"There is something in the New York air, that makes sleep useless” Simone De Beauvor
This quote perfectly represents the spirit of this supremely effervescent city! Indeed, sleep does seem useless, with the many things to do here. A beautiful mélange of global cultures, New York does not cease to make you want more of it! Certain New York City tours cover the city just right, to ensure you get the best. From the very mandatory Times Square to something more offbeat like a jog at the Central park, if you truly want to whisk in the vibe here, you’ve got to do it the way locals do! Take a subway to experience some of the wackiest stuff on board, grab a bite at a food truck, gaze up at the Empire State building (and it's color!), get a cab ride even though it is very expensive, and of course Instagram every rooftop or skyline view! But on a serious note, check out these best things to do in New York
, for the ultimate New Yorkian experience.
1. Hop on and Hop off
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Before you start your New York expedition, a great way to determine where you want to invest your time in is to explore the city at your own space. The city has some great options to aid this. Take a recce around the city and see what appeals to you the most. Do this in the night and it’s even better.
Letting you reconnoiter the Big Apple leisurely is the hop on hop off bus. Ely tour guides will explain the characteristics of every attraction so you can decide where you want to head with your New York City tours
. There are more than 50 stops, where you can get on and off the bus. Different loops will get you on different routes, so ask for that.
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2. Head to Central Park
One of the reasons for New York’s vibe is the wonderful Central Park. Spanning an area of 3.41 km², the park has spectacular topography. You will spot people doing almost everything and anything here. From couples taking wedding pictures to people performing yoga or even taking a nap! This is one of the real essences of NYC.
Travel tip- Take a boat ride or rent a bike to cycle around. This place is not just a tourist place, but the locals love it too. So the best thing to do here is something that a local would do, like a jog perhaps! The central park zoo, sheep meadow, Alice in Wonderland statue and the Wollman Rink are other particular features of the park.
3. Get awestruck at the Niagara Falls
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Your USA sojourn is incomplete without a trip to the Niagara Falls! The breathtaking falls will thrill you as you soak in the natural splendor. This is your chance to experience what more than six million cubic feet of water cascading over a rocky crest, looks like. To watch other people in another country (Canada) right in front of you is an experience in its own.
Travel tip - Walking along the incomparable Cave of the Winds is the ultimate thing to do here! Follow that with an exciting cruise to the base of Horseshoe Falls on the famous Maid of the Mist. Watch the bottom of Niagara Gorge as you ride in an elevator that further ascends to the Prospect Point Observation Tower for a bird’s eye view!
4. The quintessential Statue of liberty tour
Incomplete is a USA tour, without the classic Statue of Liberty tour! One of the best view of the skylines of the world, set right in front of you, get enchanted boundlessly. Sailing across New York’s best of the best attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan, a tour here encompasses more than just one.
Travel tip An evening tour will give you beautiful panoramas as you sail towards the Lady Liberty. Some tours, offer exclusive experiences like Champaign on the cruise, an assortment of beers, wine and soft drinks too.
5. Sail and dine
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Delight yourself with one of the best experiences of New York. A scrumptious fare aboard a cruise, with a pop of champagne, nothing short of the quintessential upper east side experience.
Travel tip While this indeed is an amazing way to endure New York, boarding a ship from Pier 61 in the evening will only make it better! Enjoy a delectable buffet, prepared freshly on board, with the perfect dinner-paced music playing in the background. Some remarkable vistas and the Manhattan skyline are some of the things that you will be treated to!
6. Soak some Brooklyn sun
View all the splendid picture sites of the Manhattan skyline, real, right in front of your eyes. If you thought NYC was all about contemporary things, wait till you hear the incredible history. Before the city developed, this is where everything happened, the old town of the city.
Travel tip A walking tour or a cycling tour, would be an ideal way to explore this part of the Big Apple. Strolling or cycling over the bridge too is a one-of-its-kind experience. A guided tour will let you in all about the borough of Brooklyn. The art lovers, especially are in for a delight with the many art galleries here. Catch glimpses of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower and the Chrysler Building from here.
7. Cherish works at the Metropolitan museum of art
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Before you skip to the next point, passing this one off as an art lover's thing, hold on! The Met is not only USA’s but also one of the world’s most popular museums. Showcasing splendid works of ancient Egypt, Europe’s classics to American and modern work, this certainly is one of the best things to do in New York.
Travel tip Ideally you should have at least 2 hours. Look for a tour that will showcase the best of the museum without spending a lot of time here. The Van Gogh, Monet, ancient Egyptian temples and carved poles from Pacific Islands, are a must-see in the museum. Conclude with a trip to the museum’s rooftop garden
8. Lower east side delight
Manhattan’s most fashionable neighborhoods, the lower east side is the city’s hidden gem! This place will take you aback for formerly being a slum. Shop, eat, celebrate with the numerous opportunities this place throws at you. The Tenement Museum is a popular attraction here. But mainly go here, to catch the laid-back vibe.
Travel tip Someone who knows the area well, like a tour guide, will be a great way to explore this part of the city. Get a taste of the authentic ethnic, immigrated food, of multiple cultures. Shop at the many thrift stores, for some great bargains. Weather appropriate clothing is a necessary.
9. Shop at fifth avenue
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New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and it is here that you will find the best of couture! A plethora of shops flood the 5th avenue, and even if you are not going to actually buy something, you must definitely visit for an experience a la Gossip Girl.
Travel tip What could be a better way to get enlightened at this fashion avenue, than by a professional fashion guide?! Embark on the city’s fashion history and the evolution of fashion here. With valuable tips on outfits that suit your personal style, body type, and budget, you are ought to feel like a fashionista already!
10. Devour some of the best delicacies in the world
Finally bid adieu to this city that never sleeps, as you indulge in one exclusive gastronomical experience! From tacos and dumplings as street food to eccentric restaurants serving sophisticated menus and breweries for amazing craft beers, this place is ought to give you multiple foodgasms!
Travel tip Venturing out food in NYC, you cannot miss the Williamsburg Craft Beer, Dutch breakfast treat near the City Hall, visit century old bakeries at the lower east side, savories at the Hell's Kitchen, and of course the Greenwich Village!
A satisfied experience, after the above best things to do in New York, is a sure shot guarantee!