North America, Travel features

The USA is replete with luxury car hire deals, and whether you’re after a nifty and sleek Porsche Boxster or a sumptuously upholstered Jaguar S Type, there are convenient pickup locations across the States to get you started on a stylish tour of your preferred locations. With luxury US car hire so readily available, head for a place like New York to see the sights and be pampered at the same time. Forget crowded public transport for a day or two and drive around some of the most iconic sights in this amazing country at a leisurely, air-conditioned pace.

New York is also famously full of exquisite hotels that cater for just about every need. The Four Seasons with a view across Central Park has two top-notch restaurants, including the sublime L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York’s Soho district takes elegant living to new extremes, to mention just a couple of appetite-whetters.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is probably New York’s most iconic landmark. Its most famous uninvited guest was King Kong, and it has been an enduring symbol of the city both on and off screen since it was first built in 1931, as the Great Depression was raging. Go straight up to the 86th floor observatory for spectacular views across the city, and drop in to the virtual reality movie theatre on the second floor for the NY Skyride.

Museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has long been a top destination for art connoisseurs around the world, housing over two million works and ranking in the top five great museums of the world. Here you can find everything from Monet, Vermeer and Cezanne to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and modern art is particularly well represented in works by masters such as Picasso, Braque and Modigliani amongst numerous others. There’s a strong contribution by American artists as well, and decorative art such as Tiffany glass and a wide range of ceramics.

Don’t miss dropping in to The Cloisters section of the museum, which is located in north Manhattan’s Ford Tryon Park overlooking the Hudson River. This annexe houses one of the finest collections in the world of medieval art.

  • Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue, 10028-0198
  • Admission: Adults $25, Children free
  • Website: metmuseum.org

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the USA by France in 1886, on the 100th anniversary of independence. Towering over New York Harbour, the statue was originally known as ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, and was apparently modelled on the lost wonder of the ancient world the Colossus of Rhodes. You can wander around outside and enjoy the views, though there are a limited number of time passes issued for getting inside the statue.

Times Square

Last but not least, Times Square is the centre of New York’s nightlife and theatre. There are more than 30 theatres located here and taking in a few shows is an absolute must on any visit to the Big Apple. If your hotel is in the downtown area it’s a cinch to walk here in the evening and soak up the buzzing atmosphere of this most vibrant of the world’s major cities.