I love New York!
And that’s not just me quoting their wildly successful marketing campaign, either, although I do have the tshirt! I really do love the Big Apple!
Why wouldn’t you want to have the most diverse and influential city in the world on your bucket list?
If you’re planning on taking a trip to New York anytime soon, the key word is “planning,” especially if you’re travelling in peak season. Figure out what you want to do, when you want to do it, and if there are options to skip the line-ups.
Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities!
It’s hard to choose the most iconic site in NYC, but busy Times Square is high on the list.
Keep in mind that although it’s free to visit, it’s full of people who are trying their best to make sure you spend money. You might be overwhelmed by the experience, but I don’t think that my New York experience would have been complete without taking a walk through this energetic hot spot.
The Statue of Liberty
Only one company, Statue Cruises, is actually licensed to land on the shore of the island where the Statue of Liberty stands.
Don’t buy a ticket from the scalpers on the dock unless you just want to stare at her from a distance! Even if you land, you won’t be able to head up to the crown observation deck unless you’ve bought a ticket far in advance.
Be warned – it’s a tough climb up those stairs, and there are some restrictions that apply, but the view from the top is worth going to a bit of trouble.
The Empire State Building
Did you know that on a clear day, you can see into five different states from the observation deck of the Empire State Building?
Opened in 1931, and the highest building in the world until 41 years later, the tower is very popular with visitors. So popular, in fact, that it might be worth buying the flexible “skip the line” ticket in advance (yes, this is becoming a theme.) If you just show up and expect to ride straight to the top, you might spend most of the afternoon in line waiting for your chance.
If you follow the news at all, you’ve heard something about the play “Hamilton.” Broadway theatre is experiencing a major resurgence in popularity recently, and Canada has had a real presence there with the Tony Award-winning play “Come From Away” set in Gander Newfoundland.
“Come From Away” tells the story of the many hundreds of stranded passengers who landed in Gander on the day of September 11, 2001, and chronicles their navigation through Newfoundland culture and kindness of the inhabitants of Gander, who invited many people, nearly all strangers, into their homes for free. The kindness shown by the townspeople to the stranded passengers is commemorated in this play.
Almost as a follow up to “Come From Away”, the Toronto theatre company SoulPepper was also doing several shows in New York during this past summer. Soulpepper started with a two-production season in the summer of 1998 and is quickly growing to new markets and increasing its fame at home and abroad.
Remember that seeing a Broadway play isn’t like going to your local cinema! You’ll want to book in advance, show up early, and follow the advice of the ushers. Check out this site for the best tips on enjoying your Broadway show to the maximum!
South Street Seaport
With all the ways that New York City influences our modern culture, you could be forgiven for not knowing about the historical aspect of this former capital of the United States.
It’s true! In fact, George Washington was inaugurated there as the first president in 1789.
If you feel like you need to brush up on your historical knowledge, you could visit one of NYC’s least-known but best-rated locations, South Street Seaport. This area includes a museum, renovated ships and some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan.
If museums are your thing, consider heading over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Met” is a bit like Wikipedia – there’s no way you can see it all at once, and it won’t cost you anything unless you pay the recommended fee to help support the museum. The Met is the largest art museum in the United States, with over 2 million items in the permanent collection.
The 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial
Speaking of history, I’m going to finish up my recommendations on a somber note, the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial. It’s worth it to take some time out of your visit to remember the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.
The monument that now sits at the site of the former Twin Towers features the largest man-made waterfall in North America. It’s a peaceful spot to walk and reflect on how our world has changed.
On the same grounds is The World Trade Center Museum which has a moving exhibit presenting photos of each individual who lost their life on that tragic day.
Ready to book?
If none of these attractions piques your interest, New York City has plenty more!
Just remember: Plan in advance, and you’ll have a memorable time. We can help you plan to get the most out of your vacation!
Other things to consider or research include:
– Where to stay. Do you want a world-class five-star hotel, or are you looking for something that’s reasonable but comfortable?
– How to get there. New York City is close enough that some Canadians can drive in a reasonable amount of time, but others cannot. Why not book a flight and arrive the same day, no matter how far you’re traveling?
– How to get around. NYC has plenty of great public transportation, but there are also those famous yellow taxis and amazing helicopter tours.
Give us a call!
If all these details feel a bit overwhelming, Travel Time – TPI Inc can help! We’ve been planning trips to New York City for well over a decade!
Why not give us a call? Reach out to us via our website or by phone at +1 709-753-9950!
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