Welcome to New York City! As one of the world’s most renowned tourist attractions, it’s almost impossible to see everything you want during a short trip. With YOTEL near Times Square in Midtown, Manhattan you’re ideally located to see many of New York’s main attractions. Here’s the YOTEL guide to the best attractions in New York City.
Central Park will be near the top of most people's to-do lists when they're planning a New York trip, and for good reason. It’s one of the most iconic locations in the city. What many people fail to understand is that it’s huge – some 843 acres.
Take a row-boat out on the lake, watch performers at the Central Park Mall, take part in the Central Park water fight in July, visit the Central Park Zoo, take a stroll around the Conservatory Garden, visit Belvedere Castle (a Gothic-Romanesque-inspired folly), check out some bands on the SummerStage or enjoy classic theatre at Shakespeare in the Park.
Alternatively, just have a wander and see what you come across. Perhaps you can take a selfie with the Alice in Wonderland statue or join in one of the yoga classes that take place there.
Check out our guide to the best spots in Central Park for more on the YOTEL blog. You could even consider hiring a YOTEL bike to explore Central Park.
The Rockefeller Center
Perhaps most famous for its extravagant Christmas celebrations and huge tree each year, the Rockefeller Center is a must-see for many visitors. No matter what time of year, you'll find impressive sculptures and all the hustle and bustle of big city life at the Rockefeller.
Enjoy a little retail therapy at the incredible range of stores housed within the Center. Just make sure you can carry it all back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Empire State Building
Standing as the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years, the distinct silhouette of the Empire State Building is one of the most famous images in the world.
(photo by Sam Valadi)
You can visit the 86th and 102nd floor observation decks to take in sweeping panoramic views of this incredible city, not to mention snap some of the most epic selfies imaginable.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art, otherwise known as MOMA, is, simply put, one of the most important museums of modern art in the world. Since being established in 1929, the museum has welcomed millions of visitors from all corners of the globe, and is generally considered to hold one of the best collections of Western modern masterpieces on the planet. Among the art it holds are works by Frida Kahlo, Paul Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent van Gogh.
The High Line
The most recent addition to New York's must-see attractions is an innovative elevated park that stretches for almost 1.5 miles along a disused railway spur. Work on the park began in 2006 and the first phase of the project opened in 2009. The urban park has several entrances, one of which is a five-minute walk from YOTEL New York, and offers pleasant green surroundings alongside show-stopping views of the city.
(photo by David Berkowitz)