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.
Its 2-star rating makes Off Soho Suites Hotel a good option for budget lodging. You can walk to Little Italy, China Town and Canal Street from here. From this holiday accommodation, you can easily reach Union Square Park and Gramercy Park. Victorian Gardens is one of several nearby options for fun and entertainment. This area offers several museums, including the popular Agora Gallery and Soho Photo Gallery.
Eastgate Tower Suite Hotel offers a large selection of rooms for your convenience. The 2-star rating means this property focuses on value for money rather than swank amenities. Radio City Music Hall, Times Square and Gramercy Park can all be found in nearby. The famous landmark Chrysler Building is conveniently close, as are Murray Hill and United Nations New York. Victorian Gardens is not far and offers loads of fun. Conference facilities nearby include Madison Square Garden.
Gracie is one of the smaller New York holiday accommodations. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities. Radio City Music Hall, Times Square and Gramercy Park can all be found in nearby. This is a great location for walking to landmarks such as Chrysler Building, Murray Hill and United Nations New York. Nearby Victorian Gardens offers fun and entertainment. Madison Square Garden is close to the accommodation, making it convenient for business delegates.
New York Renaissance Home and Guest House is one of the smaller New York holiday accommodations. The comfortable rooms are 3-star rated. Broadway isn't far from here and it's a must-see! Victorian Gardens isn't hard to reach from this accommodation. From here you can attend events at Yankee Stadium, which is 1.8 km (1.1 miles) away.
With no more than 20 rooms, Harlem Bed and Breakfast is a small boutique establishment. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities. Broadway is just one of the attractions within a short distance. It'll be easy to visit Victorian Gardens from here.
You'll find plenty of room options at the sizable Broadway Hotel and Hostel. 2-star rooms are a good value here. From here you'll be well situated to enjoy nearby attractions such as American Museum of Natural History and Broadway. Nearby Victorian Gardens is an enjoyable diversion.
Achieve Guest House's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. This 2-star accommodation is an affordable option. Broadway is just one of the attractions within a short distance. Easily-accessible Victorian Gardens is a fun place to spend some time.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized La Maison d'Art is a nice place to unwind. Experience good quality service at this 3-star property. While staying in New York, you might enjoy visiting Broadway. The young at heart will enjoy Victorian Gardens.
Stay at the 2-star The Leo House and save your money for other travel expenses. With its extensive layout, this hotel gives you plenty of rooms to choose from. The area is easily accessible thanks to Penn station's close proximately. The famous landmark Flatiron Building is conveniently close, as are Greenwich Village and Empire State Building. While in New York, spend a few hours exploring Michael Perez Pop Art Gallery or Madame Tussauds. Nearby Madison Square Garden is a popular site for conferences and events.
The small Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast offers warmth and hospitality. The 3-star rating ensures a memorable stay here. Within walking distance of Prospect Park, this property is also accessible by foot to Brooklyn New York Museum of Art. Astroland Amusement Park is an entertaining option for your New York visit.
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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