International Traveler’s Guide to Visiting NYC for the First Time

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New York City is a special place to visit. A stunning, iconic city, it has an incredible hold on the imaginations of many, if not most travelers. Charming, exciting, edgy and romantic, it is a capital of culture, cuisine, and of some of the most exciting tourist experiences in the world.

People fly from all over the world to visit New York, to drink in its famous skyline, explore the glittering skyscrapers of Manhattan, or seek alternative excitement in the hipster stronghold of Brooklyn. It is also a world famous destination for cruise ships, and thousands of visitors will spend a weekend here before taking a cruise from NYC to the sun-soaked beaches of the Caribbean or the Bahamas.

Such a remarkable city can be daunting to visit for the first time, with so much to see in so little time. We’ve decided to help, so read on for an international traveler’s guide to visiting NYC for the first time.

Iconic sights

New York is chock-full of stand-out things to visit, and awash with must-see photo opportunities, but the Brooklyn Bridge stands out as the spot you absolutely must not miss. One of the oldest road bridges in the US, it is also the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world, and a true marvel of engineering. Picture perfect views of this NYC icon can be found from Manhattan, from Brooklyn Bridge Park, and of course from the bridge itself.

A piece of history

Home to New York’s most famous resident, the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island is a fascinating place to visit. While most travelers understandably flock to see the remarkable copper statue, Liberty Island also houses the fascinating American Museum of Immigration, a wonderful exploration of the diverse origins of most New Yorkers, and of the modern US itself!

Art and culture

For art lovers and culture vultures, New York is one of the finest places to visit in the world. With museums and galleries galore, you are spoilt for choice in every corner of the city. The standout option is the exceptional Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Midtown. One of the largest, most important and most influential modern art galleries in the world, MOMA has a truly staggering collection of contemporary art, and can’t be over-hyped.

World-class cuisine

It would be a disaster to visit NYC and not get to grips with the extraordinary variety of dining options that the city offers. From mouthwatering $1 pizza slices and hot pretzels to world-class fine dining, the city has it all, and you should take advantage of as much as you can. Just about every neighbourhood has something to offer, so head to Manhattan for swanky, sophisticated elegance, Brooklyn for on-trend pop-up restaurants and experimental fusion joints, and Queens for authentic Chinatown dishes or the best Greek food in the city.

Visiting New York for the first time is an exciting prospect, and with so much to do in the city that never sleeps, a good time is all but guaranteed!