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New York City travel guide

One of the most iconic cities in the world and a must-visit destination for all travel lovers out there. From the bright lights of Times Square and the hipster vibes of Brooklyn, to kicking back in Central Park and dining in authentic New York hangouts - Manhattan and its neighbors pull visitors back time and time again.
blue trees icon Central Park
NYC's iconic Central Park is awesome throughout the year. Relax among the trees during the spring and summer months, watch the leaves change color during fall months, and go ice skating in the winter.
blue hockey icon Catch a Game
NYC is a great place for sports. Why not catch an ice hockey or basketball game at the iconic venue of Madison Square Garden, or head up to the Bronx and experience the baseball at Yankee Stadium?
blue pizza pie icon Lombardi's Pizza
Dine on some of the best New York style pizza at Lombardi's restaurant in Little Italy. Opened in back in 1905, this was the USA's first pizzeria, so as they say, you'll be tasting a slice of history!

New York Neighborhoods

Known as the city that never sleeps, New York is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its varying neighborhoods each have their own personality. Whether you're visiting for just a few days or plan to stay longer, the districts of NYC are perfect for exploring! Here are a few of our favorites...
Painted murals decorate brick buildings next to a basketball court and parked yellow school buses on a TriBeCa street


This neighborhood is known for its film festival and renovated warehouses that are now restaurants and fashionable boutiques. It's a perfect area for wandering and exploring. Nearby you'll stumble upon Little Italy and Chinatown too, great for grabbing a bite to eat.
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East Village

East Village is home to iconic apartment blocks and has become a haven for cool cafes, budget friendly eateries and a happening bar scene.  It was once the home of many alternative and artistic movements and is known for playing an important role in the rise of punk rock.
The outside of the Vessel structure in Chelsea New York


Primarily a residential area, Chelsea is a great place to (if only briefly) get away from it all. It has an upmarket vibe, partly thanks to its endless galleries and contemporary art scene. It is also home to a seriously foodie market.
The Williamsburg Bridge crossing the East River to Brooklyn

Williamsburg & Bushwick

Brooklyn is where it's at right now. Hit Williamsburg for awesome bars and restaurants and trendy vibes, or head to Bushwick for the latest hipster hangouts and an escape from the tourist trail.
brownstone buildings and a tree on a street in Harlem


This legendary borough rose to fame in the 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance, a popular movement in music, culture and arts that swept the neighborhood. Explore iconic its architecture, sultry jazz clubs, cultural centers, lounges and restaurants, and of course the Apollo Theater
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SoHo (named because it is SOuth of HOuston Street) has become a haven for fashion boutiques and high end art galleries. Make sure your phone is changed as you will want to take so many photos of the beautiful architecture here. 
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Upper East Side

Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. Expect upscale stores, huge houses and apartment blocks. This area also is home to some of the best museums the city has to offer. 
A view of the High Line and sky scrapers in the meat packing district of NYC

Meatpacking District

Don't let the name fool you. The slaughterhouses origins that this neighborhood is named after are distant memory, being replaced by a great nightlife, trendy hotels and the High Line - an elevated park built on a former railway line. 
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Our favorite New York hotels

Outdoor courtyard of thet HI Hostel in NYC

HI Hostel

Ideal for travelers wishing to see the 'real' New York, with daily tours and activities to take you to the most unique corners of the city. Plus, it's located on the trendy Upper West Side near Central Park and the Subway. 
Bedroom of the Wolcott Hotel

Wolcott Hotel

Elegant, opulent and oozing class, this gem is like the baby sister to the famous Waldorf Astoria. Set in the classic NY building, the luxurious lobby is something to behold. The large rooms are traditional in style and have cable TV, plus there is also a gym.
The lobby of the Bowery Hotel

Bowery House

Part museum, part accommodation, this historical hotel has restored and preserved what was once a haven for World War II soldiers. Its small, quirky cabin rooms don't scrimp on those little extras, including exclusive artwork, Ralph Lauren towels and rain showers.

Tours and activities in New York

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New York Speakeasy Tour

Discover some of the Big Apple's Prohibition-era bars on this three-hour Manhattan walking tour. Visit four speakeasies, and delve into the role that these secret bars played.
A red helecopter flying above the NYC skyline

Big Apple Helicopter Tour

Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride as you pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the Big Apple, cruising past the jaw-dropping landscape of NYC's skyline.
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New York City Explorer Pass

Offering great value, convenience and entry to your choice of the city's top sights, this pass enables you to jump the queues and save money on New York's best attractions.
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Top of the Rock

Enjoy incredible skyline views of New York from the Rockefeller Centre's 'Top of the Rock' Observation Deck. The dramatic vista, including the Empire State Building and Central park is truly epic! Visit day or night taking your time over three floors of indoor and outdoor decks.
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How can I travel to New York?

There are nonstop and direct flights available from many US cities to New York. The city's three airports are JFK, Newark and La Guardia, and each are within easy distance to the city center via train, bus and subway or taxis. 

When should I travel to New York?

NYC is a year-round destination! In fall, watch the trees of Central Park turn to warm shades of orange and red and see the Thanksgiving Day parade. Winter welcomes the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree, ice skating and exciting ice hockey in Madison Square Gardens. In spring and summer, the city buzzes with alfresco dining, outdoor cinema and concerts and evenings spent at trendy rooftop bars.

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