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No matter what city they call home, one of our travelers’ FAVORITE destinations for work and for play, is New York City. While many of our travelers are already aware of the awesome hotels – at even “awesomer” prices – we offer in the Big Apple, not everyone is aware of all the different fun activities they can book for less at the same time they book their hotel. In this post, we will share five of our favorite New York hotels along with some of the fun activities you can do near each hotel.
First on our list is the Grand Hyatt. Just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt New York boasts an ideal Manhattan location, and Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway’s theaters, and great dining are right outside your door.
A New York hotel legend, the Grand Hyatt has been recently renovated to provide guests with modern, sophisticated spaces that work whether you’re in the city for business or fun. The Grand Hyatt’s Business Plan offers wireless Internet, breakfast and other perks, while the Explore Package opens the doors to the Museum of Natural History.
Another fun activity that you can enjoy during your stay at the Grand Hyatt is the NYC Walking Tour Audio Guide – a narrated double-decker bus ride that travels through famous (and infamous…) NYC locations.
The Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel by Hilton is another luxurious – and affordable! – option. The Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan Hotel is perfectly located at Lexington Avenue (at 51st Street) in the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s fashionable East Side. This also newly renovated, iconic hotel is steps from Park Avenue, Bloomingdales, Madison Avenue shopping, the United Nations, Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway’s theaters, The Museum of Modern Art, and other famous museums. While visiting the Doubletree Metropolitan hotel you can enjoy one of off-Broadway’s recent big hit shows, Avenue Q. Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. We all love underdog stories, right? Guess what, we won’t tell you the rest. You’ll have to see the show. J
Astor on the Park is another great New York hotel. The Astor on the Park is even more affordable than the two former hotels, and perfect for the traveler on a limited budget. The hotel along 465 Central Park West is your personal gateway to Central Park. The recently refurbished seven-story hotel offers proximity to key attractions-including the Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, and sweeping Central Park views. Since the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a short walk away, it is a great opportunity to pay it a visit. MoMA’s unparalleled collection offers a comprehensive, panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to current film, design, and performance art.
Another great hotel for travelers on a budget is the Pennsylvania. This Manhattan hotel is located across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The hotel offers a gym and a tour desk with ticket services. If you’re in Manhattan, see it from the air! Take The Ultimate Helicopter Tour. As you are seated in comfort, take an extended harbor excursion that includes a distant view of the magnificent Verrazano Bridge and Governors Island. Then, cruising up the Hudson River, behold the man-made miracle of the George Washington Bridge and nature’s miraculous New Jersey Palisades. Sign me up!
Our last hotel in our post is The Lexington. At The Lexington New York City, it’s never business as usual. Smart, social and sophisticated, the newly renovated Lexington New York City inspires with a setting straight from the Jazz Age. Inside New York City’s newest Autograph Collection hotel, guests will discover a vibrant boutique hotel experience with all the special privileges, deluxe amenities and personalized attention expected from a world-class hotel. Keeping along with the Jazz theme, we recommend the Soul Food and Jazz Tour. On this activity, you will be able to see the site of the original Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and Lena Horne spent hours wowing crowds from around the world. Drive past the site of the Savoy Ballroom where Benny Goodman and Chick Webb fought it out during their “Battle of the Bands,” and where the Charleston, “Lindy Hop” and the “Big Apple” dances were firmly cemented into American culture.
Boom! Bang! Summertime excitement. Do these phrases encapsulate the feeling you experience as you turn your head to the sky and watch fireworks explode?
As the 4th of July holiday nears and you begin to think of cookouts and gatherings, your thoughts may wander to determining the most important detail of the day: where will we see the best fireworks?
With so many places to choose from, we’ve outlined a few top destinations for some of the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation: Washington, D.C., New York City, New Orleans, and Boston.
Fireworks Over the Capital: Washington, D.C.
You can’t get much more patriotic than spending the 4th of July in Washington, D.C.
Start your day with a visit to the city’s National Independence Day Parade featuring bands of all kinds, including traditional marching bands, fife & drum bands, and bagpipes.
Plan a picnic on the National Mall, visit the historical monuments, and finish the day watching the fireworks.
Bright Lights in New York City, NY
When you think of big American cities, New York’s New York City most likely comes to mind almost immediately. Spend the day exploring the city, and then find perfect spot to watch the celebration.
Released from the Hudson River, this year’s Macy’s fireworks spectacular will include 40,000 fireworks, live performances from artists Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and Nick Cannon, and a 25-minute soundtrack of music from a variety of genres compiled by Usher to play in the background as the fireworks explode.
New Orleans, LA
Are you familiar with barge battles? No, we’re not referring to any form of warfare, but a battle of light and color as two barges in New Orleans celebrate the Fourth in style.
