New York City Vacation Planner


Plan your trip in the RIGHT order and get the most out of NYC

Having watched way too many people plan their New York City vacations out of order, I’ve tried to create the perfect NYC Vacation Planning Tools. Follow this 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!

Feel free to download some of the free maps below or download the full NYC Insider Printable Guide immediately to get a feel for the size of NYC, the layout, the neighborhoods, the subway and distances between attractions.

NYC Travel Vacation Advice

New York Travel Planning

Looking for personalized New York Travel Planning? Want a "Plan My Vacation for Me" Service? How about your own personal NYC Concierge, NYC Insider Guide, to help with exactly what you want to know? I can offer customized planning for the best events, show tickets, hotels, shopping, restaurants and more.

How to Plan a New York City Vacation

This is my personal 10 step planning process for the ultimate New York City Vacation. I hope you enjoy it!

Best Time to Visit NYC

Best Time to Visit NYC

The best time to visit NYC all depends on why you’re planning on visiting the Big Apple. Whether visiting in the summer, winter, spring or autumn, there is always something to do. From its history and its architectural and technological innovation to its world-renowned arts and culture, New York City is a city most people have marked on their bucket list as a place to visit at least once during their lifetime.

NYC Airport Guides - LGA, JFK, EWR

Our detailed NYC Airport Guides go in-depth on everything you need to know about each airport. Free shuttles, nearby hotels, Stay & Fly Free Parking, Taxis, Limos, Shuttles, Parking, Cheap Flights and more.

New York City Hotel Deals

We cover 100s of hotels in NYC, with exact locations and all the insider info you need to know about whether I’d let any of MY friends stay there!

All the New York City Sightseeing Passes Compared! Which is the BEST – New York City Explorer Pass, NYC Go Select Card, New York Pass or New York CityPASS? Get discount codes and find the best New York City Pass for your NYC vacation.

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 – NY Sightseeing Pass, New York City Explorer Pass, New York Pass or New York CityPASS?

NY Sightseeing Pass
NYC Sightseeing Pass

  • Choose from 100 sights
  • Choose 1-10 days or # of Attractions
  • Unlimited Hop On Hop Off Bus
  • NY Sightseeing Pass

The New York Pass
New York City Pass Discounts

  • Includes 100 tours and attractions
  • Choose 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Days
  • Digital or Physical Pass
  • New York Pass

NY Explorer Pass
New York City Explorer Pass

Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more! See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Arriving in NYC – Limos, Taxis, Shuttles

What’s the best way to get to Manhattan upon Arriving in New York City? You can use NYC Limos, public transit, taxi, carshare or shuttle and we show you the costs and pros and cons of each.

New York City Hotel Deals

I hope you enjoyed the 10 step Vacation Planner.

Please make sure to come back and tell me about your NYC Vacation!!!

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NYC Printable Map Guide Book

Have a wonderful vacation – and please tell NYC Insider Guide about your trip or if you’ve enjoyed our guide!

NYC Printable Map Guide Book

Download the entire NYC Insider Printable Guide, an organized, easy to follow, color coded guide to NYC. The Printable NYC Guide includes 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. Print as many copies as you like, share them with friends and family and ONLY take the pages you need while you’re travelling.

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New York City Vacation Questions

Hotel Questions

Hotels in NYC – Cheap but Good?
Oi! (Hi! in portuguese). I´m looking for well-situated, cheap but good place to stay suggestions. It´s going to be my first time traveling alone and I´…

NYC Hotels With Free Night Offer to Military Members
We are looking for the NYC hotels offering 1 night free to military members on Veteran’s Day. We need 2 rooms for 2 nights in Times Square. We need to …

NYC Visit Questions Sightseeing

New York Explorer Pass vs. The New York Pass for bus tour 
Hello! From everything I have read, the hop on hop off bus tour option on both passes, once purchased, is supposed to cover all fees for the tour selected….

NY City Pass or NY Pass or Explorer pass  Which is best?? We want to see all the “tourist” stuff!

