How to Tour New York City

How to Tour New York City
New York City is an exciting tourist destination that has something for everyone. Whether you want fine dining, entertainment, Broadway shows, nightlife, shopping, culture, sightseeing or history; the Big Apple has it all for almost any budget. It is important to plan out your tour of New York in order to maximize your experience every day, such as sightseeing in a specific area of the city each day so you aren't running back and forth across the city, or even taking a professional specialty tour of the city for a low rate.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer Pen and paper Telephone Travel books/guides Map of New York subway lines Walking shoes
  • Computer
  • Pen and paper
  • Telephone
  • Travel books/guides
  • Map of New York subway lines
  • Walking shoes
Step 1
Plan your trip during non-peak times for benefits such as less expensive hotel and airline rates, smaller crowds and a better chance of getting into specific shows or restaurants. Non-peak times run in the fall, from about September to early November, and late January through May. The holidays are the busiest time of year in New York, but if you must go during this time book your reservations as far in advance as possible.
Step 2
Check out different boroughs and neighborhoods of New York City, not only for booking hotels (rates are less expensive in areas like Chinatown or Queens), but also because these are a huge part of New York's culture and they shouldn't be overlooked. If you prefer more central locations and popular areas, look into booking at the Trump Towers, or the Waldorf-Astoria. For younger, more hip travelers, check out the Sofitel or the Soho Grand. For those on a budget, try out the Hilton Garden Inn and the Milford Plaza.
Step 3
Map out what you want to see on your trip, sectioning activities into separate days. Write a list of must-see attractions, along with those that you just want to see if there is time. Group these according to where they are in the city, so you can focus on each section during one day or half day. Must-sees include Radio City Music Hall, Little Italy, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Plaza, the Cloisters, Apollo Theatre, Guggenheim and the observation deck. For children, must-sees include the Bronx Zoo, FAO Swartz, the New York Aquarium and the South Street Seaport.

Obtain a New York Explorers Pass. This allows you to choose from three to seven attractions for a set rate, so you can save up to 40 percent off what you would have paid originally.
Step 4
Take a break from sightseeing to have a picnic lunch in Central Park. It is relaxing, and with all the activities offered here, such as hiking, canoeing, fishing and exploring gardens. You may end up staying the whole day.
Step 5
Visit at least one museum. Museums are available for a variety of interests and tastes, from the Guggenheim to the Met to the American Museum of Natural History to the Museum of Modern Art.
Step 6
Consider taking a tour of the city for something you are specifically interested in, such as sports, shopping, cuisine or celebrities. Many of these tours pay for transportation, entry fees and sometimes even a meal or two. Popular tours include the Sex and the City Hotspots, the Shoppers Delight, New York City Pub Crawl tours, The Big Apple Helicopter tour and the All Around New York Tour.
Step 7
Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes for touring, and dress in layers with a windbreaker or light coat. In the summer, it is hot and humid in the city, but air conditioners inside are chilly, so bring a sweater.

Article Written By Lauren Wise

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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