New York City is the most visited place in the United States and it's easy to see why. No matter what your interests are, there's something here for you. Whether you're a history buff, a culture vulture, a foodie, a shopaholic or just someone who wants to enjoy a great night out, NYC has something (and someone) to offer everyone. But, with so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. That's where we come in. In this issue, we'll give you 16 ideas to get you going... no matter what your interests are.

New York City is home to nearly 8 million people and the center of the universe for just about everything that's exciting and important in the United States. There are so many choices and options it can be hard to know where to start. To make your NYC experience a bit easier, we've put together a short list of our favorite activities. Hopefully, this list will give you a few ideas to get your wheels turning and help you figure out what you really want to do.

NYC has something for everyone -- even if you're visiting as part of a group. If you need a little extra help figuring out what to do and see, consider booking a guided tour. They'll give you a comprehensive roadmap and help you make the most of your time here.

If you are planning a vacation to New York City, there is a lot to do and see. So many choices. So little time. We want to give you a head start and help you zero in on the absolute must-sees. In this issue, we will share our tips for a great trip to NYC.

Obviously, there is so much to see and do that we can only suggest you use this as a general guideline and then... You Must Plan Your Own Trip! Where to stay: The Grand Hyatt on Park Avenue is an excellent choice. It's in the heart of the Theater District and within walking distance of Broadway shows, shopping and dining. The Omni New York at Columbus Circle is right across from Central Park and within walking distance of Fifth Avenue shops and the museums. If you prefer a more intimate (but no less luxurious) experience, try the newly renovated Plaza Hotel, located just steps away from Central Park on Fifth Avenue. For something a little more down-to-earth, there's the newly renovated Hotel Chelsea, which has an eclectic mix of rooms and is located right in the heart of the West Village. Where to eat: Grand Central Station has two great options for food:Oysters & Company, located on the main level in the famous Oyster Bar; and the legendary Café Suisse, located on the second level in the Grill Room. For a quieter but no less good meal, try the Wine Bar at the Grand Hyatt on Park Avenue. For breakfast, we like The Oakwood Restaurant at the Omni New York Hotel. It's got a great location across from Central Park and serves one of the best breakfasts in Manhattan. For lunch or dinner, there's nothing like the Oakwood's steak house, the Oak Bar. Ask for the "Director's Table," which is on the top floor and has killer views of the park. For sandwiches, go to Katz's Deli, located at 23rd Street and Broadway. For coffee and dessert, stop by Sprinkles Cupcakes, located at 110 East 17th Street. (It's between Lexington and Third Avenue.) For an ethnic treat, try the Cucciolo Gelato Bar at the Plaza Hotel. For pizza, we like Santarpio's, located at 1601 Broadway (near the Port Authority Bus Terminal). For pasta, go to Da Silvano, located at 2nd Avenue and 34th Street.

To illustrate how eclectic this city is, Da Silvano serves Asian-American fusion cuisine. If you want to splurge a little but stay in the heart of Manhattan, the newly renovated Peninsula Hotel is perfect for you. It's on Park Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets and has a fabulous restaurant, the Michelin-starred Jean-Georges Vongerichten Restaurant & Bar. (It's closed on Sundays.) What to do: Obviously, there are hundreds of things to do and see in NYC... so... we will only mention a few here. The best (and most fun) way to discover what's new and exciting in this city is to check out these magazines:• Discover The Best: This free magazine, published 10 times a year, is stuffed with helpful tips on almost everything you could ever want to know about traveling to and living in NYC. You can find it at the Visitor Information Centers (VICs) and many hotels.• Time Out New York: This free weekly magazine is filled with listings of what's hot in NYC...

In addition to being a great way to keep up-to-date on the latest events, it also includes a section called "Can't Miss" that lists a different must-see attraction every week. You can find it at many coffee shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.• The New York Observer: This is one of those magazines you have to subscribe to if you live in NYC. It covers the city's culture, news, politics and lifestyle with a razor-sharp eye and a satiric wit that is unparalleled. It's not cheap (it's $110 for a year) but it's well worth the investment. You can find it at many newspaper boxes throughout the five boroughs.• New York Magazine: This is another magazine that is well worth the investment. It has excellent articles on arts, food, style and other topics of interest to the sophisticated New Yorker. It's not cheap (it's $125 for a year) but it's well worth the investment. You can find it at many coffee shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The best way to get an overview of the city is to take the Staten Island Ferry. The ride is free, you get to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island... and... you can watch the sun go down from the top of the hill. Want to do some serious sightseeing? Consider taking the bus tour offered by NYC & Company. The cost (for two people) is only $55 per person and you'll get a comprehensive look at the city with its highlights and hidden gems. Want to get even more out of your trip? Consider a private guide. They'll add another $65 per person to the above ticket price and they'll make sure you see everything the city has to offer.

Where to stay:

The Grand Hyatt: This is my favorite hotel in NYC. It's located on the Upper East Side and has a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. It includes a buffet breakfast for two every day, free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.) The Roosevelt: This hotel is on the Upper West Side and has an excellent restaurant, the Oak Room. It's a beautiful old hotel with an amazing history. Many consider it to be the best hotel in NYC. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. It includes a buffet breakfast for two every day, free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Roosevelt are among the most expensive in town.) Best Budget Hotel: the Manhattan Bridge Inn: This hotel is located just a couple of blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge... and... it has an excellent location for exploring Brooklyn. It's extremely affordable (just $69 per night) and they have an excellent deal for weekly stays. Plus, it's pet friendly. (Pets are allowed in some of the rooms for an additional $10 per night.) If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $69 per night. It includes a buffet breakfast for two every day, free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Manhattan Bridge Inn are among the most affordable in town.

In another case of money not being a problem... if... you don't eat out at all, you can prepare your own meals in your room.) Where to eat: The Oak Room at The Grand Hyatt: See above.• Balthazar: This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. It's located on West 55th Street and has an amazing view of the Midtown skyline. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. It includes a buffet breakfast for two every day, free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• Café Lalo: Located on West 44th Street, this is another great restaurant with an amazing view. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. It includes a buffet breakfast for two every day, free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• Café Reggio: This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. It's located on East 62nd Street and has an amazing view of the East Side and Manhattan skyline. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night.

Obviously, this includes a buffet breakfast for two every day... but... it also includes free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• Chambord: Located on West 57th Street, this restaurant has one of the best wine lists in town. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. It includes a buffet breakfast for two every day... but... it also includes free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• Da Silvano: Located on East 42nd Street, this is another great restaurant with an amazing view. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. Obviously, this includes a buffet breakfast for two every day... but... it also includes free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• Elaine's: This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. It's located at the Grand on West 44th Street. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. Obviously, this includes a buffet breakfast for two every day... but... it also includes free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• Fiamma: Located on East 61st Street, this is another great restaurant with an amazing view. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. Obviously, this includes a buffet breakfast for two every day... but... it also includes free use of the hotel's health club and access to a special wine hour from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a $20 per diem if you eat at any of the hotel's restaurants. (Restaurants at the Grand are among the most expensive in town.)• The French Restaurant: Located on East 64th Street, this restaurant has good food, a great view and a $20 per diem for guests who eat at the hotel's restaurants. (Note: This is a nice surprise for guests who didn't know about it.)• Golden Krust: Located on West 55th Street, this is a Jamaican restaurant with some of the best jerk chicken I've ever had. If you're looking for a special deal, try their "Weekend Getaway" for $139 per night. Obviously, this includes a buffet breakfast for two every day...