New York City remains, with good reasons, one of the top vacation destinations in the United States.

It’s fun, it’s fast-paced, it’s full of culture and amazing restaurants and Broadway plays and pretty much anything you’d like to do, any hour of the day or night.

But if you’re planning to visit, be aware that the people who have gone before you are lying about some things – on Instagram and beyond – so don’t be surprised when it’s not exactly as you imagined.

That said, it will still be awesome.

#10. If you wait all day to get a primo spot on the observation deck…you still won’t get this pic.

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“We were staggered by the beautiful views in all directions…” -Geoff S. on @TripAdvisor (6/20/19) ✨ . ?: @gigi.nyc #EmpireStateBuilding ? . Tap bio link to see it for yourself ? . . . . . . . . #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #esb #empirestate #empirestateofmind #loves_nyc #ny_uncut #ilovenewyork #travelgram #bigapple #nightshooters #newyork_world #newyorkcitylife #thisisnyc #ilove_newyo #nycdotgram #city_of_newyork #ig_nyc #what_I_saw_in_nyc #newyorklike #newyork_instagram #nyclife #newyorklife #nycprimeshot #seeyourcity #new_york_shots #nyloveyou #igrecommend

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#9. The Brooklyn bridge will not be anywhere close to empty, should you decide to walk across.

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This weekend has been magical … my sister is in town and we are having the best time! Now I just need her to move back to NYC ✨??? * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * #brooklyn #brooklynbridge #sidewalkerdaily #femmetravel #dametraveler #darlingescapes #passionpassport #theprettycities #exploretocreate #beautifulmatters #thetravelwomen #sheisnotlost #beautifuldestinations #iamtb #travelinladies #unlimitednewyork #nycityworld #nycblogger #loves_nyc #seeyourcity #ig_nycity #newyorkstateofmind #newyork_ig #nycdotgram #nyc_explorers #icapture_nyc #prettylittleiiinspo #topnewyorkphoto

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#8. The same goes for Grand Central Station (and literally everywhere else).

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? #GRANDCENTRAL ? #newyork #grandcentralterminal #newyorkcity #newyorkarea #republic_of_symmetry #train #trainstations #grandcentralstation #nyc #visualgrams #visualcreators #visualmobs #street_ninjas #artofvisuals #shotzdelight #eclectic_shotz #seeyourcity #nyc_explorers #nycprimeshot #nycworld #grandcentralnyc #symmetricalmobs #what_i_saw_in_nyc #sonya7riii #sonyimages #sonyalpha #newyork_ig

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#7. You won’t get this shot from the ferry.

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Howdy #shotoniphone

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#6. If you shoot from your seat and are lucky enough not to be rubbing elbows with morons and no one spills beer on you or yells at you to sit down…maybe you could get lucky enough to snap this pic. #YankeeStadium

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What an unfiltered view from work tonight.

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#5. Maybe if you’ve got a hotel room up high – otherwise you’ll be elbowing your way through the crowd with the rest of us schmucks.

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Crossroads

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#4. The Highline is a great way to see part of the city, but you definitely won’t be able to see the path through all of the people.

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Will you stay with me, will you be my love Among the fields of barley We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold. – Sting . . 11.28.16 #Autumn colors at the #HighLine #NewYorkCity . #SeeYourCity ? .

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#3. Central Park isn’t quite the respite from the crowds and the heat that the movies would have you believe.

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Central Park ?? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #nyc #newyork #seeyourcity #instagramnyc #newyork_instagram #icapture_nyc #ig_nycity #nycprimeshot #loves_nyc #instagram #travellingthroughtheworld #divine_worldplaces #nybucketlist #travelnyc #beautifuldestinations #nyloveyou #timeoutnewyork #newyorker #nycityworld #NY1pic #thisisnewyorkcity #what_i_saw_in_nyc #nbc4ny #abc7ny #spoilednyc #mysecretnyc #autumn #nypostnyc #canonusa #newyorkcitykopp

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#2. Rockefeller Center has a lot to offer…which is why you’ll never actually get a picture without someone else in it.

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Sometimes people couldn't see the inside of the person unless they like the outside of a person. Because they hadn't learned to hear the music yet. – Karen Kingsbury . . 04.02.17 Tonight #RockCenter in New York City lights up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day. . For my nephew Joshua and all those marching to the beat of their own music, we hear you and we love you! ??? . #LightItUpBlue #LIUB . #SeeYourCity #NikonLoveNY . . #artofvisuals #color_of_day #city_explore #excellent_structure #ig_myshot #ig_color #igworldglobal #igworldclub #igpodium_night #ig_unitedstates #loves_night #main_vision #nightphotography #picture_to_keep #royalsnappingartists #tlpicks #tourtheplanet #tv_buildings #urbanromantix #way2ill #weekly_feature #worldbestgram #NikonYes #gotd_1752

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#1. Coney Island looks oddly clean in this image…

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Notice the people who are happy for your happiness and sad for your sadness. They‘re are the ones who deserve special places in your heart ?? Kleine Story zum Bild : Das Foto ist entstanden als wir im Freizeitpark an der Küste von Coney Island waren und dann dachten wir uns ach machen wir mal ein Foto dort oben ! Nur müsst ihr euch denken 1 Runde haben wir geschafft – danach hat einer von den Mitarbeitern gecheckt, dass jemand Fotos macht und es wurde sofort gestoppt & wir einfach nochmal runter mussten das Handy abgeben & dann ging es noch 2 Runden für uns weiter ? glad and proud of our pic ???? ——————————————————————— ➡️Wart ihr schon mal in einem Freizeitpark? Wenn ja alles fahren ( Action pur ) ( so wie ich )oder einfach nur die gechillten Attraktionen ?? ——————————————————————— #friendship #goals #matching #outfits #fun #smile #americanstyle #hairstyle #girls #girl #goals #Pinterest #weheartit #inspo #inspiration #tumblr #tumblrgirl #smile #friends #wonderwhell #coneyisland

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This traveler’s tip?

Please, for the love of Pete, do not stay in Midtown.