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If you've somehow managed to let New York City escape your wanderings, it's time to do something about that. Its world-famous landmarks might seem familiar, but until you've walked a Manhattan mile, dwarfed in the shadows of its soaring skyscrapers, you don't really know what a New York minute feels like. You've never strolled through a park so storied and historic as Central Park, where an ancient Egyptian obelisk shares space with a nostalgic merry-go-round, and natural rocky outcrops with formal gardens. And you haven't historically engaged with this nation's immigrant experience until you've beheld Lady Liberty herself. The list of things to do in New York is endless, but it's time to start checking off some of its most unforgettable experiences.
You already know a lot about what there is to do in New York with no guide book necessary, so while you're enjoying breakfast at one of the many New York hotels, jot down a list of landmarks you intend to see. It will surely include the Empire State Building, so dust off those toast crumbs, finish your coffee, and set about scaling this icon of architecture. Day or night, the panorama from its observation deck encompasses an urban geometric puzzle of shadows and light interrupted only by rivers—themselves conquered by monumental bridges—and more metropolis beyond. Museums and cultural institutions are so prevalent as to seem almost mundane, but New York vacation packages give you the opportunity to absorb some of the finest exhibits and shows in the country. See masterpieces of modern art at the Guggenheim, meteorites and dinosaur skeletons at the American Museum of Natural History, and the racy high-kicks of the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. But not all of the most enticing New York attractions are in Manhattan. Consider the timeless fun of a seaside amusement park on Coney Island, the hipster boutiques of Williamsburg, and the Bronx Zoo.
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