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The City That Never Sleeps, the Big Apple, or just New York City, one thing is for sure, it is a worthy bucketlist destination for travelers all around the world. The city is known for its energetic atmosphere, for making dreams come true, and being alive at any hour of the day. There are millions things to do in New York City, and it can be hard to choose.
Most people are familiar with the top must-see attraction of the Big Apple, such as Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Wall Street, the One World Trade Center, Broadway, Brooklyn Bridge, Fifth Avenue, and the Statue of Liberty. However, there is so much more the city has to offer even for seasoned visitors.
To make your trip to New York City entirely your own, try to incorporate some activities that are about your own interests and feel free to skip big attractions in favor of smaller lesser known gems. Start by checking out different viewing points in the city, visit as many markets as possible, such as farmers or vintage markets, tour a new neighborhood a day, find out the best hot chocolate or lemonade, depending on the season, or visit some smaller events, like a stand-up comedy night or a poetry reading.
Why not visit the High Line Park, instead of Central Park? Catch a free Shakespeare in the Park performance in the summer instead of going to Broadway, or listen to local talents and showcase your own at a karaoke night, instead of attending the biggest concerts in the city.
Even if you have been to New York City dozens of times, you will still find something new to see, do, taste, and experience. But maybe this time around, you would rather drive out to the north to see a bit more of the State of New York, or even nearby states and cities, such as Philadelphia in Pennsylvania (ca.1.5 hours away), Bridgeport in Connecticut (ca. 2 hours), or get up early for a trip to Boston, Massachusetts (ca. a 4 hour drive). All this is an option when you have a car at the ready.
While driving within the city may be a bit of the hassle, a car can be just what you need to get to the outer parts or nearby cities. We at Orbitz offer low rates and a range of car rental classes, whether you are looking for an SUV or a compact car. Make your New York City dreams come true by paving your own way.