The Big Apple is one of those cities that everyone seems to talk about
visiting but not all of us do. New
often seem to get as much discussion as the city
itself with many visitors commenting on whether they had a view of
Central Park or which part of Manhattan they stayed in.
Dubbed the 'city that never sleeps’, the US's largest city is one of
the world's most famous destinations and one that every traveller, no
matter what their taste, should experience at least once in their
There’s more to New York than just drinking cocktails like the Sex And
The City girls, or enjoying a coffee a la the gang from Friends;
although there’s plenty of places to do both of these if you fancy
following in their footsteps!
New York has so much to offer that it’s no surprise it’s one of the
most talked about and visited cities in the World. One aspect of New
York that cannot be ignored is the shopping, which is almost as famous
as arguably its most iconic structure, the Empire State Building.
Where to start with so many world famous stores is probably the only
dilemma any shopper will face when they find themselves in the Big
Apple. Stores such as Macy’s, which features stock from all the
big-name brands, are usually top of the list for most people looking to
spend some of their hard-earned cash.
There’s also Madison Avenue which is a full 15 blocks of designer
outlets with everything from Prada to Chanel. You can even buy yourself
a pair of Fratelli Rosetti shoes to walk around in, although they’re
probably better saved for a more elegant occasion.
Talking of designer outlets, no trip to New York is complete without a
visit to Barney’s, which houses lots of the biggest names in fashion
all under one roof. When it comes to everything under one roof, then
Saks department store on Fifth Avenue is the epitome of that idea and
rightfully one of the most visited stores in the city.
If all that shopping makes you feel a little peckish then it would be
near-criminal not to take a trip to Grand Central Station and try some
authentic New York cheesecake. The station, which has recently been
restored, houses the world famous Oyster Bar and Restaurant as well as
Godiva Chocolatier and many other eateries.
The great thing about the ‘city so nice they named it twice’ is that it
has a lot to offer for the culture vultures among us, who don’t just
wish to spend their trip eating and shopping.
Central Park has been a focal point of the city for over 150 years and
both visitors and New Yorkers love the green space it has to offer. The
park has numerous restaurants and is ideal for either a picnic, or
maybe a romantic horse drawn carriage ride for those seeking something
special to do with a loved one. Central Park is also home to the
Metropolitan Museum, which is far from being the only museum in New
York. Believe it or not, the Big Apple is home to over 80 museums,
which means that if you’re a history lover you’ve come to the right
One of the most well-known museums is the
Fifth Avenue, which houses several exhibitions and even performances.
Of course you don’t need to go to a museum to watch performances in New
York, as Broadway is up there with London’s West End as one of the
premier theatre spots. If you don’t want to travel all the way across
the pond to the US to enjoy a show, then a trip to London could well
satisfy your theatre-going appetite. After all, there are enough
to accommodate even the most particular of travellers.
However, a visit to New York’s Broadway district may just have the edge
even over London’s West End, as it is home to some of the biggest shows
and stars in show business.
You can enjoy well-known favourites such as Mamma Mia! and even
Britain’s own Billy Elliot, or even try American Idiot, the new show
that everyone’s talking about.
The great thing about the truly mesmerising city of New York is that
its hotels are arguably as famous as some of its sights.
Whether you want to stay in a more upmarket accommodation or are simply
looking for a cheap hotel to lay your head for a few hours in between
important trips to the shops and shows, there’s enough to suit all
A lot of hotels
in New York
are known throughout the world. They pride
themselves on being as memorable and enjoyable a part of your trip
there as anything else you do.
Speaking of landmarks, New York has so many that it’s difficult to fit
them all into your trip; especially if you get carried away with the
shopping or fall in love with going to Broadway shows.
It may no longer be the world’s tallest skyscraper, but its classic
design and rich history make the Empire State Building one the wonders
of New York. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make the trip
up the truly awe-inspiring monument to man’s achievements, enjoying the
views of over 80 miles.
Manhattan’s Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is one of the largest
Christian buildings anywhere in the world. Like the Guggenheim, the
cathedral is more than just an impressive monument, actually being home
to classical concert performances.
New York is one of the most talked about places; not just in the US but
also anywhere in the world, and for good reason thanks to its plethora
of stores and renowned shopping districts, not to mention its sights.
Then there’s also the entertainment side that New York has to offer, be
it Broadway or something along the lines of an exhibition or
performance at one of its museums.
With a wide range of expensive to cheap hotels, there’s enough in terms
of accommodation to keep all the Big Apple's many visitors happy.