New York!, who don’t know this beautiful American city ? with her attractions that push millions of tourist go to there every year. but before go to NYC you need to know some things about this city to make a stunning trip.
We’ll cover all you need to know before traveling to NYC, including where are all the major attractions in NYC, the best time to visit NYC, where to stay in New York and for how long, public transportation, how much things cost, the best apps to use, the best views of the New York city, and things to do in NYC.
To help you explore New York City, we made a map with 10 Places to visit in New York city in the end of this Article.
The best time to visit NYC is in spring from April to June, or in the fall from September to early November,
when the weather is mild, and the tourist crowds are relatively small.
The cheapest time to visit New York is from mid-January to the end of February. But don’t worry, NYC is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, so you’ll have a great time regardless of the season. And how can you figure out the best days and hours to see the attractions?
Just check Google to see how crowded a specific location is at a certain time of day. Of course, we recommend going early during the week and in the morning.


New York City has a humid subtropical climate. Winters are cold and damp, with temperatures ranging between 27 and 52 °F or -3 and 11 °C.
Temperatures can even drop to 10 °F or −12 °C several times during the winter.
You will most likely see snow in January and February.
Summers are usually hot and humid.
Temperatures range between 64 and 84 °F or 18 and 29 °C.
In spring and fall, the weather is unpredictable, typically mild with low humidity but ranges between chilly and warm.
Temperatures are between 45 and 81 °F or 7 and 27 °C in spring, and between 43 and 77 °F or 6 and 25 °C in the fall.
Rain is very common in New York City year round so be sure to bring an umbrella. However, these are all just averages.
The weather and temperature can be different at the time of your visit, so remember to check the weather forecast before you travel.


Attractions in NYC are spread out, especially in Manhattan, so basically anywhere you stay, you’ll probably be close to at least one attraction If this is your first time in the city and want to do a lot of sightseeing, you can choose accommodations somewhere in Midtown.
If you want cheaper accommodations, stay in the Lower East Side, for nightlife, stay in the East Village. For families, the best neighborhood is the Upper West Side.
If you want to save money, you can stay in other boroughs such as Brooklyn or Queens.
However, be sure to check if there is a subway station nearby so you can easily reach Manhattan.
For a hip experience, stay in Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Another important thing to know:

this is already the state of New Jersey and is not served by NYC public transport.
So do have that in mind if you choose to stay here as you’ll have to commute to Manhattan every day.
Rates for NYC hotels range from reasonable to outrageous.
The average price of an inexpensive hotel room is 200 USD and can easily go higher.
Of course, that depends on the type of accommodations, as well as the location and season.


You can enjoy several amazing free views of New York City from:
Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge or Brooklyn Bridge Lookout, Gantry Plaza State Park, Battery Park and many others.
Walking tours are organized by professional guides who know a great deal about the city’s rich history. Some providers even offer free or pay-what-you-wish tours.



To get from and to From John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens you can use:
AirTrain, MTA Subway, and Long Island Rail Road, City bus, Shuttle bus, Taxi, Private car, limousine, and van transfers Uber and Lyft and a car rental.
From LaGuardia Airport in Queens you can use:
City bus. Shuttle bus, Taxi, Private car, limousine, and van transfers Uber or Lyft and a car rental
And from Newark Airport in New Jersey you can use:
AirTrain, NJ Transit, PATH, and Amtrak, Shuttle bus, Taxi, Private car, limousine, and van transfers Uber and Lyft and car rentals.


The two major train stations in New York City are Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station.
Grand Central is in Midtown on the East Side, while Penn Station is just below Midtown, on the West Side.
Many subway and bus lines serve both stations.


You can use Google Maps to get driving directions to NYC.
You’ll also want to know where to park in advance. An app like SpotHero will help you find and reserve parking locations in the city.


