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When to go to New York to avoid high prices, crowds of tourists and bad weather


Alina Prikhodko

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Planning a trip to New York? However, before you buy tickets and pack your bags, you should prepare well. The climate can make your trip unforgettable, but only if you plan your time wisely. We decided to share recommendations on how to avoid the most unpleasant surprises.

New York City can be a real challenge in the winter. From December to February the city is enveloped in cold and wind. Despite the festive atmosphere, do not forget about warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Yes, the city is beautiful in all seasons, but you shouldn’t risk your comfort. From June to August, the Big Apple turns into a real tourist anthill. Queues, crowds and inflated prices are a reality of the summer season.

Summer in New York: expensive and crowded

Traveling to New York is an unforgettable experience, and you don’t want to face crowds of tourists at every turn. During the peak summer season, Times Square and Central Park become incredibly crowded. This not only makes it difficult to move, but also prevents you from enjoying attractions. To fully enjoy the beauty of the city and avoid huge queues, you should follow a few tips:

  1. Plan ahead. Explore the metropolis before your trip and plan an itinerary that includes less popular attractions and restaurants.

  2. Study the schedule. Visit popular places in the early morning or late evening hours when there are fewer people.

  3. Avoid weekends and holidays. These days are the busiest tourist attractions.

  4. Discover hidden gems. Explore lesser-known neighborhoods and parks where you can enjoy peace and atmosphere without the crowds.


Winter in New York: dangerous weather conditions

Traveling to New York in winter can be a real challenge due to the harsh weather conditions. In January and February the city is cold, windy and has very limited outdoor activities.

  1. Plan events. Visit museums, galleries и Broadway shows will be an excellent alternative to walking, and bad weather will not take you by surprise.

  2. Be prepared for hazardous conditions. Icy roads and snowfall can make travel difficult. Monitor the weather forecast and plan routes in advance if necessary.

  3. Prepare for the cold. Wear layers of clothing, comfortable shoes with protection, and appropriate accessories such as ice shoes to avoid injury.

  4. Plan b. Leave extra time for travel and come up with a backup plan in case of possible flight disruptions or transport delays.


Thanksgiving and Christmas

Visiting New York City during the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, is a dream for many. The city abounds beautiful scenery, sparkling lights and a festive atmosphere that is hard to resist. However, before planning a trip, it is important to consider the possible disadvantages.

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One of the biggest problems in New York City during Thanksgiving and Christmas is the crowds. The sheer volume of tourists makes navigating Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue a challenge, making it difficult to take in all the beauty of the holiday decorations.

Therefore, it is very important to plan your visit carefully, taking into account peak times and popular tourist spots. Arriving early in the morning or late in the evening will help you avoid the rush. Plan to visit lesser-known attractions or explore other parts of the cityto feel the charm of the holiday without the chaos.

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Perfect timing

April, May, September and October are ideal months to travel. Firstly, you can look forward to milder temperatures, which makes exploring the city much more enjoyable. Take a leisurely stroll through Central Park, admire the city skyline from a rooftop bar, or enjoy outdoor events—New York City's spring and fall weather is fabulous!

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In addition to pleasant weather, there is an opportunity to save on accommodation and attractions. When the crowds thin out, many hotels and inns are offering great deals to attract tourists. Plus, popular attractions and sites often have discounts or special offers during these months, allowing you to explore places of worship New York without going broke.

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