Some out-of-towners spend their entire New York trip at one show or another on the Broadway circuit. And if you like plays and musicals, this is where you should be: “The Great White Way” represents the heart and soul of American theater. Considering that nearby Times Square is a dizzying maze of sights and sounds with no real starting point, some visitors suggest you can see all you need to of that neighborhood just by trundling back and forth between shows.

Travelers agree that attending a Broadway performance is a must on any visit to the Big Apple. Most were impressed with the beautiful marquees, the cozy theaters and the exceptional talent on stage. “Broadway is so much a part of the fabric of NYC. It’s synonymous: New York and Broadway,” says Chris Heywood, senior vice president of global communications for NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization. “And there’s something for everybody, it’s family-friendly and there are shows for adults.”

All but one Broadway theater is near the nonstop neon of Times Square, in a western pocket of midtown Manhattan. Many subway lines will drop you off in the thick of things (42nd Street); they include the A, C, E, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, S and 7 trains, just to name a few. The Lincoln Center Theater, on the other hand, is located on the Upper West Side and is accessible from the 1 train to 66th Street. Most shows follow the same schedule; there are evening performances Tuesday through Saturday and afternoon matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Broadway.com provides a full listing of show schedules, ticket prices and more.