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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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New York Vacation Packages

Hotel only $114

1 Wellington Hotel

871 Seventh Ave. @ 55th St. Map

Save 20% on your stay!

Classic comfort in the heart of MidtownThe Wellington Hotel's classic style and location close to many attractions, restaurants and theatres make this a popular choice. Just three blocks south of Central Park, five blocks north of Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller... More

Hotel only $179

2 The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street Map

Sophisticated Upper West Side hotel near Central Park, Lincoln CenterThe rich brown, grey and gold decor accented with animal-print pillows sets a tone of sophistication. Touches such as Frette linens and a cool rooftop bar make this hotel ideal for guests who appreciate... More

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3 Park South Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 83 reviews

124 East 28th Street Map

Business Advantage - 24 Hour Cancel

Set in a restored, historic building, The Park South Hotel is ideally located between the business district of midtown and the dining and cultural hot spots of downtown Manhattan. More

Hotel only $219

4 The Strand

33 West 37th. Street Map

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A breath taking view from the sky in contemporary luxuryAt The Strand Hotel, stay above the fray and enjoy service 365 days a year at the on-site 21st floor bar – the Midtown Manhattan rooftop bar and lounge. Observe the Empire State Building from the rooftop while... More

Hotel only $134

5 The Time Hotel

224 W. 49th St. Map

Stylish, Urbane Ambiance of this Midtown New York City Boutique Hotel Experience The Time - a delightfully nuanced midtown New York City boutique hotel, offering the deluxe services and amenities sophisticated travelers require. Using a palette of vibrant primary... More

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6 Excelsior Hotel

45 West 81st St. Map

Modern take on Old New York charm at trendy Upper West Side hotelDressed in classic New York City architecture and fully renovated, the Excelsior Hotel places guests at the best of the trendy Upper West Side neighborhood in Manhattan. The hotel is less than a block away... More

Hotel only $143

7 Row NYC

4 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews

700 8th Avenue Map

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Row NYC hotel has pioneered a new era of individuality by meeting NYCs signature urban grit with grandeur - transforming our guests stay into a completely contemporary experience. With a front row view to Times Square that's truly incomparable. Our guests reside in the... More

Hotel only $169

8 Dream New York

210 W 55th STREET Map

Save 15%, 6 Night Mimimum

Trend-setting midtown Manhattan hotel in landmark Beaux-Arts buildingCutting-edge cool thrives at Dream Hotel, a 5-star, mid-Manhattan boutique in an iconic Beaux-Arts building. Step into a lush, deep-groove, minimalist landscape punctuated by avant-garde details such as... More

Hotel only $149

9 Murray Hill East Hotel

149 E. 39th St. Map

All-suite hotel close to Grand Central and the Empire State BuildingSpace is the name of the game at this 14-story Murray Hill hotel. All rooms are suites with full kitchens, so guests have plenty of room to spread out. The hotel has a fitness center and offers free Wi-Fi... More

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10 Pennsylvania

401 7th Avenue At 33rd Street Map

Save 10% Off - 3 Nights

Midtown Manhattan hotel near Penn Station, Macy’s, convention centerThe Hotel Pennsylvania is convenient for travelers thanks to its central Manhattan location and variety of room configurations. The easy walk to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is convenient for... 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.)