Sometimes a New Yorker wonders what makes Manhattan the most famous of the 5 boroughs in the cosmopolitan city of New York, often confused with the "big apple" itself. Why does he live in an overcrowded, noisy Babel, with difficult weather conditions, living at a thousand miles an hour? The truth is that the inhabitants of the City are nourished by the prodigious energy of this city that never sleeps. Silence does not suit them, immobility disturbs them. And Manhattan is so full of life that they always find something to fill their agenda, between museums (including the famous MoMA) and art galleries, shows and events programmed every day by the dozen, fashionable bars by the hundreds, chic or low-budget restaurants serving innovative cuisine or keeping know-how from the four corners of the world, deluxe or trendy shops (ideal for shopping)... Adventure awaits them on every street corner! Strolling through the streets of Manhattan is also about soaking up the excesses of its skyscrapers while enjoying a bagel or a hot dog. From Soho to Harlem, from Greenwich Village to the Lower East Side, Times Square, Central Park (New York's green lung) and Broadway, Manhattan's tour guide explores the island's 21.5 km long and 3.7 km wide to reveal its quintessential beauty.

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When to go to Manhattan?

When to go to Manhattan? There is no high or low season in New York, the city is operating at full capacity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some seasons can be particularly pleasant for their climate or their relative tranquility in terms of tourist numbers.

Spring is very mild (May and June) and it is also a very busy time for festivals and cultural events, with prices tending to rise. Be careful, sometimes winter extends until mid-May.

September and its famous Indian Summer is certainly the best time to go to Manhattan: temperatures in the 20 to 25°C, beautiful sunshine, clear skies and a quieter city, where the months of July and August are often hot, stuffy and overcrowded.

Finally, spending the Christmas holiday in New York can be a great experience if you're wondering when to go to Manhattan. It is very cold, of course, but it is a dry cold that makes it possible to tolerate the level of mercury. The oceanic climate of the city often gives a blue sky and a vigorous sunshine (ah! the New York light...) which makes the immaculate snow cover of the Big Apple even more brilliant (very beautiful walks in Central Park in perspective, where you have every chance to meet a ski room in the park's valleys). As Americans have a sense of celebration and celebration, you will discover a city entirely decorated with Christmas colours and gigantic festivities.

How to go to Manhattan? Our advice & tips

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There are many French-speaking tourist agencies offering organized trips to Manhattan and New York in general. A stay in the Big Apple is expensive, but because of their good knowledge of the field and the partnerships that some service providers have forged over the years, it is sometimes advantageous to use their service to benefit from packages combining flight and accommodation. The city has so much to offer that it is possible to elect a thousand themes to explore its corridors.

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Going out alone to discover Manhattan is absolutely no problem and can even be a great opportunity to meet people. If you do this well in advance, you can now find air-only flights from Europe and back for less than €300. The same goes for housing: anticipation will make it possible to get by better than improvisation on the spot. On the security side, travellers have nothing to fear in Manhattan, it is a safe city.

There is no need to rent a vehicle in Manhattan because public transportation is so extensive. The king means of transport here is... your shoes! The best way to discover the city is undoubtedly by walking, which you will not hesitate to combine with a few trips in the picturesque subway cars of New York. Manhattan's famous yellow taxis are also recommended, to hail nonchalantly. New York also has public bicycles: City Bike.

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    When to travel?

    When to go to Manhattan? There is no high or low season in New York, the city is operating at full capacity 24 hours...
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    Weather forecast

    With an oceanic climate, Manhattan's weather records considerable variations throughout the year. We advise you to le...
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    Budget

    Dollars have the annoying tendency to slip through your fingers in Manhattan! Also be aware of possible fluctuations...
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    Formalities

    You need a valid biometric passport to travel to Manhattan, as well as a non-refundable round-trip ticket to the Unit...
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    Health

    There is no health risk when travelling to Manhattan and the United States. No special vaccines are required. The wat...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    Going out alone to discover Manhattan is absolutely no problem and can even be a great opportunity to meet people. If...
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    How to get organized?

    There are many French-speaking tourist agencies offering organized trips to Manhattan and New York in general. A stay...
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    Getting around

    There is no need to rent a vehicle in Manhattan because public transportation is so extensive. The king means of tran...
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