Today more than ever before, New York is recognized as one of the global centers of politics, finance, communications, fashion, music and culture, in addition to being the home to an unsurpassed collection of top theatres, museums, galleries and performance venues. No wonder travelers worldwide are attracted to the city so they can spend a New York City vacation.
New York City tourism comprises a significant sector of the state's economy, showing signs of constant growth. Numerous tours and excursions are offered all-the-year-round, ensuring the best entertainment for you and your family. Traditional sights during a New York City vacation include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the New York Stock Exchange, the Museum of Modern Art, the fascinating 5th Avenue and Central Park. Among the new places of interest are Columbus Circle with its luxury restaurants and shops, and the Museum of Arts and Design.
The most popular destination of a New York City vacation is the Statue of Liberty, given to the United States by France at the end of XIX century. Overlooking Liberty Island, the statue welcomes all Americans and visitors, serving as a symbol of liberty and the end of oppression. In order to visit museum on the base of the statue, you should reserve a time slot. The ferries leave every 20 minutes from the Battery Park with two stops at Ellis Island and Liberty Island.
A New York City vacation is a splendid opportunity for art lovers, since the city can offer a wide variety of cultural sites. The most celebrated among these is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly known as the Met, comprising the building complex Cloisters in Fort Park. Located in the eastern part of Central Park in Manhattan, the museum houses extensive collection of medieval art. Since its foundation in 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has expanded its collection to include treasures of Classical Antiquity, samples of American art and works from nearly all European masters.
The Department of Arms and Armor operates within the museum, featuring the collection of unique armor and weapons from the United States, the Middle East, Europe and Japan. As of 2005 the museum's latest purchase was Duccio's Madonna and Child, which cost the museum about $45 million. Throughout its history the Metropolitan Museum of Art has maintained a reputation of one of the largest and most significant art museums in the world. The New York City Tourism Office can provide information on these and other points of interest on-line.
One of the landmarks of Manhattan is the American Museum of Natural History, famous for its collections of North American, African and Asian mammals, as well as for the model of the Blue Whale and Star of India -- the world's largest blue sapphire. The outstanding collection of the museum includes the Halls of Pacific Peoples and Asian Peoples, Native American collections and collections from Central America and Mexico.
When on a New York City vacation, take an opportunity to visit Broadway, famous for its shows and musicals. All the musicals fall into three categories: Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Because New York is enormous and constantly changing, you will hardly be able to view all the sights during your first vacation. Even those having visited the city many times, will be amazed at the variety of opportunities it can offer.
New York City tourism depends on visitors like you and me to come and take advantage of what the city has to offer.