New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason: there’s no such thing as a dull moment here. Experience the buzz for yourself on a New York City holiday and feel the palpable energy that pulses throughout the city, from the meandering paths of Central Park to the glass walled skyscrapers that dominate the city’s skyline.
A sightseer’s paradise, every turn you take in New York City will lead you to more iconic buildings, monuments, parks and bridges that you’ll likely recognise from the Big Screen. Stand beside the Statue of Liberty, as Lady Liberty looks out over the Hudson River, and scale the Empire State Building to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor, with views right across the city. Head to Times Square and experience one of the most vivid, bustling and truly alive places on earth, then take a moment to pause at the site of the original World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.
Discover New York City’s Vibrant Neighborhoods
Against the backdrop of what is possibly the world’s most incredible skyline, the city’s diverse neighbourhoods sit, full of vibrancy and character. Shaped by waves of immigrants that brought with them gifts of colourful customs, traditions and food, New York’s patchwork of neighborhoods makes it a true melting pot. Experience true diversity and visit restaurant filled Little Italy, laid back Greenwich Village, trendy Soho, striking Hudson Yards and the creative borough of Brooklyn.
The hive of New York is the perfect place to kick off a multi centre trip. Why not compliment your New York City holiday with a journey through nearby New England on a New York, Cape Cod and Boston multi centre, or explore some of the country’s other beloved cities on a New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC multi centre.
Great sample itineraries
New York City holidays offer up so much to see and do. Why not have a browse of our sample itineraries and give us a call so we can plan out your perfect trip?
New York To Hollywood Tour
New York And Boston Multi Centre Holidays
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Explore New York City
New York will keep your days full with sightseeing, dining out and shopping. You will need to return to New York more than once to experience and discover all the hidden gems you can easily miss on your first visit. Plus the city is forever changing with new family attractions popping up all the time. So whether you are travelling with friends, as a couple or with family New York has something for everyone.
Marvel at the city's architecture
New York is one of America’s oldest cities. It’s home to some spectacular buildings that tell the story of America; from its colonial years through to the present day. St Patrick’s Cathedral and Grand Central Station showcase the city’s Victorian grandeur, while the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are testament to the confidence of the 1930s. The iconic brownstones that line the city’s older districts impart a classic elegance.
Central Park is a true one off. This vast open space sits in the centre of Manhattan, taking up 3.4 square kilometres of the world’s most valuable real estate. Skyscrapers edge the grounds, making for some truly astonishing vistas. You can even dine inside the park at the Loeb Boathouse, an institution established in 1854. The park is equally jaw dropping from above; there’s a great view from the observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Centre.
Few cities can compete with Manhattan’s shopping experience. Fifth Avenue is one of the world’s most exclusive districts, and is where you’ll find legendary institutions like Tiffany & Co, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. It’s the perfect place to indulge in a little retail therapy.
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Summer is New York city can get quite warm, with average temperatures between 22°C and 25°C, but there’s also a fair amount of rain to help cool the city down. The mild autumn months give way to cool winters. Average temperatures for the winter months are around 2°C, but it can get much colder, with a reasonable amount of rain and some snowfall too, before temperatures pick back up to a more reasonable level for the spring months.
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"The Boathouse in Central Park is a must at lunch time. You'll need to remember to book though as it's very popular. Turn up early and have a quiet drink overlooking the small lake and, if you are feeling energetic, hire a rowboat."
"Take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge and head to the promenade in Brooklyn Heights, where you'll find the best views of Lower Manhattan."
The US Open Tennis Championships
During the last week of August and the first week of September, New York plays host to the US Open, the last in the year of four Grand Slam tournaments and the United State’s biggest sporting spectacle. It’s a really impressive event with some dramatic matches played by the biggest names in tennis.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Held each year on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an iconic and unmissable celebration of the iconic American holiday. Thousands of people join the parade, marching the streets of Manhattan. With dazzling costumes, giant helium balloon characters, fun floats and marching bands, the parade is quite an impressive and fun thing to witness.
Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting
The iconic christmas tree that stands outside of the Rockefeller Centre each holiday season is lit for the first time each year around late November or early December, attracting thousands of visitors and locals. The lighting ceremony features live musical performances and even ice skating performances on the Rockefeller Ice Rink.
Much like the city itself, New York’s food scene has been shaped by its diverse citizens and the culinary treasures they’ve brought with them.
New York Restaurant Week
Twice a year, some of New York’s best restaurants participate in the New York Restaurant Week. It’s an amazing chance to try out some truly incredible eateries for less, with each restaurant offering at a fraction of their usual prices.
New York Pizza
Hand tossed dough is topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and then baked to create the fresh, thin pizza that New Yorkers know and love. You’ll find this delicious fast food all over the city, often sold in huge individual slices to-go. Eat like the locals and fold the flexible slice in half before devouring.
New York Bagels
Brought to New York City by the Polish-Jewish community when they immigrated to the United States, the New York Bagel is the epitome of bagels. They’re hand rolled and boiled in New York water, which makers believe makes all the difference, then baked in the oven, resulting in a chewy, doughy bread. They’re then often filled with cream cheese, sliced tomatoes and onions, smoked salmon and capers, but you’ll find lots of other delicious fillings too.
New York Cheesecake
A New York City holiday is the perfect excuse to sample this delicious desert wherever in the city you go. Dense, creamy and rich, authentic New York Cheesecake is simplistic, with no added extras.
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