Top New York Attractions in a Day

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Even in the summer, it can be difficult to find time to take an extended vacation – just because the kids are on break doesn’t mean you are. However, with the weather so nice, there’s no time like the present to visit New York City. Contrary to what you may have heard, it is possible to see New York City in a day – it may just take some planning and a little bit of hustle. But in New York, a little hustle only means you’ll fit right in with the busy bees who live there!

You may not be able to see everything – after all, you could spend months in the Big Apple and still find new places to explore – but you can see the most popular New York attractions and neighborhoods. The secret is to pick the right attractions to see the most in the shortest amount of time. If you’re going to see New York City in a day, you’re going to have to do things a little differently.

One way to see a lot in a little amount of time is to take the Hop On/Hop Off NYC Tour aboard the luxurious double-decker bus provided by City Sights. On this tour, you’ll cover all the hot spots, including the Empire State Building, SoHo, TriBeCa, Madison Square Garden, the Lower East Side, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Wall Street, Times Square, and Battery Park, just to name a few. The most convenient part of the tour is that you can hop off and hop back on as you please, stopping at only the attractions that interest you and picking up just where you left off. Even if your plan is to stay on the bus the entire time, you can’t go wrong when you the view from the top deck.

statue of libertyAnother big time-saving tour is the Circle Line Lady Liberty Cruise. Every visitor to NYC has to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. With this Circle Line 75-minute cruise, you’ll skip all the long lines and in less time than it would take you to just get close to the Statue of Liberty, you’ll have seen it all – and in an extremely unique way. You’ll get the full experience: Just a little imagination will have you feeling like an immigrant ready to step foot on U.S. soil for the first time. Of course, a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline is another great feature of this tour, so don’t forget your cameras.

Switching gears, you may want to take some time to visit the National September 11 Memorial and pay tribute to the thousands of citizens who lost their lives in the attack that occurred on September 11, 2001. Two twin reflecting pools and a beautiful waterfall are the center piece of the memorial. The name of each and every person killed in the attack is etched into the bronze panel edging around the pools. It’s a somber, yet important site.

empire state buildingFinally, even if you’re tackling New York City in a day, you can’t miss the Empire State Building! It’s one of America’s most iconic attractions and an impressive sight from the bottom looking up OR from the top looking down. From the 86th floor, the panoramic views of New York are unparalleled from the glass or open-air observation decks. Representative of New York City’s tenacious spirit, the Empire State Building is the picture of perseverance and dexterity.

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