Who wouldn't know about the Statue of Liberty? It is one of American's greatest icons and a symbol of freedom. It is also one of the largest statues. A good view would be from Battery Park, the southern tip of Manhattan. To see it up close, you may want to take a short boat trip to Liberty Island. You can walk around the base, enter the pedestal, or go right up to the crown. It is recommended to book well in advance if you want to go up right the crown of SOL (Statue of Liberty). On a tour to the Statue of Liberty, you have the option to stop at Ellis Island and explore the Immigration Museum.
For shops and entertainment, you can visit the Rockefeller Center located in the middle of Manhattan. It's a 70-storey 30 Rockefeller Plaza, an Art Deco skyscraper that offers awesome views over Manhattan from the famous Top of the Rock Observation Deck. One of the most popular things to do in New York during winter is skating on the outdoor skating rink at the base of the tower.
Some of the world-class museums you can include on your bucket list are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, and Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
If you would like to go outdoor and see the beauty of nature, you can visit the parks and lakes with numerous things to do, a day wouldn't be enough. Central Park is the New York's backyard and a must-do when you are in New York. You can walk, peddle, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park. In winter, you can skates and glide across Wollman Rink. Within its borders are many attractions like the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake.
The famous Niagara Falls is one of the wonders of North America with three waterfalls within the park - Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. You can get a panoramic view of all three falls from the observation tower, or take the famed Maid of the Mist boat tour into the basin of Horseshoe Falls. There's a visitors center with gift shop, dining options, and a theater that shows a 40-minute film about the history and legend of the falls.
The Lake Placid, Lake George, Thousand Islands, The Adirondacks, Letchworth State Park, and Watkins Glen State Park are worth a visit.
Another New York's most famous landmark buildings is the Empire State Building. It's a 102-storey building and the tallest in the world until the 1 World Trade Center tower rose higher. You can see up to 80 miles, looking into the neighboring states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The 86th Floor Observatory is the city's highest open-air observation deck.
Best visited in the evening is the Times Square lined with huge, brilliantly lit billboards and screens. It is the location of New York's New Year's Eve Celebrations. One of the city's most recognizable landmarks is the Brooklyn Bridge with its Gothic-shaped arches and suspension cables. For shopping, you can visit the Fifth Avenue as one of the most famous shopping streets in America.
With so many things to do in New York, you can't do them all in one visit. A week is recommended to explore this beautiful city. But if you are on a tight budget, you can do plan for 3 days and shortlisted all the things you would love to do best - whether it will be museums, lakes, and parks, or the iconic landmarks.
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