Travel to New York

New York, sometimes called New York State, to distinguish it from New York City, the most populous city in both the state and the nation.

New York State’s borders touch two Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario, which are connected by the Niagara River); one former (briefly) Great Lake (Lake Champlain); the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada; three New England states (Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut); the Atlantic Ocean, and two Mid-Atlantic states (New Jersey and Pennsylvania). In addition, Rhode Island shares a water border with New York.

New York City

The Big Apple

The moment you step off the airplane and see for yourself what the Big Apple has in store for you, you’ll understand the sentiments behind the words “I love New York”. With a population of over eight million people, thousands of high rise buildings dominating the scene and blinking lights everywhere, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed when you first set your eyes on the city that never sleeps.

New York City dominates the economy of the state. It is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States and is the location of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wall Street, Manhattan. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that in 2004, the total gross state product was $900 billion, second only to California. If New York were a nation, it would rank as the 16th largest economy in the world, behind South Korea. Many of the world’s largest corporations locate their headquarters home offices in Manhattan or in nearby Westchester County, New York.

Where To Stay in New York City
New York offers a wide range of hotels for you to choose from. Most of the hotels in New York are concentrated in Manhattan but if you’re flying in for business purposes then maybe you’d prefer to stay somewhere near Wall Street. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for something quirky and fun, then maybe Chelsea and Greenwhich are good places to start.

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Places you don’t want to miss
New York has a lot of points of interest and the list just keeps getting longer and longer. Without a doubt, you don’t want to miss Central Park – all eight hundred acres of it. It’s said that a visit to New York isn’t complete until you’ve checked out the lifelike “creatures” at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum. And who can forget the famous Empire State Building, once the tallest among all the high rise buildings? And of course there’s the Statue of Liberty, the very symbol of American welcome. Then there’s the Rockefeller Center, with its famous Christmas tree right in the middle of all the action.

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Although a lot of people believe that New York is one of those big bad cities with crime rates that would make your heart palpitate in fear, official reports actually claim that New York is one of the safest places to be these days, with crime rates reaching an all time low since the 1960’s. Although New York is considered as “safe”, it wouldn’t hurt to take the necessary precautions and avoid the attention of pickpockets on the lookout for out-of-towners. Don’t make a fuss when going to the ATM and always go out in groups.

New York is a very busy city so the bustling city may end up overwhelming first time visitors. Hence, it’s advisable that you always carry your map and cellphone with you. If unsure of your destination, don’t just board the subway but instead, spend extra cash for a cab ride.