A Traveling Insider’s Guide to New York City
- Bring your walking shoes: We hear you can cover an average of 11 miles per day on your visit to the NYC's five boroughs. You can see so much of Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island's local culture as a pedestrian.
- Skip the sightseeing stress: You can get iconic views without the iconic queues. You’ll find impressive alternatives, like waving to the Statue of Liberty from the free Staten Island Ferry or taking in sweeping city views from Rockefeller Plaza instead of the Empire State Building in Midtown.
- Save your spot: Make an itinerary well ahead of your trip. You have a better chance of getting into a hot Broadway show, a big game, or a ‘pay what you wish’ museum day–and you can often save money by booking online.
Why Should You Visit New York City?
When you think about NYC, you evoke images of The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. We love visiting this city because the grandeur of this city must be seen to be believed.
“My best piece of advice: plan ahead. Time moves fast in the big city, and it’s best to have a general itinerary to keep you on track.” -Amberly Sisneros, Hilton Team Member, Marketing
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When is the Best Time to Visit New York City?
To be a part of it, come seasonally prepared. New York has a humid, subtropical, continental climate with cold, wet winters and hot, humid summers. City-wide events such as the New York Marathon usually mean crowds, so check your travel dates in advance.
Getting To and Around New York City
Most visitors arrive via one of the city’s three main airports. JFK, in Queens, and Newark, in New Jersey, are international hubs; LaGuardia is also in Queens and is currently getting some major upgrades.
New York City’s Culture and Customs
Life in the city is busy, but NYC locals are usually willing to help visitors. Expect to tip at least 15-25% in restaurants and a dollar per drink minimum in bars.
Things to Do in New York City
Take our advice: pace yourself and plan ahead. From the famous sites like Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge to everything in between, there’s so much to do and see. Make a few memorable selections so you’ll enjoy your trip—and be anxious to return.