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Welcome to New York City!

New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. NYC is the mecca of business in the United States, and as a melting pot of American culture, there is something for every style, taste and budget in New York City. With so much to see and do in NYC, it's important for NYC tourists to do their research ahead of time before their vacation in New York City.

NYC has something for every style, taste and budget, and with so many hidden gems around every corner, every tourist planning travel to NYC could use some inside information when it comes to New York City and Manhattan. Get a feel for the Big Apple by checking out helpful NYC travel videos, New York photo galleries, or even ask our buddy Joe the Doorman, an NYC native - Joe the Doorman - for the best tips when it comes to your vacation in NYC.

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Getting to Know New York City: Your Free New York City Tourism & Travel Guide

The Brooklyn Bridge overlooking Manhattan, New York City, New York

The Brooklyn Bridge in The Big Apple

Scroll below to learn a little bit about the basics and history of NYC before your next vacation in New York City.

New York City Basics: Originally named New Amsterdam by Dutch settlers in 1625, New York was named after the British Duke of York and Albany in 1664. NYC is made up of five different boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island - though the New York metropolitan area includes Long Island and northern New Jersey as well.

NYC is the most populated city in the America, with more than 8 million people currently living in NYC. New York City is also the most diverse U.S. city, with residents hailing from every corner of the globe.

New York City is a city of many names, including "The Big Apple," "The City That Never Sleeps,"and even "Gotham City." Perhaps the most culturally rich city in America, NYC has inspired hundreds of classic songs - most notably Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z. Many celebrities also live in New York City, with more than 100 TV shows and movies filmed on location in NYC each year. Also, Broadway theaters in Manhattan attract some of the most high-profile actors from Hollywood.

More than 40 million people visit NYC each year to see the beautiful Art Deco buildings - including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building - as well as the many great NY museums and art galleries. NYC tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, and Times Square in Midtown Manhattan is the most popular tourist attraction in America. NYC tourists hoping for a break from the concrete jungle can enjoy the natural beauty of Central Park in Upper Manhattan.

For the complete list of things to do in New York City, visit our New York City tourist attractions page and book great NYC deals for your next vacation in the Big Apple!

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New York City Transportation & Travel Guide

While NYC transportation and traveling to NYC can seem somewhat confusing to first-time NYC tourists but navigating the Big Apple can actually be both simple and affordable. The NYC subway is the cheapest and most simple way to explore New York City, and riding the NY subway is a classic New York experience every visitor should try at least once. (Click here for the NYC subway map and schedule.) The NYC subway travels through four of the five boroughs, with the exception of Staten Island, and runs 24 hours a day, 356 days a year.

Taxis are a great way to get around NYC

Taxis are a great way to get around NYC

Other ways to get around New York City include those famous yellow taxi cabs that scream around the streets of NYC. Another public transportation option are New York City busses, which travel throughout NYC. Or, you can choose to travel in style when you rent a New York limousine or car. Finally, with NYC being the most walkable city in America, you could always do the old-fashioned thing and explore NYC by foot, or even enjoy a guided New York walking tour.

Use our helpful New York City map to plan out routes, or to just get familiar with the geography of NYC.

New York City Tourism Facts and Statistics

Want New York City tourism statistics? We've got them!

  • New York City attracts almost 47 million foreign and American tourists each year.
  • New York City boasts over 28,000 acres of parkland, including the 843 acres that comprise Central Park, the most visited city park in the United States.
  • Tourism in New York City is a major industry, bringing in $30 billion in 2008.
  • New York City receives most of its international visitors from the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and Japan.

Planning Your Next NYC Vacation

Get a look at some of the most popular tourist attractions in NYC - as well as the hidden gems only NYC insiders know about - by using our comprehensive travel guide to New York City attractions. While NYC is full of popular tourist attractions, we recommended traveling off the beaten path and getting a feel for the "real" New York City on your next vacation in NYC!

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