New York City, otherwise known as ‘The Big Apple’, is a bustling metropolis with towering skyscrapers, colorful locals, exciting nightlife, and a plethora of tourist attractions.
Three major airports will take visitors to New York: John F Kennedy Airport, 24 kms from Midtown Manhattan in southeastern Queens; La Guardia Airport in northern Queens, 13 kms from Manhattan and serving mostly domestic flights; and Newark Airport in New Jersey. Buses will take you to various points in the city center from all the three airports every half-hour. Amtrak trains enter the Pennsylvania station from around the nation.
The Statue of Liberty is the most famous, long enduring symbol of New York; it’s a 354-step climb to the top – well worth the effort for the view. Another well-known landmark, the Empire State Building rises 102 storeys high. Another icon of New York, Times Square should not be missed. The Museum of Modern Art is one of the world’s finest. Other excellent museums include the Guggenheim Museum and American Museum of Natural History.
You can escape the bustle of Manhattan by heading to Long Island, which is home to Jones Beach and Fire Island, where crowds bask in the sun on the beaches. The Hamptons on the island’s far eastern side are where the rich and famous spend weekends away from the bustle of the city; while the Wine District hosts warm vineyards and old fashioned villages, in particular the 17th century town of Orient.
The Hudson Valley lies to the north of New York City. It is a delightful area filled with picturesque towns and pleasant countryside. Nearby, Bear Mountain State Park offers plenty for nature lovers, with hiking, fishing, skiing and ice-skating available. Farther afield, Atlantic City in New Jersey is one of the most popular tourist destinations because of its many casinos.
Taking up a large portion of the center of Manhattan is New York’s most famous respite – Central Park. The park is not only filled with quiet areas though, there are plenty of joggers, skaters, musicians and tourists.