New York

It's a hell of a town - and one you may feel you already know from the television, stage or screen. But there's no substitute for actually being in New York. From Manhattan's skyscrapers to the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge, seeing those icons for yourself is a real thrill. Whatever you're interested in you'll find it here - whether it's Broadway glitz, avant-garde dance, world class art collections or virtuoso concerts - the rich cultural life of New York is unmatched. And if you simply want to soak up the atmosphere you won't be disappointed - with a famous sight around almost every corner, and the celebrated fast-talking New Yorkers all around - just going for a stroll is a great way to feel the buzz in one of the world's most vibrant cities. But where to start? The sheer range of choice can feel overwhelming, but choose a neighborhood and take the plunge, and you'll soon feel a part of this most global of cities.

Manhattan is an island, and one of the best ways to see it is to take to the water. You can take a boat tour or hop on a water taxi around the island, or even take a kayaking tour, if you're feeling adventurous. If you just want a view of that famous skyline, jump on the orange Staten Island Ferry, which will take you on an hour-long round trip, past the Statue of Liberty, for free. The Statue of Liberty is now open to the public, but if you want to climb up into the crown you must book - tickets can be sold out months in advance. The same ferry often continues to Ellis Island, where immigrants to America first arrived. The island now houses the Immigration Museum, which tells the stories of some of the millions who came here seeking a better life.