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Columbus Circle
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New York City’s Columbus Circle is more than just a roundabout. Home to attractions such as the towering Time Warner Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the centrally located site is the gateway to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and a major commercial hub and shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Jacques Torres Chocolate
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For some of New York City’s most famous chocolate treats, head to Jacques Torres Chocolate. Stop by the company’s flagship store in DUMBO, Brooklyn, or one of the other outlets around the city, and enjoy a variety of treats, from handmade truffles to mugs of luxurious hot chocolate and custom-made ice cream sandwiches.

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Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M)
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See history come to life at Genesee Country Village and Museum, near Rochester, N.Y. Spanning 600 acres (243 hectares), the GCV&M is the largest living history museum in the state and provides a look at 19th-century life through its 68 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, demonstrations, and interactive programs and events.

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Chelsea
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An artsy neighborhood central to New York City’s LGBTQ culture, Chelsea has lost its edginess in recent years but makes up for it with chic restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. A top destination is the High Line—an elevated park built on an old rail line—which is well worth a West Side visit.

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Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls
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Since 1996 Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls has been a destination for travelers who want to relax, unwind and let loose after a day exploring the incredible landscapes of this true travelers paradise. Located just minutes from the falls, this iconic restaurant offers up a classic menu of American fare in a setting that’s a real nod to pop culture. Enjoy burgers, milkshakes and fries surrounded by music memorabilia, including instruments, clothing, gold records and other items from top entertainment icons.

Hard Rock Café is more than just a popular eatery—traveler can catch performances of local and national stars on the restaurant’s stage many nights of the week. Just check their calendar for a listing of events and get ready to enjoy an evening of live entertainment after a day outside.

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Broadway
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Known as the Great White Way because the theater lights burned so brightly in the early days of electricity, New York City's Broadway has been the home of the New York theater district for almost 150 years. The history-drenched street is one of Manhattan's most famous thoroughfares, and many consider seeing a blockbuster Broadway show an essential New York City experience.

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American Museum of Natural History
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With more than 30 million specimens and artifacts and almost 50 exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world. Displays highlight the wonders of our planet and the wider universe, spotlighting everything from dinosaurs to human origins to the solar system.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was designed in 1959 by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to its vast collection of modern and contemporary art, the museum draws crowds for its iconic white interior, which spirals up toward a skylight.

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Washington Square Park
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Washington Square Park is a bona fide New York City gem filled with leafy, bench-lined walkways, a stone-rimmed fountain, and a miniature Arc de Triomphe. The Greenwich Village park is surrounded by New York University’s historical buildings, and draws students, local denizens, tourists, and street performers to its vibrant urban space.

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Apollo Theater
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In the heart of Harlem, the Apollo Theater is one of the world’s most famous live music venues. Some of the biggest musical names have played the Apollo, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Godfather of Soul James Brown. Hear popular jazz, blues, and R&B artists or catch performances by up-and-comers at its long-running amateur night.

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Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park

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Bear Mountain State Park is a popular outdoor recreation area in New York, with year-round outdoor sports as well as attractions to visit.

Located on the western side of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain State Park covers more than 5,000 acres of land. There are mountains – including the 1,300-foot-peak from which the park takes its name – along with vast forest areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, hiking, trail running, and even ski jumping, sledding, and ice skating in the winter.

The Bear Mountain Inn, built in 1915, sits atop Bear Mountain, and the Trailside Museums and Zoo occupy what was once a fort used during the American Revolution.

The Appalachian Trail runs through part of Bear Mountain State Park.

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Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands

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A summer getaway for wealthy families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Thousand Islands region continues to be a favorite vacation destination in upstate New York. Straddling the US–Canada border where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands shares the waters with the St. Lawrence Seaway, a series of locks and canals that allow ships to travel between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1955, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of New York’s preeminent cultural complexes. Comprising organizations ranging from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet to the New York Philharmonic, it collectively hosts thousands of screenings, performances, and events every year.

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Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

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New York’s Hudson Valley has long inspired artists and writers with its peaceful winding river, forested hills, and sleepy towns. Set just 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Manhattan, the historic valley is a peaceful escape famous for its art, local culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor adventure.

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Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

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Though many visitors stick around the bright lights of Midtown, don’t miss the chance to explore Lower Manhattan. Long synonymous with the banking industry, the area has plenty to offer even after the closing bell has rung out across Wall Street. Beyond the Stock Exchange and Charging Bull, you’ll find historic sites and great shopping.

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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

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One of New York City’s most famous buildings, 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasts panoramic views from its sky-high observation deck, Top of the Rock. Visitors can access three levels for both indoor and outdoor glass-walled platforms offering unobstructed, 360-degree vistas of the sprawling metropolis. The skyscraper, which houses NBC headquarters, was formerly known as the GE Building and is now the Comcast Building.

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Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza

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Framing the northern corner of New York City’s Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the oval-shaped Grand Army Plaza boasts a 19th-century military arch, fountain, statuary, tree-dotted lawns, and classical-style gazebos. Set within a traffic circle on Flatbush Avenue, the plaza serves as the park’s main entrance.

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Prospect Park

Prospect Park

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Encompassing more than 500 acres (202 hectares) in the heart of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is an ideal space to escape the bustle of the borough. The park offers wooded walks, sunbathing, and car-fee biking and jogging—a perfect stop for those who want a taste of the outdoors in New York.

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Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton National Monument

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Castle Clinton National Monument is a 19th-century fort on the southern edges of Manhattan’s Battery Park. Built to keep the British at bay, the sandstone fort is now a ticket point for ferries to Liberty and Ellis islands. Stay awhile and explore the original gunports and the small museum that charts the fort’s history.

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Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle

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Dreamt up by Central Park landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Belvedere Castle is a turreted, Victorian-era landmark that sits atop Vista Rock, the second-highest point in Central Park. From its perch, the castle offers some of the best views of the Great Lawn and the wooded Ramble.

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

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Set inside the former cookie factory where Oreos were first baked, the Chelsea Market has a long culinary heritage. Since being redeveloped in the 1990s, it has become a leading food and shopping complex, housing everything from wine bars and fishmongers to kitchen supply stores, as well as offices and television studios.

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Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

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Billed as “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden—colloquially known as the Garden—has been a mecca of sports and entertainment for over half a century. Home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, the Midtown Manhattan venue also regularly hosts wrestling and other sports events, concerts with world-renowned artists, and more.

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New York City West Village

New York City West Village

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Once home to Beat poets and jazz musicians, today the West Village boasts some of New York City’s top real estate. Charm abounds in the highly walkable neighborhood, where you’ll find cafés, literary pubs, and historic pizzerias on tree-lined, cobblestoned streets.

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Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards

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One of NYC's newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards is a glistening complex of buildings hugging the Hudson River, near the High Line. Visitors can shop, dine, and enjoy the arts, head to the Shed for cultural events, walk around the Vessel—a large piece of public art—and enjoy the view from the Edge, a glass-sided observation deck.

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