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New YorkUnited States of America

New York, New York – a city so nice, they had to name it twice!

The inspiration for countless great works of film, literature and music, the Big Apple can proudly count itself amongst the world’s truly great cities – no wonder some New Yorkers are only half joking when they refer to it as ‘the centre of the universe’.

Home to over 8m people from every background and nationality imaginable, the city itself is divided into five boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx – each with their own distinctive vibe and cultural flavour. Simply put, New York is a 24-hour city of contrast that prides itself on genuine diversity and having something for everyone.

Perhaps the most famous landmark in the city is the Statue of Liberty that stands tall against the city’s harbour. A beacon of hope for immigrants arriving on American shores to escape famine and poverty in search of a new life, the Statue of Liberty symbolises the great dream of American freedom. As the song says, “If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere”, and the New York of today still attracts people in their thousands willing to roll the dice and chase their dreams in the big city. You need only feel the urgency of Grand Central Station or the neon buzz of nighttime Times Square to realise you’re somewhere very special indeed. Then of course there's the bright lights of Broadway where you can see world famous stage productions, such as the The Lion King. Many of New York's attractions are covered by the the New York Pass: a fantastic way of saving money without missing out.

Whilst the more traditional tourist attractions are sure to be must-sees for visitors, the diversity of New York means that it’s also easy to blend in with the crowd and experience the city like a New Yorker. For some this means a trip to Coney Island’s famous amusements, whilst others may prefer the trendy, bohemian feel of Brooklyn. You might even find yourself seeking out the African American music and culture in Harlem! Of course, no trip to New York is complete without a sobering trip to view The National 9/11 Memorial.

Whichever way you choose to enjoy the city, the iconic subway system makes everything easily accessible by simply purchasing a MetroCard and refilling as you go. If you’re new to the city, Midtown East is a great place to start. The location of world famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Building, Midtown East is a good place to get your bearings – and thanks to New York’s grid system, the whole city is extremely easy to navigate. Quite simply, the Big Apple has never been sweeter!

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Where to stay in New York

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Manhattan

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,983 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, important monuments and soaring skyscrapers, there's plenty to explore in Manhattan. Top attractions like American Museum of Natural History and Central Park are major draws. Catch the metro at 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station or 72 St. Station (Central Park West) to see more of the city.

Manhattan
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Queens

3/5(186 area reviews)

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Resorts World Casino are top sights in Queens, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd. Station or Jamaica Van Wyck Station to see more sights in the area.

Queens
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Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(437 area reviews)

Macy's and Bryant Park are a few top attractions in Midtown. Hop around the city on the metro at 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station or 34 St. Station (Herald Square) and check out the area's fascinating museums, soaring skyscrapers and acclaimed art galleries.

Midtown
Upper East Side

Upper East Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Known for its interesting museums and stunning river views, there's plenty to explore in Upper East Side. Top attractions like Madison Avenue and Bloomingdale's are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 86 St. Station (Lexington Av.) or East 86th Street Station to see more of the city.

Upper East Side
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Central New York City

Known for its soaring skyscrapers and eye-catching views, there's plenty to explore in Central New York City. Check out top attractions like Broadway and Times Square, and jump on the metro at 49th St. Station or 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station to see more of the city.

Central New York City
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Upper West Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(90 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Upper West Side. Check out top attractions like Beacon Theater and Lincoln Center, and jump on the metro at West 86th Street Station or 79 St. Station to see more of the city.

Upper West Side

Top hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Arlo SoHo
Arlo SoHo
4 out of 5
231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
The price is £85 per night

Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,502 reviews)

"The staff at the front desk the two young ladies and the dental men are outstanding!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Arlo SoHo
Arlo NoMad
Arlo NoMad
4 out of 5
11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
The price is £94 per night

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,084 reviews)

"The views from the Queen Sky room were beautiful!!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Arlo NoMad
Aliz Hotel Times Square
Aliz Hotel Times Square
4 out of 5
310 W. 40th Street, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £83 per night

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New York Times Building, Times Square and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Broadway and New Amsterdam ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,104 reviews)

"Everything was great from the check in to the checkout"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

Aliz Hotel Times Square

Popular places to visit in New York

Times Square
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Times Square

4/5(1,706 reviews)

New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.

Central Park
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Central Park

4.5/5(1,405 reviews)

Offering blissful respite from Manhattan’s concrete jungle, this is the perfect spot to rest weary feet or enjoy a picnic. 

Broadway
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Broadway

4.5/5(1,388 reviews)

Visit the dazzling theater district of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Enjoy the shopping, dining and street entertainment as well.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(1,228 reviews)

This symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is one of the most famous statues in the world.

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(1,323 reviews)

One of Manhattan’s most iconic developments, this hub of business and entertainment was considered a remarkable feat when it was completed in the late 1930s.

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

No trip to New York is complete without zooming up the top of this iconic building, where the views of Manhattan are unmatchable.

Top things to do in New York

Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours
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Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours

£52
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions 1 All-Inclusive Pass
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The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions 1 All-Inclusive Pass

£103
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Access
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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour + Pedestal Access

£47
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass - Save Big on attractions
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The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass - Save Big on attractions

£55
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

£37
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
45 Minutes Central Park Tour
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45 Minutes Central Park Tour

£23
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend

Reviews of New York

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2294
5 - Excellent 69.03400541679206%
4 - Good
877
4 - Good 26.39181462533855%
3 - Okay
119
3 - Okay 3.5811014143845923%
2 - Disappointing
29
2 - Disappointing 0.8727053866987662%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.12037315678603672%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Jun 2020

Busy and vibrant. People are friendly and easy to talk to

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Apr 2020

Loved NYC itself, loads to see & do. Would just pick a different hotel next time.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Would never go back, did not enjoy new york one bit, too noisy and busy,

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

We went just as the State of Emergency was declared. It was very strange. Only a few people on the streets and lots of interruption to the main attractions

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

I love NY. Best city in the world and never lets me down. Favourite place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Staten Island ferry at night gives great views and it’s free

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