Monday, September 19, 2011

Guest Post: Top 5 Reasons to visit New York

Commonly referred to as the city that never sleeps, NYC is one of the busiest and most popular states in the whole of America. If you are still undecided on whether to visit this amazing city or not, then we are confident that this guide will help you make up your mind!

1. The Statue of Liberty
Located on Liberty Island (a 12-acre island within the New York Harbour), the Statue of Liberty stands for everything that Americans believe in. Popular among tourists and seasoned New Yorkers alike, this colossal neoclassical sculpture was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and is one of the world's most visited landmarks. Trips to NYC are not complete without a trip here. The nearby Ellis Island, which acts as the port where immigrants enter the US, is also worth checking out.

2. The Empire State Building
Standing at 102-stories tall, the Empire State Building, is another world famous landmark situated in New York. It's stunning Art Deco architecture captures tourists imagination, and the observatory deck on 86th floor provides guests with some of the most amazing views of New York. From this outside deck, visitors have access to the stunning views of New York, stretching over 80 miles, so be sure to remember your cameras!

3. Rockefeller Centre
Covering 22-acres between 48th and 51st streets in New York, the Rockefeller Centre in Midtown Manhattan is another of New York's world famous sites. Popular activities here include ice-skating on the outdoor rink, which opens during the winter season. During holidays the rink will become slightly more crowded, but it is generally busy throughout the entire season. Those of you who don't enjoy ice-skating can sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and soak up the warm happy atmosphere.

4. The Grand Central Terminal
Even if you are not going looking to board a train while in New York, the Grand Central Terminal is a must see. Built between 1903 and 1931 in Midtown Manhattan, Grand Central is the largest train station in the world, with a whopping 44 platforms. Both the inside and outside of the building offers visitors the chance to see some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. There are also various tours available that offer an insight into the history of the station, including how it was almost destroyed and how it was restored.

5. Times Square
One of the busiest areas in New York, Times Square has become increasingly popular among tourists in recent years. Many of New York's biggest hotspots, such as American Girl Place and the Hard Rock Café are situated in the heart of Times Square. Tourists flock from all over the world to take in the electric atmosphere and bright lights. Times Square is also the place to be when the ball drops on New Year's Eve.

This guest post has been written By Ellis Green of, a UK cruise company specialising in Last minute cruise deals and Cruise & maritime voyages.

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