New York Public Library

View on Map Address: Stephen A Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788 Website:

The Stephen A Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library (often simply called the Main Branch) is a must-see for those set to travel to New York, as it is one of the city's most iconic buildings.

Opened in 1911 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, it houses millions of items and is visited by scholars from around the world.

However, it is not just a home for books from across the ages. The library also hosts a variety of exhibitions each year, as well as housing permanent collections of artefacts that would put many museums to shame.

For example, there is Christopher Columbus's 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World and George Washington's original Farewell Address, both of which are sure to excite history buffs.

Be sure not to miss the Rose Main Reading Room either, as its sheer size is truly awe-inspiring.

The library is situated on 42nd Street and so will be easy to locate for guests at New York hotels making their way around the city's landmarks.