Welcome to the most comprehensive New York City tourist
guide on the net! Here, you can get ideas for a 1-day plan, a 2-day or
weekend plan and a 3-day or extended tourist plan, including day trips
from New York City.
New York, New York!
New York City is one the world's most exciting cities,
teeming with activity, diversity, the pulsation of life, culture and the
gamut of human experience from fantastic to gritty. Yet, to those who
are diehard New Yorkers, it has its tranquility and neighborhoods one
can call one's own. Whatever choices one makes within New York, there
is no doubt that it is a living, breathing city, and, for visitors, provides
a huge range of sightseeing options, from sitting in Henry James' Washington
Square Park, to museum-hopping from one stunning collection to another,
to amazing theater, dining for every budget and mingling with the stars
while shopping on Fifth Avenue.
As New York is used
to welcoming an untold number of tourists, facilities for visitors are
plentiful. It is precisely of the density of what
the city has to offer that advance planning is imperative and can make
the difference between a truly exciting time and frustration at being
thwarted in your negotiation of the city.
In advance of your visit, do the
- Choose your accommodations and
take a look at dining options. If you are limited in time, it is worth
staying close in to the city, either within walking distance or a short
cab or subway ride of major attractions. As New York is such a
major tourist destination, you can certainly check an online booking
source like http://www.hotels.com/ or cross
check or just browse http://www.nyc.com/ However, do bear in mind that this is
an expensive city, and that you will pay for your proximity to sights.
One option, if you are flying in to Newark, New Jersey (or you can plan
to do this), is to stay at a place that has a shuttle to the airport.
From there you can take the airtrain, or hop on New Jersey Transit to
Penn Station in the city. This may be a good option if you have more
than 1 day in New York.
- For restaurants, you can also pick
up a copy of the Zagat guide for New York, which will not only give
you ratings, but also indexes restaurants according to types and locations.
- Download maps, or, if you
are a member of AAA, stop by your local ofice to pick up maps and guides.
You can also get brochures in advance. For maps, transportation from
the airport, public transportation within the city, check: http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/
Here is an excellent source for additional
information, including locations of information kiosks, events and hotels:
- For information on transportation
from New Jersey into New York City, check http://www.njtransit.com
- Finally, get an overview of the
city. You can pick up any number of guides (Frommer's is always a reliable
and down-to-earth source) from a bookstore, or look online. As
you start your armchair travels, you should check out the way the city
is divided, and cross-reference this against what you want to see as
well as where you are staying, as well as referring to the public transportation
map. You really don't want to be driving around the city if you are
new to it. The traffic is a huge deterrent, and parking a nightmare.
Either use public transportation, or, if you are hopping from one spot
to another in a hurry, just flag down a cab. Note that city cabs are
held to a very strict code, and you will need to be pretty unlucky to
be ripped off!
- A quick word about airport transportation:
the city is served by 3 major airports i.e. LaGuardia (closest in to
the city), Kennedy (that accepts international flights) and Newark (New
Jersey) International. All are served by public transportation, and
this is the best and quickest way to get into the city. Public transportation
is a way of life in a city as densely populated as The Big Apple!
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"The Best Doggone Site for Dog Information and Supplies" If you are on
a family vacation and choose to bring the four-legged member of the family,
there are dog-friendly hotels and motels. Certain hotels in the Holiday
Inn, the La Quinta chain, Red Roof Inns and Residence Inn by Marriott,
and even certain boutique hotels, allow dogs, with different deposit policies.
Look at http://www.dogfriendly.com/ for excellent hints (type in
New York City in the search).
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