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New York

New York is most famous and highly crowded city of the United States. New York has so many men made creatures which you will not able to see anywhere else in the United States. It starts with 102 story Empire State building, 24 hrs open Time Square, Number of museums, an amazing Brooklyn bridge which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and can't complete without magnificent sculpture of the US is the Statue of Liberty.

How to get there

By flight

There are three airports near by city. John F Kennedy International airport and Newark Liberty International airport and all are offering both domestic and international flights. LaGuardia airport offers mostly domestic flights and also few Canadian and Caribbean flights.

Most of the nearby hotels provide shuttle services from airport to the Hotel otherwise you will get public transportation such as buses, subways, trains or cabs.

By Train

There are two main railway terminals in New York. Grand central terminal and Penn Station. Both serve a number of bus and subway lines.

Grand central terminal connected to the Metro North Rail board which covers New York suburbs and Connecticut routes. 

Penn Station connected to three different railway lines. First is Long Island Rail Road, which connects to Long Island; Second is NJ Transit which connects few points of New Jersey and the third is Amtrak, which is US national passenger train which connects many cities of the United States.

Tip to explore New York

  • As you have to roam around Taxi will be costly for single person be ready to walk; wear proper shoes which are comfortable to walk. If you are in a group and planning to hire a Taxi every time that is fine. 
  • As there are only street parking or paid parking at each and every place, do prefer public transportation, cab, walking or biking.
  • If you are coming far from New York and planning to cover all points in one trip than I would advise spare at least 4-5 days to enjoy all places.
  • If you are visiting New York in the holiday season than ready to wait in line as it will be crowded on weekends and on holidays.
  • If you want to experience New York's fast life than do prefer walking around in the downtown area and see how people are managing their time with traffic and fast pace.

Places to visit in New York

One of the easy way to explore New York is buying "New York City Pass". It includes 6 attractions

  • The Empire State Building, which includes main deck admission, Audio tour and night admission, 
  • American Museum of Natural History, 
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Cruise, 
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, 
  • Air & Space Museum and 
  • Top of Rock OR Guggenheim Museum.

If you are interested to visit all these attractions than go for the CityPass, you will skip most ticket lines with these Pass and it's valid for 9 days beginning with the first day you use.

The second option is "The New York Pass". It includes admission to 80 attractions.This pass is just like smart card and whichever attraction you go they swipe your card, you can not visit the same attraction more than once by this card. You can find out which attractions are included over here New York pass attractions list

Empire State Building

Empire state provides a magnificent view of New York city. In summer pretty crowded, so I would advise to buy your tickets online so you don't have to wait in line. It has two observatory deck fist is on 86th floor is called main deck and second is on 102nd floor is called Top deck. There are different tickets for one deck and both decks, so make sure you buy right one.

View towards New jersey

View of World trade center

Times square 

Time square is an area which will make you feel New York never sleeps. Best time to visit Times square is at night. You won't get any street parking so better to walk or take a cab. Huge billboards are mounted on high rise buildings and different ads running in all around. There are many good restaurants and live music. Its so much fun to be there.

Times square at night
One World Trade Center and 9/11 memorial
The "One world trade center" refers to the main building of the New World Trade Center located in lower Manhattan. This building opened in October 2014. It is 1776 ft high with 104 floors.It is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

one world trade center

9/11 memorial is created to honor to the persons who lost their lives in 9/11 crash . It is open 7:30 am to 9 pm. Those who died in the terrorist attacks on February 26, 1993 and September 11,2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools.

9/11 memorial

Statue of Liberty

"The statue of Liberty" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to The United States. You can buy tickets online, in person or on the phone. There are three types of tickets ground only, Pedestal tickets and crown ticket . If you want to visit the crown than reservation is compulsory. You have to take the ferry to reach Liberty Island and Ellis Island. There are two departure points for ferry one is Battery Park , at the southmost end of Manhattan and the other is a Liberty state park in New Jersey.

Statue of Liberty

View of NY city from ferry

Brooklyn Bridge

In 1883 Brooklyn Bridge has opened and it was the longest suspension bridge at that time.It connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East river. There is no entry fee for visiting Brooklyn bridge. You can take a bus or train to reach there.

Brooklyn Bridge
Grand Central Terminal

In normal language Grand Central Terminal is a railway station, but you don't feel when you enter into the terminal. Its totally different and I had never seen like one. These are computer railroad terminal and located in Midtown Manhattan. It has 44 platforms.

Grand Central Station

View of Grand Central station


  1. Aaah, now I want to go to New York, like, right now ;-)
    Have a great weekend.

    1. Great place for fun and some amazing views right?

  2. Great tips on how to get around. The cost of a taxi would never cross my mind when planning a trip- we don't have to use it where I live. Also sensible shoes great reminder! I hope to go to NYC one day :)

  3. So many things to do, so little time! I went two years ago for a week; it was my first visit. I had completely fell in love! I'm hoping to move there for some time in the future!

    City Pass is helpful and save a lot of money! I love that. I never heard of The New York Ass! Thank you for sharing! :)

  4. I've always wanted to visit New York. Thanks for sharing some good travel tips! I liked the pictures, what type of camera did you use?

    1. I use DSLR and iPhone for my pics. These pictures are from DSLR

  5. This is a gorgeous post! I've been twice & its such a great city.

  6. Great post!! I have yet to visit NYC!! I love this post!! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks.. I am planning to visit again in these summer.