New York–New York

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Opened in 1997, the mini-megalopolis of New York–New York features scaled-down replicas of the Big Apple's landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and a miniature Brooklyn Bridge , out front. Rising above are perspective-warping replicas of the Chrysler, Empire State and Ziggurat buildings. Wrapped around the hotel's flashy facade is the pièce de résistance: the Big Apple roller coaster , with cars resembling NYC taxicabs.

Design elements throughout the property reflect the history, color and diversity of 'Nu Yawk.' Restaurants, bars and retail shops hide behind colorful facades stolen from Park Avenue, Greenwich Village and Times Square storefronts. Claustrophobes, beware: this Disneyfied version of the Big Apple can get even more crowded than the real deal.

Inside, Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity titillates couples with sexy acrobatics. And what would a big bad city be without a few watering holes? The Bar at Times Square is popular with the 40-something crowd for piano sing-alongs; Nine Fine Irishmen proffers well-poured pints and live bands; and Pour 24 stocks craft beers. At Gallagher's Steakhouse dig into a New York strip, or pretend you're in Little Italy at Il Fornaio . Better yet, act like a real New Yorker and just grab a slice of pizza or a Nathan's Famous Hot Dog to eat on the run.