New York Travel Guide

New York State Travel Guide

About New York

One of the most popular cities in the U.S is New York. This city is globally known in finance, fashion, research, entertainment, commerce and media. New York is popularly referred as New York City, which makes it different from the state of New York. It is a place of dreams and planning a vacation to New York can be an amazing experience. Other than adults, even children would find this place interesting as there’s a lot to explore. A few popular places that you can visit are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Empire State Building and Times Square.

New York State Information

New York Official Language(s) None
New York Demonym New Yorker
New York Capital Albany
New York Largest City New York City
New York Largest metro area New York metropolitan area
New York Area  Ranked 27th in the US
 - Total 49,576 sq mi
(128403 km2)
 - Width 285 miles (455 km)
 - Length 330 miles (530 km)
 - % water 13.3
 - Latitude 40° 30′ N to 45° 1′ N
 - Longitude 71° 51′ W to 79° 46′ W
New York Population  Ranked 3rd in the US
 - Total 19,541,453 (2009 est.)
18,976,457 (2000)
- Density 408.7/sq mi  (157.81/km2)
Ranked 7th in the US
New York Elevation  
 - Highest Point Mount Marcy
5,344 ft  (1,629 m)
 - Mean 1,000 ft  (305 m)
 - Lowest Point 0 ft  (0 m)
New York Admission to Union  July 26, 1788 (11th)
New York Governor David Paterson (D)
New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch (D)
New York Legislature New York Legislature
 - Upper House State Senate
 - Lower House State Assembly
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D)
U.S. House Delegation 27 Democrats,
2 Republicans
New York Time Zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
New York Abbreviations NY US-NY
New York Website

Brief History

Giovanni Di Verrazano who was an Italian was the first person to discover the New York Harbor. After many years in 1609, Henry Hudson a Dutch explorer got funds from the Dutch East India Company to explore the world. After twenty years the Dutch people settled in New York. They named it New Amsterdam. The Dutch people continued to be there till 1664. After New York (then New Amsterdam) was taken over by the British, they renamed it New York. It was named after James, who was the Duke of York.

Popular Destinations to Visit

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom for Americans. This statue is 151 feet high and since 1886 it has been above the New York Harbor. If you wish to visit the statue, a ferry would take you to the Liberty Island where the statue stands. There are 354 steps to go up from inside the statue; if you want to go there you’ll have to be there at least three hours before.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was opened in 1931. This building is around 1,453 foot high and attracts at least 120 million people every year. This building holds a lot of importances for many couples as every year on St. Valentine’s Day couples take vows here. This skyscraper was seen in movies like ‘’Sleepless in Seattle’’ and ‘’King Kong’’.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This museum has the most beautiful art work. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is very big and wouldn’t be able to see everything in a day. This museum has an area that is completely devoted to the art of the Pacific Islands, Pre-Colombian, Africa and Native America. One should not miss the Temple of Dendur which is an amazing Egyptian gallery.

Central Park

The Central Park covers an area of 843 acres of land. It is located in Manhattan in New York City. The Central Park attracts many visitors, New York residents and tourists. People who come here can find a lot of interesting things to do like shopping at the Mall, going on a carriage ride in traditional cabs, just row on a boat in the lake or just stroll along the Strawberry Fields. The Central Park has a children’s zoo where kids can have lots of fun.

Times Square

The Times Square is a vibrant place and a must see in New York. There are a variety of restaurants to try different cuisines, entertainment, go shopping and definitely experience the nightlife. The Times Square is a city that’s full of attractions and happening crowd - a city that has everything that you can think of.

Other popular places to visit in New York are Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, Rose Center for Earth and Space, the South Street Seaport and Intrepid Museum.