New York has some stunning landmarks. The 102 storeys of the hair-raisingly high Empire State Building tower over Fifth Avenue, throwing the surrounding streets into shadow. It's a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture - as is its 'little brother', the glittering Chrysler Building a few blocks away. Then there's the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the list goes on.
So many museums, so little time. There's stand-out art from the Stone Age to the present at the Met; masterpieces by Andy Warhol & co and today's cutting-edge artists at MOMA; and yet more at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim. There are loads of others, of course - and the kids will love the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History.
New York is a shoppers' paradise, whether you're looking for labels, vintage, or a one-off from an as yet undiscovered East Village designer. If swanky department stores are your thing, there's Macy's, Saks, Barneys, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman to choose from; for a mall experience, try Simon Shopping Destinations like Woodbury Common Premium Outlets®, The Mills® at Jersey Gardens and Roosevelt Field.
The city's theatre district, with the neon blaze of Times Square at its heart, is jam-packed with venues. Broadway is where a long list of big-budget productions pull in the crowds, and where Hollywood stars come to swap the big screen for the boards. There's plenty going on in the smaller venues Off Broadway, too.
New York's lungs are its parks, including the granddaddy of them all - Central Park, where New Yorkers come to jog, stroll, rollerblade and stretch out in the sun. When you need to escape the urban din and get back to nature instead, this is the place to head.