Your Quick New York City Travel Guide For First-Timers

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

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New York is an incredible city and is probably on everyone's travel bucket list. With so many iconic spots like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and numerous famous bars and restaurants, it is the best travel spot to visit. Here is a quick guide to making your first visit an overwhelming one.

Traveling Tips

Best time to visit NYC

New York City is amazing all the time, whether you visit in summer or winter. Weather is most pleasant in May, June, and September. If you want to have the best experience and more fun, plan from Thanksgiving till Christmas. Although they are pretty busy, it will be worth it. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and New Years in Times Square, you will a plethora of celebratory traditions to choose from.

How to get there

The most important thing to check while planning your tour is how to get to NYC. Three main airports serve NYC.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - It is located in Queens, 6 miles southeast of Midtown Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - This airport is 15 miles southwest from NYC.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) – is in Northern Queens.

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Getting around NYC

New York City diverges into various neighborhoods, which makes it easy to explore. Here are ways that you can get around in the city.


The subway is super affordable and approachable. It runs 24 hours a day. Just make sure to take the right subway and know the name of your stop. You can download the NYC subway app here.


Carrying a lot of luggage? A taxi is the best choice for you. Uber has made traveling easier these days. It is safe, reliable and often a cheaper ride!


You don't have to take public transport because the most popular attractions are near to each other. Walk along with the city and unleash the true beauty of its streets and colorful alleys.

Where to Stay

There are so many great hotels and accommodations, but the ones in the central area like Times Square and SoHo are the best. However, it also depends on what you are looking for. The Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria are the most famous places to stay in New York and come highly recommended. While most would love to stay there, they are not always financially possible. So, we recommend going to the tea room so you can take in the experience without the cost. Click here to see hotels in your price range.

What places to visit

Top attractions

There are so many places to visit while in New York, so feel free customize your itinerary! What do you like? The best way to plan your attractions is by getting a NYC Travel App. There are a few, but we recommend The New York City Travel Guide. With features like "Skip the Line", "Likely to Sell Out", and many more, it's a great tool to find the best attractions to fit your group, time, and budget. However, we would like to recommend a few "Must Sees"

Ellis Island - Hard Hat Tour: Ellis Island has so much amazing history about the immigrants who came to the US. Don't worry, the ferry takes you right past the Statue of Liberty, so you won't miss out. The museum has several different ways to tour, a favorite being the stories that you can listen to by phone. If you have time, the hard hat tour is fantastic and a true secret of the island.

Times Square - No one can go to New York without going to Times Square. It's an absolute must. Make sure you get an overpriced hot dog or pretzel from one of the food stands

9/11 Memorial - Whether you remember it or not, September 11th was a pivotal time in the nations recent history. The 9/11 Memorial is a somber, moving experience and made our top 'To Do' list.

Broadway - Pick a production and go! I don't care if you like live theater or not. Just go! You won't be sorry!

Basilica of St Patrick's Old Cathedral- New York's oldest Cathedral that opened in May 1815, it has weathered some of the most horrific scenes that New York has faced and it still stands in majestic glory.

Outdoor activities:

Take a guided tour or go biking around Central Park. Visit the new Luna Park for fairground rides and rollercoasters. Hang out in SoHo. Tons of shops and food trucks line the streets in SoHo (South of Houston St). Stop by Cool bars and cafes in Greenwich Village

Admire the art of NYC:

Admire the New York Art scenes at the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and Madison Square Gardens.

Where you can eat

There are numerous iconic NYC eateries. Maybe the most famous is Tavern on the Green. Others are Eleven Madison Park for eating in luxury. Peter Luger in Brooklyn for extravagant taste. Grand Central Oyster Park, a train food station for some fun.

So, if you are ready to visit New York City, then pack your bags and hit the road!

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