Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island : The country’s most famous statue stands 151 feet tall, with a 3-foot mouth and 25-foot waist. Between 1882 and 1924, 12 million immigrants beheld the sight of the statue while passing through the red-and-white Byzantine-style castle at Ellis Island.
Chinatown’s Mott Street : The bustling heart of Chinatown is lined with restaurants, bakeries, tiny food stores, and cheery souvenir shops.
SoHo Walking Tour : Wander down the main shopping drags of Broadway, West Broadway, Prince, and Spring, where you’ll find everything from street vendors to chic boutiques.
Empire State Building : The quintessential skyscraper was erected during the Depression in an astonishing 14 months.
Times Square : This iconic square in the heart of the Theater District is a neon-splashed spectacle, best taken in after the sun goes down.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : Newly renovated, with twice the exhibition space, the MoMA is one of the world’s foremost museums of modern art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art : The largest museum in the Western Hemisphere houses nearly three million works of art from all over the world.
Central Park : The 843-acre “lungs of New York” is entirely human-constructed, with every bush, tree, and rock planted by someone.
Coney Island : With a boardwalk, amusement rides, and carnival-like snack stands, Coney Island is quintessential old-time New York.
The Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden : One of the world’s largest and most important zoos, housing over 4,000 animals, many of which roam relatively freely in large landscaped habitats, sits alongside the well-tended gardens full of roses, orchids, ferns, waterlillies, and more.