New York City Travel Guide

…the Insider Guide

New York City, The Big Apple, Manhattan, NYC
the greatest city in the world!


To the NYC Insider Guide, a New York City Travel Guide created by a fourth-generation lifelong New Yorker.

NYC Insider Guide Melissa


Planning a vacation is always fun, but in a place like New York City, with SO MUCH to see, do, tour, shop and eat – you want to make sure to do everything you can during your New York City Vacation.

That is no easy feat, even for those of us who have lived in New York City our entire lives.

Consider me your very own NYC Insider to help you make the most of your NYC vacation, find our hidden treasures and advise you on the best New York City events, tours and attractions. I’ll also show you tons of discounts and coupons, how to see Museums for free and so much more!

Explore our New York City Travel Guide to book your trip and get New York City Insider tips, free maps, where to spend and save your money, secret ways of getting discounts and most importantly, what to book NOW so you don’t miss out!

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Things to do in New York in October

Things to do in New York in October

Where to Stay during Fall in New York City

Fall is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels with an awesome roofdeck, free bicycles and/or right next to Central Park. Few activities in NYC are better than riding your free bike a few blocks into Central Park to see the fall foliage and having a snack at Tavern on the Green or the Boathouse. Finish off your awesome day by immersing yourself in one of our spectacular skyline views on a hotel rooftop!

NYC Travel Guide and Vacation Planner

Feel free to browse some of the most popular New York City Vacation Planner pages below or head straight to the complete New York City Travel Guide.

New York City Activities

New York City Tourist Attractions include the typical Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Museums of Modern Art and Natural History, Central Park and so much more. Some of our newer attractions include the 9-11 Memorial Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Times Square. But, do you also know you can have a martini and listen to classical music at a Museum? Or eat Chinese food while looking at the Statue of Liberty? Come enjoy NYC like a local….

Save with a New York City Pass

Get savings coupons and find the best New York City Pass Discounts for your NYC vacation. Unbiased reviews of the New York City Sightseeing Passes. Which is the BEST – New York City Explorer Pass, New York Pass or New York City Pass?

The New York Pass

New York Pass - $30 Off 5, 7 and 10 Day New York Passes  - 80+ Attractions included, use 1-10 days. Can activate passes and bus packages one year from purchase date, so buy when on sale! NEW in 2015! Includes the 9-11 Memorial and Museum.

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Customize Your NYC Pass - Choose from 55+ attractions and pay ONLY for the attractions you want to see. Build Your Own Pass And Save 20% Off Regular Admission - GUARANTEED! Option for easy, pre built itineraries like NYC Land & Sea or Top 4 Attractions.

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New York CityPASS

CityPASS - 41% off Top 6 Attractions. NEW in 2015! Choice of 9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Includes Empire State Building, Circle Line Cruise, Museum of Natural History and more.

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New York City Deals and Coupons

There are New York City Coupons and Discounts available for almost everything one can do in NYC! The New York City travel guide reveals ALL our local steals and deals…

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NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

Download over 100 pages of NYC maps, information and recommendations in less than 5 minutes! Our NYC Insider Printable Map Guide Book includes organized, easy to follow, color coded guides to NYC, detailed maps of every neighborhood, weekly chart of Free Museum Days and Times and free weekly neighborhood tours, Best of NYC Categories and lists by ALL native New Yorkers and much more.

The New York City Travel Guide 2015 is your NYC PRE VACATION Guide, sort of like, “New York City 101.” This book is an overview of NYC to help you PLAN your trip so you make the absolute MOST of your time and money here. Think of this book as the guide to answer all the most commonly asked questions and avoid the most common NYC Vacation and Trip Planning mistakes.

The NYC Map Printable Bonus Guide is a 14 page downloadable Bonus Guide, compiled of the best free, downloadable local neighborhood maps with stores and shops block by block put together by our local NYC neighborhood associations; all formatted and ready for you to print.

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Why You Will Love New York City

My favorite world travel experiences are always when I have a local guiding me before or during my trip. We all love to have recommendations from someone we know and trust before we hop on that plane or train (and if you don’t know me, yet, feel free to learn more). Please explore the New York City Insider Guide at your own pace. I hope it helps you plan your New York City Vacation, so you not only go home as a NYC Insider, but plan to visit us again soon.

New York City Travel Guide
NYC Skyline at Dusk

If you come to NYC, stay in a Times Square hotel, jump on a Hop On Hop Off New York City Bus Tour, go only to the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, well, you may actually never run into another New Yorker; and you certainly won’t get to experience some of the most amazing things this city has to offer. I hope to be able to show you how do it all – see our world-famous and historical attractions, while also experiencing some of our local culture.

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About New York City Travel Guide

New York City Checker Cab
Mom and Cousin on my Uncle’s Checker Cab
(scanned photo – circa 1950)

Don’t believe a word of the hype – we are some of the most diverse, friendy, smart and fun people you will ever meet. I mean that wholeheartedly – it takes me almost 30 minutes to walk the two blocks to the subway, because I’m always saying hello to my neighbors, doormen, shoe guy, manicurist, bartender, dry cleaner, deli, gym…and that’s all on my block!

I love this city so much and nothing makes me happier than when you love it, too. Please enjoy my insider tips, the kinds of things you discover only when you have hundreds of friends and family members and our collective prior generations passing down “insider” information.

I have no connections with the New York City tourism and travel industry, so all the information on this site is genuine. I will never recommend anything unless I’m absolutely confident it’s the best (and by my and NYC standards, that’s pretty high!). Please enjoy all the real information from a real person who lives here.

I can’t wait to show you some of my favorites.

Thank you for visiting the NYC Insider Guide …welcome to our city and I hope you love it as much as I do!

NYC Insider Guide Melissa

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