Times Square

View on Map Address: Times Square, Manhattan, NY, United States Website: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/index.aspx

Times Square is not known as the Crossroads of the World for nothing. People who travel to New York City will be astounded by the sheer size of the intersection between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, with its bright lights, advertising hoardings and array of visitor attractions.

Around a third of a million people pass through Times Square each day, while an average of one million flock there on New Year's Eve for the annual ball drop, which counts down the seconds using an energy-efficient descending LED ball.

Broadway's theaters can also be accessed via the square, while walking tours and a museum will guide the uninitiated around and fill them in on some of the local history.

The signs in Times Square are called spectaculars, or jumbatrons for the largest, with the Coca-Cola sign and Budweiser ads being notable examples and visitor attractions in their own right.

Also well worth checking out are Times Square Studios (home of Good Morning America), the Hard Rock Cafe, the Disney Store and the flagship Toys 'R' Us.