When it comes to sightseeing, there’s no better city in the world to visit than New York! Brushing shoulders with the likes of London, Paris, Rome, Milan, and Berlin, New York is home to some of America’s greatest attractions and monuments, attracting millions of domestic and international tourists every year. NYC is also a mecca for many sports fans and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
With so much to see it is easy to get overwhelmed. That is why I have created this New York Checklist to help you navigate your first time through the city.
Tips on what to pack.
It is important to look at the weather beforehand to get a good idea of what you need to pack for your trip.
However, a couple of things I can recommend for New York beginners are…
A Day Pack
A light jacket – New York weather is crazy, so even in the summer you might get cold at night.
A copy of your hotel reservation – It is always smart to book your hotel a few weeks before heading to the City. Having a printout of these reservations limits any problems.
The Statue of Liberty
The statue’s original name was “Liberty Enlightening the World,” a term given by its creators, the French. Known to the rest of the world as the Statue of Liberty, this magnificent monument can be found towering above Liberty Island just beside New York harbour, welcoming Americans and tourists alike to home soil. This is the most visited site in the city and has to be added to your New York Bucket LIst. Without doubt it is one of the best places to visit in the United States.
The Richard Morris Hunt Memorial
This amazing memorial and monument can be found just on the outskirts of Central Park, and is one of the most historic in the city. It celebrates the great American architect Richard Morris Hunt. This man brought some popular European design styles and concepts to America, and his influence can be seen all over the city.
Columbus Circle Fountain
Unveiled in 1892, and sculpted by the famous artist Gaetano Russo, the Columbus Circle Fountain is one of the most recognised monuments in the city. Located just southwest of Central Park, this monument is a marble celebration of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus who discovered America in 1492. Although the area is under construction due to maintenance works, it will be one of New York’s most exciting and historic sites once works are complete.
One tip I always tell my readers is that a great way to save money is to buy a city pass when one is available. These passes offer a variety of options and different length of days. The New York Pass will give you access to over 80 of the city’s top attractions.
Go Backstage at the Radio City Music Hall
This backstage tour lets you go behind the scenes to get a guided tour of this famous New York Theater. You might even get the chance to meet, dance, and get a photo with one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. Either way, you will be entertained by the history and stories of this New York landmark.
NBC Studio Tour
If you are like me and a massive fan of the show “30 Rock,” then one of your first stops will be the NBC Studio tour. You will go behind the scenes of one of the biggest TV companies in the world. After the tour, I would head straight up one of the fastest elevators I have ever been on. It will take you to the top of the Rock for some amazing views of the city.
Ride Bikes in Central Park
Yes, spending a cool evening riding bikes in Central Park and sipping hot chocolate might seem one of the most touristy things you could do in New York. However, it’s because it is an extremely fun way to spend your night.