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Holidays in New York City

While the US has many cities, all with their own style and attitude, New York has got to be one of the most commonly found on peoples’ bucket lists of places to see. After all, where else can you tick off so many must-see sites than in The Big Apple? From the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park and the grand buildings on the Upper East Side, New York holidays are never dull.

Made up of five boroughs, there are so many things to see and do in this city that it’s hard to know where to begin. Explore vintage markets, eat New York pizza, and stare up at some of the most impressive buildings in the country. Attractions like the Empire State Building Observatory or Top of the Rock deliver breathtaking views of the skyline at dizzying heights. NYC’s huge parks offer a wonderful sense of tranquility when your feet are back on the ground. Bring some extra memory cards for your camera, because you’re going to need them.

2-32 °C

The best time to visit New York City is in spring or autumn when the weather is mild. Summer can be very hot, while winter sees the mercury plummet, with thick snow and temperatures just above zero. 

7.5 hours

The main airports for New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which is 24km southeast of Manhattan; Newark International Airport (EWR) is 22.5km west of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, which is 13km from Manhattan.

New York City Holidays

The Redbury New York

4 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Townhouse-style boutique hotel
  • Italian restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

4 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Between Central Park and Times Square
  • Stylish Hudson Market restaurant
  • World-class fitness centre

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Based on 8389 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

Wellington Hotel

4 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the city's famous attractions
  • Range of rooms and suites
  • Award-winning Mediterranean restaurant

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Based on 7033 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

Hotel Metro

4 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Stylish hotel in Midtown
  • Bar and cocktail lounge
  • Close to Macy's

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Based on 4257 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

The Sanctuary

4 Nights, Continental Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • In the heart of Manhattan
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooftop restaurant

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Based on 4104 reviews

What is included ?

  • Resort service
  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

£1056

Park Central

4 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • In the heart of Midtown Manhattan
  • Spacious rooms
  • Health club

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Based on 4877 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance


If you’re keen to experience the glamorous atmosphere of the show business world, head west to the bright lights of the Theatre District. Downtown is Union Square, the place to be for people-watchers who love being in the thick of the action but want to experience New York life at its most authentic. See the city from its very top in Midtown – it’s the central hub to end all central hubs in NYC, and home of two of its most iconic skyscrapers: The Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

Hotels in Midtown put you right by the world-famous Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the vast stores lining Fifth Avenue. Midtown is loosely marked out by Central Park to the north-west corner and East River to the east.

This historic square and popular meeting hub, near the Flatiron District, sits at the intersection of Broadway and Fourth Avenue. Its thriving Greenmarket sells locally grown fresh produce and flowers. Come for a coffee and a treat from a nearby stall or bakery, but stay for the people-watching (and free Wi-Fi).

The all-singing, all-dancing centre of the entertainment world. Get your tickets for the big-name musicals playing here, and the smaller ‘off-Broadway’ plays and comedies. Times Square’s famous lights look stunning against the night sky, and during the New Year’s Eve celebrations they add to the intense party atmosphere.

Thanks to its size and diversity, there’s no end of things to do on holidays to New York. Visit the Central Park zoo with your little ones before taking them to the huge M&M’s World or Toy ‘R’ Us in Times Square. If you’re a couple or a single traveller, you’ll love the endless choice of bars from modern concept bars to Brazilian live music venues.

Soak up the rich, international cultures of Harlem and the Lower East Side; take plenty of quarters for Rockefeller Center’s binoculars, and pack your camera for the sought-after view from the Statue of Liberty’s crown. This holiday hotspot has got it all. 

With such a multicultural population, you can find every food imaginable on the street and in the restaurants. From hidden Prohibition era speakeasies to summertime ice-cream trucks, your New York holidays will be foodie heaven.

The pizza has got to be sampled, while a lunchtime bagel will fill everyone’s stomachs. From summertime milkshakes to cosy winter bars underground, no two meals or drinks will ever be the same. Both kids and adults will love the choice and delicious tastes found on every corner. 

Retail therapy here is unrivalled. Taking up an entire block, Macy’s is a department store you need to visit just for the sheer scale, and Bloomingdale’s is also a must-see. If you want to visit the stores you’ve heard about in movies, Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue are there to be explored, with or without your credit card.

For those who love to buy unique and vintage treats, visit Brooklyn’s flea market. Each borough has its own markets, and there are plenty of independent boutiques for those craving something original. From homewares to fashion, New York holidays are ideal for shopping.

This destination has evolved over time and you can see this through its astounding architecture. Influenced by many cultures and styles, the best way to gauge this city’s size and personality is from high up. Visit the High Line, a cleverly designed urban oasis that runs up along the West Side. It’s built on an old freight railway line that sits high above Manhattan’s streets. Descend to sit on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then go back up to the sky with the Empire State Building. New York holidays are truly unforgettable. 

NEW YORK IS BEST FOR...

FILM BUFFS

Many films are shot here each year, including lots of the classics. Take a movie tour around the city to see locations you’re bound to recognise from the films.

THEATRE LOVERS

Over 40 theatres line the Broadway in NYC and here you can see the best shows and really immerse yourself in New York’s theatre district.

SAWY SHOPPERS

Whether you want to see the high-end boutiques of Madison Avenue or explore flea markets, vintage shops, and independent designers, there’s plenty in New York for every shopper.

CULTURE VULTURES

This city has so much fascinating history; it’s made up of a huge blend of cultures and nationalities. There’s something new around every corner along with some of the country’s best museums and galleries.

FAMILIES

From fantastic toy shops to kid-friendly events, this destination is definitely a place for the whole family. With the model boating lake and huge playgrounds, Central Park alone has plenty to entertain your children.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is English.

Currency: The currency used is the US Dollar ($).

Local time: its five hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The main airports for New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which is 24km southeast of Manhattan; Newark International Airport (EWR) is 22.5km west of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens is 13km from Manhattan.

Flight time from UK: The flight time here is approximately 7.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.nycgo.com/.

Visa & Health: Before you go on your holiday, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for advice on visas and health.


WEATHER & CLIMATE

Temperatures: The weather ranges from 2-32°C with hot summers and cold winters.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is in the spring or autumn when the weather is mild.

The weather ranges from hot and humid summers to freezing winters. While spring and autumn are usually mild, it’s a good idea to pack a few extra layers in case an unseasonably cold blast comes through. 


GETTING AROUND

By bus/subway: With a 24-hour subway and plenty of buses, you can easily explore this destination like a native. A range of MetroCards to suit your needs are available.

By taxi: If there’s one iconic image of this city and it’s got to be the yellow cabs. The cabs have meters but factor in an extra 15% to 20% for the tip and an extra $1 is added on weekdays between 4pm and 8pm.


EVENTS

Summer sunsets Think you can’t admire a sunset in a city? Think again. If you’re in NYC in late May or mid-July, head to 34th Street and look west to see ‘Manhattanhenge’. At this time of year, the space between the buildings give you a stunning view of the sunset on the horizon.

Fourth of July Independence Day is the biggest holiday in the USA and New York celebrates in style. Head to the Hudson River to watch the Macy’s vast firework display with an uninterrupted view.

Street parades The Big Apple loves a celebration and St Patrick’s Day in March and Thanksgiving in November are both big events in the city. Watch the huge parades and take lots of photos.

Ice skating This city certainly has real seasons and in winter, ice skating is popular. Head to the Central Park ice rink or the Rockefeller Centre’s ice rink and get that festive feeling.


Why choose Thomas Cook

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