Visiting New York? Here's a Handy List of Sights You Can't Miss

When you live in New York City, there are places that you've visited thousands of times. Why? Because whenever a family member or friend comes to visit, these places are must-sees on their list.

From the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal to the quiet serenity of The Cloisters, there are sites and scenes in New York that make the city what it is. They've been featured in Hollywood movies, hit TV shows and in countless books, magazines and photographs for good reason. 

But lest you think that all of these hot spots are tourist traps, rest easy. While it's true that popular locations often draw a crowd, going during off hours or during the cooler months will give you a better chance at beating the heat and the hordes. If that's not possible, buck up and go anyway. After all, when else will you have the chance to gaze upon Lady Liberty or take a walk through the famed Central Park

Below, we cover the 10 must-see, can't miss, don't even think about skipping these sightseeing attractions in New York City. Even if you have to elbow drop a few people to get a good view, it'll all be worth it in the end. 



With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is the world's foremost museum of modern art. This multi-level museum displays cutting edge contemporary works, as well as pieces by modern...  Read More



These two sights represent freedom for millions of people, and the Statue of Liberty, a 450,000 pound gift from the people of France, is a must-see for anyone visiting the Big Apple. Access to the islands is via a Circle Lines ferry, and a timed...  Read More

Upper East Side


The 800-acre Central Park burst out of the minds of urban visionaries like Frederic Law Olmstead. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy skating at Wollman Rink, visiting the Central Park Zoo and riding...  Read More



The largest urban zoo in the world, The Bronx Zoo is an exciting place to view over 4000 animals (600 species) in large, realistic reproductions of natural habitats. Themed exhibits include Wild Asia with free-roaming tigers; Jungle World, an...  Read More



For nearly a century, the brightest lights, the biggest music, the longest parties and all the star power you could ask for have stemmed off a street called Broadway. At one time not so long ago, this area was a haven for decadence. Seedy sex...  Read More



Located in Washington Heights, a northern neighborhood far from Manhattan's frenetic pace, but still an easy trip on the train, the Cloisters contain all of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval collection. In addition to the exhibitions...  Read More



Spanning from the South Street Seaport to Brooklyn Heights, the famous Brooklyn Bridge has ushered New Yorkers across the East River since 1883. A must-see for any visitor to the Big Apple, the best way to experience the bridge is to take the...  Read More

Union Square


The historic intersection of Union Square is located where Broadway and the former Bowery Road came together in the early 19th century. It is now a mega shopping zone with everything from Whole Foods to Forever 21 to Nordstrom Rack populating...  Read More

West Village


A true lesson in urban renewal, the High Line is built on an abandoned railroad line elevated above Manhattan's westside. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to Midtown's W. 34th Street, the High Line has quickly claimed...  Read More



Said to be "Manhattan's only remaining great gateway," Grand Central Terminal (not "station" as it is often mistakenly called) is a magnificent example of art meeting functionality. The Beaux Arts facade that stretches along 42nd Street features...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea