If you are looking for non-stop energy, iconic surroundings and almost limitless opportunities for arts and culture, a trip to New York City should be at the top of your wish list. Despite its relatively small size, New York is one of the most heavily populated states in America and, unsurprisingly, it is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Direct flights to New York City (NYC) will take you to JFK airport, La Guardia, or Newark Liberty International.
To put it simply, there is no best time to take a trip to New York City. Every distinct season has its own energy that shows the buzzing city in its best light. Revel in the festive season with crisp, cool temperatures in October – December, where you can enjoy Thanksgiving and experience the breath-taking magic that is New York City at Christmas. Deep winter (January and February) can be bitterly cold, but still spectacular and you will be able to take advantage of cheap flights to New York City and fewer tourists during these months. Come spring, you will be infected by the optimism of New Yorkers as the city thaws. Residents and tourists alike take advantage of the warmer days with outdoor markets as the city wakes up from its winter slumber. Summer in New York is hot, but air-conditioned malls, delightful restaurants and picnics in Central Park offer respite from the heat of the day.
As soon as you set foot in New York, you may feel yourself instantly transported to countless scenes from iconic movies. It may take you a few moments to regain your composure as you gaze in wonder at the vibrant sights and sounds of this incredible city. Once you do, there are myriad experiences awaiting you.
The range of cuisine offered by New York’s eateries are limitless. The cultural melting pot means that virtually everything you eat will be authentic: enjoy traditional Polish, Chinese, Latino and Italian food unlike anything you have experienced before. If the choice is too much for you, book a food tour, where you will be guided through the culinary delights of the city.
Of course, no trip to New York City would be complete without indulging in iconic New York fare. Formerly home to a host of clam restaurants, Sheepshead Bay now has just one: Randazzo’s, where you will enjoy a traditional Manhattan Clam Chowder. Neapolitan immigrants arrived in New York in the late 19th Century, thus Italian food is central to its culinary scene. Try a slice of New York pizza for $1, or visit one of the many Italian restaurants for a meal straight out of The Godfather. The ubiquitous hotdog is also a must-eat when in New York. There is no shortage of street carts, where you can enjoy hotdogs slathered in sauerkraut and mustard, but if you have the time and inclination, it is worth taking a trip to Original Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, which was established in 1915 by Charles Feltham, the “inventor” of the hot dog.
The dining opportunities in New York are so vast, you are limited only by time and your appetite. For the true NY experience, stop at a diner for a cup of coffee and a slab of light, creamy New York Cheesecake.
There is so much to see in New York, some visitors dismiss the iconic attractions as being unimaginative. The fact is, that you can’t possibly visit New York City without indulging in a few iconic activities. Take a walk in Central Park, go shopping at Bloomingdale’s, or take in a show on Broadway. Visit Times Square, take a trip to the Empire State Building, or Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty…. The list goes on. And, of course, going to New York in the winter without ice-skating outside the Rockefeller Centre is virtually sacrilege.
In addition to the host of world-renowned things to see and do on your trip to New York City, there are an equal number of less well-trodden paths that will not fail to take your breath away. As you venture through Manhattan, visit Battery Park, where you will come across a piece of the Berlin wall; a poignant reminder of a dark period in recent history. Escape the chaotic milieu of Times Square and seek refreshment in cocktail bars, secreted in the upper floors of the Square. With a small cover charge for non-residents, the Marriot Marquis in Times Square is a fantastic place to sit, eat, drink, and watch the world go by. Here, you can get a birds’ eye view of the iconic square, taking in the hustle and bustle of yellow cabs, people and lights as you sip on a delicious cocktail.
Grand Central station may be on the “obvious” list, but make sure you visit the Whispering Galleries. Despite the throngs of commuters, two people can stand at opposite ends and hear each other whisper. We’ll let you decide whether this incredible feat is down to science and architecture or New York magic!
There is no doubt that whether you visit New York for a long weekend, a week or a month, you will leave desperate to return and discover more of the incredible energy that is the essence of New York.
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