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Experience the neon at night in Times Square, the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, or some freewheeling fun at Coney Island’s amusement park. New York also has its serious side in Brooklyn’s hip, artistic neighborhood or the sobering 9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center Ground Zero. Out on the harbor, the Statue of Liberty — a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants fleeing war and famine in the late-19th century — still symbolizes freedom and New York’s reputation as a make-or-break city, attracts millions of dreamers, who come to try their luck in The Big Apple.
Divided into five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx — New York is home to more than eight million people and a diverse multi-cultural mix. You'll find authentic ethnic eateries throughout multi-cultural hubs like Chinatown and Little Italy. Diversity in New York is embraced and celebrated, from African American music and culture in Harlem to Judaism in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, which has one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel.
The iconic subway system forms an intricate labyrinth above and below the ground. It’s the easiest public transportation option for visitors; purchase your MetroCard and refill on a pay-as-you-go basis. Walking is the best way to soak up the city’s sights and explore Manhattan’s eclectic neighborhoods, from the wealthy Upper West Side to the lively East Village.
Midtown East, where you’ll find the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, is an ideal stop for those new to the city. First-timers needn’t feel anxious about finding their way. The city’s grid system is simple to navigate and New Yorkers are quick to offer assistance should you lose your way.
New York caters to culture buffs, with galleries like the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway’s cozy theaters and the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Center. Those in search of proof that the city never sleeps won’t be disappointed, with countless shops, bars and clubs open until late hours of the night.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in New York page.
It's always a good time to visit the greatest city in the world—but you're more likely to find great travel bargains between January and August. In the summer, weather can be warm, but smaller crowds at the top tourist attractions make up for it. In the winter, the weather may be cold and snowy, but many people think the city is at its very best when it's all dressed up with a fresh coat of snow and lots of twinkling lights. November and December can be busy, as shoppers pack the city searching for the perfect gift.
Peak Season: September to December is convention season, then shopping season in New York. Prices are high as people compete for hotel space, especially during the first weekends in December.
Value Season: January to August, although spring rates can be a bit higher if the weather is nice. Summer is a great time to visit New York—especially the more heavily touristed areas like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
New York is known to be a worthwhile destination, with as many as 745 New York accommodation options available on Expedia.
Why not begin your quest for the dream New York stay by looking into the latest offers at the fantastic The St. Regis New York, located at Two East 55th St, and the Mandarin Oriental, New York, at 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street. Alternatively, if you're on a tight budget, you'll find the cheapest deals at the Chelsea Savoy Hotel, at 204 W 23rd Street, or the Off Soho Suites Hotel, at 11 Rivington St.
You don't have to stay in ritzy hotels or fly at the pointy end of the plane to have a wonderful vacation. Just take advantage of all the cool things you can do while you're there!
The really good news is that in New York there are plenty of things to do. Here are just some of our picks:
For more activities, go to our New York things to do page.
*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2017, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.