New York is one of the finest states in the USA and when you decide to visit this city, then there is not just one attraction, but several. Of course on your travel trip you want to explore the best, but is it that easier for you to find out???
New York has got nearly endless things to see and do, from the historic to the most contemporary and is a jam-packed hub of famous attractions.
This post has an aim to make it easier for you to find out the best sites and tourist places in new york city, so just come with me on this extraordinary journey of great attractions…let’s begin.
1. Statue of Liberty
It would be very unjustified if I wouldn’t start my blog with the iconic monument; The Statue of Liberty. It is the symbol of hope to millions of immigrants on their way to Ellis Island.
You can visit via a ferry operated by the National Park Service at the Battery Park. This ferry runs continuously throughout the day. Also you need to remember , the passes for pedestal or crown, have to be booked at least six months in advance. You can also visit the museum at the base of the statue, as well as extensive educational signs, statues, and historic markers.
2. Finger Lakes
There is a belief that the long, narrow lakes in the landscape west of Syracuse were actually formed by the impression of the fingers of the Great Spirit, and is not to be missed at all, it is truly one of my favorite tourist attractions in new york city map.
And no doubt the numerous lakes that make up the Finger Lakes region a scenic beauty on the earth.
You can find and visit several towns and resorts around the lakes, and to visit these places is through the Cayuga Trail, the Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.
Another attraction here is the town of Corning, which is home to the living history museum Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, The Rockwell Museum. Also, at Auburn, you can see several attractions, like the Harriet Tubman House, the Seward House Museum, Willard Chapel, and the Fingerlakes Mall.
My tip here is that don’t forget to visit the finger Lakes Museum in Branchport and the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Park.
3. Ellis Island
The same ferry you pick for visiting Statue of Liberty, stops next at Ellis Island, which is one of the famous tourist places of new york, and here you can visit the museum on the first floor of the main building, and on the upper level, tourists can go to the quarantine wing and actually see some of the original bunks and facilities.
Also, you get to see photos, documents, and personal stories that define American history.
So my suggestion is that when you board the ferry then check two attractions and get phenomenal views of two historical landmarks from many angles.
4. Times Square
This place has been mentioned several times in the movies, but what this Times square is actually?
The Times Square is one of the best places to visit in New York, it is located at the junction of Broadway and 7th Ave, where it is flooded with the massive screens announcing everything from the newest films and shows to special presentations.
Also, the pedestrian areas are full of creativity of artists, performers, and tourists coupled with the mouth-watering food smells oozing from the food trucks.
You must make a visit to Sardi’s Restaurant, Theater District and highly famous Madame Tussaud’s.
But this is not what describes the Times Square, but there are a number of stores, M&M World and don’t skip the Empire State Building, which stone throws away distance from here, and gives you breathtaking views of the city below.
5. Letchworth State Park
If you are really willing to see the fusion of natural beauty then nothing fits this except Letchworth State Park, where you can see three sets of waterfalls along the dramatic Genesee River Gorge.
You will be surprised to see steep cliff walls line the gorge, which is surrounded by forest, and is also referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The Middle Falls is the largest, with a 107-foot drop, and is illuminated during night time from May through October.
If you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones, then this park brings the full range of facilities; campsites and cabin rentals to trails, swimming, a playground, and concessions.
During winter times it is famous for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and designated snowmobile trails.
6. Lake Placid
Do you know this place is the world-famous winter sports resort of Lake Placid and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1932, 1980)?
Set amidst the natural surroundings with lakes and hills, this town is a major tourist center and is best known internationally for its winter recreation. You can enjoy skiing, also you can incredible shops and restaurants line here and the scenic beauty of Mirror Lake is a centerpiece of the town, and brings another level charm to this place.
7. Lake George
The Lake George town is situated at the southern end of a 32-mile-long lake George. This very town is highly famous among tourists for its beautiful attractions, like camping.
You may find this place filled with motorcyclists. Also, the Million Dollar Beach, on Beach Road, is famous amongst tourists and natives for swimming, picnic, and volleyball courts.
Here the cruises give you a different view of the lake and for the greatest scenic point, Prospect Mountain is the best choice. You can get the historical whiff with Lake George Battlefield Park and the Fort William Henry Museum.
8. Niagara Falls
Calling it the natural wonder wouldn’t be wrong, and its beauty has the power to attract millions of visitors each year.
It is located along the border of Canada and the United States, and there are actually three waterfalls within the park – Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and Horseshoe Falls which is also known as Canadian Falls.
To be precised, the Horseshoe Falls is widest and tallest, which drops from 167 feet from a 2,700-foot-wide ledge.
If you want to get a panoramic view of all three falls, then go to the observation tower, or take the famed Maid of the Mist boat tour into the basin of Horseshoe Falls.
To make your visit more valuable the visitor center has a gift shop, dining options, and a theater that shows a 40-minute film about the history and legend of the falls.
Although my favorite here is nighttime illumination of the Horseshoe Falls which has the spectacular fireworks shows on special occasions.
This place is located at the southern tip of Otsego Lake in central New York state and is famous for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where baseball lovers can get an incredible view of the sport’s legends and memorabilia. Here, the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum lets the visitors pose with baseball’s greats in a laid-back atmosphere and enjoy their “baseball bloopers” film in the small theater.
Also, there are Fenimore Art Museum and the Alice Busch Theater, where you can watch the Glimmer glass Festival, an annual international opera event, and the historic sites like Hyde Hall, and The Farmer’s Museum is something you can never give a miss.
10. Thousand Islands
As the name suggests this very place is not just one but are thousands of little islands, which are spread across the 50 mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River.
