New York State Top 10 Attractions

While New York City holds the biggest pull for visitors from around the world, the entire state of New York has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. Going to Upstate New York will give you the chance to see more of the state and if you head to the Canadian border, you can even see Niagara Falls. From Broadway shows in New York City to zoos to museums to state and national parks, the Empire State is truly a popular travel destination. History buffs will enjoy getting the chance to visit battlegrounds while sports enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the sites of former winter Olympics. Here's our roundup of top 10 attractions in New York State.

1: Times Square

Times Square
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Times Square, the bustling commercial center at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue, is often called the Crossroads of the World, and it certainly lives up to that nickname. It sees one million new people every three days. It glows day and night with neon advertisements and signs, giving the streets a carnival atmosphere. Here you'll find the TKTS booth, selling discounted tickets for hot Broadway shows. There is also a wealth of shopping to do at Forever 21, and Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe are also located nearby, adding to the spectacle.

Address: Broadway, New York, New York City, NY 10036

2: Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty
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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." These famous lines came from a poem celebrating this monumental symbol of freedom. The neo classical marvel was a gift from France to the United States in 1886, and is probably one of the best known statues in the world. Visitors to Liberty Island, where the statue resides, can choose to enjoy the sight from the ground or ascend to the crown for an unparalleled view. The statue can't help but inspire no matter how it is observed. It stands as a reminder of its role as the first face to greet immigrants coming to America to seek a better life.

Address: Liberty Island, NY

3: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Artur Staszewski

Niagara Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls which, when taken together, send more water cascading over the edge than any other falls in the world. They straddle the United States and Canada, with waterfalls being visible on both sides of the border. After the widespread use of automobiles made it more accessible to the public, the falls became a popular honeymoon destination. Its superlative nature has inspired some of the more death defying stunts ever pulled in the 20th century, with people going over the edge in barrels or walking on tightropes across it. It seems that Niagara can't help but capture the imagination of anyone who sees it.

Address: 24 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303

4: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City is America's unofficial capital because of places like this: the Met, as it's commonly known, is the largest museum in the United States. It contains works from all over the world and all throughout history, like those of ancient Egypt and Greece, or the European masters of painting, or various collections from Asia, Oceania and Africa. The collection even goes back as far as the Neolithic era with cuneiform tablets and Bronze Era artifacts. Much of the world is represented here in one way or another, making the Met truly the people's art museum.

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

5: Central Park

Central Park
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The design of this sprawling urban green space was inspired by architect Frederick Law Omlsted's frequent visits to major European cities where parks of its kind were commonly found. Hansom cabs are a popular mode of transportation through the park, adding to the European feel. Ride the famous carousel, stop in at the Central Park Zoo, or marvel at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. At any time of year, but certainly in the warmer months, Central Park is alive with activity and music, and there are so many sculptures and curiosities that to truly experience all of what it has to offer takes multiple days.

Address: 14 E 60th St, Central Park Conservancy, New York, NY 10022

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