For first-time visitors, New York City is a feast for the senses, from the lights of Times Square and world-class art to countless restaurants and Broadway theaters. To fit all of New York's must-do experiences into a single trip, here’s how to make the most of your time in New York City.
See Sights Around Town
Explore New York's numerous neighborhoods with a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour or a citywide sightseeing tour. You can visit New York's top sights—from Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty—without navigating the subway. Don't miss the panoramic views from One World Observatory.
Visit the Museums
Many of New York's best museums are located on Museum Mile. Modern-art lovers shouldn't miss the Guggenheim, while history enthusiasts enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art—showcasing more than 1 million works, from prehistoric relics to Renaissance paintings. To get the most out of your visit, purchase skip-the-line tickets or book a gallery tour to see collection highlights.
Take in a Broadway Show
Laugh, cry, or just soak in the culture at a Broadway show. Whether you're seeing musicals or stand-up comedy, plan to book tickets in advance, since shows tend to sell out. Theater lovers can also take a Theater District or Times Square walking tour to learn about the legends of old Broadway.
Wander the Parks
Take a break from the energetic city with a visit to New York's favorite parks. Book a walking tour or bike tour of Central Park and visit the park's top attractions including the Conservatory Garden and Belvedere Castle. Then head to the West Side for a High Line walking tour, and visit nearby neighborhoods, including Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.
From the Lower East Side to the Financial District, some of New York's most historic, scenic, and trendy neighborhoods are located in Lower Manhattan. Don't miss Wall Street, and stop by the somber 9/11 Memorial. Neighborhood walking tours are the best way to get around, while food tours offer sightseeing and a taste of the local cuisine in Chinatown and Little Italy.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
For unparalleled views of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, walk—or bike—across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Walking tours offer a bit of the bridge's history and take you into trendy DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), where you can hit some nearby galleries and see Brooklyn Bridge Park.