NYC is well-covered with public transportation. However, you’ll still have to walk a lot, so bring comfortable shoes.
You can use:
MTA: NYC public transportation system which includes subway and buses. It’s inexpensive and a great way to see sights throughout the five boroughs and it operates 24/7.
The cost of a single ride is $3 or $2.75 if you use the MetroCard. The price of a weekly MetroCard is $33.
There can be two types of subway lines operating on the same track: local and express train.
The local train stops at every single station, while express train skips some certain stops. Taxi, uber or lyft
There are many other transportation options in NYC, such as ferry, water taxi, boat rides, Hop On Hop Off buses, bike rentals, etc.
With over 8 million people in a relatively small space, NYC is obviously a very crowded place. Even if you can’t avoid all the crowds, you can do some things to make your trip to NYC a more pleasant experience. You can:
– avoid peak seasons
– avoid taking the subway during rush hours
– get up early in the morning to explore the city without the crowds
– use Google Maps to check how crowded a specific location is at a certain time of day.


Here are some other things you should know for a nice and easy experience in NYC:


If you’re coming from outside the US, you will probably need a special US travel adapter to charge your phone and other devices.
If you travel a lot, consider buying a universal travel adapter that you can use in other countries too.


While most hotels, stores, and restaurants in NYC accept major credit cards like Visa or MasterCard, it is wise to always have some dollars in your wallet.


To get US dollars, you can withdraw from ATM’s.
You can also consider using prepaid cards that don’t charge fees for ATM withdrawals. Or use a a bank or a service such Revolut where you can withdraw certain amount of money free of charge even when you’re abroad.
You can of course exchange your foreign cash for US dollars at currency exchange offices.


You can purchase a prepaid SIM card to access the Internet on your phone.
Local carriers include T-Mobile, Mint Mobile, Ultra Mobile, and Straight Talk.


Alternatively, you can consider renting a pocket WiFi or mobile hotspot.


You should always tip at restaurants and bars in the United States, and therefore also in New York.
The normal rates are between 15% and 20% pre-tax for waiters at restaurants, and $1 to $2 per drink or 15% to 20% of the bar tab for bartenders.
You should know that servers in the US are usually paid minimum wage or less and rely heavily on tips.


In all US states, you must be at least 21 to purchase and consume alcohol legally.


NYC uses Eastern Daylight Time or GMT-4. It is 14 hours behind Sydney and 6 hours behind Paris.
So, if it’s 8 AM in New York, then it’s 10 PM in Sydney and 2 PM in Paris.


Your phone can be your best buddy in NYC.
Here is a list of useful apps for iOS and Android :
NYC Transit, MyTransit NYC, New York Subway, for transit, subway map, etc.
Google Maps or Apple Maps for walking, public transportation, driving, etc.
Google Maps also lets you download maps, which is a great option if you don’t want to use roaming.
Uber or Lyft for getting around the city Time Out, which shows all the latest concerts, exhibits, and events in NYC.
OpenTable for free restarant reservations.
SitOrSquat or Flush for finding public restrooms in NYC.
Citi Bike for bike locations, real-time availability, and route planning if you want to explore the city by bicycle.
TripAdvisor and Yelp for reviews of restaurants, hotels, museums and tours.
WithLocals or Eatwith to book an experience, a tour or a dinner with locals.
WiFi Map or WiFi Finder, which helps you find WiFi throughout NYC
Check out our travel guide for links to download these apps on iOS and Android
and for more app suggestions.


To save some money on attractions, you can purchase one of several passes such as:
the New York Pass, CityPASS GoCity, and others.
Each pass offers several different bundles of attractions.
Make sure that the pass you choose includes the attractions you want to visit.



On average, a coffee costs between $1 and $2 at cheap coffee and $5 at Starbucks. The average price of an inexpensive meal with a sandwich, pizza, salad, or ethnic dish is $10 to $15.
If you want to sit down at a restaurant, the price can easily go up to $20 per person. Dinners can range between $20 and $30 per person.
A glass of wine costs between $4 and $6, a beer between $6 and $8, cocktails between $10 and $20, and a soda between $1.50 and $3.
You will pay from $1 to $4 for a donut.
The traditional plain bagel with cream cheese costs somewhere between $2 and $6 dollars. And you can get a hot dog from in iconic hot dog cart from $1 to $3.
We suggest using Yelp or TripAdvisor to find a nearby place with good reviews.
To save some money, avoid sitting down at restaurants next to major attractions such as Time Square.


