The lively "Big Apple"

Often referred to as "the city that never sleeps", New York has plenty to offer its visitors. From late night tours to world-famous sights of interest, such as the iconic Statue of Liberty, tourists won't be stuck for something to do.

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Best time to travel - climate, holidays and festivals

New York has a humid continental climate with hot summers, and cold winters. For those on a budget, the cooler months of January and February are generally the cheapest time to go. During this time the city celebrates Valentine's Day, St Patrick's Day and Fashion Week. On the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is observed by colourful street parades across the city boroughs. For those that want to be a part of the world famous New Year's Eve celebrations, the place to be is Times Square. The festivities include live music performances, a stunning firework display and around a million people in attendance.

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Basic facts to know before travel

All visitors to New York must have a valid passport. British Citizen passport holders may have the option to travel under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Those with British passports of other' nationalities will need a valid visa. Consult a reliable source for precise information. There are plenty of free things to do in New York city. As well as the iconic Central Park there are free museums that are well worth a visit, such as the National Museum of the American Indian. New York city can be a great place to pick up a bargain with US designer clothing and electronic goods being generally cheaper than in London. Strict tobacco legislation applies in the city. For example, smoking is prohibited in all New York city's major parks. The time in New York city is UTC -5.

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Local information - transport and accommodation

Hotel prices can vary significantly, but expect to pay at least $40 per night, per person. Hostels are a cheaper option and are available from around $34 upwards per person, per night. New York city is well-known for its licensed yellow taxi cabs. These are ideal for transporting luggage; otherwise, public transport is a cheaper and faster option. There are several airports serving New York city, including John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport and La Guardia Domestic Airport. JFK AirTrain operates throughout the day and night, connecting airport terminals with rail and metro stations. Airports are also served by Express buses, taxis, and shuttle buses.

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