Tips for First Time Travelers to NYC

Tips for First Time Travelers to NYC

Look closely. The cab on your right is the one you should try to hail. (©Andrew Ruiz)

Traveling to NYC for the first time might seem a little intimidating because it's a bustling city with lots of things to do and see. Here are some handy tips to help you out on your trip to the Big Apple!


The 4-1-1 on New York City Cabs

If you’re looking to hail a cab, only try to flag down one that has its roof medallion lit up. Also, know the cross streets or a nearby landmark of your destination before you get in the cab because, unlike the movies, NYC cab drivers do not automatically know where every destination is.


Keep a Map Close By

In Manhattan, crosstown buses—scenic, but slow—are a good way to get from east to west (and vice versa), while subways run mostly north and south. While most of Manhattan's Midtown and uptown streets are laid out in a grid, below 14th Street, streets start to twist and turn. It's good to have some sort of map app on your smart phone or pick up a Where New York map at your hotel.


Know Where to Get a Great View of the City

Top of the Rock – on the Rockefeller Center's observation deck on the 70th floor—is open every day of the year. John D. Rockefeller’s “city within a city” offers, at its apex, a panoramic view of the city from just east of Times Square.

The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors of the Empire State Building offer some of the best views in town. The most iconic building in the heart of the city opened in 1931 and was considered the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center opened in 1972.

One World Observatory – "See Forever" from the tallest building in the entire Western Hemisphere, located near the southern tip of Manhattan. And you don’t want to miss the Sky Pod elevator experience that zooms you up there—it’s something special. The observation deck is on the 102nd floor.


For even more insider tips about how to score Broadway tickets at a bargain, where to shop, how to eat like a true New Yorker—and more—click here


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