The most crowded and most densely populated city in the US is divided into five boroughs:
Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Manhattan is surrounded by Hudson River on one side and East River on the other. For orientation, let’s start with Central Park and continue all the way to the south.
Central Park, the most visited urban park in America and one of the world’s most famous parks ends with Fifth Avenue on the east side. There you’ll find many luxury boutiques, flagship stores, and museums.
If you continue south on Fifth Avenue, you’ll find the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, famous for its Top of the Rock observation deck, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
From Fifth Avenue, you can go west to the Theater District, where Broadway theaters and Times Square are located. Or you can go east to the Grand Central Terminal, the world-famous train station, and to the nearby Chrysler Building.
The impressive New York Public Library’s main branch building is situated right next to the beautiful Bryant Park. On Manhattan’s Far West side, you’ll find the Vessel, one of the newest architectural marvels in NYC, located in Hudson Yards.
Nearby you’ll find the popular High Line, an elevated park and urban food court, as well as Chelsea Market, a famous New York City food hall.
From Chelsea Market, let’s go back to Fifth Avenue, where the iconic triangular tower Flatiron stands next to Madison Square Park.
And of course, we shouldn’t forget about The Empire State Building, Lower Manhattan, also called Downtown Manhattan or Downtown New York, is home to the famous SoHo neighborhood.
Two other interesting neighborhoods here are Little Italy and Chinatown. In the Financial District, you’ll find the World Trade Center complex, which was rebuilt after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The complex’s main building is One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower.
Just outside the skyscraper, there is the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Oculus, an impressive transportation hub.
Further south of the Financial District, you’ll find Wall Street, home to the NY Stock Exchange.
Let’s continue to Brooklyn Bridge crossing the East River and connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn.
The Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, and Ellis Island, a former inspection station for over 12 million immigrants to the US are a ferry ride away ride away from the southern tip of Manhattan.
If you’re in NYC between May and October don’t miss Governors Island, also located in the New York Harbor.
Normally, you’ll arrive in New York at one of the following airports:
John F. Kennedy Airport, New York’s largest airport located in Queens, Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, and La Guardia Airport, which is also in Queens and is mainly used for domestic flights.
NYC is a big city. To get a better sense of distances:
a 2.6 mi. or 4.1 km walk from one side of Central Park to the other along upper Fifth Avenue takes about 50 minutes.
If you walk and take the metro, it takes about 20 minutes. Also, it takes about 1h 15 minutes to walk from Time Square to the 9/11 Memorial, or about 25 minutes if you walk and take the metro.




It is totally safe to drink tap water in NYC. There are many free drinking water fountains throughout the city.


While there are public restrooms in NYC, finding one close to you may be a little challenging. However, you can use the toilets at the museums, department stores, and coffee shops you visit.
There are also toilets in parks, at Grand Central Terminal, and on ferries providing transportation to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.


You may be surprised at just how easily you can find many locations with free WiFi, for example, subway stations, parks, coffee shops, museums, tour buses, etc.
We’ll cover apps for finding free WiFi later.


New York is the safest big cities in the US, with an overall crime rate lower than the national average Still, petty theft is common, given that NYC is the most visited city in the country.
There are also some rough neighborhoods that are not recommended for tourists.
Also pay attention to scammers, especially the ones on Times Square:
usually, people dressed in costumes, or someone trying to sell you fake or overpriced show tickets, etc.
And typical for all major cities around the world:
beware of pickpockets, especially close to major attractions.
Watch your valuables, and use common sense.
For emergency services, dial 911.

So, wish this article guide you to make your stunning trip in New York City


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