New York


Thinking of backpacking in New York? Our New York travel guides will give you all the info you need to travel safely in the city, find the best places to eat, find out about young person’s and solo travel in New York and more. Our New York backpacking guides will help you get the most out of your time in ‘The Big Apple’ – you can post your own experiences of backpacking in New York, share travel tips and connect with fellow travellers. Our New York backpacking guides are written by travellers who have first hand knowledge of this incredible city.


As the largest city in the US, New York City is often dubbed as one of the top destinations to visit. Once you’ve been it’s easy to see why. 8.4 million people call New York home, over 800 languages are spoken, and the 5 boroughs that make up this global hub are full of multicultural, architectural and fashion attractions. You will be able to find whatever you are looking for in the city.  Backpackers visiting New York will find a thrilling, cool, vibrant, safe and unique city with a plethora of sights, attractions and things to do whilst here.  

Manhattan leads at the most visited and dense borough of the five. It’s home to three of the most-visited attractions in the US: Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Walking through Greenwhich Village, Little Italy or Chinatown are unique experiences. While you could spend the majority of your time there, New York City is a lot bigger than a concrete jungle. Maximise your enjoyment by wandering out into the other four boroughs: check out the hipster art scene and best pizza joints in Brooklyn, try out a new brunch place (without the chaos) in Queens, lay on a beach or visit the zoo in the Bronx, or stop by the Statue of Liberty on the way to Staten Island.

Backpacking in New York is often the first or last destination for visitors travelling through the US and North America.  Flights are relatively short and good value airfares are often available.  It can be an expensive city but backpacking in New York doesn't have to break the bank, if you are smart you can eat well for relatively little and accommodation can be good value if you plan your trip.  Travellers on a budget in New York will find there are lots of free things to see and do from watching TV shows in Times Square to spending time in Central Park and of course taking in the amazing sights and sounds of the city.

The city is what you make it out to be as you are never too far from a hidden gem. The city really never sleeps, so you can find something to do at all hours of the day. With a subway system that is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, any time is the perfect time to visit the city. This is really where dreams are made.

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