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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."

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1 The Empire Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 262 reviews

44 West 63rd Street Map

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2 Row NYC

4 stars
3.7 / 5 105 reviews

700 8th Avenue Map

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3 The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 46 reviews

790 7th Avenue Map

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Midtown powerhouse near Times SquareJust minutes from Times Square and Broadway theaters, this New York City hotel offers Wi-Fi access (surcharge) and rooms with plush bedding and a flat-screen TV. Central Park is a 5 minute walk away. A work desk is included in each room... More

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4 Wellington Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 1405 reviews

871 Seventh Ave. @ 55th St. Map

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Radiating history from its walls, the Wellington Hotel New York?built in 1901?stands apart from the fast pace of modern city life surrounding it. The plush lobby is decked out in rich tones and intricate murals, while focal chandeliers give the interiors a classical... More

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5 Park Central New York

4 stars
3.8 / 5 101 reviews

870 Seventh Avenue Map

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6 Pod 39 Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 140 reviews

145 East 39th Street Map

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7 Warwick Hotel New York

4 stars
4.2 / 5 519 reviews

65 West 54TH Street Map

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8 Ameritania at Times Square

3 stars
3.9 / 5 264 reviews

230 W. 54th St. Map

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Unlike many of the hotels in Midtown Manhattan, the Ameritania Times Square isn't part of a huge chain. Since 1990, this non-smoking, boutique hotel has been offering personalized contemporary accommodations, and the gorgeous lobby features mahogany paneling, sparkling... More

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9 The New York Palace Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 49 reviews

455 Madison Avenue Map

Known for its elegant accommodations with breathtaking views and unrivaled service. The landmark 1882 Villard Mansion and world renowned courtyard incorporates motifs from several 15th Century Italian cathedrals and serves as the entranceway to a contemporary 55 story... More

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10 Park Lane Hotel New York

4 stars
3.9 / 5 396 reviews

36 Central Park South Map

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Luxury Midtown hotel with Central Park views and an emphasis on serviceOld-World elegance meets modern luxury at the Park Lane Hotel overlooking Central Park. Spacious, richly decorated rooms include extra touches like nightly turndown service and feature views of the... More

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.)