When most people think of New York holidays, they immediately picture Manhattan with its stunning skyline and multitude of attractions and places to visit – but there’s much more to the city. New York City is a sprawling metropolis, rich in diversity and colour incorporating the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan.
New York’s attractions are constantly jostling for your attention, and you might find it difficult to squeeze in a visit to everywhere you want to see in just one trip (especially if you love shopping - 5th Avenue can be quite a distraction!). Organised tours and excursions are an excellent way to cram in as much as possible, and our expert travel advisors can recommend the best options to cover your NYC essentials.
Couples – New York City is as glitzy or as gritty as you want it to be, making it the perfect place for a romantic stay.
Foodies – One of the world’s most delicious food hubs, with cuisine from every culture you can think of.
Museum fanatics – New York City is home to endless museums that are filled with art, historical relics, knowledge, and spectacular exhibitions.
Home to Time Square, the Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building, and more, central Manhattan is one of New York’s most celebrated districts. It might feel like every spot is a “must-see” in Midtown, as it bulges with iconic sights and buildings, but there is more to do whenever you become exhausted of landmarks such as Madison Square Garden and the Museum of Modern Art. Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Madame Tussauds are crowd-pleasers, and in the evening you can see a Broadway show or even watch a live TV programme being filmed (as long as you book way in advance!).
The Financial District is home to Wall Street, an area of the city that has seen fortunes being made and lost for over 225 years. A holiday stay here is one filled with history and elegant class, with fine dining restaurants and classy wine or cocktail bars to enjoy of an evening. There is also a more poignant reason to stay in or visit the Financial District: it was once home to the Twin Towers, which since 9/11 were replaced by Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the city.
Lower East Side
While NYC’s Lower East Side has been gentrified in recent years, the creativity and spirit of the past can still be embraced in the area’s bars and coffee shops. You’ll have easy access to Manhattan Bridge here, but there is plenty to explore in the district without leaving. Hipster-style eateries line the streets, separated by hip art galleries and boutiques, while if museums are your thing you can learn about the Lower East Side’s Jewish past in the Tenement Museum and the Museum at Elridge Street.
Upper East Side
This is one of New York City’s most glamorous neighbourhoods, where celebrities are often spotted cat-walking the pavements or shopping in one of Madison Avenue’s haute couture boutiques. Central Park and Central Park Zoo are certainly one of the Upper East Side’s highlights, and it is also known for its Museum Mile where you can spend a day admiring artistic masterpieces and taking an eye-opening tour through the neighbourhood’s colourful past.
Must visit –
Experience the view from the top of the Empire State Building
Visit Grand Central Station - preferably via the subway
Travel over the Brooklyn Bridge
Visit the Natural History Museum
Experience Time Square at night
Visit Central Park (check out the bridge, as seen in many films)
Shopping on 5th Avenue
Eat in at least 1 deli
See a Broadway show
Whichever options you choose, and the many more you'll add yourself, the trip of a lifetime awaits you in New York! Book yours online or call one of our travel experts to book your holiday to New York today.
Family fun – New York is a holiday destination with a thousand famous places to visit, and countless more you haven’t heard of – yet. Kids and adults alike will love sights like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Central Park, but the museums and galleries are unforgettable too. Once the children have tired of places like the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Bronx Zoo, take them for a New York pizza if it’s lunchtime or a pancake if it’s just time for a sweet snack.
Natural attractions – While New York is better known for its urban sprawl and human-made skyline, there are many natural attractions and landmarks to enjoy during your visit. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park are both places of natural beauty, with plants, waterfalls, and caves to enjoy. If it’s views and photo opportunities you’re after, Great Camp Sagamore’s stunning lake feels as though it’s in the majestic wilderness. Then there’s Niagara Falls State Park, which is one of the most iconic, awe-inspiring spots in the whole of New York state.
Culture and history – When it comes to culture, weekend breaks in NYC are hectic but you’ll have so much fun trying to fit everything in. Besides the heritage buildings, galleries and museums there are concert halls, jazz bars and countless nightclubs – not to mention Broadway. Our bargain city breaks to New York let you take a bite of the Big Apple – but your hunger won’t be satisfied for long and we're pretty sure you'll want to visit again and again.
Food and drink – Like Paris, New York is a city that encourages you to dine out, and you’ll find an unlimited supply of restaurants and bars to choose from. Each district has its own particular atmosphere and mood. It’s not the city to visit if you’re on a diet, because the food and its portion sizes are out of this world. Sure, you could find a trendy restaurant serving health-conscious dishes and salads, but why would you want to when the burgers, the sandwiches, the kielbasa, the chicken and waffles, and the bagels are so tempting?
Night life – From trendy nightspots to live music venues to classic club nights, New York caters for every crowd. You’ll find live shows to immerse yourself in on Staten Island, side-splitting comedy in Long Island City, and hip jazz gigs across Park Slope. As for bars and nightclubs, the House of Yes is an electrifying venue to visit for anyone seeking an evening of racy, creative entertainment and sometimes outrageous performances; 1 OAK is a Manhattan club frequented by celebrities and bouncing with live hip-hop; and Le Bain is an ultra-cool nightclub based on the rooftop of Manhattan’s Standard Hotel.