New York City Travel Guides

As the most populous city in the United States, New York City is a bustling hub of business, art, theater and fashion. Located on a natural harbor, New York was founded nearly 400 years ago by the Dutch as New Amsterdam and nicknamed the Big Apple in the early part of the 20th century for reasons that aren't entirely clear. The city's celebratory theme song, "New York, New York" — best known for Frank Sinatra's 1979 version — is a testimonial to those who strive to "wake up in a city that doesn't sleep, and find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap." This royal ambition includes the more than 58 million tourists who venture to New York every year.

Where to Stay

Hotels in New York come in all varieties — from budget to boutique — and with varying degrees of amenities to suit any pocketbook. Your list of must-see landmarks is a great way to choose your hotel. If you're going to New York to take in historic locales such as the Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory or the 9/11 Memorial, consider staying in the Financial District. If you want to get a breathtaking view of the scenic skyline from the Empire State Building or 30 Rockefeller Plaza, or you'd like to watch the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall, stay in Midtown. For strolling, shopping and experiencing nightlife, the best neighborhoods are SoHo, the Lower East Side and the West and East Villages. Fifth Avenue is home to Museum Mile, a stretch of some of the most magnificent museums in the world. Consider staying on Manhattan's Upper East Side or Upper West Side to get your museum fix and have easy access to world-famous Central Park.


Named for the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy International Airport is a top choice for your flight to the Big Apple. Located in southern Queens, it's about 17 miles from Times Square. LaGuardia Airport, in northern Queens, is only about 10 miles from Manhattan, but it's known for its lack of amenities. You may decide instead to use Newark Liberty International Airport, which is located in New Jersey, across the Hudson River from Manhattan, and is accessible by car or train. Be prepared, however, for a lot of city traffic no matter where you choose to debark.

Top Things to Do

There are so many places to visit in New York that it'll be hard to narrow down your favorites! Some of the top spots for sightseers are, of course, the iconic Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park. If you're a lover of the arts, you'll want to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim Museum. Times Square is a must-see experience for tourists, as well as Rockefeller Center, Chinatown and Radio City Music Hall. If it's a world-class theater performance you're after, make sure to purchase tickets to a Broadway or off-Broadway show before you leave home.

Weather/Seasonal Information

For milder days, check out New York in May, June or September, when high temperatures average in the 70s and 80s during daytime hours. Cool-weather aficionados will appreciate the city during the brisk fall season, when it averages in the mid-60s. But if you're craving a winter wonderland, visit New York in December, January or February.

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