So, whether you want to cycle around Central Park, pose in a trendy club, or shop in Macy's, New York should be on your must-visit list...
The Big Apple has something for everyone; the biggest trouble most holidaymakers have is fitting everything in! Here are just some of the reasons you should visit...
Having been the setting for many TV shows and films, New York's iconic landmarks will be recognisable to most travellers. The Art Deco Empire State Building towers above the city and visitors can enjoy a panoramic view from the observation deck on the 86th floor. Another popular tourist activity is to take the Staten Island ferry to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty - an added bonus of this trip is the view you can enjoy from the water of the downtown skyline. And, no trip to New York would be complete without going to Central Park where you can relax in the Beatles-inspired Strawberry Fields, rent a row boat or skate on the Wollman Memorial Rink.
Shoppers go on holidays to New York every year to visit stores such as Macy's, Bloomingdales and Saks, or just to browse in the shops on Fifth Avenue. And there are also smaller boutique shops scattered around the city as well as vintage stores and designer outlets. Just remember not to go over your baggage and tax-free allowance when cramming all of your goodies into your suitcase, or all of your work bargain hunting could be wasted. There are over 250 hotels in New York, according to the official tourist board; ranging from budget hotels to the lavish luxury hotels that cost thousands of dollars a night to stay in.
There are plenty of places to eat to keep your energy levels up while shopping and sightseeing, and New York's multi-cultural population means that there's a diverse range of food on offer including options in Little Italy and Chinatown. If you are too busy to stop for a sit-down meal, grab a hotdog, a pretzel or another tempting treat from one of the many street vendors.
Culture lovers will enjoy wandering around the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the edge of Central Park and the Museum of Modern Art. And families and theatre fans will be spoilt for choice by the range of shows on Broadway as well as smaller plays Off Broadway.
While in can be tempting to spend all of your time in Manhattan on a trip to New York City, remember that the city is made up of five boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. If you have time explore the outer boroughs you could see the seaside resort of Coney Island (Brooklyn), the Yankee Stadium (the Bronx) and The Bronx Zoo.