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New York City abounds with places to see and things to do, but certain things belong on any Manhattan itinerary. These New York City landmarks and legends are favorites of locals and visitors alike. Choose your destinations, and let us know your plans: we'd be more than pleased to help you say you've done it all.
In a city known for bright lights, none shine brighter than those of this neighborhood. Home to Broadway’s most popular shows, famous venues like Caroline’s, an array of terrific shopping destinations and a diverse selection of fantastic restaurants, Times Square is a world unto itself and an iconic symbol of New York City excitement. Visit the New York Times Building, see the latest creations at Madam Tussaud's, or grab the best deals on Broadway shows at the TKTS booth: Times Square is bound to be a thrill.
With a rich history dating back to 1686, Bryant Park is one of Manhattan’s most beloved outdoor destinations. Located next to the New York Public Library, Bryant Park serves as a serene oasis in the heart of Midtown. Home to a variety of food stands and activities, summer is marked by the appearance of a carousel and outdoor ping-pong tables, while in the winter, the Park becomes a wonderland for skating, shopping, and sipping on hot cocoa.
Broadway Theatre District
There's nothing quite like it. The home of 41 professional theatres, all with their own grand histories, Broadway is the premier place in the world to see enduring classics as well as cutting-edge new productions. Months of anticipation can't quite do justice to the feeling of finally stepping inside the ornate interior of the Ethel Barrymore or the Nederlander, or the thrill of seeing legendary shows where they originated.
The Museum of Modern Art
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art's vast and evolving collection contains nearly 200,000 works by over 10,000 artists. Visit during a major exhibition, and expect to gain extraordinary insights into modern movements; stop by for a film series or performance, and hear talks by some of the most celebrated artists, commentators and cultural critics in the world.
Fifth Avenue Shopping
Glitz and glamour lives in every storefront on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. With retail ranging from casual to upscale, there is something for everyone, and plenty of people watching along the way. Take a break from fulfilling your fashion wishlist and grab a bite to eat at one of the many famous Fifth Avenue restaurants like the Polo Bar, the Blue Box Cafe, or L&W Oyster Co.
Central Park has been welcoming admirers from far and wide since 1857. Spanning 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is home to the Central Park Zoo, Sheep Meadow, Fort Clinton, Delacorte Theater, and more. From lounging on the grass with a book to watching a performance by Shakespeare in the Park or cheering on artists at SummerStage, Central Park is a place to find both natural beauty and essential cultural activities.
Empire State Building
Completed in 1931, the 1,454-foot, 102-story Empire State Building is one of the world’s most recognized buildings. A beacon for the whole city, the Empire State Building provides stunning views from its observation decks and lights up in an array of color schemes nightly, acknowledging various city, state, national, and global events and occasions.
Distinguished by its dazzling Art Deco architecture, this complex of 19 buildings sits between 48th and 51st streets in Manhattan, beckoning visitors to explore the Top of the Rock, ice skating, and much more. Find world-class dining, learn about the area's artistic significance, and shop to your heart's content.
Grand Central Station
A Beaux-Arts majesty and famed New York City destination in its own right, Grand Central Station today stands as a reminder of the classic era of transportation. With a full market, boutique stores and famed destinations for dining - the Grand Central Oyster Bar and the Campbell Apartment among renowned names - Grand Central Station buzzes with activity and a timeless New York City atmosphere.
The High Line
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues, a visit to the High Line is an excellent way to take in the city from a unique vantage point while taking in some amazing urban gardens. Dig into some of the city's best artisanal foods, and find handcrafted wares nearby at the wonderful Chelsea Market.
One World Trade Center Observatory and 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a place of remembrance and honor. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum pays solemn homage to the past, and inspires hope for the future. Positioned on top of the One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters, all while encouraging reflection.
Hudson Yards is New York’s newest neighborhood and home to more than 100 diverse shops and culinary experiences, offices for leaders in industry, significant public art and dynamic cultural institutions including The Shed, modern residences, 14 acres of public plazas, gardens and groves.