Destination guide

See the sights in cosmopolitan New York

Cosmopolitan New York City has been drawing travelers for years, with its endless museums and cultural attractions, fine dining, high-end shopping and thriving theater scene. You'll never run out of things to do here, from boat trips to see the Statue of Liberty up close and elevator rides to the top of skyscrapers for city views, to visits to local parks and zoos around the 5 boroughs. When the time comes to select your New York vacation rental, you'll have your choice of neighborhoods and styles to choose from, whether luxury apartments, classic brownstones or little studios within walking distance of the top sights.

Things to do

Museum hopping in cultural New York

New York is famous for its many museums and spending some time soaking up the culture is a must. Art lovers can pop into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a staple since 1880, or the Guggenheim, with impressionist and contemporary pieces in an impressive cylindrical building. Kids will love walking around the American Museum of Natural History, where you can see giant T-rex fossils along with tons of interactive exhibits and 3D films. If your New York vacation rental is in Manhattan, you'll be close to several of these attractions, but the other boroughs have some impressive ones, too, like the Brooklyn Museum for art and the New York Hall of Science in Queens.

Activities

Take a bus tour in New York

There's so much to see in New York and bus tours are a great way to get around the city. Grab a ride in Manhattan and see landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Financial District. Most double decker buses are open at the top, so you can snap photographs as you roll along, or hop off when you want to spend a little more time somewhere, whether to shop for souvenirs in Chinatown or grab some pizza for lunch.

Weather

Falling in love with the New York seasons

New York experiences all 4 seasons, with summers that can get hot and sticky, and freezing winters that blanket the city in snow. Spring and fall are among the best times to visit, when pleasant daytime temperatures are perfect for exploring monuments and museums and evenings sometimes call for boots and sweaters on the way to dinner and a night at the theater. These 2 seasons beautify the city's parks, with blooming flowers in spring and changing leaves in fall. No matter which season you choose to visit in, you'll want to book your New York vacation rental early, as the city is always a popular destination.

Natural features

Escape the hustle and bustle in New York

Though New York is known as a concrete jungle, there are still spots to get back to nature here and enjoy the great outdoors. The rivers and bays provide opportunities to get out on the water for boat rides, and many neighborhoods around the boroughs have grassy squares that are perfect for picnicking and peoplewatching in the middle of the bustle. Central Park has trails to walk and jog along on more than 800 acres in the middle of Manhattan, with playgrounds, meadows and fields for the kids to run around on. Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx has riding trails, golf courses and a sandy beach on the waterfront.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around New York

Fly into New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia), the closest airport, located 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Teterboro, NJ (TEB), which is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, New York W 32nd St. Station, New York Grand Central Terminal Station and New York Penn Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of New York by jumping on the metro at Times Sq. - 42 St. Station, 42 St. - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station or 49th St. Station.

Where to stay around New York, NY?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,353 vacation rentals near New York. From 3,812 Condos/Apartments to 826 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New York for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to New York?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New York:

  • Midtown: 936 vacation rentals
  • Newport: 232 vacation rentals
  • Old Greenwich: 123 vacation rentals
  • The Heights: 216 vacation rentals
  • The Waterfront: 278 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to New York?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in New York. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Times Square: 5,150 vacation rentals
  • Central Park: 3,683 vacation rentals
  • New York Harlem 125th St. Station: 5,264 vacation rentals
  • Columbia University: 5,264 vacation rentals
  • Madison Square Garden: 5,170 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New York listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in New York?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 3,812 Condos/Apartments in New York. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New York include:

  • Houses: 826 rentals available
  • Studios: 3,747 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 211 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New York?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 402 vacation rentals with pool available in New York. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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