Travel Tips When Heading to New York this Winter

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There are few better destinations around the world during winter than New York. The Big Apple is a special place to visit at any time in the year but there is something about the winter which makes this incredible city even more electric and impressive. Here are a few tips for making the most of your winter trip to this iconic US city.

What to See & Do

There is an incredible amount to see and do in NYC so it is a smart idea to research ahead and to have a loose plan for each day so that you can tick off as much as possible during your to trip. A few of the best highlights for winter include:

  • Times Square
  • Christmas shopping
  • Rockefeller Centre
  • Central Park
  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central

What to Pack

The winter can be bitterly cold in NYC, plus you are likely to be spending a lot of time outside on foot so you need to pack sensibly. This should include sturdy and comfortable cold-weather boots and trainers, a large winter jacket, gloves, a scarf and a hat. You are likely to be doing a lot of walking and shopping so you may also want to have a comfortable bag to keep various items in, such as water, snacks etc.

Getting Around

It is a smart idea to pre-book your holiday taxis to and from the airport as it can be incredibly busy during the winter months. Once you are in the city, it is recommended that you walk where possible because this is the best way to soak up the atmosphere and take in the sights, plus the grid system makes it easy to plan your route. If it is raining or you do not feel like walking then the subway is a good option but keep in mind that it can be stressful and chaotic.

General Tips

If you have never been to NYC before then it can be a bit of a shock at first and it is important that you are aware of a few tips so that you can get used to your surrounds and stay safe:

  • Avoid slow walking/taking picture in the middle of the pavement
  • Keep your valuables hidden and safe
  • Avoid driving
  • Research where to eat ahead of time
  • Avoid looking/acting like a tourist
  • Look after your feet if walking everywhere
  • Remember to leave a tip

New York in winter is an incredible place and quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Hopefully, the information in this post will help you to get the most out of your winter in The Big Apple and help you to quickly feel settled in what can be a busy and chaotic city for first-timers.


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