The Ultimate Guide to Visiting New York for the First Time

New York is probably on most people’s vacation bucket list. We all want to go. Whether it’s to shop, sightsee or soak up the amazing atmosphere, New York appeals to all of us. However, with so much to do and see, and such a large area to cover, it can be overwhelming. When it comes to your first visit, you’ll want to fit as much in as possible without being too busy to enjoy this fabulous destination. To help, here is everything you need to know about planning a trip to New York.

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There are loads of things to do in New York. If you are only planning a short stay, you won’t have time to do it all. So, prioritize. Once you’ve visited, you are sure to go back again so don’t worry about missing out. Just think about what it is you really want to see on this visit.


Once you’ve prioritized what you want to do, make sure you find accommodation that’s going to make it all possible. Accommodation around New York ranges hugely in price, so make sure you look for places within your budget.

Plan Your Days

Plan your days carefully. Have a look at a map before you go and find places on your to do list that are close together. Do everything in one area on one day, then move into a different area the next. This way you will get to see as much as possible without wasting time making huge trips.

Have a Backup Plan

Having a plan is great, but you need a backup too. You don’t want a day planned around a visit to Central Park for it to be spoiled by rain. There are plenty of indoor attractions in New York so there is no chance of your trip being ruined, but bear the weather in mind when making your plans.

Plan Your Transport

The subway is an amazing way to travel around New York. But, if your days are planned wisely, sometimes you might be better off walking. Look at routes online and plan your journeys between attractions and landmarks. Walking lets you take in more of the city, saves you money and lets you see things that you wouldn’t if you traveled by subway.

Food and Drink

Don’t forget to plan food and drink into your days. When you’re busy sightseeing it’s easy to forget. But, New York is home to some incredible restaurants, bars and street food vendors. No trip to New York would be complete without the food.

Talk to the Locals

If you are looking for some tips, the best thing to do is get chatting with the people who call New York home. They’ll know all the best places to eat and drink, the best attractions, and what times to visit, they might even tell you about some local gems most tourists miss.

Your first trip to New York is sure to be a fantastic experience. Just make sure you use your time wisely and see everything that you’ve always wanted to. Have fun!