New York Flights:

Flights to New York

image of New YorkNew York is the largest city in North America, situated on what’s called the Eastern Seaboard. It’s a major centre for just about everything, and there’s enough here to keep a visitor busy for years in the ‘city that never sleeps’!

The easiest way to fly to New York is on a direct flight and you have a couple to choose from, from South Africa. Flights to New York from Johannesburg are direct with either United Airlines or with South African Airways, though you can also get a direct flight with Delta from Cape Town.

Otherwise from Johannesburg you can choose to fly with Virgin, KLM, British Airways, Air France or Emirates, flying via London, Amsterdam or Dubai. Other flights from Cape Town include United Airlines, American Airways, South African Airways and British Airways flying via Johannesburg or London.

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The Tourist Attractions of New York:

Where do you start in a city of this size?! The answer probably depends on the reason why you’ve come here. Many visitors to New York are here on business, others come for a weekend of shopping, and others just come to see the sights!

In no particular order, here are some of the sights you won’t want to miss:

Manhattan is probably where you will spend most, if not all, of your time and because Manhattan is an island, the water features heavily here and you can take boat and ferry rides all over the place, so this may be a good place to start. You can take a specific boat tour, or a popular one for visitors is the ferry to Staten Island. This ferry passes quite close to the Statue of Liberty so you get great views of this and the Manhattan skyline. Once you get to Staten Island you can either choose to get off and explore or come straight back again!

Then there’s the Statue of Liberty itself which everyone wants to visit, and is accessible only by ferry, being on an island. The Statue was a gift from France and was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Another landmark top of most visitors lists is the Empire State Building. This is again the tallest building in New York. The observatory is open well into the night, so is a great place to visit after dark as well as well as during the day. There are two observatory levels: one on the 86th floor (at 320 metres / 1,050 feet) and another on the 102nd floor which costs extra to go to.

For a less busy view of New York you can also go up the Rockefeller Center building. The observation deck is called Top of the Rock, and though not as high as the Empire it’s still a great view.

New York has many famous streets as well as famous buildings. Wall Street is known across the world as the financial heart of the city. Here you’ll see the impressive New York Stock Exchange building.

Broadway is another world-famous street and is part of the Theater District, incorporating Times Square – one of those places you just have to visit! And even better if you can get to watch a show as well.

To get away from the crowds, visit Central Park. This huge park is popular with both New Yorkers and visitors and measures 2.5 miles by ½ mile. You’ll often find performers here or concerts going on in the summer.

When Should You Visit?:

New York is a great city to visit at any time of the year. It may be cold in the winter but you’ll get to see huge Christmas trees and ice staking rinks and do some great shopping!

In the summer, the city can get a little too hot. Summers are hot and humid and temperatures up to 38C (100F) are not uncommon. Autumns are usually cooler and dry and spring is wet.

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