Everything is slightly more thrilling in New York. Home to more than eight million people, this hub of American culture and finance buzzes with energy, and the best trips to New York City let you immerse yourself in the unforgettable local vibe. Wander through the neon-tinged streets of Times Square. Experience the bohemian paradise of Greenwich Village. Get away from the city life in picturesque Central Park, or check out the so-chic district of Chelsea. A New York vacation is the definition of a sensory experience.

Though NYC is divided into five distinct boroughs, the oblong-shaped island of Manhattan is the city’s iconic center. It’s here that you’ll discover the largest concentration of attractions and hotels, and the New York deals in the area are typically tough to beat. Search for New York City vacation packages in Midtown, if you’d like to be near the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, or browse the cheap rates on the Lower East Side for a more eclectic mix of only-in-NYC boutiques and eateries. SoHo is an especially good place to base your holidays. Not only will you be near the city’s finest shops, but you’ll also have easy access to several well-connected subway stations.

Of course, NYC was once the primary entry point for immigrants sailing to the States, so you’ll discover a wealth of multicultural neighborhoods just waiting to be explored. Head to the cobbled streets of Little Italy for a taste of the old world, or browse the bustling Chinatown alleys to find the city’s best Peking duck. You might even track down a few discounts on souvenirs.

Though it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the tangle of streets and sights, don’t worry about getting lost. The subway system is simple to navigate — you’ll find maps posted in every station and on every train — and taxis are everywhere. Just be sure to time your travel to avoid the rush-hour traffic. Cabs are tougher to hail in the early evening hours, and the most popular subway lines can be uncomfortably crammed. Still, even if you can’t avoid the after-work crowds, think of it as another authentic element in your New York trip. You’ll be traveling like a local before you know it.

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Where to stay in New York

Midtown
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Midtown

Skyscraper, Urban, Theatre

4.5/5 (445 Ratings)

One of the most recognizable areas in the world also has enough tourist attractions to fill several visits.

SoHo
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SoHo

Shopping, Urban, Culture

4.5/5 (18 Ratings)

This fashionable neighborhood is great for shopping, eating and drinking.

Chelsea
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Chelsea

Urban, Culture, Museum

4/5 (161 Ratings)

Manhattan’s prized arts district is a success story of urban renewal. Tour the area to see some of Downtown’s hippest attractions.

Upper West Side
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Upper West Side

Museum, Theatre, Dining

4.5/5 (133 Ratings)

Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.

Midtown East
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Midtown East

Skyscraper, Urban, Architecture

4.5/5 (723 Ratings)

The premium spot for shopping in New York City has gleaming skyscrapers, numerous museums, luxury hotels and a beautiful cathedral.

Downtown Brooklyn
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Downtown Brooklyn

Shopping, Urban, Culture

4/5 (32 Ratings)

Brooklyn’s signature medley of old and new provides the backdrop to this revitalized district, where you’ll find fresh arts venues behind historic streetscapes.

Top Hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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YOTEL New York
4 out of 5
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
CA $150
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.2/5Excellent! (14,696 reviews)

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (14,696 reviews)

"The rooms are called "cabins"--tiny, but ingeniously designed, airy, light, and not at all claustrophobic. Comfortable bed, small but functional desk. I would hesitate to stay there as a couple for more an extended stay, but perfect if you're traveling alone."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2019

YOTEL New York
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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
4 out of 5
45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
CA $154
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.6/5Good! (27,926 reviews)

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (27,926 reviews)

"The Lobby was very pretty but the rooms could use a face lift"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
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Hotel Pennsylvania
2.5 out of 5
401 7th Ave, New York, NY
CA $126
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
2.6/5 (27,885 reviews)

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within ...

2.6/5 (27,885 reviews)

"This is my 2nd stay at this hotel and would book here again when visiting New York It is what I would class as not fancy but clean, what more do you need? The position of the hotel is fantastic, subway next door Times Square 15 minutes walk away. The only thing I don’t like is the long wait to book ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2019

Hotel Pennsylvania

Popular things to do in New York

Times Square
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Times Square

4.5/5 (3,043 Ratings)

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

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5 (1,600 Ratings)

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 (1,018 Ratings)

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

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5 (1,067 Ratings)

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

Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal

4.5/5 (1,153 Ratings)

This majestic, lively hub for commuters is a must-see for architecture buffs.

Brooklyn Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge

4.5/5 (1,056 Ratings)

This iconic suspension bridge offers views of the Statue of Liberty from the East River.

Top activities in New York

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

CA $84

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

CA $37

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

CA $55

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.

Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island

CA $78

Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy special access to the Pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor.

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets

CA $33

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket includes access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Step inside The Met 5th Avenue, a Big Apple institution whose roots go back to 1866, and admire the Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue façade and Great Hall before skipping the ticket line and grabbing a map to plot out your day.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket
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Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket

CA $55

Look down over Manhattan at the Top of the Rock, taking in a 360-degree panorama over Central Park and the skyline of the Big Apple from 850 feet (259 m) in the air. You pick the perfect time to visit, whether you want to scope out the sunset from new heights or see the city sparkle by night.

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Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids

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