When it comes to travel bucket lists, you’ll find few that don’t contain the words Big Apple. New York, the city that never sleeps, is perhaps the world’s most iconic metropolis. Even if you’ve seen it a million times on film, nothing can prepare you for the bright city lights and the enigmatic buzz. If you’re planning to tick off a bucket list favourite and visit NYC, here are some top tips.
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When to visit
New York is a sensation at any time of year, but there are considerations you may wish to bear in mind. The weather in NYC is highly changeable. In the winter, you can expect freezing temperatures and snowfall. In the summer, the heat is stifling. If you’re after a romantic break nothing beats skating in Central Park and shopping for gifts at Christmas. If you’re not a fan of the cold, plan your trip for spring or autumn. Most people tend to try and avoid the sweltering summer heat. You’ll find the latest weather forecast at http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-york-ny/10007/weather-forecast/349727.
What to do and how to get around
There are myriad sights and attractions in New York, so it’s wise to plan ahead. You don’t need to have a minute-by-minute itinerary. But it’s good to have a rough idea of what you’re doing and where you’re going. This will help to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the incredible highlights.
There are loads of city guides available, and you can also search online. Have a look at http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/states/new_york/three-ways-to-get-around-in-new-york-city/ to help you plan your stay. You’ll be able to walk from some attractions to others. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the subway. Driving in the heart of the city is inadvisable, due to the heavy traffic.
The most popular sights include Central Park, Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. There are also some fantastic museums. The American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum are highly recommended. Shopping is also a must. Head to Fifth Avenue for major retail therapy. As the sun sets, head for the neon lights of Times Square or catch a show on Broadway.
Where to stay
If you search online for New York hotels, you’ll be greeted with hundreds of pages of results. It’s great to have a choice. But the sheer number of hotels can make it tough to narrow down the options. If you’re pushed for time and you want to tick off a list of attractions, stay central. Look for hotels near Times Square. If you have a little more time, and you’re looking to save money, head out into the suburbs. Search for hotels or apartments within walking distance of the subway.
New York is a dazzling city, which offers something for every traveller. If you’re planning a visit to the Big Apple, take this advice on board to help you organise the trip of a lifetime. Do some research and get some recommendations. Stay central to get close to the action or embrace the tranquility of the suburbs. Plan your days and find out how to get from A to B in advance to save you time and effort.
Have a magical break!