lively - it's an electric symphony of activity that delivers an unforgettable experience. Get ready to soak up the infectious vibe of the city that never sleeps!

Coney Island's Luna Park

Unleash your inner thrill-seeker at Coney Island's Luna Park, an iconic amusement park that boasts the Coney Island Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster that has been defying gravity since 1927. Brace yourself for a wild ride, where screams of excitement echo through decades of pure roller coaster joy - a timeless plunge into adrenaline-pumping history!

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Journey through military and maritime history and marvel at the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, which is now home to numerous exhibits that unravel the tales of aviation and space exploration. See a collection of military aircraft, the world’s first space shuttle, a nuclear weapons-carrying submarine, a supersonic spy plane, and the world’s fastest commercial airliner displayed in and around the legendary aircraft carrier itself.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Travel back to where it all began for so many. Embark on a time-travelling adventure to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, the historic gateway for 12 million dreamers entering the US from 1892 to 1954. This museum is a heartfelt tribute to their tales of triumph, challenges, and lasting impact. For the full experience, pair it with a Statue of Liberty tour - ride the ferry from Manhattan and immerse yourself in the shared history of two iconic landmarks.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

Take time to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. A powerful and poignant tribute to the heart-wrenching events of September 11, 2001. The memorial features twin reflecting pools in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, whilst the museum offers a comprehensive and emotional experience with exhibits that honour the lives lost and tell the stories of heroism and resilience. A touching journey through the indomitable spirit of New York City.

Edge NYC

Step onto the see-through glass floor at Edge NYC. Located at Hudson Yards, this is not just any observation deck - it's the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Feel the thrill as you step onto the see-through glass floor, offering a dizzying view of the bustling city beneath your feet. Or take in the breathtaking panorama from the outdoor terrace. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visit the masterpiece playground of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Affectionately known as the MET, one of the world's largest and most prestigious art museums houses an extensive and diverse collection of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture. Oh, and there's not just one, but two MET hotspots - the iconic MET Fifth Avenue and The MET Cloisters, a medieval European art and architecture haven.

Hudson Yards

New York’s newest neighbourhood - a groundbreaking development on Manhattan's West. Completed in 2019, it features state-of-the-art skyscrapers, the Vessel - a unique interactive sculpture, and The Edge - an outdoor observation deck with breathtaking views. With a mix of residential, commercial, and retail spaces, Hudson Yards has redefined the city skyline and is well worth including as you explore the city. 

Experience live sport

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! New York is home to 10 pro teams covering all major sports and featuring long-standing rivalries between the Yankees and the Mets, the Giants and the Jets and the Knicks and the Nets. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Step into the beauty of St. Patrick's Cathedral a magnificent neo-gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral opened in 1879, providing a peaceful escape amidst the bustling city.  Marvel at its intricate stained-glass windows, grand facade, and overall architectural splendour - it’s like taking a stroll through architectural poetry

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Journey to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and elevate your New York experience from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center, boasting 360-degree views that redefine the skyline. It’s the prime perch to appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of Central Park. And here's a tip - hit it up just before sunset for a front-row seat to New York's magical transformation from day to night. 

Radio City Music Hall

Step into the spotlight at the iconic Radio City Music Hall, a legendary entertainment venue in Midtown Manhattan since 1932. Check with Travel USA to see who’s playing whilst you’re in town or take a guided tour and immerse yourself in the glamour and splendour of its architecture. Visitors can explore the Great Stage, discover the hidden gem, The Roxy Suite, and enjoy a photo op with a real-life Rockette.

Statue of Liberty

Get up close with Lady Liberty on Liberty Island. She has been welcoming immigrants to America since the late 1880’s - an iconic symbol of freedom and democracy representing hope, opportunity, and the American Dream. Hop on a ferry to Liberty Island for an up-close encounter, and don't miss the self-guided audio tour of the Island, and a pit stop at Ellis Island on the return journey. 

Rise NY

Buckle up for a wild ride at Rise NY. Take a multimedia plunge into the rich history and culture of the city's iconic skyline. Brace yourself for a simulated adventure, soaring high above the cityscape - a high-tech joyride that'll have you buzzing with the energy of the Big Apple's legendary stories and skyscrapers!

Stay in an iconic hotel

The Plaza

Treat yourself to a stay at this legendary hotel in Midtown Manhattan, an icon of opulence and elegance since 1907. Located at Central Park & Fifth, The Plaza has hosted royalty, celebrities, and dignitaries in its lavishly appointed rooms and suites. Travel USA can help bring the picture to life and create a special package designed just for you - contact us for more details.

