Flight and Hotel New York
New York, New York!
Did you know that New York was the USA's capital between 1785 and 1790? There's a ton of fascinating history to uncover on a visit to this remarkable city. For your next city break, consider a flight and hotel package to New York – it will surely be the ideal getaway for your partner or family. From exploring the bright lights of Times Square to marvelling at the 93m Statue of Liberty, there's plenty to amuse you for days.
What to Know before Visiting New York
New York City has two main airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Your flight to New York will likely arrive at JFK, which offers an array of international flight arrivals and departures daily. LGA offers mostly domestic flights. Both airports are in Queens, New York City.
Whereas you may not need to purchase a visa before flying, you'll need to complete an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application before flying from London to New York or Manchester to New York. You'll also want to do some preplanning to determine the best way to convert your currency to the US dollar, and prepare for a time change – New York is five hours behind the United Kingdom. Although New York is a cornucopia of cultures, English is lingua franca.
When Is the Best Time to Visit New York?
If you're thinking about package holidays in New York, you'll want to consider the weather, which varies drastically throughout the year. Whereas New York summers see temperatures around 22–27°C, January and February bring wind chill and temperatures around -13 to 0°C. January is a great month to indulge in some true New York culture, with many flight and hotel packages to choose from. Regardless of when you visit, city breaks in New York are unforgettable.
What to Do in New York
Wondering what you can look forward to during a weekend in New York? There are plenty of great activities on offer. Couples looking for romantic city breaks in New York should check out Central Park. Though it's a landmark and draws many, it's big enough for you to enjoy a quiet moment to yourself. New York is also known for its live sports events. Couples and families will enjoy a live game of basketball or soccer – prepare to go wild with the enthusiastic crowds! You'll also want to make some time for some shopping, especially on Seventh Avenue, where you can discover both high street and luxury stores. A private tour of the city should also be on your bucket list–there's no better way to relax and unwind. While Nitehawk Cinema is a great place to chill out with your loved ones, you could also venture to Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, which is sure to keep the kids amused for hours. New York fun doesn't stop at sunset – head out to one of the city's many boroughs and have a drink or two at the lively bars. A visit to Cielo and Marquee, two of New York's famous nightclubs, will have you dancing the night away.
Places to Visit in New York
There's certainly something to suit everyone during a weekend in New York. Whether you're a history fanatic, creative, or just craving some adventure, you're in for a memorable experience. A visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum makes for a poignant and informative experience, and Radio City Music Hall is dedicated to the city's vibrant history as an entertainment destination. Take a trip to the 19th-century Brooklyn Bridge for more local history. For some high-rise shopping and dining, check out One World Trade Center, and to see local and international artworks, stop in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. Head to St Patrick's Cathedral and the Times Square Church to admire some wonderful architecture. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is the best place to take in some staggering views of the city skyline.
What to Eat in New York
If you've opted for one of the many package holidays to New York, make sure to try some of the city's delicacies. Why not sample some New York cheesecake for a well-deserved sweet treat, or even a baked pretzel? If you're an early riser, visit Little Collins or Best Bagel & Coffee for a tasty but filling breakfast. For a true New York experience, you'll have to try some of its delicious street food. Head to Katz's Deli for an unforgettable pastrami on rye, Blimpie's for a loaded sub sandwich, or one of the city's many pizzerias for a tasty calzone or stromboli. Fine diners should check out Daniel for some wagyu beef, Bouley Restaurant for some Dungeness crab, or the Modern for steak tartare or hamachi. Vegetarians and vegans will adore popular restaurant chain Beyond Sushi, independent Dirt Candy, or Superiority Burger. Stop in at Melt Shop for gluten-free grilled cheese or Del Posto for excellent gnocchi, and make sure to pay a visit to Erin McKenna's Bakery for some yummy sweet snacks.
What to Bring from New York
You're bound to find funny souvenirs during city breaks in New York. Among the many silly but brilliant gifts to consider are New York–themed fortune cookies, I Love NY T-shirts, and Statue of Liberty magnets and keychains. Kids will love crocheted Mini Tiger Toys, NY-themed stationery, or a traditional Yankees jersey!