Here’s Your Ultimate Route Through New York’s Top Tourist Spots

March 25, 2015 | Prachi Gupta

The next time your cousin-twice-removed and his bratty kid come in town and expect you to take them to all of New York City’s top tourist destinations, just have them consult this handy map. Created by computer scientist Randal Olson, it’s optimized for the shortest distance between routes, packing 27 of the city’s most popular destinations into a 4.5-hour walking tour. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the time it takes to get into said attractions, but it’s the perfect tour for someone who is interested in walking (or biking) around the city while checking it out.

Below are all the destinations Olson lists in the map. You can see an interactive version of the map here.

1. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York, NY
2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028
3. The Frick Collection, East 70th Street, New York, NY
4. Central Park, New York, NY
5. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), West 53rd Street, New York, NY
6. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
7. Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
8. Radio City Music Hall, Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
9. Theater District, New York, NY
10. Times Square, New York, NY
11. Bryant Park, New York, NY
12. New York Public Library, New York, NY
13. Chrysler Building, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
14. Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
15. The Morgan Library & Museum, Madison Avenue, New York, NY
16. Empire State Building Observation Deck, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
17. Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
18. The High Line, New York, NY 10011
19. Chelsea Market, 9th Avenue, New York, NY
20. Ground Zero Museum Workshop, West 14th Street, New York, NY
21. Greenwich Village, New York, NY
22. Washington Square Park, New York, NY
23. SoHo, New York, NY
24. Tenement Museum, Orchard Street, New York, NY
25. St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway, New York, NY
26. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York, NY 10006
27. Statue of Liberty

(Image: Randal Olson/Google Maps)