The heart of New York City, Manhattan is an exciting, diverse, cultural, and unique destination, brimming with energy and life. Crammed with sparkling skyscrapers, world-class museums, and fabulous restaurants, Manhattan offers every urban pleasure known to man. From the American Museum of Natural History to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, cultural tourists to Manhattan can enjoy some of the greatest collections of art and artifacts in the world. Shopping is also one of the island's greatest attractions, with world famous department stores, designer boutiques, and upscale galleries sprinkled throughout the city.
Any time of year is a great time to visit New York City. From the majestic atmosphere uptown to the bustle of youth downtown, there is always something going on in "the city that never sleeps." For many visitors, no trip to New York is complete without a night at the theater. If you like food, eating out is another unbeatable New York experience. The city is famous for bagels, pizza slices, hot dogs, and pastrami sandwiches, as well as varied ethnic food and fine dining.
There are a million things to do and see in Manhattan. However, the most popular attractions are:
-Empire State Building: Take the elevator to the observation deck, where you can snap pictures of the New York City skyline.
-The Brooklyn Bridge: This beautiful suspension bridge is a New York icon; walk across its old wooden pedestrian lane for great views of the East River and Manhattan.
-Times Square: The flashing lights of Times Square have become a symbol of the noise and bustle of this big city.
-Central Park: One of the world's largest urban parks, this beautiful public space is a playground for New Yorkers and their dogs.
-Liberty Island: Take the ferry into New York Harbor to visit the Statue of Liberty and enjoy the city views from the water.
Whether you want to stay uptown or downtown, you can live like a New Yorker in a luxury Manhattan condo, apartment, or spacious townhouse. A vacation rental in Manhattan can be a wonderful and affordable way to visit the city with the family or a large group of friends.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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