There are no better places to travel to than New York. The state has beautiful mountains, beaches right on the ocean, and the greatest city in the world. Everyone should go at least once, if nothing else but to experience NYC. That said, a trip to New York can be dangerous and draining on your wallet. It’s best to go prepared.
There are many ways to get ready for an NYC trip besides the usual packing well and finding deals on flights. You’ll need to plan your route carefully, stick to well-known tourist areas, and study the city before heading out.
Study The Subways And Highways
If you’re going into the city, take a look at the subway map ahead of time. It’s a web of crisscrossing colors, but pay close attention to the stations labeled “Times Square” and Grand Central. These hubs are near most of the tourist attractions and mark the places where trains connect to one another. You’ll likely be taking the red or yellow lines as you head to major tourist attractions, so take note of which stations those trains travel to.
Same goes for the highways leading into the city and around New York. Familiarize yourself with the major highways and keep an eye out for rest stops before getting into the city, as clean restrooms are a luxury in NYC.
How To Catch A Broadway Show
The star of NYC art has been in a constant state of opening and closing thanks to Covid and its variants. So if you plan to catch a show, buy tickets ahead of time and keep an eye on the show’s social media channels for changes to the schedule. Iconic shows like Phantom of the Opera and Chicago sell lots of tickets but also frequently offer discounted rates if you know where to look. Check the TKTS booth under the red stairs in Times Square for discount tickets. Forget about seeing Hamilton last minute, tickets are probably already sold out.
Times Square Is Safe
Older people will tell you of the dangers of Times Square, where “dealers” openly do business. Now there’s a giant police station there and a Starbucks, so that era is over. Now the humongous Times Square is a prime tourist destination. Most subway stations converge there or within walking distance, making it a great starting point for any Big Apple adventure. There are stores ranging from Disney to Sanrio to M&Ms there, so you could spend hours just shopping around without having to worry about stepping onto unfamiliar streets.
Sports Betting Is Live For The Fans
New York recently legalized sports betting all over the state. Depending on when you visit, you might be able to bet on live Rangers or Knicks games while catching the action in-person at Madison Square Garden using in-stadium betting kiosks. Or you can use sportsbook apps, which are live now.
If you do plan to use an app to gamble, be sure to sign up ahead of time as they require validation. You can also cash in on New York sportsbook promo codes to get free plays or low-risk bets. New York has some of the best teams in the country, and betting on their exciting games could become the big new tourist attraction for sports fans.
Check The Weather Before Heading To Central Park
The iconic park starts near Columbus Circle and the giant Apple Store and stretches all the way uptown, almost to Harlem. It’s HUGE. This makes it a great destination during the summer months and spring. Even fall can be tolerable on a non-windy day. And yes, Central Park is gorgeous when covered with light snow in the winter. But NYC gets very cold, so bundle up and keep your Central Park excursion to a quick horse carriage ride.
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