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Upper West Side

Located between Central Park and the Hudson River and West 59th Street and West 110th Street, the Upper West Side is known for being one of Manhattan’s more upscale residential neighborhoods, with beautiful brownstones and a generally safe atmosphere. For those looking to experience some of New York’s best cultural sites, the Upper West Side has plenty. For example, Lincoln Center is an important cultural institution in the neighborhood, as the center puts on an array of topnotch music, dance and theater performances. In fact, it is home to some of the world’s most elite performing arts groups like The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic.

There is also the American Museum of Natural History, American Folk Art Museum, The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, The Children’s Museum, Museum of Arts & Design, Nicholas Roerich Museum and New York’s oldest museum founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society. Outdoor beauty also abounds in the Upper West Side between two parks, the iconic Central Park as well as the tranquil Riverside Park which runs along the Hudson River from 58th to 156th streets.

To get to the Upper West Side by subway, you can take the 1 to 66th Street-Lincoln Center; 1, 2, 3, B, C to 72nd Street or 96th Street; 1 to 79th Street; B, C to 81st Street; 1, B, C to 86th Street; 1, B, C to 103rd Street or 110th Street.

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Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 376 Reviews

Hop on and hop off at more than 30 stops around New York City with an open-top Big Bus tour, and visit NYC attractions at your own pace. Travel with ease by  ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Varies

From USD $49.00

Best Viator Exclusive: THE TOUR New York City

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

See New York City through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows on THE TOUR — definitely not your average sightseeing coach! Aboard this spacious, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00

New York City Chocolate and Dessert Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

If you love eating, exploring and having fun, this culinary tour will offer you the flavorful experience you crave in New York City. This walking tour of ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.50

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