City Breaks in New York City
New York is the perfect destination for city breaks. With its world famous landmarks, museums and architecture, plus an unbeatable range of shopping and places to eat, it's guaranteed that you will never be short of something to do in the city that never sleeps and you won't need a car hire to see it all.
Despite its size and population of just over eight million people, New York is also a very manageable city to explore while on city breaks. The grid of streets in Manhattan makes it easy to navigate on foot and walking around the city's many distinct and well-known neighbourhoods really gives visitors a flavour of New York. The reliable public transport system will take you across all five city boroughs and further afield.
New York hotels are plentiful and there's something to suit every price range, from the top class and fashionable New York hotels where the rich and famous stay to the more modest budget options.
When it comes to planning your city breaks in New York, the list of things to do is almost endless. New York holidays really do have it all.
Perhaps a good place to start is at the most famous skyscraper in the world, the Empire State Building, situated on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan's midtown and visible from almost everywhere in the city.
From the 86th floor open air viewing decks – reached via high-speed lifts - you'll see New York in all its glory stretching out before you.
Head downtown to board the ferry for a journey out to see the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island then head back to Manhattan via the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
Some of the trendiest districts of New York can be found downtown, including SoHo, Tribeca, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District, while the traditional areas of Little Italy and Chinatown are great places to visit for authentic restaurants.
World class shopping is a big attraction for many people going on New York holidays and many people take city breaks here just to shop, taking advantage of cheap New York city hotels and the low American dollar.
Head to SoHo for trendy boutiques and to Fifth Avenue, where you will find big department stores such as Saks and Bergdorf Goodman and a range of designer stores. Another famous department store, Bloomingdales, can be found on Third Avenue while Barneys is located on Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side. Vintage clothing shops can be found across the city.
If all the shopping and sightseeing gets too tiring, then get closer to nature and head to Central Park for some shade and relaxation in the middle of the city. As well as being a welcoming green space, the famous 843-acre park has lots of attractions including a zoo, two skating rinks and an outdoor Olympic size swimming pool.
New York holidays are not just about visiting Manhattan. There's plenty to see in other boroughs too. Another highlight is walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - one of the city's best loved landmarks as well as an important transport link.
It's worth lingering in Brooklyn itself, so head for one of the borough's most trendy areas, DUMBO, which stands for 'Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass'. It's an historic area that's now one of New York's main artistic enclaves.
Back in Manhattan the affluent Upper East Side and Upper West Side have some of the world's most premier properties as well as some of the world's best museums and galleries to visit.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the Frick Collection, amongst many others, can all be found on the Upper East Side. On the Upper West side, the American Museum of Natural History contains what is regarded as the world's best collection of dinosaur fossils.
New York hotels can be found across the city so you're never going to be too far from all that New York holidays have to offer.
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