New York City Travel Deals

Deals for a long weekend in the Big Apple.

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New York City is a thrilling haven for wanderers seeking both modern excitement and timeless charm. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or setting foot in the city for the first time, NYC promises an eclectic tapestry of experiences that leave an indelible mark on your memories. And the best part? You can soak up enough of the city’s charm in one long weekend.

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How to Plan a Trip to New York City

Three days is a fantastic window for savoring NYC’s essence. It’s a perfect timeframe to efficiently navigate the city’s diverse neighborhoods, iconic landmarks, cultural offerings and culinary delights.

Worried about last-minute bookings? There’s no reason to fret. With multiple daily nonstop flights to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) from all over the U.S. (and AAA exclusive deals on flights and hotels), all you’ll need to worry about is what to do first when you get there.

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Top New York City Hotel Deals

Just because the city never sleeps doesn’t mean you won’t. When it’s time for much-needed shuteye or putting up your feet, New York City has thousands of hotels to choose from. Looking last minute? Check out these great deals.

If you’re opting to stay in Manhattan, the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East makes the perfect home base for your short stay, with its convenient access to Grand Central Station, where you can catch a train to just about anywhere.

To satisfy your inner shopaholic, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue is just one block away from New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue (below), home to Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. With a contemporary design and modern amenities, this hotel lets you shop and rest in style.

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The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites is perfect for the uptown traveler who wants to feel right at home. Featuring fully furnished apartment-style accommodations and a clean, minimalist design, it will make you feel like you are at home. Plus, Museum Mile is just around the corner, and so is New York’s treasured Central Park—both just waiting for you to explore.

Should you choose to watch for celebrities in SoHo, AAA Members can save up to 10% at the Arlo SoHo. The Best Western Plus Soho Hotel is newly constructed and another excellent choice when staying in this popular artsy neighborhood.

If you like to be in the center of it all, the Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central will put you near the bright lights of New York City’s Times Square. Plus, the hotel offers a continental breakfast to kick-start your morning.

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For a cultural experience that’s truly New York, stay in vibrant Chinatown (above). The Wyndham Garden Chinatown offers a central location amid food destinations such as Chinatown and Little Italy, and it is within walking distance of the nightlife of the Lower East Side.

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New York City Travel Deals: Airfare

Discover fantastic round-trip deals from your departure city to New York City’s key gateways at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). No car? No problem. These centrally located airports offer easy transportation options, ensuring a seamless and quick journey into NYC for your quick and memorable getaway.

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New York City Travel Deals: Must-See Attractions

New York City is home to many quintessential attractions, each a testament to the city’s rich history and vibrant energy. Whether it’s the counterculture history of Greenwich Village, the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station, or the majesty of Rockefeller Center during the holidays, the Big Apple has something to inspire you. Here are just a few of the many attractions everyone should visit at least once, even if you’re only in the city for a few days.

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Central Park: Nature’s Oasis in the Concrete Jungle

Embrace tranquility amid Manhattan’s hustle at Central Park (above). Wander through its 843 acres, indulge in picnics on the Great Lawn, explore the Central Park Zoo or glide across its serene lakes. Keep an eye on seasonal events that bring this green haven to life.

American Museum of Natural History: Unveiling Science and Culture

While you’re in Central Park, head to the west side to embark on an enriching journey through science, history and culture at the renowned American Museum of Natural History. From dinosaur fossils to realistic cosmic displays, explore the diverse exhibitions that captivate visitors of all ages.

Empire State Building: Touching the Skyline

Ascend to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building for breathtaking views of landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Times Square. Immerse yourself in the history and architectural brilliance of this iconic skyscraper.

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Brooklyn Bridge: A Stroll Through History

In the summer, enjoy a long walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge (above), soaking in panoramic views of the East River, Manhattan’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty. For an extra treat, depart just before dusk to take in the sunset from this architectural marvel.

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Ellis Island: Gateway to a New Beginning

Trace the footsteps of millions of immigrants at Ellis Island’s National Immigration Museum. Delve into the poignant stories and exhibits that highlight the immigrant experience that shaped the fabric of America.

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AAA Travel Has the Best New York City Travel Deals

By leveraging last-minute travel deals and a well-planned itinerary, a three-day stay in the Big Apple provides a whirlwind immersion into the vibrant tapestry of New York City’s culture, history and architecture.

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