Empire State Building
Perhaps the biggest New York City sight, standing at 1,425-feet-tall, the view from the top is unparalleled anywhere else in the city. Built in 1929, construction of the 102-floor landmark amazingly spanned just over 13-months. Travelers can take an elevator to the 86th floor viewing deck, but go-getters who want some bragging rights do have the option to climb all 1,576 steps to the top. Visitors who are not trying to wait in line all day should get there early to see the unforgettable view.
This solemn, sacred ground has become a must-see for tourists and locals alike. Probably the most historic sight in NYC, possessing so much significance – it’s truly a moving place. Past the magnitude of the memorial, the museum underneath is masterfully done, providing beautiful detail and perspectives of that fateful day. The landmark is no longer just about the past either. The Freedom Tower overlooks the grounds now, providing an inspiring silver lining.
Statue of Liberty
Built in 1875 and entirely copper made, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable NYC sights. Standing 111-feet and six-inches tall and weighing a massive 450,000-pounds, the sheer size of the statue is stunning. Presented as a gift from France after America gained their independence from Great Britain, the statue symbolizes admiration and inspiration for people all over the world.
Fun Fact: surprisingly the thickness of the copper surrounding the statue of liberty is just about as thick as two pennies put together!
Radio City Music Hall
No matter the event from the NFL draft to the Rockettes performing their Christmas Spectacular, the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall always adds to the excitement. The combination of the acoustics and old-city feel heightens the pizzazz of any performance. From plays to comedians or concerts, travelers in search of a true NYC experience need to plan a visit here.
American Museum of Natural History
One of the most top rated museums in the country, travelers need to carve out at least a day to even attempt to sift through the monumental, fact-filled museum. From dinosaur exhibits to 3D movie mysteries of the unseen world, the museum displays our planet like never seen before. Unless you’re of the exploring variety, newcomers are encouraged to take a guided tour. The vastly knowledgeable guides will impart a great deal of information, while navigating through all the museums highlights.