Top of the Rock

The Top of the Rock Observation deck at the 70-storey Rockefeller Centre tends to be less crowded than the Empire State Building - plus you get to see it as part of the panorama. And that iconic photo of workers having lunch high up on a beam in NYC? That happened here.

Ground Zero Workshop

As well as visiting the 9/11 Memorial Pools and Museum at Ground Zero, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tour shows visitors what it was like to be among firefighters after the attacks. The workshop is an eight-minute trip by taxi from the 9/11 Memorial and is child-friendly and interactive.

Ground Zero. Photo / Thinkstock
Ground Zero. Photo / Thinkstock

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA in Midtown is often regarded as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. And don't forget the museum restaurant The Modern, run by Alsace-born chef Gabriel Kreuther.

Staten Island Ferry

It's free to travel on the Staten Island Ferry between Staten Island and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan. You'll catch some great views of the financial district and Lower Manhattan.

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The Staten Island Ferry passes the financial district. Photo / Thinkstock
The Staten Island Ferry passes the financial district. Photo / Thinkstock

Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

For a different mode of transport, take the ride on the aerial Roosevelt Island Tramway spanning the East River and connecting Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Views are of Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

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Further information: See DiscoverAmerica.com.