Is it safe to stay in a hotel?
According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can now safely travel domestically.
Most hotels New York City hotels have reopened with strict new COVID-19 cleaning procedures in place. Though you’ll encounter fewer people if you opt for a private home rental, experts say that with added precaution, hotels are safe.
We also recommend following CDC guidelines and wearing a mask in public, washing hands frequently, and following social distancing.
Where should I stay in New York City?
That depends entirely on what you want to do. There’s something great about every neighborhood in New York, so it’s tough to go wrong. If it’s your first trip to New York and you want to be close to the tourist action, you may be interested in a stay closer to Times Square, Central Park, NoMad, or Flatiron.
Of course, these areas tend to be some of the most crowded, so if you prefer a slightly quieter stay, or if you’re a business traveler heading to Wall Street, consider downtown areas like the Financial District, Seaport, and Battery Park.
If high-end shopping and hitting boutiques is a top priority, trendy SoHo might be right up your alley. Young travelers and those looking to enjoy more nightlife will likely want to be in the Lower East Side and East Village, or in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District (though there’s culture to be found over there too by way of the High Line, Whitney Museum, and more).
Of course, there are other boroughs outside of Manhattan to consider too. For incredible skyline views from your room, look to Brooklyn and areas like Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
What are the best activities in New York City?
You could spend decades in New York and never run out of activities. Some of the most popular and iconic activities include visiting Times Square, seeing a Broadway show, strolling through Central Park, taking in amazing views from the Empire State Building, One World, or the recently opened Edge, and visiting world-class museums from The Met to MoMA.
When the weather is nice, the High Line and the Brooklyn Bridge also make for nice walks with city views. Taking a ferry out to the Statue of Liberty is another must-do activity, and if you book well in advance, you can even get tickets to go up into the crown.
Foodies have no shortage of incredible restaurant options, from Michelin-starred fine dining establishments to next-level hidden taco bars. And, there’s no shortage of nightlife, whether you’re seeking classic clubs where you might spot a celebrity or hidden speakeasies.
Fifth Avenue and SoHo offer legendary shopping and there’s plenty of vintage shops and boutiques to explore too.
What is the best time to visit New York City?
Popular in every season, fall tends to be one of the priciest seasons since the weather is particularly lovey. April to June also offers mild temperatures and lovely spring blooms. If you visit in the summer expect hot and humid temperatures and an influx of tourists and an outflow of locals.
You can often find good deals in the winter, but expect prices to rise around the holiday season when people love to come see the holiday decorations, window displays, Rockettes, and more.