Though it may seem odd to take time out of your vacation to do what you do at home—watch TV—it’s the behind-the-scenes elements that make the experience here: the scurrying grips and cameramen, the "warm-up act" before the show, and seeing what the host does when the camera isn’t on.

Attending tapings is a very popular activity, so it’s important that you request tickets far in advance. In fact, 6 months ahead of time is not too early. If you can’t plan that far ahead, or are rejected for an advance seat, all hope is not lost—stand-by seats are distributed for most shows. To snag one of these, you’ll need to get up early and do a lot of waiting around, but many people on the stand-by list do get in. One warning: Stand-by tickets are given out by person, not by couple, so if you’re traveling with someone else, both of you have to brave the line to attend the show.

Some shows to try and see:

 To see the Today Show, simply get up at dawn and head over to Rockefeller Center. You’ll see where the crowds are that day.

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