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Must visit places in New York – One visit is just not enough

New York, one of the most famous cities in the world, wears many crowns – shopping capital; foodie haven; showcase of fascinating sights; epicentre of arts. Here are some of the must visit places in New York:

1

Statue of Liberty

Standing at 300 feet, the Statue of Liberty is the symbol of the United States of America and stands proudly on Liberty Island, Manhattan. It was built in 1886 by Gustave Eiffel and was gifted to the USA by the people of France. The statue's female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess bearing the torch of freedom and a tablet on which is inscribed the American Declaration of Independence, July 4th 1776. The broken chain at her feet symbolises freedom and the statue is a wondrous site indeed. As America's most popular attraction, it is no surprise that most holiday packages to USA include a visit here.

2

Capitol Hill

The United States Capitol is the seat of the US Congress and was established in 1800. A guided tour here is not to be missed as this very building is the backbone of the US government and history.

3

Central Park

Spread over 800 acres, Central Park is also known as New York's playground. It was opened back in 1857 and is one of the most filmed locations in the world. It is also a National Historic Landmark.

4

Madison Square Garden

This is possibly the world's most famous arena for sports and entertainment. A full tour will wow you with its immense size along with heaps of memorabilia of famous sporting and entertainment personalities who have performed here.

5

Brooklyn Bridge

This amazing feat of engineering connects Manhattan to Brooklyn and is suspended over the East River. This too is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of New York's most popular attractions and symbols. In Sri Lanka, travel agents include many of these attractions when planning your itineraries.

6

Times Square

This major intersection is crossed by some 330,000 people daily. This commercial intersection is located in Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It is popular for the vast number of brightly lit billboards and advertisements. It is also called "The Crossroads of the World" and the "Centre of the Universe". A great way to explore the city and such attractions would be to sign up for a tour organised by Jetwing Holidays.

7

St. Patrick's Cathedral

One of New York's most prominent is the Cathedral of St. Patrick, which is the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop. Its neo-gothic architecture is a sight to behold. The cathedral was built in 1878.

8

American Museum of Natural History

This is one of New York's biggest treats for history buffs. Starting from the gigantic Barosauraus skeleton replica, the museum is packed with specimens dating back to the pre-historic ages, of which over 80% were dug from the ground. Some of the other major highlights here are the 34 tonne meteor (which is the biggest on display in the world), Hall of Human Origins and amazing 3D shows of the universe.