No matter how much or how little time you’re spending in New York City, there are some essentials that you just can’t miss. We asked savvy travel bloggers to share their must-sees and must-dos in the Big Apple – so consider this your cheat sheet for exploring the #1 US destination of 2017.

The High Line

The High Line is 1.45 mile long park created on top of a disused elevated railway line running from Gransevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues. If the cars and crowds have become a slight grind, why not take a stroll over them all in this little Oasis in the west side of Manhattan. You are spoilt for choice for great places to eat in this area too. Plus…it’s free!”

Chelsea Market

Some of the very best food, all packed into one place. Also cute shops and one of my favorite areas next to the high line!”

The Frick Collection

“If you want to avoid the crowds of the larger museums then head over to the Frick Collection. It hosts an impressive collection of pieces from the most renowned European artists and the indoor garden is a lovely relaxing spot.”

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

“For one of the most moving, emotional, and memorable experiences in New York, take time to visit and pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This impressive structure, the artifacts on display, and sheer impact of the reminder of that day will leave you absolutely speechless as you wander through the caverns of the old Twin Tower buildings and subway.”

The Statue of Liberty

“You can save a lot of time in line if you arrive in time for the first Statue of Liberty ferry at Battery Park. We breezed through the security screening and boarded a ferry within 15 minutes of our arrival.

If you want to visit the pedestal or crown, be sure to plan ahead. Crown tickets may sell out months in advance. Pedestal tickets, which include the museum, are easier to get. They don’t cost extra, but must be reserved when you purchase your tickets from Statue Cruises. If you are using CityPASS or other ticket package, pedestal tickets may be available on a first come, first served basis upon arrival, which is another benefit to arriving early.”

New York Water Taxi

“This boat tour along the Hudson River is a great way to get an idea of the layout of the city and will take you to some of the most emblematic places of NYC such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. With a day pass you can hop on and off as you please so it’s a good way to move around the city too.”


“It is an absolute MUST that you visit a Broadway show, even if it’s ‘not your thing’ it will blow you away, from the talent on stage to the next level production. Magical.”

Accomplice New York

“The Accomplice is part scavenger hunt, and part ‘whodunit.’ The best part of the Accomplice is that you get to see parts of New York City that you might have otherwise not seen. You will meet some very interesting characters along the way, and you will be shocked to discover who is part of the show and who is not. I was fooled so many times, and you will be too. Many of the Accomplice participants are Broadway actors!”

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

For amazing views of this iconic city, understandably for many people the Empire State Building is the first place they think of. However we found the views and the experience at the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center incredible. With views over Central Park and of the Empire State Building and beyond, with much larger and less crowded viewing platforms, this is the place to go! The atmosphere is more like an art gallery with people standing staring in awe at the views, speaking in hushed tones, an awesome experience.”