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New York City for first-timers

<i>Baffled by the Big Apple, or hoping to glimpse the stranger side of NYC? Check out Lonely Planet's essential guide for first-timers, or for a peek at New York's oddities, our friends at BBC Travel have all the secrets.</i><p>No question stumps a New Yorker more than the most common one from a first-time …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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One perfect day: 24 hours in New York City - NYC travel

Twenty-four hours in New York is nowhere near enough, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, we’ve got a locally designed itinerary designed to help you make the most of every New York minute.<p>Even if you only have one day, don't miss a walk through Central Park. Image by Patti McConville / …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …