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New York City – the city that never sleeps is probably in everyone’s bucket list when it comes to visiting the US. It’s the place that we all think of when someone says „America“, and a place where you’ll find many symbols of the US. If you’re about to visit NYC for the first time, you might find this list useful – we bring you top 7 must-see places in New York City.

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The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building might be the most popular landmark of the NYC. It’s 103 stories high building and one of those recognizable skyscrapers that you see on the NYC skyline. Climb up to its observatories on 86th or 102nd floors and admire the view – it’s the moment when you realize how great New York City is! But if you want to take an amazing photo of the NYC skyline with the Empire State Building on it, you should go to nearby Rockefeller Center and climb up to its 70th floor, to Top of the Rock – you will get the best view ever.

Must-see Places in New York - Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Must-see Places in New York - Empire State Building

The view over Manhattan and the Empire State Building

Central Park

Central Park is an enormous green surface set in the middle of Manhattan – the heart of the Big Apple. It is free for exploring, so bring a blanket and some food and get ready for exploring all the nooks that it hides. No matter what time of the year you get there it is just lovely – in spring and summer you can wander around or sunbathe, in autumn you’ll be stunned by all the colors around you, and in winter you’ll love the Christmas magic that you’ll find there. Central Park has always been a great filming location, so feel free to explore all the sight that you used to watch in the movies – such as romantic Bow Bridge.

Must-see Places in New York -  Central Park

Central Park

Must-see Places in New York -  Central Park

Bow Bridge in Central Park

Times Square

If you’re looking for a loud, chaotic and colorful place just check out the Times Square – it has it all. This is the commercial and cultural heart of the New York City – you’ll find everything there, from dazzling billboards, different performers, to family restaurants and cultural places. While you’re there, check out the amazing miniature world of Gulliver’s Gate, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey – a place where you can explore the underwater world, or Madame Tussauds’ wax museum, similar to the one that we have in Vienna (which you can check out here). You can spend your entire vacation in this neighborhood, and it would be one fulfilled vacation. Times Square might be the most crowded place in NYC, but it’s definitely worth exploring.

Must-see Places in New York -  Times Square

New York Times Square

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is another official landmark of New York that you cannot miss – you must walk over it and enjoy the view over the Manhattan. Once you cross it, be sure to find a nice spot near the bridge, you will get one spectacular view over the bridge and Manhattan skyscrapers in the background – a picture-perfect view. While you’re there, wander around and you’ll get to the most amazing flea market in the world, you’ll find cool vintage clothing, furniture, antiques and much more.

Must-see Places in New York -  Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Must-see Places in New York -  Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Staten Island Ferry

Even though Staten Island itself is not much of an attraction, a ferry ride that gets you there is really something special – and it’s free. Staten Island Ferry will give you some pretty amazing views over the New York Harbor, famous Elis Island, Liberty Island and the Lady Liberty herself.

Must-see Places in New York - Staten Island Ferry Boat Ride

Staten Island Ferry

Wall Street

Walk down Wall Street is one of the best things to do while in Manhattan. This famous street is the home to the famous New York Stock Exchange and the headquarters of many banks. Near the Stock Exchange, you’ll find the famous bronze statue of Charging Bull – the symbol of financial optimism and prosperity.

Must-see Places in New York - New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange Building

Must-see Places in New York - Charging Bull Statue

Charging Bull Statue

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is the most popular museum in NYC. It is home to many extraordinary exhibits on natural history topics – everything from dinosaurs, extinct animals and biodiversity to human origins and cultural halls, and immersive Dark Universe space show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Prepare yourself for a whole day in the Museum, there is so much to see and you’ll love it.

Must-see Places in New York - The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History
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Must-see Places in New York - The American Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur Exhibit in the American Museum of Natural History
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New York is a huge city with so many amazing attractions – these 7 are just the tip of the iceberg. We love New York and we love exploring it, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it, too. If you’re wondering which US cities besides NYC to visit, check out our blog post about 6 cities in the USA that you must visit in your lifetime – you’ll find at least one more that you’ll love.

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