For a truly great holiday in New York, think big and explore new areas. Lose yourself in the glamour of Manhattan, hang out with the hip crowd in Brooklyn and go shopping in the thousands of stores all over the city.
With up to 17 daily flights to New York you'll soon be stepping out and venturing far and wide to see the best of the city. Whether it’s your first or fifth time our 48-hour itineraries will inspire the classic and the curious. For the most dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline head to Brooklyn Bridge, on your way to a hip bar in Williamsburg, or discover our favourite rooftop bars. Then take the Staten Island ferry for a closer view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. When it comes to shopping, New York is beyond compare with lavish Bloomingdale’s and Fifth Avenue offering high-end retail therapy. Find a bargain in the flea markets, like the illustrious Chelsea Market, and go where the locals go with our pick of the best food markets.
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Embrace the dizzying pace of New Yorkwith its skyscraper-lined avenues, glittering neon lights, pulsating bars and iconic stores. Or slow down and sip a coffee at a quaint sidewalk café and picnic in the lush expanse of Central Park. Then fly to Las Vegas and lose yourself in an exhilarating whirl of buzzing casinos, spectacular shows and palatial hotels. Take in the twinkling lights of the strip by helicopter or book a day trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.
Lose yourself in the buzz of New York. Take in the iconic sights, browse in Bloomingdales, take your seat for a Broadway show and get close to the baseball action at the New York Yankee Stadium. Then fly to San Francisco and step aboard a vintage wooden cable car to explore the city’s undulating streets. Continue by hire car along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway, stopping at beautiful Monterey and idyllic Carmel. End your journey in Los Angeles, where world-class theme parks, shopping, dining, beaches and more beckon.
In landmark-filled New York gaze up at the iconic Statue of Liberty and shimmering crown of the Chrysler building. Take in neon-lit Times Square or stroll around the brownstone-lined streets of bohemian Greenwich Village. Shop until you drop on Fifth Avenue then relax in the serene surroundings of Central Park. Hire a car in New York and take a scenic drive down to Florida – from Orlando’s world-famous theme parks to vibrant Miami and the pristine sands of the Gold Coast.
After a New York break filled with taking in the city’s legendary landmarks, famous stores and abundant entertainment, laidback San Diego offers the perfect change of pace. Stretch out on powdery golden sands or spend unforgettable family days at San Diego Zoo. Hire a car and drive to picturesque Palm Springs for some retail therapy, before continuing to the theme park paradise of Los Angeles. Stroll around exclusive Rodeo Drive and follow the iconic stars that line the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Fly to New York and explore every side of the buzzing Big Apple – from skyscraper-studded Midtown Manhattan, to lush Central Park and bohemian Greenwich Village. Catch a flight to Los Angeles and take a stroll along the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, then get the film star experience at Universal Studios Hollywood. Stretch out on the sunkissed shores of Santa Monica. Then fly to Honolulu or Maui to discover the pristine beaches and breathtaking exotic beauty of Hawaii.
Luxury holidays in New York will make you feel like part of the elite. Stay in iconic hotels, dine in exquisite restaurants and pamper yourself in award-winning spas. Combine attentive American hospitality, deluxe accommodation and historic locations in Manhattan’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Sip champagne at the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop bar after a day’s shopping in the trendy boutiques of the Meatpacking District. Or consider your evening opportunities whilst gazing at Central Park from your room at the Mandarin Oriental – the choice may seem endless. A good tip is to take a helicopter tour, it is an unforgettable way to see the city.
New York’s spas come in all budgets, from the fantastic five star pampering at a leading hotel to an express beauty treatment on the go. Try the Guerlain Spa at the iconic Waldorf Astoria, where highly-trained beauticians occupy a whole floor of the hotel. Enjoy the Asian-inspired natural plant-based treatments at The Greenwich Hotel’s Sibui Spa, in fashionable Tribeca. Or try something different at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, where the in-house sommelier provides an ambience like no other at The Plaza in bustling Midtown – try a refreshing glass of fizz during your massage.
Sightseeing is very easy in New York, because the whole city is one huge attraction. With so many sights to visit, you could spend weeks here and not see it all. Start in Manhattan’s Midtown to catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center. Then head south to the One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial, via the iconic Times Square. Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge to Prospect Park, admiring the Manhattan Skyline on the way. Be sure to visit the museums of Central Park, and of course, don’t miss Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
A veritable treasure trove of shops and markets, New York has it all. For many, Fifth Avenue represents the epitome of Manhattan’s chic shopping. Boasting an array of iconic and luxury brands, such as Tiffany & Co., Saks department store and Versace. The Meatpacking District is home to designer brands including Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. And the luxurious stores of Madison Avenue, Times Square and of course, Bloomingdale’s will surpass your retail needs. Don’t miss out on the flea markets, with Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene leading the way. In Manhattan, journey to Hell’s Kitchen each weekend to pick up a bargain.
With so much to see and do, New York is perfect for family trips – and lots of it free too. There is a great amount of family-friendly accommodation, like the Hilton Times Square, close by to Toys ‘R’ Us – the largest toy shop in the world – and Discovery Times Square exhibition centre. You can take the Staten Island Ferry to get close up views of the Statue of Liberty. Check out the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, open since 1899, or visit the Lunar Park fairground on Coney Island. Central Park offers picnics in summer, skating in winter, and the Bronx Zoo is one of the best in the USA.
Five New York bites under $25
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You don’t have to empty your wallet for a decent fill in NYC. Peter Meehan, editor and founder of ‘Lucky Peach’ magazine, rounds up the city’s best cheap eats.
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