5 New York City Places To Take Your Out-Of-Town Guests

So you've got a friend or family member scheduled to visit you from out of town but you aren't sure where you want to take them first. You could take them to the obvious places like the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center. But if you want to give them an experience they'll really remember (besides taking them to the usual tourist attractions because who doesn't want to skate in The Rink at Rockefeller Center?) take them to these five places when they're in town.

Madame Tussauds

There are tons of museums around New York City, but this one is a gem. In Times Square, Madame Tussauds is a wax museum displaying waxworks of famous people. They have celebrities from Beyoncé to Josephine Baker, and they are extremely lifelike. This place is a great spot for unforgettable photo opportunities. Plus, it's in Times Square, so you'll have endless options of things to do once you wrap up your visit at this museum.

The Brooklyn Bridge

Add cardio to your out-of-town guests' visit by taking them for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. This iconic bridge offers a view of the Statue of Liberty in the distance and the New York Skyline, which looks amazing at night. Also, though It's no Paris, there's a spot along the path of the bridge known as "Love Lock Bridge" where lovers attach everything from padlocks to headphones with their initials etched on them.

Di Fara Pizza

Be warned... the wait time here can be insane, but the reward is worth it. If you want to give your out-of-town guests an authentic New York experience, you can't skip eating one of the best pizza slices in the city. In the Midwood section of Brooklyn, Di Fara pizzeria is owned and operated by Domenico DeMarco since 1964. He is the only one who makes the pizzas and they taste heavenly. Di Fara is one of the best pizzerias in New York City and is considered the best handmade pizza in New York. They have the newspaper mentions to prove it

September 11 Memorial & Museum

Don't skimp on reminding your tourist family or friends of New York's history. Bring them to the 9/11 memorial that commemorates the September 11 attacks that killed more than 2,000 people and the World Trade Center bombings that killed six. This memorial is even more significant because of where it's located – near the World Trade Center site, the old location of where the Twin Towers once stood.

Grand Central Terminal

Take your out-of-town guests to the center of one of the busiest places in New York City, Grand Central. This is a great place to bring visitors because we all know how tourists love looking up toward the sky in New York City. You can blame the skyscrapers for that. At Grand Central, they can look up and be amazed at attractions like the four-faced brass clock, made of opalescent glass, that sits on top of the information booth or at the elaborately decorated astronomical ceiling. Outside they can gaze up at the clock out front which has the world's largest example of Tiffany glass. It's also surrounded by sculptures of Minerva, Hercules, and Mercury.

Samantha Greaves is a freelance writer and author living in Brooklyn, New York. When not writing for Parachute, she can be found blogging about life, writing, and urban pop culture via her website SamanthaGWrites.com.

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