The Big Apple, the Empire State, the City That Never Sleeps – whatever you call it, New York is a place like no other. Nowhere else has such recognisable architecture, such a variety of cultural attractions, such history, or such fame.
Shop till you drop, spend a day celeb-spotting, or soak up more art, music, theatre, and culture than anywhere else in the world. Families, couples, singletons, and city-breakers are spoilt for choice, whether they spend a couple of days or a week in New York City. You can fly to NYC from Glasgow any day of the week, so get planning your trip with our flight schedule and our list of favourite things to do.
TripAdvisor lists more than 1,500 attractions in its Things to do category for New York. That’s a lot to see and do. Sightseeing in New York could be a full-time job if someone would pay you for it. Times Square, Grand Central Station, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty… With so many iconic landmarks and attractions, you can pack every minute of your trip with must-see activities.
Other unmissable sights include the Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, the World Trade Centre Memorial, and Broadway, but whatever your interests, budget, or trip length, you’re sure to keep busy with NYC’s endless to-do list.
Heaven for Foodies
With a population of 8.5m people – approximately 37% of whom were born in other countries – it’s no surprise that NYC has a lot on its plate. Notorious $1-pizza joints, bustling Chinatown, and countless steakhouses waft mouthwatering smells onto New York’s streets.
Whatever your budget, there’s a New York eatery for you: the city boasts a whopping 72 Michelin-star restaurants – five of which have achieved the highest of culinary accolades with three Michelin stars – as well as dozens of food and farmers’ markets and thousands of street-food vendors.
Pizza, bagels, hot dogs, ramen, and ridiculously oversized desserts should be on your must-eat-in-New-York list.
Watch a show on Broadway, visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and take a ride downtown in in a big yellow taxi (ooh, ba ba ba). New York city has a culture like no other, and a thrilling history of music, arts, theatre, and architecture.
Learn about the diverse tapestry from which the city is woven through a medium of your choice at one of the city’s museums, galleries, or theatre productions, and follow your interests to narrow down the huge selection of things to do.
After a day getting lost in the city’s prestigious museums and galleries, get your skates on at the Rockefeller Center, watch basketball in Madison Square Garden or baseball at Yankee Stadium, or simply wander around, soaking up the atmosphere.
Shop Till You Drop
Lose yourself in New York’s endless boulevards of department stores, boutiques, thrift shops, and designer flagships. Shopaholics fly around the world to immerse themselves in New York’s renowned retail scene.
Manhattan is draped in world-class department stores – like Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s – and designer flagship stores of the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and Hermés. If big names aren’t your thing, wander through the East Village’s bohemian Aladdin's caves of vintage clothing and accessories, and visit Chelsea’s flea markets.
Looking for more than clothes? Greenwich Village is a treat for those on the hunt for crafts, bookshops, record stores, and gourmet markets.