Few cities in the world boast as many recognizable landmarks as the Big Apple. Here are the sights you don’t want to miss during your next trip to New York City.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building in in Midtown, Manhattan.

Morning: Visit the Empire State Building

The iconic 102-story skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in Midtown has been immortalized in films like “King Kong,” “An Affair to Remember,” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” and visiting the observation deck is an integral part of any NYC tour.

To avoid crowds, plan your visit before 11 a.m. or after 10 p.m. If you want to capture panoramic views of the city, get there around 8 a.m. to take advantage of the light. Entry prices are $34 for adults and $27 for children, but you get in free with The New York Pass. To stay close to the skyscraper, book a room at the Four Seasons on West 33rd Street, Hotel Stanford – New York, or La Quinta Inn & Suites Manhattan.

Statue of Liberty
The Statue on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

Noon: See the Statue of Liberty

From the Empire State Building, you can be at the Statue of Liberty in 15 minutes via FDR Drive, unless traffic is an issue. The beloved national monument is the most recognizable in the world, known to everyone as a symbol of democracy and freedom.

Purchase your tickets in advance via the monument’s website or at the official ticket office inside Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Illegal ticket vendors often try to scam visitors, so don’t take any chances. You’ll also need to purchase a ferry ticket. There are no hotels on Liberty Island, so it doesn’t matter where you stay in NYC, as all visitors will need to take the same route to see the Statue of Liberty.

Central Park NYC
Central Park in Manhattan, which attracts over 40 million visitors each year.

Afternoon: Grab Lunch in Central Park

There’s nothing quite like a picnic in Central Park. Grab some of New York’s incredible street food and head into the park for a laidback meal surrounded by nature. Depending on which part of the park you visit, you’ll also want to check out the Alice in Wonderland statue, the Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop, Central Park Zoo, The Mall and Literary Walk, and the Shakespeare Garden.

Accommodations close to Central Park include The Excelsior Hotel, The Plaza, and 1 Hotel Central Park.

With so many landmarks to see in New York, you could spend weeks locating them all. This handy guide will help you get started on your first day to help you make the most of your tour of the Big Apple!