Top 10 New York City Attractions

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

At more than twice the size of Los Angeles, New York is the most populous city in the United States. With a city this big, there is so much to experience and explore. While you might not be able to see everything New York has to offer during your trip, we suggest adding these 10 exciting attractions to your Big Apple itinerary.

NYC Attractions

1. NYC Skyline

The New York City skyline is perhaps the most recognizable in the world. Head up to the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building to see a panoramic view of the many skyscrapers, waterways, and bridges that make up this expansive city.

2. Times Square

Times Square has been a backdrop for countless movies, photographs, and more. Spend some time in this iconic New York square to enjoy world-class Broadway shows, great dining and shopping. Don’t forget to stop in to Madame Tussauds New York to see all of your favorite celebrities, even if they are just wax!

3. Shopping

We mentioned shopping in Times Square, but shopping in New York City deserves a top-ten spot of its own! You can shop until you drop at stores like Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, FAO Schwarz, and Macy’s. If you’re still standing after all of that shopping, head over to Madison Avenue to browse the 15 blocks of extravagant designer shops.

In our opinion, your shopping excursion should begin (and end!) with a comfortable stay at the convenient Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New York City in Queens.

4. Central Park

Take a break from hectic urban life with a stroll through Central Park. Green fields, walking trails, and tranquil waters are scattered across 843 acres in the middle of the city. With attractions like the Central Park Zoo and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, the whole family will enjoy spending an afternoon at the park.

5. Museums

With so many wonderful museums within the city, we could make another top ten list based around them! With a wide variety of art, history, and science museums, New York City offers something for everyone. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes during your museum visits – your feet will thank you later!

6. The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Library has been a symbol of the United States and of New York City since it was first dedicated in 1886. Both Liberty Island and the statue itself recently reopened to the public on July 4, since closing in October after Hurricane Sandy struck the New York City area. We suggest researching your tickets and reservations prior to visiting it or Ellis Island to ensure that all of the attractions are open for visitors.

7. National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center

Occupying eight of the sixteen acres of the World Trade Center site, the National September 11 Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. When planning your visit to the memorial, be sure to visit their website to reserve your visitor pass.

8. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is home to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which offers a variety of performances throughout the year for residents and visitors to enjoy. Popular performances include Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and more. You can also enjoy some of the area’s shopping and dining before attending one of the many great concerts, plays, and ballets.

9. City Tours

Tours are a great way to see many attractions in one trip. New York City offers a variety of bike, boat, and bus tours that will fulfill any tourist’s wish list! We recommend joining a foodie tour to experience the famed New York City cuisine.

10. Grand Central Terminal

You can spend hours in the 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal. Once you stop gazing at the famous ceiling, check out the popular Oyster Bar, the gourmet culinary market, or one of their 68 retail stores.

For visitors flying into the Newark Airport or those wanting to stay a bit outside the hustle and bustle of the city, book a stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Newark Airport. We know there is so much more to see and do in this legendary city. What attraction or activity would you add to the list?