Skyscrapers dwarf the avenues below, and the sidewalks thrum with life day and night.
The clichés about New York are true – but that's just the surface. Alongside the iconic buildings, the city’s neighbourhoods are home to people and influences from around the globe; it's the diversity in everything that makes the Big Apple so uniquely exciting.
Statue of Liberty
The towering copper statue rises from Liberty Island and stands as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. It was gifted to the USA in 1886 by France and is probably rivalled only by the Eiffel Tower for its iconic status. Tour boats cross to the island for an up-close encounter, and the Staten Island Ferry passes by too.
New York’s most famous park occupies 843 acres (341 hectares) of prime Manhattan real estate. It's the heart of the city’s recreation, where some 25 million a year people run, cycle, walk, row, skate and picnic through the changing seasons. It is filled with fountains, monuments, sculptures and bridges, including the impressive Belvedere Castle and Strawberry Fields Memorial.
In winter, the gargantuan Rockefeller Christmas tree twinkles next to its legendary ice rink. Come summer and the plaza is filled with outdoor restaurants. Shops abound, and the views from the observation decks at Top of the Rock are truly memorable.
Empire State Building
The inner city's most iconic building, this enormous landmark stands at well over 1,000ft (or several hundred metres) high. The magnificent Art Deco lobby makes for an impressive stop before you head to the 86th floor for a 360-degree view of the city below (don't worry – there's a lift).
9/11 Memorial and Museum
The sombre yet beautiful 9/11 Memorial and Museum honours those who died in one of the worst terrorist attacks the world has ever seen. Two large pools and waterfalls stand in front of the museum, surrounded by the names of the victims. The museum's collection includes more than 11,000 artefacts from the Twin Towers.