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New York Highlights
New York is a must-visit destination on everyone’s list. A towering cityscape full of iconic buildings that is infused with beautiful green spaces and awash with people, history, colour and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. It’s difficult to overstate how magical ‘The City that Never Sleeps’ really is, but once you’re here, she’s yours to discover.
The City of Landmarks
New York City is home to striking and often revolutionary architecture in the form of glossy skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, the Art Deco style of the Chrysler Building and the quirkiness of the Flatiron Building. Its famous landmarks also include contemporary museums, expansive parks and historic monuments, all waiting to be explored.
New York City is renowned worldwide for its iconic shopping opportunities, from the legendary elegance of Fifth Avenue and Macy’s - an 11-story department store in Herald Square - to the scores of retro clothing shops and bustling neighbourhood flea markets. So, in our opinion, you may need another suitcase!
There is a melting pot of different cultures, flavours and styles in New York, which is reflected in its ever-revolving cornucopia of restaurants, bars and cafés in all corners of the city. There are long-standing establishments serving up classic dishes within a familial, community atmosphere, as well as Michelin-starred fine dining spots and pop-up food stands - both packing a punch with equally delicious fare.
New York is abundant with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, whether it’s catching a Broadway show, taking flight in a helicopter ride over the Statue of Liberty or riding a horse and carriage through Central Park. Yet, excitement can be found even in the seemingly routine; hail down a famous yellow taxi, navigate the frenetic subway system or gaze through the shop window at Tiffany & Co. for a truly unforgettable experience.
San Francisco Highlights
San Francisco is known for many things and lends itself to several nicknames including ‘The Golden Gate City’, ‘The City of Fog’, and ‘The City by the Bay’. And with its welcoming locals and wonderful laid-back vibes, this is the city that has it all.
Whether you’re after some quirky one-off clothing items or some high-end designer gear, San Francisco has it all. Head to Union Square if you’re in the mood for a spending spree – or perhaps just some window shopping if you’ve understandably spent all your money on burritos. And for a splash of 60s nostalgia, take a trip to the colourful streets of Haight-Ashbury and purchase a pair of those flares you’ve always wanted!
Amazing Food Scene
San Francisco is a foodie’s paradise and known worldwide for its culinary creativity and delicious food innovations, which have been influenced by the cultures and flavours of the waves of immigrants settling in the city over the decades. Give your tastebuds a party and try classic dishes like Mission-style burritos, clam chowder and the delectable ‘cioppino’, a mouthwatering Italian-American fish stew that typically includes Dungeness crab, shrimp, mussels, scallops, squid and more.
San Francisco showcases its pride and progress through its many must-see historic landmarks. From wandering the former island prison of Alcatraz to cycling amongst the clouds along the Golden Gate Bridge and riding the old-charm cable cars that glide through the streets - your days in San Francisco will be equally unique and magical.
It might not be the best place to swim on California’s Pacific Coast, but San Francisco’s beaches are beautiful, brisk, and built for walks, paddling, sunbathing, and soaking up casual city vibes during your downtime. Dotted around the Bay are swathes of pretty sands, hiking trails, historic ruins and secluded coves for breathing in that crisp ocean air – and with stunning Golden Gate Bridge views, there are few more enticing spots to spend your days.
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NEW YORK & SAN FRANCISCO HOLIDAY FAQS
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You may want to consider planning your New York and San Francisco multi-centre holidays in autumn, as in New York, September to November brings mild temperatures, colourful autumn foliage, and fewer tourists, allowing for a more intimate city experience. With averages around 19°C in October, it's perfect for both sightseeing and cosy café breaks.
San Francisco, on the other hand, has its own autumnal charm. Often referred to as the city's "Indian summer" September and October bring warmer temperatures and clearer skies, averaging around 21°C, making exploring the Bay Area ideal.
The time difference between New York and San Francisco is 3 hours. New York operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST) while San Francisco is on Pacific Standard Time (PST). So, when it's noon in New York, it's 9am in San Francisco. New York is also 5 hours behind the UK, while San Francisco is 8 hours behind.
For your New York and San Francisco twin-centre holiday, the ideal airports are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York, and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco. JFK and SFO are major international hubs, while LGA offers close proximity to Manhattan. These airports have extensive flight options and convenient city connections, ensuring a smooth travel experience between both iconic cities.
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For your New York and San Francisco multi-centre holiday, packing versatility is paramount. Start with comfortable walking shoes, as exploring on foot is common in both destinations. New York's weather can be unpredictable, so layering is key; think light sweaters, t-shirts, and a medium-weight jacket. Don't forget a chic outfit for Broadway or a fancy dinner in Manhattan.
