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- It's the #1 destination in tourism spending in the U.S., with $30 billion spent annually
- New York City appeals to travelers, with an estimated 47 million visitors in 2008. It literally has something for everyone 24/7 - culture, dining, shopping and sightseeing!
- New York City has energy and excitement! It's the city that never sleeps
- New York City is a Mecca for finance, media, retail, services, fashion, publishing and entertainment
- Progressive arts and cultural events offer one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages and tastes
- It's the city for familiar icons: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, Radio City Music Hall, The Met, MOMA, Rockefeller Plaza
- NYC has a great capacity to meet every need with more than 75,000 hotel rooms and 18,000 restaurants; Hotel occupancy consistently runs at over 85% annually
Plenty of things to do in New York City
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- Be sure to take take the harbor cruise around the city
- Room rates can be high/intimidating
- Not a lot of deluxe/high-end mini coaches available
- Be sure to watch the budget . . . it's easy to see expenses escalate in the big apple!
- Expect flight delays!
- Manhattan is 13.4 miles long, and 2.3 miles wide. It's avenues run north and south, streets run east and west. Keep in mind that one-ways are common, and that 5th Avenue divides the island into east and west sides.
- Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are all must-sees, but make sure to check out the cities other boroughs as well!
- Be a part of the action! Many TV shows have live studio audiences. Check out Good Morning America, Live! With Regis and Kelly, and more, but keep in mind they may require some planning ahead.
- Try seeing the city from a different perspective, bike tours, water taxis and helicopter tours are all great options.
Things to do in New York City
When groups travel to New York City, it will take approximately five minutes standing in midtown Manhattan to realize why it is like no other place on earth. They will soon discover the attributes that make this city unique – the diversity of its population, the melting pot of cultures and the sense of style that has intrigued people for generations.
A global leader in culture and commerce, New York City is one of the world’s most captivating, diverse and vibrant cities in the world. From the hottest restaurants and most in-vogue shops to groundbreaking arts performances and larger-than-life sports teams, New York fulfills every need of the adventurous spirit. The array of things to see and do in this shining metropolis is almost endless, and New York proves to be an exceptional luxury travel destination.
New York is a walker’s paradise as an endless variety of sights unfolds. Townhouses and glass towers stand side by side, elegant gourmet dining establishments and dingy warehouses are business partners, mega supermarkets and tiny thrift stores call to the passing parade. The city is not all brick and steel – everywhere there are pockets of greenery, sparkling fountains and flowers bursting from their containers.
Visitors may find a spot on a park bench and watch the fleeting masses travel by to learn just how diverse the inhabitants are. From the hustle of the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the bustle of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, much of New York’s dazzling vibrancy and energy emanates from the area stretching from Times Square to Central Park South. Packed with theaters, tourist attractions and world-famous skyscrapers, the buzz and glow of the city pulsates with the help of huge neon signs, giant wraparound electronic news tickers and Broadway marquees. Extraordinary cultural institutions including the New York Public Library, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Museum of Television and Radio and the Museum of Modern Art play host year-round to enthralled natives and travelers alike.
NY - New York City, Central Park
- Clear sky
- Temperature: 16 °C
- Wind: Variable, 11.1 km/h
- Pressure: 1015 hPa
- Rel. Humidity: 82 %
- Visibility: 16.1 km
- The U.S dollar is the official currency in New York
- Eastern Daylight Time, North America, UTC - 4 hours
- The official language of United States is English.
- 120 V 60 Hz
Best Time To Travel
Best Travel Time
- April – June
- October – December
- Value time: January - April
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Eco Friendly Travel
- New York celebrates numerous holidays throughout the year!
- From its famous New Year's bash in Times Square to its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Fourth of July fireworks display over the Statue of Liberty and its unforgettable Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York makes each holiday special with its own style!
- It's fairly easy to get around in New York City! Walking is one terrific way to get around - it's free and you can go where you want and when you want!
- There are many modes of transportation from which to choose! Whether guests prefer public transportation such as buses or the subway, NYC has you covered! Public transportation is inexpensive, convenient and a quick way to get from one place to another!
- The city also has a plethora of car services and taxi cabs that make private transportation a breeze!
- For more tips for getting around NYC, visit: http://www.nyctourist.com/nycinfo_getaround.htm
- Sales Tax - 8.875%, as of August 1, 2009
- Hotel Tax - 14.75%, plus $2.00 occupancy tax and $1.50 hotel unit fee, per room per night, as of January 6, 2010
What To Pack
- Although New York is truly a Mecca of style, anything and everything goes! Think function, style and comfort. Comfort is especially key . . . if you plan to do a lot of walking, skip the high heels! Be sure to pack a well-fitting walking shoe.
- As with any big city, keep your valuable close and carry a handbag that zips. Don't make yourself a target!