New York

To many, New York City is quite simply the world’s most exciting, cosmopolitan and enthralling city. It weaves its magical spell on even the most hardened traveller as you catch that first jaw-dropping glimpse of the glittering Manhattan skyline as you cross the Hudson River.

New York boasts over 150 museums, 400 art galleries, 40 theatres on Broadway alone and nearly 20,000 restaurants from fine dining to eclectic neighbourhood diners.

Synonymous with American style, the Big Apple has a buzz unlike anywhere else in the world. Enjoy a free summer concert in Central Park, shop for cutting-edge designs in SoHo, take in a Broadway show or a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, see some of the world’s great art collections and ice skate on the Rockefeller Plaza.

Along with the more traditional attractions of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge you can also visit Ground Zero, take a trip over the city by helicopter, tour around on an open top bus, or see the Manhattan skyline from the river at night. Further afield why not explore the colourful neighbourhoods of Harlem and Queens, which have opened their doors to visitors in recent years
It is hard to believe, but there’s so much more – venture on beyond the city to the relatively under-stated and definitely under-rated New York State where picturesque wineries, lakes, rivers, islands and Niagara Falls beckon. Pick a log cabin in upstate New York set among beautiful lakes and forests, or head out to the Long Island shore for long beach walks and Hamptons high society.

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•Stony Brook, a small town on Long Island, dates back to the 17th century. Book a horse and carriage ride for a suitably slow-paced tour of this quaint and historical gem.

•Travel north of Manhattan into the Hudson Valley and visit Kykuit, home of the Rockefeller family (it’s closed on Tuesday to allow a day of privacy for the current generation of the family in residence).

•Aside from incredible Manhattan, it’s also worth visiting the neighbouring boroughs of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. They have a wealth of different cultures and sights to explore. See the Manhattan skyline from the Promenade in Brooklyn.