NYC is the yin to California's yang. The city's vertical architecture, crowded subways and break-neck pace are anything but laid-back. However, New York City delivers a dynamic energy that can't be found back home. Like Californians, New Yorkers follow their passion, which is exactly what you should do when you land. Whether you love theater, stand-up comedy, kayaking or just sipping something blue on a rooftop bar, the city caters to virtually every whim. Explore art galleries in Chelsea, window-shop in Nolita, sample Mooncake in Chinatown or tour Central Park from a Citi Bike, New York's cheap public bicycle sharing system. Don't be afraid of the subway - beginners can stick to simple trips and ask riders if they're on the right train to avoid getting lost.
Most nonstop flights from California to New York City take between five and five and a half hours. Flights with a layover are at least seven hours long.
American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, jetBlue and Alaska Airlines all offer nonstop service to New York City from California's three largest airports: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Virgin America flies direct from Los Angeles and San Francisco, while Southwest flies nonstop from San Diego.
Nearly 1,000 flights land every day in New York City from California, with over 300 flights departing from Los Angeles alone, making it fairly easy to schedule travel around your preferred times.
California has over 25 primary airports and dozens of smaller ones. Los Angeles International Airport is the state's busiest, followed by San Francisco International Airport and San Diego International Airport. Flights land in one of New York's three major airports. LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, also called JFK or Kennedy, are located in Queens. Newark Liberty International Airport is just over the Hudson River in Newark, New Jersey.
United Airlines frequently has the cheapest nonstop flights to New York City from Los Angeles or from San Francisco, although Delta and Virgin America are close on their heels. Alaska Airlines and Delta vie for the lowest airfare to NYC from San Diego.
Many tourists visit New York City in the summer when schedules are more relaxed. However, Californians may wilt in the humid heat waves of July and August. Late spring and early autumn are your best bets for perfect walking weather - and walk you shall. Pack comfortable shoes and forgo flip flops to avoid getting your toes stepped on. You can learn to walk like a native in a New York minute if you treat the sidewalks like the highways back home: walk on the right-hand side, keep pace with your lane and don't block the flow of traffic by walking side-by-side in large groups.
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