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New York City

With a thriving arts scene, iconic skyscrapers and great food, the Big Apple lives up to the hype.

New York City is among the country’s most visited metropolises, as well as a major hub for American cultural life. Though each of the city’s five boroughs has its own distinct character, most visitors center their visits on Manhattan, known for its surreal towering skyscrapers, world-class art museums, huge array of nightlife options and great shopping. You can also discover fantastic destinations in the other boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.



Iconic Architecture

Most visitors to New York City want to see some of the metropolis’s iconic buildings and structures. Taking a ferry out to New York Harbor to see the Statue of Liberty is among the more popular activities for first-time visitors. For a fee, travelers can climb up an interior staircase all the way to the statue’s crown (the torch has been closed since 1916 in the wake of a terrorist near Lady Liberty).

Back on Manhattan, great skyline views can be found at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, located on the 68th to 70th floors of the Rockefeller Center. Across the street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a beautiful, Neo-Gothic cathedral that looks like it’s been plucked straight out of a European city and placed among New York’s towering structures.

A short walk will take you to the Chrysler Building. Stop at Grand Central Terminal en route to take a look at the beautiful, spacious interiors (which you’ve probably seen in a few films in the past). From here, it’s a 15-minute walk to the Empire State Building, built in 1930 and one of the most popular vantage points of the city. Take an elevator to one of the observation decks, located on the 86th and 102nd floors, and marvel at views of the bustling Hudson River, Times Square and Central Park. One of the newer attractions to the city, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum pays homage to the victims of the 9/11 attacks that toppled both towers of World Trade Center in 2001. The monument is located on the site where the twin towers once stood.



Culinary Delights

Food is a big deal in the Big Apple. Start your culinary exploration right on the street, where countless small food carts serve up some of the city’s most famous foodie delights. Hot dogs are a popular option and can usually be ordered with a variety of toppings from vendors around the city. Many carts also sell sweet, honey-roasted peanuts and cashews, served hot in little paper pouches—they taste unlike anything you’ll get in a store.

Some street carts sell knishes—doughy dumpling-like pockets stuffed with potatoes and other veggies. These treats are also frequently sold in Jewish delis, along with classics such as bagels with cream cheese and salmon lox. And no visit to New York would be complete without trying a hot slice of thin-crust New York-style pizza.

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