The Brooklyn Bridge is just one of many landmarks to see while in New York City.
(Photo By: Esther Lee)
The Best Ways to Sightsee New York City
I love New York City! There are so many things to see, and so many different ways to see them. You could spend an entire year in the Big Apple and still have things on your list of things to do. Everyone should visit New York City at least once in his or her lifetime. There truly is no other place like it on earth. So, what’s the best way to sightsee when in NYC? Well, there’s several!
Some of the unique tours of NYC truly are the best way to the see the city. You can take a helicopter tour of Manhattan or a schooner tour to view the city from its many waterways. These tours present NYC from a wonderfully unusual vantage point. When in the air, you see the people hustling and bustling without being bumped into; when on the water, the city seems so much more peaceful. Of course both types of tours afford you seeing the famous NYC landmarks from a different vantage point as well.
Pedal to the Metal
Nope, I’m not talking about grabbing a cab and telling the driver to floor it! You can also tour the Big Apple on bicycle. You’ll want to book a tour with a bicycling touring company, because it’s pretty harried on those NYC streets! Don’t go it alone. This is a wonderful way to see New York City, especially Central Park, and get some exercise too.
Don’t feel like getting any exercise while on your vacation? Well, okay! You’re entitled to take a load off! If so, take a bus tour. This way of seeing the city is one of the more popular choices of tourists and the many bus touring companies offer a wide variety of tours so you can select the perfect sightseeing route for you. Decide which parts of NYC you want to see and then select the perfect bus tour to see it!
Going to NYC to shop ’til you drop? Want to experience all the fabulous food in the Big Apple? Curious about the financial district? There are plenty of specialized tours you can take while in NYC. If you want to take a foodie tour, there are several to choose from. You can also book a shopping tour based on your spending habits. Tour the financial district, or take a thought-provoking and respectful 9/11 tour. New York City has plenty of specialized tours to suit any traveler’s taste.
Or… Just Walk
Or you can walk, which is what most people do. What should you see while traversing the Big Apple? Well, there are tons of historical landmarks to see when in New York City. Some of the most popular and visited are:
- Famous Architecture – NYC’s skyline is one of the most recognized throughout the world, and with good reason. Part of what makes up the NYC skyline are some pretty incredible feats of architecture, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the GE Building (Rockefeller Center), and of course Grand Central Station!
- Times Square – You simply have to see Times Square in person. You see it on TV all the time when ringing in the New Year, but it’s just not the same as being there. When in NYC, take a walk through Times Square and marvel at the lighted signage in person.
- Central Park – Central Park is such a beautiful and unexpected sight in New York City. It’s amazing to see such green nestled in the NYC concrete jungle. Central Park was a planned oasis amid the chaotic city and has thousands of flora, lakes, wildlife, and historic buildings.
- Museums – New York City has numerous world-renowned museums. The top ones are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met, as the natives call it; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, simply called The Guggenheim; the Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA; and the National Academy Museum and School.
- Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island – You’ll see her if you take a boat tour, and you’ll take a boat out to see her, but when in NYC you must visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The beautiful Lady Liberty is a symbol of NYC and America, and Ellis Island is most likely where your ancestors entered the U.S.
- Broadway/Famous Music Halls – You have to see a show while in NYC and, of course, you have to see a show on Broadway. You also have to see Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall. These famous centers of entertainment are NYC icons, and while you’re there, check out off-Broadway too!
- Brooklyn Bridge – I have a bridge to sell you! Millions have seen it, driven it, walked it, and a few have jumped off it – don’t try that, please – yes! I’m trying to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. Take the time to see this fabulous structure during the day and at night. It’s an amazing and truly historic bridge and a great walk over to Brooklyn!
- Yankees Stadium/Bronx Zoo – Head on over to The Bronx to visit Yankee’s Stadium and the Bronx Zoo. Even if you’re not a Yankees’ fan, you can still appreciate the baseball history associated with many Yankees’ players. The Bronx Zoo is one of the world’s most famous and largest zoos – lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Tennis fans know what I’m talking about when I say you need to visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park. NYC borough Queens is home to one of professional tennis’ grand slam tournaments, the U.S. Open, and its world-famous players often say playing in NYC is one of their favorite tourneys. Check it out and see what the fuss is about!
- Staten Island Ferry – Take a trip on the famous Staten Island ferry and spend some time in this NYC borough too! There’s plenty to see in Staten Island, too, including the Staten Island Museum and the St. George Theatre. Don’t forget, NYC isn’t just Manhattan!