1. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building tour is one of the most popular skyscrapers in the world! It is a 102-floor art deco skyscraper, which can be found in the heart of NYC at Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. For more than 40 years, it was the world's tallest skyscraper and now is the 15th tallest in the world. A visit to the Empire State Building observation deck is a must for visitors to NYC. It can be found on the 86th floor and has a breathtaking 360 degrees view of the city. The legendary skyscraper can be seen for miles with its tremendous spire. It's especially wonderful at night when the top of the skyscraper is all lit up.
2. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty tour is not only one of the most familiar symbols of New York City worldwide - but of the United States. The Statue was the first vision that accepted large number of immigrants that entered New York harbor on ships from all over the world. The monument was a gift to the US from the French Government to celebrate 100 years of American Independence. This monument is located on a 12 acre island (Liberty Island) so it is best viewed by boat. Boat trips to Ellis Island leave Battery Park and pass right by the Statue of Liberty.
3. Ellis Island
Ellis Island is situated south of the tip of Manhattan and is mostly utilized by ferry from Battery Park. Ellis Island is a place that will touch every visitor's heart. It was here more than 20 million people passed through immigration as they entered the US between 1892 and 1924. Move through the Great Hall of this museum, where thousands of immigrants would have waited their fate to see if they were allowed into the US. View collectibles, clothing, and original items left behind by passengers. Listen to their stories; observe the audiovisuals and search for your forefathers.
4. Times Square
You just can't forget this energetic part of the city with its boasting billboards and bright lights! You will find it between Broadway and 7th Avenue from 42nd to 47th Street. Times Square is the iconic symbol of urban New York where there are hundreds of advertisements vying for visitor's attention. It's also home to some of the city's top theaters and cinemas. Times Square is definitely the place to go for New Years Eve when hundreds of thousands congregate on the square to watch the famous 'ball drop' at the countdown.
5. Rockefeller Center
The Rockefeller Center is a complicated of 19 buildings in Midtown Manhattan often referred to as a "City in a City". Some of the top buildings here include the Bank of America building, the GE Building and Radio City Music Hall. On top of the GE Building is where you'll find the 'Top of the Rock' Observation tower. Here visitors can admire panoramic views of the city especially Central Park and the Empire State Building.