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What to see in New York

Attractions


To many New York City is New York State, but there is much more to this historic and scenically diverse state than the Big Apple. Of course, many of the world's most iconic landmarks can be found in New York City, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square, but those that can tear themselves away from the city will find the state has a lot to offer.

Within an hour's drive of the city visitors can find the beaches of Long Island, or escape to the Catskill Mountains to fish, hike or ski. A little further north, on the Hudson River, is the state capital, Albany, which is a good base for exploring 'upstate' New York. In the centre of the state, the beautiful Adirondacks region can be found, home to some of the highest and most dramatic mountains in the eastern United States, attracting the energetic with a range of activities including hiking, skiing, horse riding and mountain biking.

On the border with Canada, between lakes Ontario and Erie, is possibly the country's most spectacular natural attraction, and certainly the most popular: Niagara Falls. Located midway between Niagara Falls and New York City are the Finger Lakes, which despite being within 200 miles (322km) of the city remain one of the most unspoilt vacation areas in the USA, renowned for their picturesque lakes, wineries and lush forests.


The Statue of Liberty

The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight to be seen by the 12 million…

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Central Park

With great foresight, the founders of New York set aside 340 hectares (840 acres) of central Manhattan as a public space.…

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Broadway

Going to the theatre is one of the most popular tourist events in New York and the shows on Broadway are world famous,…

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Times Square

Though it's ultimately just an intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, Times Square has achieved iconic…

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World Trade Center - Ground Zero

The six-hectare (16-acre) work site that has emerged from the rubble of the twin towers has come to symbolise the dreadful…

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Empire State Building

One of the enduring symbols of New York, and once again the city's tallest structure, the Empire State Building stands…

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Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, owns the most important collection of modern art in the USA including…

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The Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum was designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed shortly after his death…

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum possesses one of the greatest, and largest, collections of art in the world; it is a cherished…

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Niagara Falls

Straddling the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) northwest of New York City, the Niagara Falls are…

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Finger Lakes

The 11 narrow lakes that stretch north to south below Lake Ontario are known as the Finger Lakes. The lakes are popular…

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