Start your day early on the first ferry to Liberty Island where youll arrive before the crowds and enjoy a full tour including the wonderfully-curated museum. Then head up to the Pedestal for beautiful views over New York Harbor. Your next stop is Ellis island to learn the story of American immigration through the eyes of the over 12 million people who were processed here on their way to living in the United States.
Take the ferry back to Battery Park and break for lunch with recommendations on where to eat from your knowledgeable local guide. Reconvene in Times Square for a full tour of this iconic thoroughfare including the Rockefeller Center.
A short walk away, youll peek inside St. Patricks Cathedral to learn about the religious life of the city before strolling down 5th Avenue to see the famous window-displays adorning all the fashionable boutiques. Finally, head inside Grand Central Station to explore the hidden corners of Americas most visited train station (and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world).
The day ends atop the Empire State Building where youll skip any entrance lines and take the elevator directly to the 86th floor for incredible views over the entire city, including all the sights you have just spent the day enjoying.