New York City is an American icon that draws tourists from around the world. Its wealth of attractions offers something for every type of visitor, whether you’re looking for shows and shopping or history and culture. Book a room in the city and spend a few days in the middle of everything to get a taste of what New York has to offer. Try the following itinerary for a full day that includes a bit of everything.

Fuel Up for Your Day

Start your day with a meal as iconic as the city. New York offers several mouthwatering picks that will help you fuel up for a busy day. The Clinton Street Baking Co. is famous for its blueberry pancakes, served with warm maple butter. If you prefer savory over sweet, try the hearty Southern Breakfast with two eggs any way, cheese grits, fried green tomatoes, and sugar-cured bacon.

The Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met).

Get Your Culture On

Delight your cultural side with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, lovingly known as “The Met.” This place is no ordinary art museum, and you certainly don’t need to be a fine-art aficionado to appreciate the exhibits here. The collections include arms and armor, sculpture and decorative arts, Egyptian art, contemporary art, and more.

Additionally, the breathtaking Charles Engelhard Court features stained glass and stunning architecture that makes the room as intriguing as the pieces presented in it. See what’s on in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and don’t miss the rotating shows in the Exhibition Gallery.

Go Italian for Lunch

Only a short walk from The Met, you’ll find Giovanni Venticinque, serving fine Italian cuisine. Try the Salmone ai Carciofini, which features organic salmon with baby artichokes. For something more traditional but no less decadent, go for the Pollo alla Parmigiana, which is a fine dining form of chicken Parmesan.

Empire State Building
The Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan.

Explore the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building features the highest open-air observatory in the city with its 360-degree views. The building also features an engaging sustainability exhibit and the Dare to Dream exhibit that showcases how this landmark embodies the American Dream.

Shop Through the City

Explore some of New York’s eclectic shopping destinations, such as the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market and Chelsea Market. Redecorate your pad with finds from Fishs Eddy in Flatiron and snag boutique finds from STORY in Chelsea. Take your time and stroll through the city for one-of-a-kind finds, or head to some of the big-name picks such as Bloomingdale’s and Barneys New York.

Hell's Kitchen
Hell’s Kitchen (Clinton) in the West Side of Midtown Manhattan.

Head to a Dinner Cruise

Bateaux dinner cruises leave at 6:15 and run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights. Your cruise includes a two- or three-course dinner on the East and Hudson rivers. An acoustic quartet will serenade you as you enjoy the views of the city’s skyline.

This broad sampling of sights will give you an overview of New York City, but you can easily fill several more days if you have time to explore more attractions before you catch your flight home.