Visiting NYC for the first time? Plan your itinerary and check scheduling times and ticket availability for shows or performances you may want to see while you’re there. Find a vacation rental home that’s centralized for all the things you want to do. Use the subway, cabs or rideshare options to get around so you can see as much of the city as possible on your vacation.

Here are a few ideas to consider while visiting NYC.

  1. The Empire State Building

    Once touted as the tallest building in the U.S., the Empire State Building remains a popular tourist destination. While it is far from being the tallest building today, it has some impressive observatories up high on the 86th and 106th floor with expansive views of the city. This Manhattan landmark also has a lobby covered with murals as well as a visitors’ center on the second floor.

  2. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
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    This 125-year-old Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. You can ride, bike, run or walk across the bridge that stretches for a little over one mile. The views are amazing so plan on snapping some photos. The steel suspension bridge reaches over the East River and took 14 years to build from 1869–1883.

  3. Radio City Music Hall
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    Visiting NYC tips would have to include purchasing tickets ahead of time for popular shows. This includes shows like the famous Radio City Rockettes® at the Radio City Music Hall in the Rockefeller Center. These dance performances have been entertaining audiences for more than 90 years. You can also tour the restored music hall without seeing a performance. This historic theater was built in 1932 and continues to be a sightseeing attraction.

  4. Check Out the Financial District
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    Huge skyscrapers line the streets in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. Expect to stumble upon Wall Street, hipster bars, young entrepreneurs and investment bankers. Grab lunch or dinner at one of the famous restaurants. You’ll see museums and upscale shops in this bustling area, and the first bank was founded where the New York Stock Exchange exists today. The bar scene kicks in after-work hours.

  5. Experience Chinatown

    Chinatown is a crowded part of the city full of fish markets and Asian restaurants. Try the chopsticks as you dine on authentic Asian food like fried dumplings, dim sum and spicy garlic noodles. The oldest restaurant in Chinatown is Nom-Wah Tea Parlor, which has been serving food since 1920. While you could certainly eat your way through Chinatown, you’ll also find shops tucked into narrow corridors, pagoda-style buildings and a Buddhist Temple.

There’s no place quite like New York City. Each visit will uncover even more to do, whether it’s going to a different show, touring a museum or finding a really cool pub.