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Being solo in the city that never sleeps is a common occurrence. Many New Yorkers go to places by themselves, and the Big Apple is full of fantastic destinations for any type of traveler.

Visit an Art Museum

Since people come to a museum to focus on art, they most likely won’t notice when someone shows up alone. A solo visit allows an individual to concentrate on the displays without the distraction of a talking companion. Solo travelers can experience more of the exhibits because there’s no negotiating with a partner or group of friends on what to see. Some of New York’s best destinations include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Henry Clay Frick House and the Museum of Modern Art.

Dine at an Exclusive Restaurant

Going solo can be a good ticket to get into a restaurant that otherwise would require a difficult reservation. That’s because many of them let solo diners eat at the bar, and the wait is often minimal. Such is the case at Babbo where they hold spots at the bar and some tables for walk-ins. The bar is a popular place to mingle with other solo diners. For another exclusive Italian dining option, visit Locanda Verde in Tribeca.

Visitors who find themselves in SoHo should check out Balthazar for the ultimate French bistro-dining and people-watching experience. For upscale American cuisine, try Gramercy Tavern. While it takes reservations for the dining room 28 days in advance, the tavern area is set aside for walk-ins. Diners can take advantage of a condensed seasonal menu that is still upscale.

Go on a Guided Tour

Visitors who want to enjoy the New York City experience without roaming the streets by themselves can take advantage of tour options. These make for a good way to meet people while learning about the area. One of the most classic ways to experience the city is via a Grey Line double-decker bus tour. Since riders can hop off and on at their convenience, they can also use it as a transportation option.

For those who enjoy the water, a sightseeing cruise offers a wonderful perspective of the city’s layout and landscape. Active visitors who like to combine exercise with sightseeing will enjoy small bike group tours. These allow for deeper exploration of neighborhoods.

In New York City, the number of activities is endless. You don’t need a group of people to enjoy what the city has to offer. Whatever you decide to do with your time while spending in the Red Apple, don’t be afraid to embrace the city with all that its worth.