The city that never sleeps makes an amazing weekend getaway or a week long excursion to visit some of the best museums, Broadway shows and historical sites in the United States. New York has major influences on world culture, finance, art, research, media, education, entertainment and technology. Ranked city number one in diversity in the world, the city is home to 8.4 million inhabitants speaking over 700 languages. Whether you are visiting for pleasure, culture or business there is plenty to see and do in NYC.
When to visit
The best time to visit New York depends on your travel plans, budget and intended activities. Visiting New York can be more affordable in the deep winter but not during Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting or New Year’s Eve at Time Square. If you are looking to party, then visit during the spring, head to an Irish pub for the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Party and enjoy the parade.
In the summer, the city becomes the stage for artists, from dance to music to drama to literature with festivals such as Haarlem Week, Fringe Festival and SummerStage Festival. The changing colors in central park in the fall, fair temperatures and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade all drive hotel prices sky high, but fall cannot be beat in New York City.
People often think of New York as a cold weathered city, but it is in fact, the northernmost city with a humid subtropical climate designation. This means that even in the heart of January, the temperatures still average above 32 F (0 C). Winters are damp and cold, while summers can be hot and humid. Yet the moderating effect of the ocean is offset by the prevailing winds making each season unpredictable from day to day.
New York City abounds in events, festivals, cultural shows, museums and is a true foodies’ paradise. The Empire State Building, Central Park, The Met (Metropolitan Art Museum), the Guggenheim, the 9/11 Museum, and Times Square are all chart toppers for the most visited places in the Big Apple.
Yet there is so much to do in the city you either need to focus your appetite or decide to visit multiple times. It is often said that if NYC does not have it, it does not exist. This is why it is also a shopping mecca that includes every major retailer and thousands of local retailers only found in the great city.
There are at a minimum six iconic buildings that have helped shape the history and international fame of New York, to miss any one of them would be a failed first trip. Times Square at night shows a culture alive and vibrant, whereas the Metropolitan Museum shows the history of everything as the largest museum in North America.
The Empire State Building first thing in the morning will give you a bird’s eye view of the great city and help you avoid the lines as they develop through the day. A visit to Rockefeller Center and the Grand Central Terminal round out the major icons of the city completing the basic must-see attractions.
Tips & Recommendations
• Use the transit subway to your advantage. An MTA MetroCard can be used for both subways and buses, and transfers between the two modes of transport are free.
• Purchase a Pass if you are planning to see many paid attractions it offers "Fast Track" and allows you to skip the lines during the tourist season.
• On weekends museums start late and may not be open long. On Mondays and Sundays they may be closed or do not have tours.
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA have numerous free tours every hour.
The staff at 3-star Midtown West Vacation Rentals works hard at making you feel special. One museum you do not want to miss while in New York is Metropolitan Museum of Art, located 1.7 km (1.1 miles) from here. The young at heart will enjoy Victorian Gardens.
Outstanding TEN15NYC enjoys a 3-star rating. Want to avoid the hoards? This accommodation offers fewer than 20 rooms. Penn station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. The neighborhood's many attractions include Times Square, Radio City Music Hall and Gramercy Park, all within easy reach. New York museums are delightful! Spend some time in Madame Tussauds, or perhaps Scandinavia House. Thrill-seekers should consider a visit to Victorian Gardens.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast offers the intimacy of a small accommodation. Rated 2 star(s), this property meets the needs of budget travelers. The nearby Brooklyn New York Museum of Art, 1.7 km (1.1 miles) away, is worth visiting while in New York. Victorian Gardens is just a short distance from here.
For a small, friendly experience, Morris Guest House offers no more than 20 rooms. 2-star rooms are a good value here. Botanical Garden is located close to this location, as is Little Italy in the Bronx.
You'll enjoy an ample choice of rooms at The Leo House. 2-star rooms are a good value here. Penn station is close by. Union Square Park, Gramercy Park and Times Square are all within walking distance. Don't miss Michael Perez Pop Art Gallery and Madame Tussauds, both are near this property. One advantage for business travelers is the proximity of Madison Square Garden.
The friendly Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast offers cozy and welcoming accommodations. Relax, unwind and enjoy staying at this fine 3-star property. Prospect Park is worth a visit during your New York stay. Brooklyn New York Museum of Art is a good option as well. Easily-accessible Astroland Amusement Park is a fun place to spend some time.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, Delz Bed & Breakfast is a good choice. Book a comfy 3-star room here. Astroland Amusement Park is one of several nearby options for fun and entertainment.
With no more than 20 rooms, Midwood Suites Brooklyn is a small boutique establishment. The 3-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in New York. Thrill-seekers should consider a visit to Astroland Amusement Park.
From YMidWest1 - stylish 1BR Manhattan apt you can visit easily accessible Josie Robertson Plaza, Rockefeller Center and St Patrick's Cathedral. The popular Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Times Square are easy to reach from this location. Nearby and easily accessible, you'll find Victorian Gardens. Javits Convention Center draws many visitors to New York for special events.
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