Watch the two barges battle for your attention, after a fun-filled day along Mississippi River. Traditional performances by the U.S. Navy Band and other musical performances are common at this annual event.
Consider a trip by riverboat to get even closer to the action!
An annual event, Boston Harborfest is a week-long Independence Day celebration. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 2 this year.
July 3rd will bring Boston’s 19th Annual Children’s Day, complete with attractions perfect for the whole family, such as face painting, a bubble machine, paper lantern crafting, and more!
Stick around for fireworks and main day festivities, then join in post-Fourth celebrations with a party on the plaza, and Chowderfest, a day to join in celebrating local restaurant businesses’ clam chowder. There’s sure to be nothing else like it!
Where will you spend the 4th of July? Let us know your plans within the comments below.
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Here are some hotels to stay in while you travel:
Astor On The Park, New York,
Washington Marriott , Washington DC
Planning a trip to New York this year? Perhaps you’re in town on business and have a few extra hours to enjoy the town between conference session? Walking Off The Big Apple is the perfect companion for your needs. The blog is a compendium of things to do when you’re in New York City. It features many self-guided walks are broken down by area and interest. You’ll also discover very useful tips for getting around, museum openings, and by neighborhood.
Walking Off The Big Apple is written by Teri Tynes, a freelance journalist. You can also find her on Twitter as @TeriTynes.
New Yorkers in the know take advantage of many great free cultural offerings around town when they want a low cost night of fun. Budget conscious travelers may want to check out what these great cultural institutions have to offer as well.
Every Thursday of the year you can find free performances at the Lincoln Center. Target® Free Thursdays at the Lincoln Center’s new David Rubenstein Atrium will feature national and international tourist artists as well as local featured artists from groups like The Juilliard School. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the calendar of free performances.
In the summer there is often a free performance in Central Park no matter what day you’re in town. SummerStage and the city parks foundation website will shortly have their summer schedules up.
Groups with young children, or the young at heart, may enjoy the The Forbes Galleries located in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Galleries feature unique collections of toys and trophies. The exhibits includes a rare look at the evolution of the Monopoly board game. Open free to the public 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please note that Thursdays are reserved for group tours and advance reservations are required.
Last Minute Travel has just refreshed its list of New York hotels and has lowered its prices on 15 of our best value properties. That makes now the perfect time to make plans for your vacation to the Big Apple.
2010 is shaping up to be a New Year’s Eve like no other! It’s not too late to book a trip and get in on the fun. To help you decide, LastMinuteTravel.com presents North America’s most-popular destinations for ringing in the New Year!
Using our proprietary technology, we’ve collected destination data from our website to find out where North Americans are going to celebrate this New Year’s Eve. The top 5 are:
Nobody parties like Mickey and Minnie – and recently Shamu and Spiderman have been getting in on the act too! The Orlando parks go all out for the important night with special fireworks spectaculars and great food and dancing. If crowding into the theme parks will thousands of your closest friends isn’t your thing, there are plenty of fabulous New Year’s parties all across central Florida. Right now flights to Orlando are very affordable, so why not experience some of Disney’s magic for yourself.
One of the most exciting and colorful places to celebrate New Year’s, Las Vegas attracts the wildest people to their growing number of clubs. There are so many options for the New Year in Vegas; toast the “nouvelle année” from the top of the replica Eiffel Tower, party with thousands of others on the Strip as midnight approaches, or watch the festivities from a private suite in your favorite resort. Any are great locations to watch the massive fireworks show that will launch from the rooftops of seven hotels along the Strip.
New York City
The traditional place to ring in the New Year is Times Square. The Big Apple is the center of attention if you want to experience the festive throng and the famed “ball drop”. If being outside in NYC’s winter weather isn’t your thing, there are thousands of great parties to join after you take in a Broadway show or catch the Radio City Rockettes.
New Year’s revelers flock to Chicago for the great food and the fun parties. Whether its luxury you want or a party in a penthouse club, you’ll find it in the windy city. Just bundle up as it can get a bit chilly out there. Other popular parties include a river cruise or a concert at Grant’s park. Both provide you with a front-row view of the fireworks.
Westcoasters in the know flock to the city of fun and sun for one last fling before the New Year begins. Popular places to party include Disneyland in Anaheim, the Together As One festival to dance into the next decade, and any of the hundreds of trendy clubs in Santa Monica or Beverly Hills where you can see or be seen. My favorite LA parties let you ring in the New Year twice, once at 9pm when NYC drops the ball and again at Midnight west coast time.
Other hot party cities include Miami, San Diego, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, and San Francisco.