City is home to many famous attractions---Broadway, Central Park, Times Square, and world-class museums. Ask 100 people what the most famous attraction in New York is, and get 100 different answers. For those visiting the Big Apple for a just a few days, these sites are a must-see.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty National Monument is one of the most beloved attractions in New York City, and the world. An international symbol of democracy and freedom, Lady Liberty was originally a gift from France to the United States of America to celebrate 100 years of independence. The statue is 305 feet tall, and stands on Liberty Island. A short ferry ride takes visitors from Battery Park to and from Lady Liberty. With advance reservations, it's now possible to tour inside the statue, climbing the 354 steps to the top of her torch. Hop back on the ferry for a ride to nearby Ellis Island and the American Immigration History Museum, and trace family roots using national archives.
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building on 34th Street is instantly recognizable in the city's skyline, towering over midtown Manhattan. At the Empire State Building Observatory, visitors can take in sweeping panoramic views of New York. It is located on the 86th floor, more than 1,000 feet above the street. The observatory often has long lines, so get there early in the morning or later in the evening. It is open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week.
For visitors who come to New York City in the winter months, one of the most popular attractions in town is the Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. A large ice rink for skaters is set up in the main plaza every year at the Rockefeller Center. Skate rentals are available. The Christmas tree behind the rink has been a cherished and cheerful holiday tradition for more than 75 years. The annual tree-lighting ceremony takes place during the first week of December, and the tree shines on until early January.
David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.