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Places to visit: New York City

New York City, located in the New York state is also known as the Big Apple. Giovanni da Verrazano, an explorer from Florence, Italy, was the first to explore the harbor. Giovanni must have not had any idea his exploration resulted the city to be such a dynamic and diverse city.  The most populous city in the United States is the most ethnically diverse city. The city is home to Indian-Americans, Korean-Americans and several Chinatowns, African Americans and Asian- American Diasporas.

The city has attractions spanning from the Statue of Liberty to the iconic Empire state building – the city has some of the most picturesque surroundings a city has to offer. There are a number of attractions which will make a traveller’s visit truly memorable. Although there are many places to visit in the Big Apple, we will mention some of the most iconic of locations that a traveller will cherish.  This is not an exhaustive list but the most popular destinations where tourists normally prefer to visit:

New York, Places to visit, Empire state
Empire State Building
1. Empire State Building:
One of the most recognizable structures in the US is the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, the building maintained its record for being the tallest building in the world which stood unbroken for 40 years. The iconic structure is beautifully lit up at night and the view of the city from the observation deck is mesmerizing. Located at Midtown Manhattan, the observation deck provides a stunning panoramic view of the city.

Statue of Liberty, New York
Statue of Liberty

2. Statue of Liberty:
The statue of liberty is perhaps one of the most iconic statues that the US is known for. The statue was a gift from France to the people of United States. It was dedicated in 1886 and remains as a symbol of liberty for people the world over. The statue is located in New York Bay atop Liberty Island and is also designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Largest Museum in US
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The largest and the most visited museum in the country – its collection boasts over two million works across various cultural departments. Founded in 1870, the idea of building a Museum was to encourage the people of America to learn about and develop an interest toward arts. The museum houses various artefacts from Ancient near eastern art, arms and armor, arts from various cultures like Africa, Oceania Americas etc., Egyptian art, paintings and many more.   It is located on 1000 5th Avenue.

Broadway Theater, Times Square, Theater
Broadway Theater
4. Broadway Theater: 
A popular tourist attraction, it is commonly known as Broadway. Broadway showcases theatrical performances that have commercial productions. Most performances are musicals and have longest running musicals like The Phantom of the Opera. It is also located in Midtown Manhattan.

Times Square, New York, tourist attractions in New York
Times Square
5. Times Square:
The most visited tourist attraction in the country. It is also well known around the world for its neon billboards.  It is a major intersection with many tourists and pedestrians passing through the busy city-streets. It is also located in Midtown Manhattan.

Now this isn’t an exhaustive list, these are the best locations that you need to visit when in New York. The locations mentioned above are mostly frequented by tourists both locally and mostly from the world over. So when you are in the US during your next vacation and are visiting New York, ensure you do visit the places mentioned above.