Travel Planning
New York City
Travel Planning
New York City

New York City at a Glance

The Big Apple, NYC, or simply "The City" – whatever you call it, New York City is one of the United States' best travel destinations. As a global center of media, culture, food, fashion and art, it offers attractions and entertainment on a scale that few other cities in the country can match. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “city mouse,” a trip to The Big Apple is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget.

If you want to hit the major landmarks for which New York City is famous, take a day to visit the Statue of Liberty, take in the view from the top of the Empire State Building or catch a Broadway show in Times Square. Those who want to avoid the Manhattan crowd and dive into the more creative scene should visit Brooklyn, which is known for art and music venues. And of course, let’s not forget about food. Because of its immigrant history, New York City offers a variety of international cuisines for you to try in between sightseeing. If there's a dish you've heard of, but could never find anywhere else, you'll likely be able to find it in New York.

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  • Major Airport LaGuardia Airport
  • Major Airport John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Major Airport Newark Liberty International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather From sizzling sidewalks in summer to blowing blizzards in winter, New York City sees about every kind of weather there is. However, severe weather is not terribly common; what's most likely to slow down travelers is winter storms, which can layer on ice, snow and freezing temperatures.

Safety Concerns Crime is an issue in certain parts of the city, and all travelers would do well to stay aware of their surroundings and not act carelessly. Be particularly careful after dark and stick to parts of the city where other travelers tend to gravitate; those areas are generally well-policed and safer. Use caution about flaunting valuables.

Health Concerns New York City's health concerns are minimal. Drinking water is safe and there aren't many things to worry about beyond common, mild communicable illnesses like colds. 

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