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Planning New York Vacation in Winter

January 02, 2012  by: rekhas  Points: 12   Category: Travel & Places  Earning $0.40   Views: 616

You can expect all these and flight delays when you are planning a winter holiday in New York. However, you may find that the best time to visit New York on budget is winter or fall season.


Winter seems to be the most difficult time to plan a vacation. You may face environmental hazards like snowfall, rain or extremely windy conditions. You can expect all these and flight delays when you are planning a winter holiday in New York. However, you may find that the best time to visit New York on budget is winter or fall season.

New York and Washington DC have cheaper vacation packages during Christmas time. Hence, it is ideal if you can plan a New York vacation trip between 24th to 29th December. Moreover, you can try to plan a New York trip after New Year. These are the times when you will see fewer crowds and small lines while you visit the popular tourist attractions in and around New York and Washington DC.

Packing Winter Clothes for New York Vacation

New York is popular for style and fashion. Hence, you can pack all your stylish leather jackets, fur coats and sweaters, if you are visiting this place in winter. Earmuffs, gloves, waterproof boots are mandatory. You may also want to pack a raincoat or an umbrella. Rain and light showers are common in winter in New York and Washington DC. You can also use the waterproof spray for your regular shoes and backpacks.

Winter Activities in New York

Well, you will want to visit the popular tourist attractions like Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, United Nations building, 9/11 memorial and the likes. In such case, it matters how many people are in your group. Couples can consider booking the New York sightseeing tours if they want to see every nook and corner of New York. Citysights and Greyline tours begin from $30 per person for full day trip. Some also offer hop-in and hop-off facilities for 48 or 72 hours. On the other hand, if you stay near Times Square, you can take a taxicab to most of these attractions for cheap. Of course, you may also use the public transport and subways if you are comfortable with them.

Avoid Lines in New York Sightseeing Attractions

Be prepared for long lines and wait times in New York. If you wish to avoid crowds and long lines for Empire State, Rockefeller, Statue of Liberty and the like, you may use these simple tips-

Always buy your tickets online and take print outs with you. This is possible for all above-mentioned attractions in New York. Even for the 9/11 memorial, you can print out the free passes on the 9/11 memorial website. Even when you go to the 9/11 memorial, they will not allow people without those passes. These are free and printing them online in advance will save you the extra wait time.

For Statue of Liberty, you will be taking a cruise to the Ellis Island and the Staten Island. Cruises begin from early in the morning. Here also, book your tickets online in advance and take a print out. Book reserved tickets instead of the flexi ticket. It will have shorter wait time. Moreover, try to reach the Battery Park for your Liberty cruise between 7am to 9am. During this time, there is very short wait time and you will have enough time to spend at both the islands.

Empire state building is also less crowded early in the morning. Of course, you may also visit it at night time for viewing the city in lights. Times Square is always crowded but looks best at night. You can shop, eat and dine at Times Square. There are many Indian, Italian and other cuisines available in Times Square near the 46th and 47th streets.

Last Minute New York Vacation

You can find best deals on Expedia and Orbitz. It is best to book a hotel plus flight from your destination to New York and back. A roundtrip will be far cheaper than booking them separately. You can take day tours to Washington DC from New York via bus, train or flight. Book your hotel in New York and not in New Jersey. Hotels in New Jersey seem cheaper but staying in New York will keep you near all attractions and save time and money while commuting. Ideally, find hotels on 52nd to 42nd streets between 7th and 8th avenues in Times Square. These are close to all above New York attractions. If you stay in this location, you can walk to Times Square and Rockefeller. Also, cab to Battery Park and other places will cost less than $30.

These tips will help you plan a good vacation to New York in winter even in the last minute. Remember to book local sightseeing trips in advance to save time.


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