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What to see in New York


Of course, many of the world's most famous landmarks sit in New York City, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. Yet there is much more to this historic and scenically-diverse state than the famous Big Apple.

Those who can tear themselves away from the sprawling metropolis will find the rest of the state has also 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.

North upon the Hudson River, the state capital of Albany is a good base for exploring upstate New York. The beautiful Adirondacks region is in the centre of the state, offering some of the highest and most dramatic mountains in the eastern United States.

It is here where visitors can hike, ski, horse ride, or mountain bike. On the border with Canada, between lakes Ontario and Erie, is one of the country's most spectacular natural attractions, and certainly the most popular: Niagara Falls.

And located midway between Niagara Falls and New York City are the Finger Lakes. Despite being within 200 miles (322km) of the city, it remains one of the most unspoilt vacation areas in the USA, renowned not only for the picturesque lakes but also wineries and lush forests.

The Statue of Liberty

The universal symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty was the first thing seen by 12 million immigrants passing through Ellis Island Immigration Center. Sculpted by Frederic-Auguste…

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Central Park

The founders of New York set aside 340 hectares (840 acres) of central Manhattan as a public space, with Central Park opening in 1873 to provide an essential green lung within the concrete jungle of…

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Going to the theatre is one of the most popular tourist events in New York and the shows on Broadway are world famous, boasting some of the best productions in the world from blockbuster musicals to…

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Times Square

Though it is ultimately just an intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, Times Square has achieved iconic status. In a single frame, it successfully represents the…

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World Trade Center - Ground Zero

The six hectare (16 acre) worksite that emerged from the rubble of the twin towers now symbolises the infamous events on September 11 2001 when almost 3,000 people lost their lives.…

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building in New York is an iconic landmark in the sprawling Manhattan cityscape. Completed in 1931, it stretches 102 storeys into the sky and was considered the…

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Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art owns the most important collection of modern art in the United States. Referred to as MoMA, artists with work on display include greats…

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The Guggenheim Museum

Designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim was built in 1959 and is an icon of Modernist architecture specifically created to showcase the modern art within. Featuring a highly celebrated…

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum, affectionately known as the Met, possesses one of the greatest and largest art collections in the world. Banners above the Met's Fifth Avenue entrance…

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Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls straddle the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) northwest of New York City. They are one of the most popular natural attractions in the country, attracting…

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Finger Lakes

The 11 narrow Finger Lakes are popular getaways for boating and fishing, the surrounding rolling hills interspersed with waterfalls, gorges and parks perfect for Hikers, cyclists and skiers. Its name…

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