December 3, 2022
New York City Skyline

If you were to spend weeks in New York City, you probably wouldn’t be able to see everything, but there are still some must-see sights and experiences you shouldn’t miss – especially if you’re a first-time visitor to the Big Apple. Of course, this list is based on our subjective opinions: we recommend these 5 itineraries based on travelers’ feedbacks.

New York landscape with the Statue of Liberty in Liberty Island, aerial view from helicopter

1. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty is located just outside New York on Liberty Island, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The steel-framed, copper statue was donated by France to commemorate the centennial of the independence of the United States of America.

A museum on the second floor of the pedestal tells the story of the statue. Inside the statue, a spiral staircase leads to the viewing platform at the crown, with a rest stop at every third turn. Before 1916, the ladder on the right arm was open to the public, but today it is only used by staff to maintain the torch’s lighting equipment.

The written history of Ellis Island dates back to 1630. From 1892 to 1954, it was the busiest immigration checkpoint in the state. The island was expanded by filling between 1892 and 1934. Before that, this small island was the site of Fort Gibson, which later became an ammunition depot. Since 1965, the island has been part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and since 1990, it has housed the Immigration Museum.

Since 1998, most of the island has been part of New Jersey. The immigrant hospital on the southern part of the island is closed to the public and is part of the Monument complex. Since 2017, the island has been on the World Heritage nominations list.

Cityscape view of Manhattan with Empire State Building at sunset
Cityscape view of Manhattan with Empire State Building

2. Empire State Building

The city’s 102-storey, 381-metre-high building, and one of its landmarks, was the tallest building in the US for 42 years. It stands at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City. It takes its name from the nickname of New York State (Empire State).

Broadway street sign
Broadway street

3. Broadway

New York has some of the best theatres in the world – over 45 theatres in the Broadway district alone. This is the magic of Broadway, a magical world. Don’t think it’s a waste of time to visit Broadway, even if you don’t go to a single performance.

People enjoying nice weather in Central Park in Manhattan New York
Central Park in Manhattan New York

4. Central Park

A 3.41 km² (4 km×800 m) public park in the heart of Manhattan, New York City. Central Park stretches from 50th Street, the city’s commercial district, to 110th Street, or Harlem. The park is used by locals and tourists for walking, jogging and roller skating. Central Park is now over 150 years old.

It is one of the most famous parks in the world, having been featured in many films and TV series. Although much of it looks natural, it is in fact the result of careful planning, with several man-made lakes, a promenade, two skating rinks, a wildlife park and several grass areas and playgrounds for sports. Migratory birds often roost in the park, which is why bird lovers also like to spend time here.

The park has been on the World Heritage proposal list since 2017.

Brooklyn Bridge in New York At Night
Brooklyn Bridge in New York At Night

5. Brooklyn Bridge

One of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, it connects Manhattan Island to Brooklyn. It was the first steel cable suspension bridge in the world and the longest until 1903. Construction began on January 3, 1870, and it was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. First referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was officially named the Brooklyn Bridge in 1915. The bridge is a prominent feature of New York’s skyline and has been on the World Heritage nominations list since 2017.