NYC: The Big Apple for Beginners

Glitzy, glamorous New York City has been a national icon since before any of us were even born. The city is ranked in popularity with Paris and London, and it may be of interest to know that it had humble beginnings as an outpost for Dutch colonists. How did New York City go from a province of the Netherlands to the hip city it is today? Luck and just the right amount of wealthy residents, that’s how!

New York City is one of the most famous cities of America, and rightly so. There is simply no way you can travel to the “Big Apple” and not find something that amazes you. Traveling as a romantic couple? Or perhaps for a family excursion? Not a problem! Sit back and find out exactly what you can find to explore in New York City. However, you may want to take into account that this is a *HUGE* place and it is not recommended you try to find your own way around unless you are an expert on the city. A tour guide always helps, along with pamphlets, brochures, maps, or, if you happen to know such a person, a friend who is familiar with the area.

If you’re taking a ferry, the first landmark you will see is the graceful Statue of Liberty. It is probably a good idea to read up on the history of the monument. It’s an amazing travel experience, being able to stand beside the statue and admire the fine craftsmanship. If you studied about the Statue of Liberty in the classroom, you may remember that it was France who gave us this great monument in the late 19th century.

Many people would consider it a shame to visit New York City and not take the chance to visit the Empire State Building. This is one of the country’s most famous landmarks as well, and for good reason. Take a ride to the top of the building for a thrilling views of the Big Apple. Take your camera, movie camera, and any other media you may possess, because you *will* want to take advantage of the view. The Empire State Building is located in the posh district forever known as “Fifth Avenue.”

If you are lucky enough to visit the Empire State Building at night when the building is illuminated with colored lights, you will definitely be glad you took the time to stop by. Check the official website to see when this will be happening. There are few more beautiful sights in New York City, so you may want to work it into your vacation.

Who could come to New York City without stopping by Times Square? The famous place is an integral part of the city’s past. Seeing the flashy advertisements and old structures may throw you back about 70 years to a simpler (but much more dangerous) time, the era of gangsters and Model-T’s. You will find lots of places to eat and browse the boutiques, but be warned; New York City is not known for cheap gifts. If you have money to spend, you may want to check out the boutiques, but if your budget is less than perfect, you will most likely find souvenirs that are easier on your wallet.

For an exotic ethnic side-trip, check out Chinatown. You should be able to get some great gifts and food here; the atmosphere will also make you forget you are in this modern American city. The wafting smells alone should draw you to this Asian haven! When you’re finished exploring Chinatown, you may be interested to know that there is also a Jewish section and a section of town known as “Little Italy.” For some ethnic cuisine while you are in the city, you may want to try sampling a little bit of each!

You will be entranced with New York City’s “Broadway.” Even if prices are a bit high and foot traffic (not to mention vehicle traffic) seems a bit daunting, you’ll be glad you came. There is something magical about strolling along Broadway and imagining the days when the rich and famous traversed these sidewalks. If you can catch a show, good for you! “Theater-going” on Broadway is an experience you will never forget!

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