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Your guide to the best attractions in New York. Plan your New York sightseeing with our guide to the best attractions and days out in NYC

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See photos of some of the city's most spectacular churches

Want a religious experience? Take a look inside New York's most beautiful churches and Cathedrals.

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The best eating and drinking day trips from NYC

Some places really are worth a two-hour trip for lunch—here’s our pick of the best restaurants, wineries and cafes just outside of New York

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The staycation guide to NYC

Find fun things to do outside, get adventurous or lounge in luxury—all without leaving the boroughs

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101 things to do in New York

We hit the streets (and social media) and asked you to tell us your favorite things to do in the city

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center

Sure, the 86th floor observatory at the Empire State Building is the original place to go for an eagle's-eye look at New York, and it's located atop a global icon. But at 70 stories up, the observation deck at TOTR affords a spectacular vista of Central Park without the crazy lines. Plus, the sprawling subterranean mall at 30 Rock offers amenities like shopping and eating.

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Empire State Building

Try imagining New York City’s skyline without the towering spire of the Empire State Building. Impossible, right? Taking a mere 11 months to construct, the 1,454-foot-tall emblem became the city’s highest building upon completion in 1931. (When One World Trade Center is finished, it will tower over the ESB by a good 300 feet.) During your visit, pay special attention to the lobby, restored in 2009 to its original Art Deco design. You can also impress your pals with these tidbits while queuing for the observation decks: In 1945, 14 tenants were killed when a plane crashed into the 79th floor during heavy fog; a terrace on the 103rd level was once intended for use as a docking station for airships; and the topper’s three tiers of lights can illuminate up to nine colors at a time. High-speed elevators shoot visitors up 1,050 feet to the 86th-floor observatory, where you can either peer out at the city from the comfort of a glass-enclosed pavilion or brave the elements on the open-air decks. Tickets to the 102nd Floor Observatory are an additional $17. Daily 8am–10pm: The New York Skyride Visitors take a motion-picture tour over, through and below the city streets ($29; seniors, students and children 6–12 $19).

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Times Square might be a little whitewashed these days, but you can get a taste of the old freak show at this repository of the eerie and uncanny. Items on display include a six-legged cow, a 3,000-pound meteorite and the largest collection of shrunken heads in the civilized world.

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Madame Tussauds New York

Can’t get a table at Nobu? No worries—you can rub shoulders with Madonna, Hillary Clinton and Oprah (or their paraffin equivalents, anyway) at this world-famous wax museum.

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The best attractions in New York

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The 10 coolest NYC walking tours

Is there any better city to roam around than NYC? Absolutely not!

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The 10 best parks

Pack a picnic, hunker down for an afternoon, catch movies in the park or simply lace up your sneakers and take a walk

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The best beaches in NYC

A visit to one of NYC's beaches is a great way to cool off during the city's sticky summer

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NYC tourist attractions that locals love

Visit ten of the best New York City tourist attractions that even New Yorkers love

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Top 10 lesser-known NYC attractions

We love the Statue of Liberty as much as the next tourist, but the city is full of equally impressive—and less well-known—things to do

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Manhattan

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Brooklyn

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Queens

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Bronx

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The biggest NYC attractions

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Times Square

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Coney Island and Luna Park

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The Statue of Liberty

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Radio City Music Hall

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Empire State Building

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The best museums in New York

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The American Museum of Natural History

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

 

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