Empire State Building Ticket Discount

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People may argue about which New York City attraction most embodies the city’s culture and history, but everyone can agree that you can’t leave New York without seeing the Empire State Building. Most tourists want to do more than just see the 103-story skyscraper—they want to feel on top of the world as they gaze from 1,250 feet high over the enormous city from the building’s observatory. If you’re the adventurous type or a diehard sightseer, you’ll be next to join the ranks! While a trip to New York City can be expensive, Smart Destinations can offer you the best prices on top New York attractions, including the Empire State Building discount tickets, so you won’t have to break the bank to see the best of the Big Apple. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to the Empire State Building: Visit early in the morning or late at night. It stands to … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Tourist Tips

Empire State Building Tourist Tips

It consistently appears at the top of the list of “must-see New York attractions.” Its image can be found in every postcard rack, stock photography database, and tourism brochure on New York City. It’s the Empire State Building, and you don’t want to miss it on your next trip to the Big Apple. So it’s not the tallest building in the world anymore, or even in the country (although at an impressive height of 1,454 ft – antenna included – it is still the 4th tallest building in America). The Empire State Building was constructed in 1931 to show the world the best of American industry, artistry, and civic pride. It’s often considered among the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and is actually a National Historic Landmark. Although it functions today primarily as an office building, it attracts a staggering four million visitors per year – making it one of the most … [Read more...]

New York City Tourism Discounts

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Did you know that New York City hosts nearly 47 million tourists each year? While the number seems striking, it starts to make sense when you take into account all of the City's many tourist magnets. People come from all over the country and the world to see plays on Broadway, re-create the experiences of their ancestors with a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, have a people-watching picnic in Central Park and speed up the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building. New York attractions are so diverse and plentiful that it's no wonder they call NYC The City that Never Sleeps—who would have the time? While New York City is certainly a busy and popular destination, your New York vacation doesn't have to be stressful or chaotic. A New York attraction pass can make all the difference, and Smart Destinations has anticipated your every need when it comes to a New … [Read more...]

Holiday Travel Season is Around the Corner

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With Halloween taking place later this week and Thanksgiving set to arrive in just about a month, it’s certainly not too early to start thinking about the holidays. In order to help you celebrate the season in style in a new city, Smart Destinations has plenty of travel packages that you might want to look into. Even if you aren’t planning on taking a trip to one of the nine cities that Smart Destinations proudly offers service to, consider picking up a Go Select Pass or Go City Card for someone else as a gift. After all, it’s better to give than to receive and the holiday season is just around the corner! To travel to some of the top attractions in the U.S. this holiday season - or give someone else the opportunity to do so - there aren’t too many better options than Go City Cards. By saving you up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions … [Read more...]

New York Attraction Closings for Government Shutdown

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As you are probably are aware of at this point, the powers that be in the United States Government have become embroiled in a disagreement that has resulted in many factions of the federal government being closed until further notice. While the shutdown will obviously be temporary, there are some affected areas in the interim and certain destinations and attractions which are no longer open to the public. Besides the symbolism of the government’s Twitter account being shutdown, there is perhaps no other greater symbolic closing than the Statue of Liberty being blocked. In addition to the Statue of Liberty being closed, Ellis Island and the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian are also shutdown. Even though the Statue of Liberty is closed down (for now) there are still plenty of things to do and see in the lower parts of NYC. The New York … [Read more...]

Iconic New York City Buildings

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One of the best parts about visiting the big city is seeing some of the Iconic New York City Buildings that make the skyline of the Big Apple so recognizable. Whether you realize it or not, you've probably seen a lot of the famous buildings that are sprinkled throughout the city in movies or television shows - a fun phenomenon that will make seeing them in person that much more enjoyable. Although they exist because of a terrible event, there are a few relatively new additions to the downtown New York City skyline that are definitely worth seeing. The first tower to be rebuilt at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center replaced the existing building of the same name that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Nearby 4 World Trade Center was designed by architects Maki and Associates in order to “assume an understated, reverent position” opposite the World Trade Center memorial. … [Read more...]

Iconic New York Attractions

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Although it sounds like it could be a category on “Jeopardy!” there’s really nothing to question about the “Iconic New York” Attractions package from Smart Destinations. It’s pretty simple - Purchase the package and you will save 20% on five Iconic New York Attractions that no trip to the Big Apple should ever be without. The first place you will visit as part of your Iconic New York Attractions package is the Empire State Building. Possibly the most famous skyscraper in the world, the ESB’s observatory offers visitors a chance to see New York’s distinctive skyline from 1,050 feet in the sky. There is also a second observatory a little bit farther up at 1,250 feet that offers an even broader perspective on the big city. Noted for its distinctive broadcast tower and rich history, the Empire State Building is a national landmark and it’s easy to see why. Next up … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan

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New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason. The stores, subways and streets are all buzzing with activity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a frenzied pace that might seem a little too fast for children. That’s not the case. There are plenty of things to do in New York that kids will enjoy and probably look back on with a smile for the rest of their lives. One of the best things to do in New York with kids is to bring them to the top of the Empire State Building. This world-famous skyscraper is one of the most iconic pieces of the New York skyline and a trip to its 86th-floor observatory deck is almost obligatory for anyone visiting the city. Kids will enjoy getting to see the city from a height that only birds (or superheroes) usually get to enjoy. If you are going to be in the city for Independence Day, tickets for the Empire State Building’s 4th … [Read more...]

Where to Buy Souvenirs in NYC

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Did you know that nearly 40 million tourists from all over the nation and the world visit New York City each year? Sometimes called “the cultural center of the world,” NYC is perhaps the most iconic American city. Given the city’s importance and popularity, you’ll surely want something to remember your trip by (as it’s sure to be a visit you won’t want to forget!). For the best souvenirs, skip the generic gift shop items and instead stop in at one of these stores at the most popular and quintessential New York attractions. Metropolitan Museum of Art Whether or not you’re an art lover, The Met Store at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has unique and beautiful souvenirs for everyone. From post cards and framed prints to fine art jewelry and apparel, everything the Met Store has to offer is distinctive, tasteful, and representative of New York City culture. Empire State … [Read more...]