You can't write about visiting New York City and simply ignore all the obvious landmarks. Forget about getting off the beaten track. If you've never been to New York, the beaten track is exactly where you want to be. This is possibly one of the most impressive cities in the world - in size, in scope, in sheer iconic significance - but it's also, in large measure, a cliché in and of itself. And somehow, that's ok. You can get away with being a cliché if you're The Big Apple (though you shouldn't call it that, nothing will give you away faster as a tourist, not even your fancy camera or look of awed amazement).
First thing you want to do before leaving the hotel is make sure you are wearing comfy shoes, because you will be doing a lot of walking. Picking up a car hire in New York
might be a good idea if you intend to tour the state, but if you're staying in the city, there's no better way to get around than walking and taking the subway. That way, you get to experience the ambiance first hand, and you won't have to spend your day cursing at the traffic.
The Fifth Avenue is almost a mandatory stop for those visiting New York for the first time. You might wonder why, while you walk outside the avenue's luxury boutiques, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada or Giorgio Armani - unless they're in your price range, in which case you know exactly why - but one should not argue with conventional wisdom, and you'll soon find yourself mesmerized by the stunning architecture of a city famous for its easily-recognized skyline.
The Fifth Avenue will take you all the way from Washington Square Park to Central Park, both of them mandatory stops. You can't go to New York without climbing to the top of the Empire State Building, currently the tallest building in the city, almost 400 meters high. The Statue of Liberty is probably best observed from afar, but if you're a history buff, you will find the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island an interesting stop.
Musical theatre is not everyone's cup of tea, but nothing screams New York louder than Broadway, and if you have the chance, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to attend a show.
And who could visit New York without sampling some of the food of one of the world's most popular culinary destinations? The city is home to some of the country's best and most famous haute cuisine restaurants, boasting several michelin-star restaurants, including five 3-star restaurants.
Much like the boutiques in Fifth Avenue, these are not for every purse, but one should not forget that New York also has a long and proud tradition of street food, ranging from hot dogs, to kebabs, to the famous New York-style pizza. Everyone should visit this stunning city at least once in a lifetime. And after all, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. ;)
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