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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.

Practical Information

In advance of your visit, do the following:

  • 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 or cross check or just browse 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:
    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
  • 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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