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Your Travel Guide to New York

Guide for New York City

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, any trip to The Big Apple will only scratch the surface of all that this exciting metropolis has to offer.

Design lovers can gaze up at skyscrapers in Midtown or take a trip the MOMA, while nature enthusiasts can explore Central Park or take a stroll along the High Line. Or why not shop till you drop in Soho’s trendy boutiques or explore the city’s past on Ellis Island?

There’s no shortage of things to do when night falls in The City That Never Sleeps, whether that be taking in the latest Broadway show, indulging in the city’s world class cuisine or partying the night away in Brooklyn.

Carry on browsing our New York City Guide to find out about the Big Apple before you travel, including tips on the best hostels. Browse all our Hostels in New York here to find one that suits your trip.

Customer Travel Tips for New York City

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87.3% Avg. city rating

(Rated by 2556 customers)
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46.7% Avg. rating

Activities / excursions - 20.0% Culture - 100.0% Getting around / public transport - 100.0%
Shopping - 20.0% Value for money? - 20.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 20.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 20.0% Nightlife / partying - 100.0% Sightseeing - 20.0%

Barbara Wexler

Travel Type: Alone

Trip Type: Sightseeing & culture

25 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Bring good walking shoes. I can't submit this review without answering all of the questions. I don't know how to answer, or want to answer, some of the questions and want to leave them blank. Since it will not let me submit without answering all of the questions, I'm just going to mark bad.

Liked: I liked that just one person came up to me asking for money.

Disliked: Dirty. And, it's hard to believe that my ticket from TKTS was really 50% off. I sat in the second to the last row up top for $85. Really? My seat normally cost $160??? Also, my cup of lemonade for $3.81 was a rip off price from a street stand AND was sour and did not taste good. .

75.6% Avg. rating

Activities / excursions - 80.0% Culture - 80.0% Getting around / public transport - 80.0%
Shopping - 80.0% Value for money? - 40.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 80.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 80.0% Nightlife / partying - 80.0% Sightseeing - 80.0%

Gwendolyn Morris

Travel Type: With my spouse / partner

Trip Type: City break, Partying / nightlife, Sightseeing & culture

25 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Have a map! :)

Liked: I come to NYC for Broadway.

Disliked: Very expensive. .

93.3% Avg. rating

Activities / excursions - 100.0% Culture - 100.0% Getting around / public transport - 100.0%
Shopping - 100.0% Value for money? - 80.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 100.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 80.0% Nightlife / partying - 80.0% Sightseeing - 100.0%

Nicola Hilditch

Travel Type: With my spouse / partner

Trip Type: City break, Sightseeing & culture

24 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Stay in Chelsea, near Penn station if you can, good value places to eat and buy food, near to few subway stops and walking distance to Times Square, also get on the subway and get out to the other boroughs too, plenty of things to do for free or cheap too. NYC doesn't have to be expensive.

Liked: It has everything you could ever want!

Disliked: Weather can be unpredictable, but buy and umbrella and your ok!.

93.3% Avg. rating

Activities / excursions - 100.0% Culture - 100.0% Getting around / public transport - 100.0%
Shopping - 100.0% Value for money? - 60.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 80.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 100.0% Nightlife / partying - 100.0% Sightseeing - 100.0%

Aili Wang

Travel Type: Alone

Trip Type: Shopping, Sightseeing & culture

24 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: go to watch phantom of opera! Be careful of the people who dress special and take picture with you, they ask for tip without telling you first.

Liked: It is full of fun!!!

Disliked: noise and crowd. In the eveing, some homeless walk around and ask for help. .

71.1% Avg. rating

Activities / excursions - 80.0% Culture - 40.0% Getting around / public transport - 80.0%
Shopping - 60.0% Value for money? - 60.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 80.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 80.0% Nightlife / partying - 80.0% Sightseeing - 80.0%

Richard Cuddihy

Travel Type: With my spouse / partner

Trip Type: City break, Romantic getaway, Shopping

23 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: See Manhattan from Brooklyn heights

Liked: Great to sightsee.

Disliked: Extremely dirty city. Some crazy people live her and can be very rude..