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New York City

Experience the best New York vacation

From Broadway shows to Central Park, and Little Italy to the Empire State Building, the Big Apple is a city with so much energy it couldn't sleep if it tried. As the cosmopolitan capital of business and culture, New York City offers a dizzying array of restaurants, shopping, theater, museums, art galleries and more.

Shop your way from SoHo to Fifth Avenue, and dedicate afternoons to the Brooklyn Bridge and MoMA. Let Orbitz help you plan your New York City vacation with the best time to go, top attractions and insider gems, including where to shop and dine like a true Gothamist.

Best time to take a vacation to New York

  • New York City is abuzz year-round, meaning the best time to go on a New York City vacation is up to you. If weather is a factor, winters are cold – but it's the best time to see the famous Christmas tree lighting and ice skate in Rockefeller Center. New Years Eve in Times Square is infamous, so plan well in advance if you plan to brave the celebration.

    Fall is spectacular, especially near Central Park when colors and cutting-edge fashions peak. Summers are hot and crowded, especially during Yankees and Mets games. But if cheap rates and fewer crowds are a priority, visit between January (after New Year) and early April.

Insider tips for New York travel

  • Cloisters Museum

    This uptown beauty is a real gem on the northern tip of Manhattan, plus it's included with admission to The Met. See medieval European works dating back to the 9th century, and stunning views of the Hudson River in the gardens.

  • Pearl River Mart (SoHo)

    Shop like a real New Yorker at this funky Chinese market. You'll find everything from silk robes and gongs to hand-painted China dolls and Kung-Fu shoes.

  • Free tours of the Lower East Side

    The Lower East Side Business Improvement District offers free tours through Manhattan's historic Lower East Side. Meet in front of Katz's Deli (corner of East Houston and Ludlow Street) at 11 a.m. on any Sunday from April to November.

  • subMercer Bar

    Write this down: Pass the Mercer hotel, look for a little entryway marked 147 ½. Take the industrial elevator down to the basement. Pass several boxes, and step through the unmarked red door into a series of 3 brick rooms. Try to get a seat in the back – maybe even next to Gisele Bundchen, Marisa Tomei or Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • Waverly Inn

    This Gotham hangout is so hip they don't have a phone, and only take reservations in person two days in advance. A favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro, make sure to get a table in the main dining room … not in the glass conservatory dubbed "Siberia."

New York Vacation Packages

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330 West 40th Street Map
4.3 / 5 47 reviews
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$151

The Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Times Square welcomes you with a truly unparalleled location in the heart of Midtown. Madison Square Garden is moments away from our hotel doorstep, as is the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Bryant Park. Other storied... More

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$151
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1605 Broadway Map
4.2 / 5 390 reviews
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$179

The Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan is a savvy choice for travelers wishing to be near the action in the city that never sleeps. The lush lobby with hot-pink lighting overlooks the neon spectacle of Times Square and, with 20,000-square-feet of event space, two... More

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$179
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234 West 42nd Street Map
4.3 / 5 218 reviews
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$171

Whether you want to see Wicked, The Sound of Music or Phantom of the Opera, check in at the theater ticket desk for help purchasing Broadway tickets.Early risers should head over to Rockefeller Center at the crack of dawn to watch a live taping of the Today Show. ... More

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$171
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55 W 44th Street Map
4.2 / 5 139 reviews
  • Save 10% on Sunday Nights
  • Save 10% on Sunday Nights
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$174

Shaping the future of Hospitality in the spirit of the past, the City Club Hotel combines the scale and tradition of a private club with the first rate services and amenities of a modern luxury hotel. Located near the Theater District on vibrant West 44th Street between... More

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$174
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59 W. 35th Street Map
4.1 / 5 75 reviews
  • Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
  • Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
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$140

take a fresh look at the big apple...welcome to the Hampton Inn-New York/35th Street Empire State Building, NY.Midtown Manhattan, home to the Hampton Inn® New York/35th Street Empire State Building, is indisputably the busiest single commercial district in the United... More

