They loom large in our imaginations either as the one-time residences of European kings and queens or as places where crowds gather and snap a selfie with Mickey (we're looking at you, Disney!). Yet there are castles all over the United States.
Everyone has to face the facts: New York isn't a cheap city. That said, there is a way to explore The City That Never Sleeps on a budget, including chowing down at the most delicious, affordable, and hole-in-the-wall eats not found on any tourist map.
Things you do know about Central Park: you have to pour your wine into a Solo cup or the cops are totally going to bust you for drinking on Sheep Meadow.
It's the number one rule of seasoned travelers: Dress like a local, not like a tourist. Okay, it's our number one rule. But don't worry. Our field guide to fashion in America's top cities will help ensure you'll fit right in, from coast to coast.
We found the wild, weird and wonderful not-so-known sights, sounds and flavors of The Big Apple! Even if you are a New Yorker -- we bet you don't know most of these!
New Yorkers aren't exactly famous for being polite to tourists, but that's just because most tourists don't know how to act in the Big Apple. The good news: It's not so hard.
We all have them. Places that, in short, just make us happy. Where the sirens and deadlines and back pains and bills and meetings and "Mommy!!!" all melt away. Where you can sit and just be content where you are in that moment.
What began with one New Yorker opening an antique store on Warren Street in the early '80s, has become a stampede of cultured and affluent city folk, opting for quieter, more bucolic lives. If you join that stampede, book a table at Fish & Game as your reward.
There is more to Williamsburg than the tender morsels of Australian glockenspiel players and Japanese fashion photographers, but you should still start your exploration of the neighborhood at the epicenter of the madness, at the Bedford Ave stop on the L.
There's nothing like a relaxing afternoon spent basking in the glory of world-famous paintings and sculptures -- not to mention picking up a keepsake in the museum shop. Here, our favorite collections of art, and suggestions for must-see masterpieces and gift-shop grabs.
"The first thing people mention is how surprisingly livable it seems. If you come here and stay in a hotel in midtown Manhattan, it's hard to imagine how people can sustain it. But if you get out on the quiet streets of Brooklyn it feels very homey."
When the Empire State Building was completed in 1931, it became the tallest skyscraper in the world. While it may no longer be the tallest, this massive but graceful Art Deco masterpiece remains unsurpassed as an icon of New York.
Times Square has been rebuilt from the ground up with glittering skyscrapers, chain restaurants and megastores. These surviving gems are worth your time and money for their history, niche wares and individualized character in an area that is only becoming more homogenized.
How many stars did your last hotel have? I'd bet you might not know the answer to that, but you could probably make a good guess based on the level of service you received and your overall satisfaction. But what regulatory body determines these star ratings?
New York isn't the easiest city to escape. Luckily there's an island 800 yards off the tip of Manhattan. Governors Island is a mystery to most Gothamites, but here's the truth: it's cheap, it's secluded and it's an easy day trip that gets you feeling like you're out of the city.
We're often asked where the oldest bar in America is found. Those that are into bars might remark that it's one of a handful around the country, like the Bell in Hand in Boston, or Laffite's Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Both are wrong.