These islands are located along a granite shelf extending from the Canadian Shield to the Adirondack Mountains in the United States, and this very boundary is actually running between the islands.
You can find this area to be natural bliss throughout the year, and between mid-May and mid-October, the boat tours show ever-changing vistas and you can spend a holiday here in log cabins to the most luxurious of summer villas.
The different destinations in New York City have something incredible and engaging to offer you, the only aspect you require is to plan in advance that’s how you can where you would spend your time.
Further, you must give a thought that the top 10 things you can do in New York.
Hey, don’t lose hope, I will be sharing the number of engaging activities you can pick when you are in New York, in my next blog, so just stay hooked…
Other Best Places of Tourists Interest in New York
11. CENTRAL PARK
Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City, located between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side. It is the fifth-largest park in New York City by area, covering 843 acres. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 37.5–38 million visitors annually, as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world. Following proposals for a large park in Manhattan during the 1840s, Central Park was first approved in 1853 as a 778-acre park. In 1857, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect/landscape designer Calvert Vaux won a design competition to construct the park with a plan they titled the “Greensward Plan”. Construction began the same year, and the park’s first areas were opened to the public in late 1858. Additional land at the northern end of Central Park was purchased in 1859, and the park was completed in 1876. After a period of decline in the early 20th century, New York City parks commissioner Robert Moses started a program to clean up Central Park.
12. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and built from 1930 to 1931. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of the state of New York. The building has a roof height of 1,250 feet and stands a total of 1,454 feet tall, including its antenna. The Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building until the construction of the World Trade Center in 1970; following its collapse in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Empire State Building was again the city’s tallest skyscraper until 2012. As of 2020, the building is the seventh-tallest building in New York City, the ninth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States, the 48th-tallest in the world, and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The site of the Empire State Building, located in Midtown South on the west side of Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets, was originally part of an early 18th-century farm. It was developed in 1893 as the site of the Waldorf–Astoria Hotel. In 1929, Empire State Inc. acquired the site and devised plans for a skyscraper there.
13. BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing across the East River. It was also the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet and a deck height of 127 ft above mean high water. The span was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge or the East River Bridge but was officially renamed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1915. Proposals for a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn were first made in the early 19th century, which eventually led to the construction of the current span, designed by John A. Roebling. His son Washington Roebling oversaw the construction and contributed further design work, assisted by the latter’s wife, Emily Warren Roebling. While construction started in 1870, numerous controversies and the novelty of the designed construction process caused the actual construction to be prolonged over thirteen years.
14. THE HIGH LINE
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. The High Line’s design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. The abandoned spur has been redesigned as a “living system” drawing from multiple disciplines which include landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture. The park is built on a disused, southern viaduct section of the New York Central Railroad line known as the West Side Line. Originating in the Meatpacking District, the park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Center. The West Side Line formerly extended south to a railroad terminal at Spring Street, just north of Canal Street, and north to 35th Street at the site of the Javits Center. The southern portion of the viaduct was demolished in segments during the late 20th century.
15. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The Metropolitan Museum of Art maintains a museum and library of art in the City of New York. Its main collections include arms and armor, ancient Near Eastern art, Asian art, costumes, drawings and prints, European sculpture and decorative arts, Greek and Roman art, Islamic art, medieval art, modern and contemporary art, musical instruments, photographs, and the Robert Lehman Collection, as well as the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The institution was founded in 1870 and is based in New
16. ROCKEFELLER CENTER
Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th Street and 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The 14 original Art Deco buildings, commissioned by the Rockefeller family, span the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, split by a large sunken square and a private street called Rockefeller Plaza. Later additions include 75 Rockefeller Plaza across 51st Street at the north end of Rockefeller Plaza, and four International Style buildings located on the west side of Sixth Avenue. In 1928, the site’s then-owner, Columbia University, leased the land to John D. Rockefeller Jr., who was the main person behind the complex’s construction. Originally envisioned as the site for a new Metropolitan Opera building, the current Rockefeller Center came about after the Met could not afford to move to the proposed new building. Various plans were discussed before the current one was approved in 1932. Construction of Rockefeller Center started in 1931, and the first buildings opened in 1933. The core of the complex was completed by 1939. The original center has several sections.
17. THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It plays a major role in developing and collecting modern art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. MoMA’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. The MoMA Library includes approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups. The archives hold primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art.
18. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
Grand Central Terminal is a commuter rail terminal located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Grand Central is the southern terminus of the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines, serving the northern parts of the New York metropolitan area. It also contains a connection to the New York City Subway at Grand Central–42nd Street station. The terminal is the third-busiest train station in North America, after New York Penn Station and Toronto Union Station. The distinctive architecture and interior design of Grand Central Terminal’s station house have earned it several landmark designations, including as a National Historic Landmark. Its Beaux-Arts design incorporates numerous works of art. Grand Central Terminal is one of the world’s ten most visited tourist attractions, with 21.6 million visitors in 2018, excluding train and subway passengers. The terminal’s main concourse is often used as a meeting place, and is especially featured in films and television. Grand Central Terminal contains a variety of stores and food vendors, including a food court on its lower-level concourse.
19. 9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the September 11 attacks. It is operated by a non-profit institution whose mission is to raise funds for, program, and operate the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site. A memorial was planned in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and destruction of the World Trade Center for the victims and those involved in rescue and recovery operations. The winner of the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition was Israeli-American architect Michael Arad of Handel Architects, a New York- and San Francisco-based firm. Arad worked with landscape-architecture firm Peter Walker and Partners on the design, creating a forest of swamp white oak trees with two square reflecting pools in the center marking where the Twin Towers stood.
20. ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER
One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the seventh-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east. The building’s architect is David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower’s steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012.