New York City
Best Things to Do

Exploring the Big Apple

New York City has many nicknames (The City That Never Sleeps, Empire City and The Big Apple, just to name a few), all of which attest to this New World metropolis' dynamic, energy-swirling nature. Step onto the street, and a host of humanity swirls around you: urbanites in business suits, street musicians, vendors hawking their wares, taxis whizzing by. There's a palpable energy here that attracts an international cast of characters every day of the year. 

People don't settle in New York to relax; they come to be the best of the best. And because of that drive and determination, this city boasts some of the greatest restaurants, hotels, theaters and museums in the entire country. It would take a lifetime to see all of these fantastic attractions, which is why even the most ambitious native New Yorker has a hard time experiencing everything that the city has to offer.

So, with that said, try to think of New York as being more than just Manhattan and the ubiquitous Times Square. There are five other boroughs and they all have plenty to offer. Who knew, for example, that the Bronx area boasts its own Little Italy (on Arthur Avenue)? Or that the Brooklyn dining scene is arguably as good as Manhattan's? Or that some of the best ethnic restaurants in New York are in Queens? Why, we bet you didn't know that there's a great Tibetan art museum on Staten Island!

If you need a nudge on how to navigate NYC, begin with GAYOT's list of the Best Things to Do in New York City and get ready to take a juicy bite out of the Big Apple. 

For help finding accommodations for your trip, take a look at these best hotel stays in NYC, plus don't miss where to eat in NYC right now.