For many it is the absolute adventure: a road trip through the USA. National parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite, cities like Las Vegas and L.A., big burgers, friendly people... The only question is: where to start? For us there is only one right answer: New York City. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. The city of dreams and unlimited possibilities. There is truly no better starting point for your USA tour. And we'll tell you why.
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NYC is the Non-Plus-Ultra of the USA
Where better to get in the mood for a road trip through the USA than in New York City? The mega-metropolis on the East Coast combines all the contrasts, all the positivity, all the quirkiness of the country in a melting pot. Everything and everyone comes together here. New York City is like a compact version of a trip to the USA. Yes, almost a world trip on the fly. No matter what you want to eat or do, no matter what interests you want to pursue.... NYC has it all. It's a great place to spend a few days acclimating and getting used to the Yankee slang. And besides, a few days of city life are just what you need when vast, civilization-less landscapes await you in the weeks that follow. A mix of crowds, sea of lights, concrete jungle and countless sensory impressions is just right.
Sightseeing en masse
It is almost superfluous to mention why NYC is the tourist and sightseeing mecca. Just to name a few good reasons for this claim: the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the MoMA,... You could spend years, entire decades in NYC and still discover and experience something new every day. It just doesn't get boring. There's something for everyone: great museums for art lovers, bold building designs for architecture lovers, the 9/11 Memorial and many other historically significant memorials for history nerds, fantastic restaurants for foodies, fancy rooftop bars for cocktail connoisseurs. New York City knows no boundaries.
Eat, eat, eat
There are around 18,000 restaurants and bars in NYC and they are all waiting for you to check them out. Few other places in the world have such unlimited culinary options, so many unusual gastronomic concepts, creative eateries and such diverse and great cuisine. You can enjoy fantastic dishes on your hand at small snack bars and food trucks or spend thousands of euros on artful haute cuisine.
Our favorite restaurants in NYC
- try the best hot dog in town at Nathan's Famous
- a slice of heavenly pizza for a dollar at Dollar Slice Pizza
- get the best sandwiches at Katz's Delicatessen
- upscale Japanese cuisine at award-winning Zuma
- nibble on baked goods at Magnolia Bakery from Sex and the City
- cool street food at the Smorgasburg Food Market
- Absolute Bagels - bagels that are second to none
- Burger to die for at Shake Shack
- Fine dining at the two-star restaurant The Modern at MoMA
- even finer dining at Eleven Madison Park - reputedly the world's best restaurant
From NYC to the world
NYC as the starting point of your USA tour also makes a lot of sense simply because you can get there relatively quickly and from NYC you can get everywhere quickly. The connections to other parts of the USA are great. Whether you rent a car and cruise across the country to the west coast, take a domestic flight to Florida (domestic flights in the US are really affordable) or take an adventurous trip with the classic Greyhound bus from US city to US city. The large train and bus terminals, the gigantic John F. Kennedy Airport and countless car rental companies make NYC the best starting point for your trip. Have a good trip!