Grand Central Terminal
The biggest train station in the world
A train station isn't normally at the top of many must-do lists but considering New York's Grand Central Terminal is the biggest train station in the world, it's worth a peek. Chances are if you plan on catching the subway to Midtown Manhattan, you'll wind up at the station on 42nd Street and Park Avenue.
Before you rush on your merry way, take the time to look around. Granted, you won't see all of it; the station spans 19 hectares and over 100 platforms. But a walk through the grand Main Concourse at the centre of the terminal is a must. Within the Concourse is the iconic four-faced clock, a popular meeting spot for locals. The clock itself is made of opalescent glass and opal and is estimated to be worth millions. Above the clock, the Concourse ceiling depicts a celestial mural depicting zodiac signs in reverse ' an apparent mistake by the artist Paul Helleu.
Also within the terminal is a dining concourse featuring a wide range of restaurants, the oldest of which, the Oyster Bar, has been in operation since the terminal opened in 1913. The Vanderbilt Hall is also worth visiting for its various exhibitions and Christmas Market.
While you're waiting for your train, shopping is also on hand at the terminal with everything from designer wears to cosmetics and a good old fashioned newsagency. For just a browse, take a gander at the New York Transit Museum Gallery and Store or do your grocery shopping at the expansive Grand Central Market.
Address: 71-105 E. 42nd St. New York City. New York