Times Square, New York City

Few places conjure up as many iconic images of New York as Times Square, the tourist center of the city, filled with bright video screens and LED signs flashing their messages 24 hours a day. Despite its name, this city landmark isn't a square at all, but the triangular intersections of several main roads in the middle of Manhattan. Stop at the prominent visitor center for restaurant and hotel recommendations, free maps, and ticket sales for many tourist attractions. Often called the crossroads of the world, the area features themed restaurants, theaters, and shops. Put Times Square into our New York City trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Times Square is one of those unique places that is totally man made, totally over the top and totally a tourist trap...if you fall for it. Bright, huge billboards adorn the top of every building. It's...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Brill brill brill!!!! Piccadilly Circus in London is nothing compared to Times Square! It is a must see in NYC- go in the day and in the evening! Special atmosphere  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We stumbled on Times Square not realizing it was so close to our Hotel (San Carlos). The amount of people and activity going on was amazing, even at nearly midnight. The images were very cool, and eve...  more »

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