Take a bite of the Big Apple!

If you are looking to go to one of the most spectacular cities in the world, then look no further than New York City. Also commonly referred to as the ‘Big Apple’, the city with its world famous skyscrapers is certainly not short of attractions for tourists, and in this blog we will look at a selection of some of the best places to visit which should make you want to get on the next plane out there!

Central Park

Considering that Central Park is as large as 843 acres there is certainly not a shortage of things to get your teeth into. Whether you are keen on your fitness and feel like going for a jog, or you fancy cycling around the Park or simply going for a Sunday morning stroll, there is something for everyone. For both young and old, the Friedsam Memorial Carousel and the Belvedere Castle provide some fantastic views of the city. For the Ice Skating fans out there, the Wollman Rink is the place to go, and for the opportunity to race mini-yachts or rent your own boat make sure you go to the Conservatory Water. To find out more about this landmark including event listings, maps, photos, walking tours, history, etc. visit: http://www.centralpark.com/ .

Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you want to delve into a bit of culture on your visit, then the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a great place to go to. It has international works from artists of all styles, genres and time periods, having a history of 5,000 years of art. Among the places to visit are the Cloisters which are in a separate building in northern Manhattan and contain a medieval art collection which is of the highest quality. So don’t miss out on the opportunity and sample the walking tours, lectures and concerts which are amongst some of the things on offer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Staten Island Ferry

Taking the Staten Island Ferry gives you the opportunity to see spectacular views of New York harbour. As you leave Manhattan you can also get the chance to see the awesome sight which is the Statue of Liberty – one of the most famous figures in the world. Other sites include the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Ellis Island. If you haven’t been blown away yet, there is also the opportunity to have a prime view of the skyscrapers and the Brooklyn Bridge to complete the experience. To find out more and see why 20 million people a year take this ferry service, go to http://www.siferry.com to see for yourself.

Sports Museum of America

The Sports Museum of America is located in Lower Manhattan and is the country’s first and only museum under one roof to celebrate all of the sports Americans love. It’s a really satisfying experience for people of any age, nationality or ability which makes it a very worthwhile experience. The great thing about the museum is the fact that it is an interactive and multimedia experience which enables visitors to connect to the sports that they enjoy. For further information, visit http://www.sportsmuseum.com/.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (also known affectionately as “Lady Liberty) is one of the most historic landmarks in the world and is a sight to behold for any visitor. It is steeped in history due to it being a gift of friendship from the people of France in 1886 and is the universal symbol of freedom and democracy. When you are inside the base of the statue, there are a number of concessions and exhibits, and when you are on the observation deck the harbour views are as good as it gets! So for all you historians out there, if you haven’t been yet make sure you get the chance and you can then tell all your friends and family about the experience. For more information, check out http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm .

Finally…don’t forget to take out travel insurance!

Whilst it is easy to get carried away with researching your trip to NYC and planning your itinerary, please make sure you buy your travel insurance after you have booked your flights and accommodation. Medical costs can be expensive even for a minor injury, so don’t skimp by not taking out this essential insurance cover. It could save you a fortune!

24/7 travel insurance offers great value travel insurance. A trip to New York for a week will only cost only £17.52 – a small price to pay for peace of mind so you can really relax and enjoy sampling the sites of the Big Apple!

*Premium £17.52 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on 1 adult aged under 55 taking out a “standard” Single-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 7 days in the USA excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (December 2008) and are subject to change.