Looking for a holiday getaway or a quick trip in January? A weekend in New York City might fill the bill as long as you dress warm!
To maximize our budget think about flying into a smaller neighboring airport such as Newark in New Jersey. Even Long Island Airport in Islip is doable with the train station so close. Planning your flight midweek or even on a Thursday will help with airfare and might be less crowded.
But even these days, my flights this year have all been full. Be prepared to have extra time checking in at TSA or think about signing up for Pre-Check or Clear to make security lines less of a hassle. (Some credit cards will also reimburse you for these and other services, so check with your card company.)
Sights of NYC
Be sure to secure your hotel or VRBO near a subway or train line. NYC’s mass transit system is one of the best in the United States. Being within walking distance of Times Square, Central Park, and museums are the best “home bases” for your trip.
Plan your visits along the subway line so you don’t miss out on winter activities in New York. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center and the NYC Rockettes usually have audiences through January. Don’t forget the standards such as The Metropolitan Museum or Museum of Modern Art for your art and history lovers. Lines might be long at MoMA, so check the website for hours and special events. At night with the Christmas lights is also a site to see and enjoy this time of year.
Dining options are everywhere in New York. From fast food pizza to fine dining, you will have your pick for any budget. If you’re only in NYC for the weekend, maybe one or two “nice” dinners at an Italian eatery. Then the next day, think about grabbing breakfast (some are still free) at your hotel or café to people watch. Asking the locals (at your activities) is one of the best ways to get reliable local restaurant and eatery recommendations.
Remember to be flexible with your travel companion and plans in general. You might want to think about extending a work trip to enjoy the sights. More people than ever are traveling and patience is needed to navigate trips these days.
Just enjoy the memories, photos, and last-minute trip flying off to New York. Travel is the best way to experience new places, people, and cultures…so enjoy!
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