Tips On How To Have The Ultimate New York Experience
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Whether you are heading to the city that never sleeps for a weekend or a week, if it is your first time you want to ensure that you have the ultimate New York experience. This means carefully considering every part of it from where you stay to how you get around. To enable you to make the most of your time, here are some tips that should help to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime, creating memories that last long after you have left.
Find central accommodation
Midtown Manhattan is the best place to stay because you’ll have easy access to the main attractions but are only a short distance from the rest of the city. Check out the hotels here if you want to be in walking distance of both Central Park and Times Square. Or, for a more home-from-home experience, take a look at Airbnb – you might even find yourself with a host who can provide you with helpful tips and maybe even show you a side to the city that only a local would know.
Think like a local
In order to really get to know New York it is vital to think like a local. Doing your research before you go should help with this: look for bars and restaurants off the main strip and discover activities that only the locals would be taking part in – such as an early morning yoga class in Central Park, perhaps?
Also, downloads apps on to your phone so you can see what is going on. That way, if there is anything you like the look of, you can book cheaply at the last minute. You can’t have the ultimate New York experience without seeing a show in Broadway, for instance, and this mobile lottery enables you to enter for a chance of winning free or discounted tickets. Not familiar with the city? Check out this NYC Neighborhood Guide.
Pre-book ahead of your visit
While you are researching it is best to pre-book the activities that you really don’t want to miss out on – if you get there only to discover there is no availability across the few days of your stay you will be incredibly disappointed and may leave feeling that you didn’t have the best experience possible.
You may also find that there are more deals and packages available, so you can include several experiences within the cost of one booking.
Leave the tourist areas for food and drink
When considering where to head to fuel yourself for a busy day of sightseeing, or night of drinking and dancing, look up. There are many rooftop bars and restaurants that provide you with breathtaking views across the city and the chance to take in the iconic skyline.
The rooftop café and bar on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers views good enough to rival most of the city’s famed viewing decks and is the perfect spot for a cocktail.
Jump on the hop on hop off bus
Tours are a great way to see as much as possible in this huge city. But, did you know that you can take a tour while getting transport across the city to various landmarks and attractions? While the subway will get you to where you want to go, you won’t see anything because you are underground. The hop on hop off bus, on the other hand, does exactly what it says, enabling you to jump on and off when you need to get to your next destination. The difference is this journey enables you to see a huge amount of the city you might not otherwise have seen, with added commentary.
So, those are just a handful of tips for having the ultimate New York experience. If you’ve visited before, do you have any suggestions of your own to share?