New York is probably the most visited town in the United States. Famous for fashion, nightlife, art, food, and theater, New York is the center of the planet. Every civilization is represented here, and there is always something to do. You can spend a lifetime researching and never really see it all. NYC is one of the most amazing places in the world (it’s why I call it home), but as a backpacker, it can take a significant bite out of your budget. However, a city this large is bound to get some terrific deals, and there are plenty of things to do that won’t cost you a month or two of your savings. I have lived in NYC for over three years and can tell you: deals can be found!
That two-hour long line to see the Statue of Liberty not appealing? You can walk a few blocks to the Staten Island ferry. The free ferry will take you across the harbor and provide you a fantastic view of the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. The ride takes about 20 minutes.
Named Battery Park for the older batteries (cannons) that defended the town, stop here for music and street performers, people-watching, relaxing, and the rest of the park-related activities. You can also explore the ruins of the old fort that kept watch over town. Battery Park is big and hectic, but I still love walking . There are tremendous views of the harbor, too.
Get out of Manhattan and explore Brooklyn’s version of Central Park and the cool Brooklyn Museum right close to it. Spend the afternoon discovering its vast assortment of both historic and contemporary art and artifacts.