New York City

New York City Travel Guide

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Ericka McConnell

NYC, the Big Apple, the City So Nice They Named It Twice – there’s a reason New York is the most populous city in North America, not to mention the site of more movies and TV shows than you could ever count. Despite its relatively small size, everything in New York City is big and bright – the skyscrapers taller, the people more diverse, and the city and its surrounding five boroughs more colorful than just about anywhere else in the world. In a state of constant reinvention, and home to attractions spanning art, design, history, fine dining, music, and sports, it’s impossible to travel to New York City and see it all in one trip – but our New York City travel guide will help you whittle down the millions of possibilities.

Things Not to Miss in New York City

• Shopping in SoHo
 • Taking in the Big Apple’s skyline from the Empire State Building
 • Dining (and clubbing) in the Meatpacking District
 • Watching the neon blaze in Times Square
 • Viewing masterworks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art
 • Visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
 • Watching a game at Yankee Stadium
 • Grabbing a Nathan’s Famous hot dog at Coney Island
 • Seeing a show on Broadway
 • Stroll through Central Park

When to Go to New York City

New York City’s attractions are open and thriving year-round, so there’s no perfect time to visit New York City. Many tourists enjoy visiting in the winter, when the Christmas decorations are out along Fifth Avenue and the lights on the tree at Rockefeller Center are blazing. However, winters in New York can be chilly, and can bring snow, so be sure to pack warmly when making New York City travel plans for winter. Those in search of a cultural getaway might prefer to visit in the fall, winter, and early spring for performing-arts season. Summer in New York can be steamy and humid, and many New Yorkers prefer to leave the city in June and August, making it a slightly quieter time to travel to New York City.

DON'T MISS

  • Exploring on foot. New York is one of the world's great walking cities—venture into its great open spaces (Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge promenade), or just poke around neighborhood cafes, shops, and galleries.

  • Browsing among some of the city's truly unusual boutiques—like Greenwich Letterpress, which sells hand-embossed cards and stationery; or the country's oldest apothecary, C.O. Bigelow.

  • Indulging in some art appreciation. The city's major museums are legendary; but also make sure to gallery-hop in the Chelsea Arts district, or catch a live-music performance at a downtown lounge (or a street corner).

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