Planning a trip to the Big Apple is no easy task. While you probably could just wing it with finding a place to stay or choosing where to go visit, you might end up spending more money than you’d like and using unnecessary time trying to find your way around the big city. It’s helpful to have a plan and prioritize your time according to what is most important to you because some of the best tourist attractions in NYC may have certain visiting hours, or the crowd will be more desirable at particular hours. Make a list of your top places to visit and search for a vacation rental closest to those things.

Biggest Tourist Attractions of NYC

  1. Take in the View from the Empire State Building

    As possibly the most famous office building in the world, it would be a shame to miss this landmark and its Art Deco design. A visit to the Empire State Building’s 86th-floor and 102nd-floor observatories comes with an audio tour to provide more information about everything you can see from the 360-degree view. On a clear day, this includes the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hudson and East Rivers, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square.

  2. Learn the History of and Visit the 9/11 Memorial
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    Although tearjerking, the 9/11 Memorial is a humble reminder and way to honor all of the people killed in the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. There are two reflecting pools that sit in and mark the footprints of the Twin Towers, which are each almost an acre in size. There’s also a large exhibition space that holds a handful of artifacts with descriptions of what actually happened on that day.

  3. Enjoy a Walk Through Central Park
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    Covering more than 843 acres, Central Park offers a sanctuary of nature to anyone who needs a break from the concrete jungle. Not only can you walk, run, ride your bike, play chess, ice skate and go fishing in the park, but there is also always a ton of events that you can attend. Some areas are designated quiet zones, while other areas have playgrounds for families with children. Depending on where exactly you are located in the park, you can easily find some tasty restaurants nearby and maybe a museum or two.

  4. Catch a Broadway Show in Times Square
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    Times Square attracts over 50 million visitors every single year with its endless show and restaurants. Of those people, a large number go to watch live performances on Broadway. Whether you’re interested in a musical, a drama or a comedy, Broadway has you covered. There are so many talented and aspiring artists that there’s a show for everyone of every age in the family.

  5. Learn Something at a Museum

    There are numerous museums scattered around New York City. There’s certainly no shortage of learning about history in this city. Some of the more popular places include the Statue of Liberty, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.