Museum of Modern Art

Feast your eyes at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as you take a journey into the avant-garde heart of artistic brilliance at this globally celebrated treasure trove of modern and contemporary art - a playground for creativity. Dive into a diverse collection, showcasing iconic works by legendary artists and featuring regular exhibitions that push artistic boundaries.

Madison Square Garden

Slip into a ‘New York State of Mind’ at the place affectionately known as The Garden or just MSG - a world-famous arena that hosts everything from epic concerts to adrenaline-pumping sports games and dazzling entertainment shows. And good news …. there's a backstage pass - the All Access Tour, your ticket to the secrets and stories behind this legendary venue. Contact Travel USA for more details.

Katz’s Delicatessen

Indulge your taste buds at the iconic Katz's Delicatessen. This Lower East Side historic gem, famous for its mouthwatering pastrami sandwiches and quintessential Jewish deli delights, has been operating since 1888. Fun fact: Katz's stole the spotlight in the famous restaurant scene from the 1989 classic, "When Harry Met Sally." So, when you're here, you're not just dining; you're stepping into a slice of cinematic and culinary history!

Flatiron Building

Find your way to the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue and come face to face with one of New York’s most iconic and oldest surviving skyscrapers - the unusual looking, uniquely designed Flatiron Building. One of the country’s first steel-framed buildings completed back in 1902, the Flatiron defies convention with its triangular shape and Beaux-Arts architecture. Its timeless charm and historic significance make it a must-see feature of Manhattan's skyline.

Strawberry Fields

Take a reflective stroll through Strawberry Fields, a peaceful and poignant section within Central Park, dedicated to the memory of the legendary John Lennon. Located near the Dakota building, where Lennon lived and tragically lost his life, its mosaic, "Imagine", pays tribute to his iconic song, forever etching Lennon’s enduring legacy into the heart of New York City.

Broadway Shows

Dive into the dazzling world of Broadway, New York’s famed theatre area located near Times Square - a vibrant stage hosting numerous shows from timeless, classic musicals to cutting-edge plays. It’s often said a trip to New York is not complete without a night at the theatre - check with Travel USA to see what’s on and we’ll look to secure your seats.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Visit the artistic wonderland of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece, famous for its mesmerising spiral design, houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Take a journey through the intersection of genius architecture and the cutting edge of human creativity.

Fifth Avenue Shopping

Indulge is some serious window shopping along Fifth Avenue, Manhattan's glittering showcase and a global mecca for all things chic and fabulous. Stroll along this iconic runway of upscale elegance and take a glimpse at flagship stores of fashion royalty, high-end boutiques, and the luxurious realms of Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

Brooklyn Bridge

Bike or stroll across the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. A popular pastime in New York is to cross this iconic suspension masterpiece that links the heart of Manhattan to the vibrant borough of Brooklyn, soaring over the East River. Feel the pulse of the city beneath your feet as you enjoy sweeping views that make it a favourite spot for both pedestrians and cyclists. 

Grand Central Terminal

Experience the hustle, the bustle, and timeless charm as you step into the vibrant chaos of Grand Central Terminal, an absolute must-visit spot at the beating heart of mid-Manhattan! Situated at 42nd Street and Park Avenue, this architectural masterpiece is easily accessible and a magnetic destination pulsating with the city's energy.

One World Observatory

Elevate your NYC experience at the One World Observatory where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the observation deck located on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center. A dizzying journey to the city's highest point and a wonderful tribute to the unwavering spirit and resilience of the city post September 11, 2001.

New York Public Library

Enjoy some quiet time as you make a date with books, history, and the hushed symphony of knowledge at the famed New York Public Library. Its flagship location in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is one of the great libraries of the world, and well worth a visit. 


Yankee Stadium Tour

Travel to the Bronx and step up to the plate at Yankee Stadium - home to the legendary New York Yankees, one of Major League Baseball's greatest tales. If your timing is right, you can catch a game or alternatively take the tour to get up close and personal with baseball magic. Whether you're cheering in the stands or exploring behind the scenes, it's a memory Travel USA can help you create.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Hop aboard the Roosevelt Island Tramway and ride the most modern aerial tramway on the planet. The tram regularly runs across the East River between Manhattan and the captivating Roosevelt Island where the Four Freedoms Park awaits - a tribute to Franklin D. Roosevelt's iconic Four Freedoms speech. 


Explore New York with the Go City Pass

With Travel USA and Go City, sightseeing couldn’t be easier. One pass, one price, all the sights - save up to 50% on the best attractions, tours, and activities - see more, spend less! From Broadway lights to Empire State heights, we've got you covered!

N.B. The all-inclusive pass is included in Travel USA’s New York City and selected State packages giving you unlimited access to more than 100 attractions, tours, and activities during your stay.

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