For centuries New York has offered a gateway to the fabled American dream.
From the millions of immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island in the late 19th century in search of a better life, to the hordes of excited tourists who flock to the city each year to see its iconic landmarks – The Empire State Building, the shining beacon of hope that is the Statue of Liberty, the bright neon lights of Times Square, the world famous Central Park – New York has remained one of the most fascinating destinations on the planet.
Dubbed “the greatest city on Earth”, you’ll need a fair few days to explore all that it has to offer. Home to more than 8.5 million people who speak around 800 languages, the cultural melting pot is divided into five boroughs, all with their own distinct character: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island.
Hop on the subway connecting the city, hail a yellow taxi or jump aboard the Staten Island Ferry to explore the Big Apple fully.
If you want bright lights, glitz and glamour, catch a show on Broadway or take in the multicoloured splendour of Times Square.
You can soak in some culture at a host of museums and galleries, including The Guggenheim, or chomp on a hot dog while enjoying all the fun of the fair on Coney Island. It’s not just American dreams that become a reality here.
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