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48 W 36th Street Map
4.2 / 5 90 reviews
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  • Save 10% on your stay
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$117

The Best Western Premier Herald Square in New York is an upscale Best Westerns hotel that offers luxury and value that the brand is known for. Like most mid-range hotels in New York, the rooms are modern and spotless, and the hotel offers every amenity you could want,... More

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790 Eighth Avenue Map
4.2 / 5 321 reviews
  • Bed and Breakfast Package
  • Bed and Breakfast Package
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$144

The Hilton Garden Inn Times Square is packed with amenities. Travelers can dine at the on-site French bistro, take in sunset views at the rooftop lounge, and pick up last-minute necessities at the 24-hour convenience store. The free fitness and business centers are open... More

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132 West 47 Street Map
4.3 / 5 84 reviews
  • Free Continental Breakfast, Internet, Equinox Gym
  • Free Continental Breakfast, Internet, Equinox Gym
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$200

Sanctuary Hotel brings an authentic Manhattan lifestyle hotel experience and European inspired hospitality to New York City. Situated in the heart of midtown and steps away from major tourist attractions as well as business corporations, we are pleased to offer 111... More

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237 West 54th Street Map
4.0 / 5 21 reviews
  • Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access
  • Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access
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$180

The stylish Hilton Garden Inn New York/Central Park South-Midtown West hotel boasts a central location in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, offering easy access to a wealth of shopping opportunities, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Our friendly and modern hotel boasts... More

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$180
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345 West 35th Street Map
4.3 / 5 3 reviews
  • Book and Save 25% this Summer on Weekday Travel
  • Book and Save 25% this Summer on Weekday Travel
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$197

TRYP Times Square South is a recipient of the Trip Advisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence. Tucked into the heart of Manhattan at 345 West 35th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. This redesigned retro building site smack dab in the middle of major metro business centers... More

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New York highlights

  • New York City travel
  • Broadway Shows

    See Gotham's greatest dramatic, comedic and musical theater every night of the week (along with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Add a jaw-dropping stroll through nearby Times Square.

  • Empire State Building

    Assuming King Kong is elsewhere, soar up this 102-story building which is the very definition of a skyscraper. A high-speed elevator whisks you to the 86th Floor Observatory, but if you're really not afraid of heights -- spend a few extra bucks for the views from the 102nd Floor Observatory.

  • Times Square

    From Broadway theatres and glowing billboards to street vendors and the Naked Cowboy, even the fussiest traveler gets giddy here. Up your street cred with lunch at a classic NY deli nearby.

  • Brooklyn Bridge

    A NYC icon, film and TV star, the Brooklyn Bridge bears the stampede of hundreds of thousands of vehicles and pedestrians each day. Walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and spend the afternoon wandering through trendy Park Slope.

  • Statue of Liberty

    This French beauty has been welcoming immigrants (and locals) into New York Harbor since 1886. While you can see her from land (great views in Battery Park), get up-close with a ferry ride to Liberty Island.

  • Bronx Zoo

    See lions, zebras, crocodiles, pygmy marmosets and 400-some other animals in this 265-acre zoo -- the biggest urban wildlife preserve in the world. Check out the daily feeding at World of Birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins bob for fish.

  • Central Park

    At nearly 850 acres, this famous green space is home to an ice skating rink, a zoo and carousel, even a castle. Located in the heart of Manhattan, slip away from the city's bustle with walking trails, thousands of trees, and the Great Lawn where you can relax or take in a free show.

  • Radio City Music Hall

    Home to the world-famous Rockettes, this entertainment venue also hosts the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. No time to see a show? Take the Radio City Stage Door Tour for a one-hour peek behind the scenes.

  • Ellis Island

    Between 1892 and 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States here. Discover their history in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and add a name to the Wall of Honor.

  • Museums

    Far too many to name, these top the must-see list: The Met (with 2 million works, at least tackle Ancient Egypt and European masters), MoMA (Western masterpieces from paintings to films, famous store), and the American Museum of Natural History (a full-size Blue Whale model, impressive dioramas, and the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils.)

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