This list of best tips for traveling to New York, will help you not to miss anything and enjoy the maximum of all the experiences offered by this incredible city, which we are sure, will surprise you and exceed any expectation, however high.
Known for being the city that never sleeps, you can enjoy activity 24 hours a day while you fall in love at first sight with its endless skyscrapers, iconic neighborhoods such as Soho or Harlem, the impressive Central Park, viewpoints like the Top of the Rock or its thousands of leisure and cultural activities.
In addition to all these experiences, which make it impossible to get bored, the city has a wide gastronomic offer with excellent restaurants from all over the world and is also a shoppers' paradise with its many shops and outlets, so we are sure that New York will become one of your favorite cities in the world.
Based on the experience of the two times we have visited the city that never sleeps, the first on a trip to New York in 11 days and the last one spending a month and a half in Manhattan, during which we wrote this travel guide to New York , we have made this list of what we believe are the 10 essential tips for traveling to New York.We start!
1. What is the best time?
Although we could say that Any time is perfect for a trip to New YorkWe believe that the best season includes the months of spring and autumn, at which time the weather is pleasant, the hotels are less expensive and there are not so many queues to access the tourist attractions. Between these months, our favorites would be May and June, when the parks like Central Park shine at their best and you can have the typical picnic on the grass.
Summer is one of the worst times due to the suffocating heat that can reach more than 30 degrees, the prices of hotels that skyrocket and queues at some attractions and restaurants that can be made endless. The advantage is that during these months numerous festivals are celebrated, outdoor cinemas are mounted and music and theater shows are held in parks and squares, so if you don't mind the high temperatures, it can be a perfect time to enjoy the city.
In winter, the cold can be quite extreme with temperatures below 0 degrees and the presence of snow can collapse the city. Despite these adverse weather conditions that may occur, New York is one of the best cities to enjoy Christmas since during the whole month of December the city dresses up with a fantastic Christmas decoration in streets, buildings and Store windows in addition to ice rinks and the lights of its huge Christmas tree.
2. Entry requirements
To travel to New York or any city in the United States, it is mandatory to obtain, at least 3 days in advance, the ESTA authorization from this official page that costs $ 14 and has a duration of two years. In recent years numerous websites have proliferated that offer the service of processing the ESTA for more than $ 80, if you do it from the official website you will avoid scams, it will be cheaper and it will not take you more than 10 minutes. Do not forget!
On the plane or in the customs control zone of the airport they will give you a form that you must fill in with your data and those of your flight, and show it in the security check next to the passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months .
Although the security controls in the customs of the United States have a bad reputation, we in the 3 occasions that we have had to pass it, everything has been quite fast and we have not found any difference with respect to other countries.
In case of not mastering English, you don't have to worry because Spanish is very widespread and surely someone will help you.
Remember that if you are Spanish and you take a tourist trip of less than 90 days, you will not need any type of visa, apart from ESTA. If you are from another country we recommend you check the page or call the American Embassy of your country or the Foreign Ministry to find out what are the necessary documents.
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