Who has not dreamed of a getaway to “New York, New York”, the city of high fashion, Broadway, and Times Square? There are several boroughs that beg exploring: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Harlem. It is truly a cultural epicenter with an energy that has been described as creative, vibrant, and eclectic.
With an entire metropolis of arts and architectural treasures to explore, spending a few days in New York City with a car at your disposal is recommended. Fly into New York’s LaGuardia Airport, hop in a rental vehicle, and experience the vibe of this iconic city.
Start your New York City experience with a heavy dose of the arts. The Met, MoMA, and the Guggenheim are stunning venues for enjoying visual works of world-renowned artists. Swing by The Grand Concourse in the South Bronx for vibrant art deco displays, multicultural exhibitions, and tours of the birthplace of hip-hop music. You can also score tickets in advance to see a Broadway show or an American Ballet Theater production but do not shy away from off-Broadway shows either as they might just become the next hit and you’ve seen it first.
Apart from its cultural significance, the city is known for its iconic architecture. Climb to the famous 86th floor of the Empire State Building to get your own 360-degree view of the city lights. Alternatively, head over to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center’s observatory, for a breathtaking view of the city, with the Empire State Building taking center stage.
Trace your family roots while visiting Ellis Island, which was the passing point of over 12 million immigrants in search of a better life. Then, jump over to Liberty Island and Ellis Island to embrace your patriotic pride at Lady Liberty’s feet, the country’s symbol of freedom.
To escape the city buzz, spend an afternoon in Central Park. Located in middle-upper Manhattan, this urban sanctuary is a National Historic Landmark filled with lakes, ponds, walking paths, ice-skating rinks, and even a zoo. A walk across Brooklyn Bridge will also provide a breathtaking photo opportunity with a great view of DUMBO and the Manhattan skyline, which is best experienced at sunset.
Pamper and indulge in some of New York City’s prime shopping and dining districts. Window shop the upscale 5th Avenue and SoHo neighborhoods, or opt for a boutique experience in West Village and Williamsburg. Along the way, be sure to sample a few of New York’s specialties, such as bagels, pastrami, hot dogs, and black-and-white-cookies.
New York City is oozing energy, fashion, nightlife, and culture. With the city spread across five boroughs and shy of 300 neighborhoods, the options for exploration are endless when you have your own car at hand. With our Orbitz budget friendly options, spend less money on cab fare and more on the wide range of intoxicating offers the city holds.