12. Roosevelt Island

cherry blossom trees on Roosevelt Island
Photo courtesy Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

Along the shore of Roosevelt Island, visitors can sit under the shade of the cherry blossom trees while enjoying waterfront views of Manhattan. You’ll find the cherry blossom trees along the East River walkway, a lovely place for a stroll on a warm spring day.

To get to Roosevelt Island from Manhattan, you can take the famous Roosevelt Island Tram, one of the most unique ways to get around New York City. The tram leaves from 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan every 7-15 minutes.