First Time New York Visitor: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Marie Nieves
Oct 11, 2019   •  8 views

Experiencing New York will be one of the most breath-taking journeys in your life. Just walking down the streets of this cosmopolitan megalopolis will leave you astonished even before you step inside Central Park or look around the Met. If you're a first-time traveller to The City That Never Sleeps, you'll need a comprehensive guide of the must-see places. Take the real bite out of the Big Apple and start your tour the minute you step off the bus.

Don’t miss out on Central Park

One of the top to-see priorities for all the tourists is Central Park. This lavish forest in the middle of the city acts as the perfect buffer between the Upper East and the Upper West side of the city, offering a plethora of activities for all the New Yorkers and the tourists as well. If you want to see how a typical New Yorker kicks back and spends their free time, just stroll through the park and catch a glimpse of people laying back on the grass, sitting by the pond or just jogging. Have a picnic at Great Lawn, grab a bite or rent a canoe at the Loeb Boathouse, visit penguins and other wild animals at the Central Park Zoo and if you have enough time, you should definitely spend an entire day at the park. With so many attractions even that won’t be enough.


Enjoy the vertigo-inducing skylines

If you think you’ve seen the most mesmerizing skylines from the top of your house, how do you think the sky will look like from the 86th and 102nd floors? Quite unimaginable until you actually stand on the Empire State Building’s observation deck and witness the city's unique island terrain and skyscraping architecture. This will be a gorgeous experience after seeing all that lovely scenery while enjoying a bus tour Montreal to New York and approaching the Big Apple. What you see first are the jaw-dropping skyscrapers, so actually climbing up the Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock will be an unforgettable experience.

Go to Times Square at night

Times Square visit should go without saying, but make sure you do it by night too. This will help you imagine what the most spectacular New Year’s Eve looks like when the New Year’s Eve ball drops. The neon signs, glowing billboards, and gridlock traffic are what makes New York one of the most bustling cities in the world. From an array of restaurants to costume characters, the City That Never Sleeps will leave you in awe with its glorious ambience.


See the Statue of Liberty and visit Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty is another iconic landmark of New York that tourists should visit. Keep in mind that you’ll need a reservation to access the statue's pedestal or interior. You can go to the Statue by Statue Cruises ferry service which departs from Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan. A visit to nearby attraction Ellis Island will also be worthwhile. You’ll get the chance to see a national museum of immigration filled with artifacts, photographs, and multimedia exhibits, of the immigrant experience in the USA.

Final thoughts

Travelling to New York will require lots of planning, energy and good mood. If you’re not used to the hustle and bustle of a megalopolis, you should be ready to stay up even at night when the streets won’t stop being alive. Be sure you pay a visit to Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and all the wonderful and mesmerizing skyscrapers. A trip to the Big Apple will certainly be one of the unforgettable experiences that you won’t be able to resist doing at least one more time in your life.