The city that never sleeps

Home to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway, and Times Square this city has some of the best times to experience.

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When to head to New York

There is always something magical to be found in New York City. New Year's Eve in New York City is renowned around the world. Watching the ball drop in Times Square while experiencing the party there is amazing. The Independence celebration on the fourth of July is also legendary. The celebration lasts a week and there is an enormous fireworks display. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is phenomenal. It has huge character balloons and many floats along with special guest stars and groups. Dress appropriately since the parade is three hours long and sometimes lasts much longer still.

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Before you get to NYC

Passports are needed in the US for British Citizens. Visitors staying here for up to 90 days may be eligible to apply through the Visa Waiver Programme. If you plan on staying longer then you will need a visa. Other nationalities will need a visa and a valid passport. The USA is much stricter in certain areas of the law than in Britain. Public drinking in New York is not permitted and you must be at least 21 years old to buy or drink alcohol. Smoking is not permitted at all in parks as well as in public buildings. While in New York you will need to add tax and tips for restaurants, bars and cafes. It is not included in the price. Add about 20% to your total for each beer. Prices are higher in this city than in London by about 30% for groceries and approximately 5% for restaurants.

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Practical New York information

There are many different options for accommodation to choose from when you stay in NYC. Hostels start at about $34 per night per person, while a cheap hotel will start at around $40 per night per person. The metro prices are approximately $2.75 for a one way ticket. If you get the Metrocard it is around $29 for seven days. An express bus costs about $6.50 for a one way pass. Taxis are often used by the people of NYC but public transportation is almost always faster and cheaper. This city has something for everyone, whether it is the night life, museums, shows or shopping.

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