Top Tips for Planning a Trip to New York City

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. With Broadway stage shows, exquisite restaurants, famous landmarks, museums, and a lot of shops, there is something for everyone in New York. With so much on offer, planning a trip to Manhattan is crucial to carry out everything you want to see on your visit.

The first step in planning your visit is to pick a hotel in New York. Your hotel will act as your base, and it is from here you can plan your trip. Hotels in New York vary in price depending on area and their proximity to the popular tourist areas. Hotel Pennsylvania is in the heart of Manhattan and within walking distance to Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. For those wanting to stay close to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Holiday Inn New York City - Wall Street is a convenient choice. Choosing a hotel close to most of the attractions you want to visit helps to cut the cost of travelling.

Once you have chosen your base, you can then begin planning your trip.  Using a map, you will be able to see which attractions are close to your hotel. Begin by deciding which are the most important for you to visit, with the remaining a “nice to see” if you have time.  Once you have your attractions, you can begin planning how you will travel between them.

New York City boasts a vast subway network. It is worth using the subway once on your trip, even if it is to only say you have done so.  Most hotels in New York City have a subway station located nearby, which makes it a convenient and cost-effective mode of transport.  You also cannot visit New York without travelling in one of the famous yellow taxis. Try planning at least one of your journeys by taxi if you have a lot of cash with you — the taxis are expensive. You can always ask the hotel concierge to hail one for you.


New York Taxi
Photo by Lucilia Oliveira via Trover.com 

You have now planned where to stay, the attractions to visit, and how you will get to them. It is now worth downloading the apps for each attraction, as well as a subway map and street map.  Many places in New York have their own apps which offer discounts or loyalty incentives for their use. The apps provide up-to-date information at your fingertips, should you need it during your trip.

New York is a vibrant city with so much to see and do. Taking the time before your trip to plan will give you the best chance to see all Manhattan has to offer. Try to plan to eat in several of New York’s neighborhoods — Chinatown and Little Italy, for instance — to get the real flavour of what Manhattan has to offer. Where possible, after leaving the subway or getting out of your taxi, travel on foot to really soak up the sights of New York.

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