Romantic New York City Vacation
My boyfriend and I are planning a 3 day trip (Sun-Wed) and are interested in the beautiful views of New York, shopping, cuisine and nice neighbourhoods….

Celebrate Anniversary in NYC – Romance Hello! My husband and I are celebrating our 10 yr anniversary, with our 1st trip to NYC!! So excited! Anyways, we are 28 yrs old… and staying at the …

Central Park Carriage Ride Price
Hi. Heading up November 10-16, what is the best price I can get for a carriage ride around Central Park? Any recommended companies? Thanks.

Central Park Rent Bicycle NYC
Where can we rent bikes? We plan on cycling primarily Central Park. Thanks!

NYC Visit Questions Transportation

Transportation recommended from Newark Airport to Manhattan
Hi there. I’m going to be staying in New York (Days Inn – 215 West 94th St. – in Manhattan, I think) from November 12th to the 15th. I’m flying to the …

Best Transportation from LaGuardia to Crowne Plaza – What choices do I have to get 7 adults and 14 pieces of luggage from LaGuardia Airport to the Crowne Plaza Times Square?

Roosevelt Island Tram
My Mother and I are visiting NYC in October for 3 nights and want to ride the Roosevelt Island Tram, can you tell me if it has reopened yet? Thank you….

Walk from Javits Center to Rockefeller Center?
Are coming on bus to Javits Center that is going to car show 4/23, but we (2 ladies and a teen) want to go to Rock. Center. Would we be able to walk there,…

More New York City Vacation Questions

Where is the Best Luggage Storage in New York City?
Luggage storage in New York City has changed dramatically since the invention of apps, crowd sourcing and in the years following the 9/11 tragedy. We show you some traditional ways for you to store your luggage as well as some unique "only in NYC" best ways to store luggage in NYC. We cover luggage storage at Penn Station, Grand Central, Port Authority as well as thousands of local spots around the city with companies like Vertoe, Schwartz, BagBnB, LuggageHero, Bounce and more.

Vacation Questions about NYC One Day Itinerary
Hi! Hubby and I are planning a short vacation in NY sometime in June. He’s from Yonkers (which is where we will be staying with his sister) and I want …

Recommendation for a Broadway show best for teenage boy We are taking our 16 year old son to New York for the first time and wanted to take him to a Broadway show. I don’t want anything to ‘sappy’. any recommendations …

Kosher Restaurants New York City
Can you please recommend good kosher restaurants in the city?

Sample Sales Department Store Sales NYC 
Hi Melissa. Previously spoke to you on TA. Your site it coming along great very impressed. I am coming NY on 19th Nov-24th I wanted to know if you wouldn’….

What Should I Do In NYC With My Fashionista Granddaughter?  I will be in NYC March 22-24 with my 11 yr. old granddaughter that is a fashionista. I have booked her for the ‘fashion tour’..she IS mature enough…do …

NYC Flea Market  3 girlfriends will be in NYC in mid October and want to go to a flea market on Saturday morning. Our hotel is located in the Tribeca area. Any suggestions …

Visit With Young Boys in New York City 
We are taking our 9 & 11 yr old sons to a Yankees game. What are the odds we can get tickets and the best place to get them? My husband wants to see the … 

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Download 4 Pages of our FREE NYC Vacation Planning Guide

NYC Tourist Map Printable
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Free Museum and Tour Cheat Sheet

New York City Museums Free Calendar
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NYC Insider Guide Calendar

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Attractions Pass Comparison

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Download the NYC Insider FULL Vacation Guide

Get 100+ more pages of the BEST things to do in NYC, organized and color-coded with maps and directions by neighborhood.

NYC Printable Map Guide Book

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.

New York City Travel Guide

The New York City Travel Guide 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.

NYC Printable Map Guide Book

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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New York City Tourism

New York City Tourism

New York City Tourism
What isn’t available with New York City Tourism? Hardly anything! Attractions, world-famous landmarks, theater, museums, architecture, TV and movies, 843 acres of park, thousands of kids’ activities, every food imaginable …OK, I’ll stop now and let you see for yourself. Here are some general areas of the NYC Insider Guide to explore.


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