New York City Travel Guide

New York has been called  the greatest city in the world and millions agree. Its official motto is, “I Love New York” and millions do. Where else can you catch a show on Broadway, see the view from the Statue of Liberty, or dine on any cuisine in the world? See links to best attractions, dining and shopping, below.

LISTEN: Leslie Koch of DowntownTraveler.com on New York’s best attractions, restaurants, shopping and more.

When to Go? Anytime

New York glitters year-round so don’t let winter weather deter you. New York City is magnificent during the holidays: See the Rockefeller Center tree at Christmas, watch the Macy’s Parade at Thanksgiving, or join legions of Irish-Americans in a drink on St. Patrick’s Day.

Flights to New York

Flying in and out of New York is simple and finding cheap flights to New York is easy, thanks to a choice of airports.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): The smallest of New York City’s airports is also closest to Manhattan; it is served by most domestic and Canadian airlines.

John F. Kennedy International (JFK): This is the busiest international passenger gateway to the U.S. and is served by scores of the world’s international airlines, as well as many domestic carriers including JetBlue and Virgin America.

Newark Liberty International (EWR): Though based in New Jersey, this facility is only about 15 miles from midtown-Manhattan; it too is served by number domestic and international airlines.

Attractions in New York

There are a million things to do in New York City but here are a few ideas (see links below for more).

Statue of Liberty – A symbol of freedom throughout the world. Take the ferry, then climb the interior staircase to the crown (and take some New Yorkers with you; chances are, they haven’t done this, either).

Empire State Building – Sure, other buildings are taller, but do they have as good a view of Manhattan? The observation deck in this Art Deco masterpiece isn’t free, but is worth it.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – This beautiful building along Fifth Avenue in Central Park hosts one of the world’s greatest collections of art, from Egyptian artifacts to medieval treasures and Impressionist paintings – and so much more. Tip: The museum store has stunning gifts.

Shopping and Restaurants in New York

Dining: With over 20,000 restaurants, you won’t go hungry here. Whether you had something rarified in mind, like Terrine of Hudson Valley Moulard Duck Foie Gras, or just a pastrami on rye, you will be satisfied. Tip: Ask a local for the name of his favorite neighborhood joint (there are so many good ones).

Shopping: From the venerable department stores to trendy boutiques and the diamond district, shoppers can find whatever they fancy. Tip: The street vendors off Union Square Park have terrific costume jewelry, and try the Pearl River Mart on Broadway in Soho for all things Asian.

More Information on New York

These sites are loaded with great information on what to see and do in New York City, and beyond.

NYC Go – Lists of “must-see” attractions as well as little known gems, plus info on TV show tapings, dining, hotels and more.

New York State Tourism – Includes a city attractions guide, plus what to do and see throughout New York State.

New York Magazine’s Visitors Guide: Up-to-the minute guide to clubs and restaurants plus great lists (including “top five pizzas in the city”).

 

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Published: January 4, 2013