People all over the world will feel as though they know Manhattan's Central Park, so often has it been featured in films, TV series and music videos.
However, guests staying at New York hotels should not miss out on the opportunity to see it in real life, as it offers a vast array of attractions, events and sights that are really surprising and will live long in the memory.
Central Park was first opened in 1857 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. These days, it is managed by the Central Park Conservancy, covers 843 acres and is visited by an astonishing 38 million people each year.
The park is affectionately referred to as New York's backyard and is an urban oasis of trees, meadows, jogging routes, cycle paths, statues and much more. There is always something going on, from Shakespeare productions and SummerStage during the warmer months to ice skating as the snow falls in winter.
Visitors will also discover lots of permanent attractions, including the zoo, the Friedsam Memorial Carousel and John Lennon's memorial Strawberry Fields.
Central Park is open 365 days a year and can be accessed via a number of entrances in Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side and the north end.