Planning a vacation outside of Singapore? New York is a potential international vacation destination. Here is a cluster of things you can expect and experience when you plan to spend your next big vacation in the ‘Big Apple’ (New York City).
Things to expect on a vacation to New York from Singapore
Traveling to New York from Singapore: There are four major airports connecting Singapore to New York; Newark Liberty International Airport, JFK (John F Kennedy) International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Philadelphia International Airport.
Weather in New York: New York has a classy continental climate. It has four distinct seasons; spring from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November and winter from December to February. The summers are too hot and winters are too cold, making spring and autumn the best seasons to visit New York.
Transportation: Although New York has severe traffic congestions, it has a system of elaborate and affordable public transport. It has the world’s largest subway system, an aerial tramway, MTA buses, and Rapid Transit Systems, making it convenient to get from Point A to Point B.
Things to experience on a vacation to New York from Singapore
Multiculturalism: New York is the most diverse city in the world. It is home to the United Nations, and remarkable ethnic and racial diversity. You might even bump into a fellow Singaporean in the most multilingual neighborhood of New York- Jackson Heights has 167 different language speakers. Little Italy offers the best Italian meal. Brighton Beach is like the kremlin of Russian Culture in New York, and the 7 train to Roosevelt Avenue takes you straight to the junction of authentic Mexican food.
Iconic Landmarks: Singaporeans are no stranger to iconic landmarks and New York has a whole bucket-list of iconic landmarks. Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Skyline, Central Park, Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, One World Observatory are some of the popular landmarks you should visit.
Food and Drink: New York has over 20,000 diverse restaurants and some of the best chefs from around the world. You should check out wineries, bakeries, pizza shops, bagel shops, diners, and cider mills. While in New York, you can easily explore culinary traditions from around the world.
Outdoor Adventures: New York has exceptional outdoor adventure spots that are great for relaxation and to get your adrenaline pumping. There are 215 state and national parks in New York Alone. If you want to experience outdoors like New Yorkers do, you should explore some popular vacation destinations around New York. One of the most popular tourist destinations near New York is the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
Poconos is a small town with a big charm and just two hours’ drive away from New York. Whether you are an adventurer, hiker, nature enthusiast, wildlife photographer or a history buff, Poconos has something to offer for everyone. From water sports to winter sports, train rides to horse rides, and hiking to biking, Poconos has almost every outdoor recreational activity you can think of. It is also a hub for NASCAR, history tours and several scenic sights in the United States. However, Poconos cannot be explored in a day. You need to drop your anchor for some time.
If your accommodation options are not limited to just hotels, you can explore private vacation rental homes. There are a variety of properties to consider like lavish villas, private mansions, comfortable cottages, cabins and lake houses, wherein you can experience world-class amenities and luxuries.