These lines from an Alicia Keys’ number, Empire State of Mind, “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you”, paint an accurate picture of the city of New York. From Times Square to the Statue of Liberty, this cosmopolitan city has much to offer visitors.The busiest airport in the United States, John F. Kennedy International Airport is located in New York, 19km away from Manhattan.
The airport is connected via various buses, the New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road making it easily accessible, with stops at all airport terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttle areas, and even car rental lots! The airport is also one of the 2 airports in the world with scheduled flights to all 6 inhabited continents.
Travelling around the United States is best done by taking domestic flights. Although cities next to one another could be accessed via a car ride or the inter-city rail, you can’t do the same for all 50 states.
Fret not, there are various low-cost American airlines that you can purchase tickets from that will make travelling around reasonable. One place to visit after a chilly winter in New York would be Hawaii, where the warm temperatures and sandy beaches will drive away traces of the chill. Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to view the impeccable wonders of Mother Nature, or imbibe some Hawaiian history and art at the various museums, before chilling out at the various nightlife venues with live music to go with your cocktail.
The East Coast differs noticeably from the West Coast, so why not take a trip to Los Angeles, home to famous Hollywood! Museum buffs will be pleased to know that there are 841 museums in Los Angeles -- more museums per capita than any other city in the world, mostly located on Gallery Row, an apt name which is also easy to remember.
Or visit Las Vegas where you get to party all night among the fancy neon signs and anyone could be a millionaire overnight! Walking along The Strip, which houses most of the hotels and casinos, you might not need to travel anywhere else with a life-sized Eiffel Tower and Egyptian pyramid towering in front of you.
You could also take advantage of the countless flights from New York to other parts of the world. With almost 20 flights a day, Montreal in Canada is a favourite destination. Just a short hour long flight from New York, you will get to hear Quebecois French, and also marvel at the UNESCO City of Design. As Canada’s cultural capital, the distinctive French influences in the city might trick you into thinking that you’re in France!
Otherwise, fly to Paris, where the romantic Eiffel Tower and grand Louvre Museum will take your breath away -- be sure to save some energy to shop along the Champs-Élysées!
Otherwise, why not visit Kuala Lumpur, the gateway to Asia. From Petaling Street to Merdeka Square, you will find out why it is the sixth most visited city in the world! Nature lovers could also take a short trip to the Batu Caves, a series of limestone caves that is also a Hindu temple and shrine.
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