San Francisco is known for its chilly fog and varying microclimates, so a warm jacket (preferably wind-resistant), and scarves are must-haves. A pair of sunglasses will serve you well when the Californian sun breaks through the Golden Gate mist. Lastly, both cities are super fashionable, so feel free to bring some trendy pieces to blend in with the locals.
Why not start by ascending the Empire State Building for panoramic views? Then wander through Central Park, which is perfect for leisurely picnics and boat rides. Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's vast collection. Pay respects at the 9/11 Memorial, then hop on a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty up close. Broadway is an absolute must for theatre lovers, while Times Square will leave you awestruck by its neon lights. Explore the diverse neighbourhoods, from the artsy SoHo to historic Harlem.
No matter what you do on your New York and San Francisco multi-centre holiday, you’re sure to find something that pleases the whole gang in San Francisco, with its stunning bay views and eclectic vibes. Traverse the iconic Golden Gate Bridge by foot or bike, whilst taking in those beautiful panoramic vistas. Meander the winding paths of Lombard Street, dubbed the "crookedest" in the world.
Visit Alcatraz Island, and learn about its dark past. Explore the lively neighbourhoods like the historic Chinatown and the LGBTQ+-friendly Castro. Make sure you check out the local food scene at the Ferry Building Marketplace, sampling plenty of artisanal treats. Nearby, the scenic Muir Woods is an itinerary-must with its cool ancient redwood trees. From cable car rides to sunset dates at Pier 39 watching sea lions, San Francisco is pure magic.
The best area to stay in New York often hinges on individual preferences and your itinerary. For first-timers, Midtown Manhattan is ideal. It places you within walking distance of landmarks like Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Broadway theatres. Lower Manhattan is perfect for its proximity to the Financial District, the 9/11 Memorial, and easy ferry access to the Statue of Liberty. Those seeking a trendier vibe might gravitate towards SoHo or Greenwich Village, known for its boutiques, eateries, and artsy vibe. Alternatively, Brooklyn's Williamsburg offers more of a hipster scene with indie shops and skyline views.
During your San Francisco multi-centre holiday you simply must visit the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which is undoubtedly the number one attraction. Stretching 1.7 miles and painted in its signature "International Orange", this suspension bridge is an engineering marvel and an emblematic symbol of the city. Since its completion in 1937, it has captivated residents and tourists alike with its breathtaking beauty and architectural elegance.
Whether viewed from scenic overlooks, crossed by foot, bike, or car, or enveloped in the city's characteristic fog, the bridge provides plenty of postcard-worthy pictures. Its timeless charm and iconic status make it an unmissable highlight on any San Francisco itinerary.
Alcatraz Island, located in San Francisco Bay, is a must-visit for history and nature enthusiasts. Historically, it's famed for housing notorious criminals like Al Capone, offering a rich insight into America's penitentiary past. The National Park Service's comprehensive audio tour brings alive tales of life within its walls and audacious escape attempts. Beyond its prison reputation, Alcatraz boasts striking views of the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. The island's natural beauty is accentuated by gardens, tide pools, and bird colonies. Although popular and sometimes crowded, the immersive experience and panoramic vistas make Alcatraz a great addition to your journey.
The city boasts numerous iconic museums worth visiting on your New York multi-centre holidays. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is a world-renowned treasure trove of art, while The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) spotlights modern masterpieces. The American Museum of Natural History offers a journey through time and space, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is famed both for its spiral architecture and its impressive art collection. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum showcases military and maritime history aboard an aircraft carrier.
San Francisco boasts a rich culinary heritage shaped by diverse cultures and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The city is famously known for its sourdough bread, with a distinct tangy flavour. The seafood scene is epitomised by Dungeness crab, especially delicious in cioppino, a seafood stew. San Francisco's Chinatown, which is one of the oldest in North America, offers authentic dim sum and other Chinese delicacies. The Mission burrito, a substantial generously-stuffed wrap, hails from the city's Mission District. Additionally, the city embraces farm-to-table dining, celebrating fresh, local ingredients from California's fertile regions.
During your multi-centre holidays to New York and San Francisco, you’ll want to experience NYC’s famous and iconic landmarks, but did you know there are plenty of lesser-known treasures to explore too? The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum, dedicated to medieval European art and architecture. City Island, resembling a New England fishing village, offers seafood dishes away from Manhattan's bustle. The High Line, an elevated railway-turned-park, is great for unique city views. Or head to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn to discover this peaceful, historic haven with stunning monuments.
For something different, the Mmuseumm in Lower Manhattan is a tiny, quirky museum exhibiting modern artefacts. Lastly, Joe's Pub is great for grabbing a beer and enjoying intimate performances by up-and-coming artists.