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Holidays in New York City

From the glamour of Las Vegas and majesty of the Grand Canyon, to New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty and the rhythm of the Deep South, take your pick from a million different adventures in America. Plan your perfect US holiday with Thomas Cook today and Tick the Box on your favourite US destinations and experiences.

‘So good they named it twice’, New York isn’t just a city, but a fast-paced and energetic experience. The city’s five boroughs feature a wealth of exciting activities for all interests and age groups. Attractions like the Empire State Building Observatory or Top of the Rock afford breathtaking views of the skyline at dizzying heights, while NYC’s huge parks offer a much-needed sense of tranquility when your feet are back on the ground.

28-32 °C

Best time to visit New York City: Spring or autumn when the weather is mild.

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), which is 22.5km west of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, which is 13km from Manhattan.

Self Drive Holidays

New York Self Drive

New York City | Saratoga Springs

Hotel highlights
  • 6 nights
  • 4 days car hire included
  • Flights included
  • Gray Line All Loops Tour 48-hour Pass included

What is included?

  • New York City - Hotel Metro 3 nights
  • Saratoga Springs - Comfort Inn 3 nights

New York State Self Drive

New York City | Poughkeepsie\Fishskill

Hotel highlights
Hotel highlights
  • 5 nights
  • 3 days car hire & flights included
  • New York TV & Movie Sights City Tour included
  • Top of the Rock included

What is included?

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New York City Holidays

Broadway Plaza Hotel

Chelsea East & West Village, Manhattan

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

The Broadway Plaza Hotel rests at the corner of Broadway and 27th Street with easy access to public transportation and major airports. Situated in ...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£822

Hotel Mela Times Square

Broadway - Times Square, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

The Hotel Mela is located in the heart of Times Square in Midtown Manhattan close to Bryant Park, Broadway and Rockefeller Centre in the exciting c...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£882

Park Lane Hotel

Central Park, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

The magnificent Helmsley Park Lane Hotel rests on Central Park in the Midtown business district just steps from Fifth Avenue shopping, Broadway the...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£1106

The Pierre Hotel

Midtown East - Grand Central, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

This iconic hotel is in a prime location on New York's Fifth Avenue, overlooking Central Park. The Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Muse...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£1363

Hudson Hotel New York

Central Park, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

The Hudson Hotel is like New York City itself - stylish, eclectic and incredibly cool. Designed by Phillppe Starck this boutique hotel features mod...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£859

Paramount Hotel

Broadway - Times Square, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

The ultra-hip Paramount Hotel is situated in the heart of New York's exciting Times Square where everyone wants to be and be seen! Smack in the cen...

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What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£883

Peninsula New York

Broadway - Times Square, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

The Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City\'s most prestigious shopping, cultural, an...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£2581

Ritz Carlton Central Park

Central Park, Manhattan

3 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

Spend the day taking in all the vibrant culture, exclusive shopping and unique eateries that Manhattan has to offer, then return to the luxurious h...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance

From

£2774


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.

One of the top places to visit in New York City is Central Park and its Zoo—especially for those traveling with children, who will also love M&M’s World or Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square. Adults will like to loosen up after dark at Latin-flavored venue S.O.B.’s in Soho, or sip cocktails at Irish-American pubs like The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in the Financial District. Soak up the rich, diverse 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.

From hidden Prohibition-era speakeasies to summertime ice-cream trucks, New York City caters for every taste. Beyond the big fast-food chains are lots of tasty pizza places and Jewish delicatessens, perfect for keeping both kids and adults happy after a day’s sightseeing. By night, wash down a hearty stew or pie with a Guinness in an Irish pub, or catch a game at a lively sports bar. Sip fancy pre-theatre or clubbing cocktails on a rooftop bar in the summer, or in a cosy underground bar during the winter.

Whether you’re ‘thrifting’, blowing the budget, or just window shopping, there’s nothing quite like retail therapy in New York City. Macy’s is a landmark in its own right, taking up one entire block—which in Manhattan is huge. Bloomingdale’s is also an essential stop, followed by the upmarket Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the boutique-lined Madison Avenue. You’ll find most of those same designer names for less in outlet centres like Century 21, but if big names aren’t your bag, there are flea markets like the Brooklyn Flea and the Young Designer’s Market for one-of-a-kind finds, and East 67th Street Market for quirky collectibles.

With such an impressive skyline and diverse array of life at every turn, New York City needs to be seen way above eye level. The High Line is a cleverly designed urban oasis that runs along Manhattan's west side, from the Meatpacking District up through Chelsea. It’s built on an old freight railway line that sits high above Manhattan’s streets. In spring and summer, traipse through fields of flowers, then kick off your shoes and chill on lush green lawns while the city hums noisily beneath you. Keep working your way upwards, and fly over New York City and its skyscrapers in an exhilarating helicopter tour.

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NEW YORK IS BEST FOR...

FILM BUFFS
Take a tour around the city’s most recognisable locations – from the romantic Grand Central Station to bright and brash Times Square.

THEATRE LOVERS
Broadway is America’s glittering home of stage-based showbusiness.

SAWY SHOPPERS
From flea markets and designer discount villages to the high-end boutiques of Madison Avenue.

CULTURE VULTURES
Fill your visit to New York with art, culture and entertainment.

FAMILIES
Visitors of all ages will love the eats, history and views of New York City.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: New York City is 5 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), which is 22.5km west of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, which is 13km from Manhattan.

Flight time from UK: 7.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further New York tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to New York City


WEATHER & CLIMATE

Temperatures: 28-32°C in July.

Best time to visit New York City: Spring or autumn when the weather is mild.

New York City’s weather ranges from hot and humid summers, nudging 28-32°C in July, to cold winters falling into minus figures (like -18°C!) in January. Pack a few extra layers if you’re going in spring or autumn – they’re generally mild, but can surprise you with a blast of unseasonal cold or heat.


GETTING AROUND

By bus/subway: Take a shortcut to feeling like a native New Yorker - jump on NYC’s buses and 24-hour subway train system. A range of MetroCards to suit your travelling needs are available.

By taxi: Take a famous yellow taxi (which are metered) after a hard day’s shopping – whatever the cost of the journey, factor in an extra 15%-20% for the tip, and an extra $1 is added on weekdays between 4pm and 8pm.


EVENTS

Summer sunsets If you’re in NYC in late May or mid-July, head to 34th Street and look west to see ‘Manhattanhenge’, when the space between the buildings give you a stunning view of the sunset on the horizon.

Fourth of July Every Independence Day (July the 4th) Macy’s sets off some seriously impressive fireworks, best viewed along the Hudson River.

Street parades Enjoy the fantastic St. Patrick's Day Parade (Mid-March), and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (fourth Thursday in November).

Ice skating For a sprinkle of winter magic, skate on Rockefeller Center’s famous ice rink from mid-October; in December the Center holds its Christmas Tree Lighting.


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