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New York is packed with things to do, but it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to tackle first on a trip to the city. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a frequent visitor, seek out these seven iconic attractions to make the most of your stay.
Follow a local New Yorker through one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Grand Central Terminal. Learn all about this buzzy transportation hub and marvel at the architecture along the way. The history of the station stretches back more than 100 years, and there’s plenty to learn from your knowledgeable guide on this unique tour.
Located 102 floors up the shining blue Freedom Tower – the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – is the One World Observatory. The tower officially opened in 2014, complete with a memorial for the Twin Towers below. Tickets allow visitors to skip the line and go directly to the observation deck after a 47-second elevator ride. The three floors of the indoor observatory showcase 360-degree views of New York City’s skyline, New Jersey and Brooklyn, plus offer a number of activities, like an audiovisual experience in the See Forever Theater, opportunities to ask experts about New York City history, and a chance to hop on top of the Sky Portal to walk above the city streets. There are also a few cafés and restaurants, in case you need a snack or want to have a drink 100 flights up.