New York City (United States)

New York City Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Sean Davis

Capital city of the world

New York City is the place where everything and everyone seems to come together. It may not be the capital of the United States, but it does feel very much like something greater, like the capital of the world, almost single-handedly defining the word "cosmopolitan".

Deciding on what to see and do in NYC can be a daunting task, but understanding the geography of the city along the lines of the five boroughs it is composed of can help, as each of these boroughs has its own unique character. Manhattan is often seen as the economic and cultural center of the United States and the skyline of this borough is a global icon. As a tourist this is where you will likely spend most of your time. Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, home for instance to New York's Chinatown. The Bronx may be the city's poorest borough, but it was also the birthplace of hip-hop, and is home to large parks and the biggest metropolitan zoo in the world. Brooklyn is the most populous and a place of great cultural and architectural variety. Staten Island finally is the borough with the most suburban character of the city.

Naturally, most tourist trips to New York will start in Manhattan, with its Central Park and famous skyline. The Empire State Building's observation deck offers fantastic views and is well worth the wait. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (often shorted to the Met) and Guggenheim are the obvious choices for getting your cultural fix. Add on the Statue of Liberty and some shopping on Fifth Avenue, and you will have covered the absolute must-must-must-see and do things of New York. But for any proper trip that lasts more than 1-2 days, that should only be the very start of your NYC explorations... [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • New York City is a city in United States's region of New York. It has a population of 8,175,133, is situated at an altitude of 33ft and the best airport to fly into is JFK (John F Kennedy International, New York)
  • Note: New York City is a good point of entry for trips to United States as it is well internationally connected (by air)
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

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New York City Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

39 41 50 61 72 79 84 82 75 64 54 43

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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More New York City travel resources

We are just guessing that you will not have a really hard time finding travel information about New York elsewhere. But for what it's worth, allow us to share a few links that we personally find helpful. This NYC visitor guide may be our favorite for its precise descriptions of neighbourhoods as well as its loads of useful basic information on things like weather, taxis, parades, shopping, etc. has a lot of similar information.

After that you will of course want to check out Wikitravel, Fodor's, Time, Lonely Planet and Frommers. And the NY Times and The Guardian. We are always fans of Nomadic Matt's succinct lists of things to do, see and keep in mind, while some of the more relevant blogs are y travel blog, Gothamist, I Heart My City, Tracy's New York Life and Savoring New York.

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