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New York Holidays

New York

Concrete jungle. The big apple. The city that never sleeps. Whatever you want to call it, the sights and bites in New York will have you feeling cooler than the friends from Friends.

Fancy a FREE helicopter ride?

Who are we kidding, course you do. We've just added a snazzy new perk to our collection, so that instead of hopping in a cab from the airport to your hotel, you can get a FREE helicopter transfer to take you straight there in 4 minutes flat. We even had Alison Hammond try it out for size, and let's just say...she approved. Read all about how to get your hands on this mega transfer upgrade, including the full terms and conditions, over on our blog.

Destination highlights

  • New York-style pizza. That's it, that's the highlight.

  • Loads to explore (from parks to museums)

  • Landmarks you'll recognise from TV and movies

  • Home to Times Square, where there's always something going on (catch a tune from the Naked Cowboy, if you're lucky). (He's not actually naked.)

What are the best sights to see in New York?

There's loads to do on a New York city break, but we've taken the liberty of sky-scraping together some of the good stuff. Sorry.

  • Empire State Building - duh, it's (almost) the title of an Alicia Keys song for a reason. Apart from being an iconic landmark from the outside, this Art Deco skyscraper has some seriously fun exhibits (so you can see what it'd feel like to star in King Kong), and it serves up some of the best views in New York, which you can cut the queue to if you bag an express pass straight to the top.

  • Brooklyn Bridge - you can see this whopping bridge from loads of places across the city, but if you'd rather be close to the action then you can pop your comfy shoes on and follow the walking route. It takes about an hour to walk the full bridge, and you can go from either Brooklyn to Manhattan or Manhattan to Brooklyn - although we recommend starting at Brooklyn so you can admire the skyline along the way. Don't forget - you don't have to walk the full thing, and you can turn back and go the way you came if you want to experience the bridge from both directions!

  • Statue of Liberty - for the best view of this famous landmark, you'll need to hop on a ferry across the water. You can either just ride past the island if you're only interested in snapping a few far-off photos, or, if you want a closer look, you can take a ferry over to Liberty Island where the statue lives. Spoiler: it's bigger than you think! There's a museum there too, in case you fancy grabbing a souvenir.

  • Central Park - that's right, it's not all concrete and skyscrapers - there are a few trees knocking about. Loads in fact, if you head to Central Park. Quite fittingly, this place is pretty central, so it's easy to get to from most points in the city, whether you walk, hop in a cab or take the subway. Once you're there, you'll have over 800 acres of pathways, woodlands and lakes to explore. It's even got an ice skating rink, outdoor yoga classes, and - get this - its own zoo. Talk about everything but the kitchen sink.

  • Rockefeller Centre - every ice-skating scene you've ever seen in a Christmas movie set in America happened here. Probably. Just trust us, it's iconic. While the rink and famous Christmas tree are the stars of the show in winter, in the warmer months you'll usually find pop-up bars and seating areas so you can enjoy a cocktail or a bite to eat in the heart of it all.

What are the top hotels in New York?

We know what you're thinking. Beach holidays are our jam, so we can't possibly sell hotels in the big apple, right? Wrong. We're branching out - get with the programme. Here are a few of our favourite hotels if you want the full New York experience:

  • Hotel Belleclaire - it's swanky, it's got a bakery on site, and its façade was the filming spot for some scenes in The Equaliser (the one with Denzel Washington). Need we go on?

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan Central Park - rooms with views, a city chic vibe and a full American breakfast buffet that dreams are made of (yep, there's bagels).

  • Hard Rock Hotel New York City Times Square - go hard (rock) or go home - that's the saying, right? This one's smack-bang in the middle of the Times Square action, with a rooftop bar, in-house yoga classes and speakers in all the guestrooms so you can play your favourite tunes.

  • Hyatt Grand Central New York - this place is cosied up alongside Grand Central Station, with a breakfast buffet and market for snacks to-go, a fitness centre and modern rooms with huge flatscreen TVs.

  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West - soak up the city skyline views from this four-star hotel, with a cocktail lounge, all-day restaurant and Hudson River Park just a short walk away.

Popular New York hotels

Weather in New York

Like the UK, the weather in New York is pretty seasonal, with cold (often snowy) winters, and warm, humid summers. Luckily, even if you visit in winter, the sights are still just as breathtaking. Winter temperatures will be similar to what you'd expect at home, while the summer months have been known to soar into the mid-twenties.

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What currency do they use in New York?

The official currency in New York is the American Dollar.

What language do they speak in New York?

No need to fork out on international dictionaries or language classes - the official language spoken in New York is English.

How long does it take to fly to New York?

The flight time to New York from the UK is just over 8 hours, but it's nothing a comfy neck pillow and a few downloadable movies can't sort.

What's the time difference between the UK and New York?

The local time in New York is 5 hours behind the UK - but, hey - that just means that once you arrive, you'll have even more of the day to spend exploring.