With so many songs written about it and films set among its streets, it can often feel like you’re a seasoned New Yorker, even without having been there. But holidays in New York fill you with a sense of magic that it’s impossible to truly recreate.
From engrossing Broadway shows to Michelin star restaurants, stunning views to sobering monuments, the Big Apple is a feast for all five senses.
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A great way to enjoy an unconventional tour of the city is through one of New York’s newest attractions.
‘The Ride’ is not just a sightseeing journey, but an interactive extravaganza too! Expect the unexpected, be prepared to join in along the way and it’ll be the ideal start to your New York holiday.
With 274 listed skyscrapers towering over the city, there are plenty of places to enjoy spectacular views across Manhattan and while many will head to the Empire State Building, we think an even better vantage point lies at the 66th floor of the Rockefeller Center – known as ‘Top of the Rock’.
Another breath-taking site – though in a very different respect – is the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Set on the site of the Twin Towers, it’s a beautiful and emotional tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks. For a personal account of the day, take a tour led by someone involved, such as a police or fire officer, or an office worker. These tours provide a truly unique insight, and each guide has a fascinating, if harrowing, account to share.
More unique insights can also be enjoyed in many of Manhattan’s distinct neighbourhoods, such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy or Chinatown. Many companies run walking food tours, which not only are a great way to learn about each area but also mean you get to sample loads of tasty and local bites too – a get some ideal inspiration for dinner (if you’re still hungry!).
Outside of New York City, New York state has plenty to offer visitors. Head up to Niagara Falls for some natural beauty and stop by Buffalo en-route for some authentic buffalo wings, or Adirondack Park which boasts more than 10,000 lakes and is an ideal spot for hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, paddleboarding and a host of other outdoorsy activities.
From the Big Apple to the Golden Gate Bridge we’ve got a ten gallon hat full of great American holidays
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