If you like to drive, as I do, feeling that you miss a lot when you see something from 35,000 feet, and you like history, why not drive the Lincoln Highway, the oldest paved transcontinental highway in the US. America's first coast-to-coast paved thoroughfare, the Lincoln Highway, opened on 10 September 1913. The road stretched from New York City's Times Square to San Francisco's Lincoln Park, spanning 3,389 miles and slicing through 13 states. It was the first national memorial commemorating America's 16th president, predating the Lincoln Memorial by nearly a decade.
In the late 19th Century, Americans were introduced to the idea of car ownership. Gasoline-powered, domestic-made automobiles had recently arrived in the U.S., but only a privileged few could afford them. Farmers and other modest-living Americans saw the pricey vehicles as unattainable toys, good for nothing more than showing off. That all changed when Henry Ford’s lower-priced Model T made owning an automobile more accessible. Yet when Americans needed to travel long distances they still turned to the railroads. Why? Because the rails were more extensive and more reliable.
Carl Fisher, a wealthy Indiana entrepreneur and leader of the effort to develop the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wanted to change that situation. On Sept. 10, 1912, Fisher gathered several of his wealthy, car-loving peers and revealed his vision for a “hard-surfaced” cross-country highway. He claimed the new route would bring prosperity to middle-American towns, bolster the emerging auto industry and “stimulate as nothing else could the building of enduring highways everywhere that will not only be a credit to the American people but that will also mean much to American agriculture and American commerce.”
Very commendable, but not necessarily altruistic. Carl Fisher was the owner of a company named Prest-O-Lite, which had produced the first compressed-gas headlights, which directly preceded electric models. He had other interests in the auto industry so building more roads, especially ones suitable for long distance travel was doubtless valuable to his entrepreneurial interests. Nevertheless, a year to the day after his meeting the Lincoln Highway was opened, but it was several weeks later on Halloween before it was formally dedicated and "opened for travel."
I cannot tell you the difference between "opened" on 10 September and "opened for travel" on 31 October. I was not there for either date.
The second time we visited NY we had time to travel to other cities too, and one of the best things we did was to travel to another city with MEGABUS.
It's a low cost bus company that will take you cheap to many cities around New York. Megabus has several routes from New York (Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Buffalo, Toronto etc).
The buses are very comfortable but the most amazing thing is that you can find tickets from $1!!! We travelled to Philadelphia for $1 and we couldn’t believe it, we were travelling for free!!!
You have to book in advance through their site of course to find these offers. We booked our tickets, printed our reservation number and we just showed it to the driver upon departure (we took the bus from Penn Station)
If you are visiting New York City or surrounding suburbs including Westchester, Nassau Counties, or town in New Jersey, plan your trip using http://www.publicroutes.com. Publicroutes.com also covers more than 35 cities in USA.
Jamaica Station is accessible by train, subway, bus, car, or on foot. · Elevators
· Public Telephones
· Flight Information Displays
· MetroCard Vending Machines
· LIRR Ticket Vending Machines
· LIRR Train Information Displays
· Bicycles allowed on AirTrain
The station is ADA compliant and includes
elevators, escalators, and moving walkways, tactile platform warning surfaces, raised letter and braille signs, text telephone, and accessible restrooms.
An overseas vistor flying into JFK or Newark or LaGuardia can be confused just like the natives.
This is absolutely the best website I have found that covers all of your questions about
1. ground transportation including maps with
"pick up points"
2. how to make transfers between airports
3. how to decide what is best for you
Discount tickets for senior citizens on NY Airport Service is only available at their office near Grand Central Station as well as certain times at Newark.
Whenever I take to the skys I always choose American Airlines to take me there. With so many destinations to choose from I can always count on AA to take me where I want to be. The American Airlines Terminal 8 in JFK was recently renovated making it so much more easier to fly thru here.
AA's new terminal has access to the Airtrain, boasts many check in counters and the security check points are pretty fast and efficient. You will also find many shops and places to eat, an Amdiral's Club and of course Priorty Check in counters for those holding Platinum or Executive Platinum status (like me :).
Check out their website for full details of places where AA can fly you to from JFK.
To NYC from Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK airports:
1. Airport ride-share shuttle services:
www.supershuttle.com (800-blue-van, 212-209-7000)
www.nyairportservice.com (718-875-8200; no service from Newark). Approximately $15 USD from JFK, $12 USD from LaGuardia.
www.expressshuttleusa.com (212-315-3006, 800-451-0455)
2. AirTrain from Newark Airport to NYC Penn Station:
Approximately $12 USD.
3. Taxi: Ride from licensed taxis from the agent by taxi stand outside the baggage claims area. The agent will give you a paper with one flat rate fare covering all passengers in the car to go into Manhattan (not including tolls for bridges and tunnels). Flat rate taxi fare can be found at the official sources:
I can only recommend the taxi one way FROM the airport into NYC since it's flat rate. Going TO the airport from NYC is metered and if you are going to Newark the taxi fare is doubled since it's "crossing state line".
For more options check out the official sources:
Between airports: http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/airports/html/ewr_connect.html
I just discovered this website. All you have to do is type in your starting a finishing point and it will tell you how to get there by bus, metro, walking, taxi, how much time it will take and in the case of the taxi how much it will cost.
Fredericton, New Brunswick finally got a direct route to the USA in August, 2003. Instead of flying via Montreal or Toronto, we now can choose one of two daily Delta jet aircraft flights direct to Boston where there are hourly shuttle flights onward to NYC. Here, at the end of my trip, I took a shot out of the aircraft window as we were lined up for take-off from La Guardia in NYC on the homeward leg.
UPDATE: Well, it was nice while it lasted! Due to Delta Airline's on-going financial problems, the direct link to Boston was cancelled in 2007.
I strongly advise against AAMCAR. As a visitor to the country I was extremely disappointed to not only find dents in the car roof the next morning (having had to inspect at night and them being hard to see in poor lighting), but also to receive no support when the vehicle broke down on the way to being returned. Although forced to use them since there are so few car rentals accepting cash, this cost me $500 on top of the already inflated prices compared to companies taking credit card payments.
Getting to New York is easy by plane, train, car or boat, whichever way is least costly to you!!!!!!!!!!
While in the city, mass tranit is the way to go. You can't beat $2 where everything else will cost you $4 and up
To/From New York Airports:
To and from the airport (JFK or LaGuardia) take a taxi if you are two or more people. Super Shuttle takes forever and comes out to roughly the same price. Note that the fare is standard from the airport but runs off the meter when you take the taxi to the airport. If you are trying to get to Islip (Southwest flights), coordinate your departure time with Long Island Rail (leaves out of Penn Station). There is an airport shuttle that will take you from the rail station in Ronkonkoma to MacArthur (total price for rail/shuttle around 20USD).
Travel in New York:
Definitely subway or bus. Buses will allow you to see more, subway will get you there quicker. Also, walk the shorter distances. Cabs are also pretty cheap so you can also grab one of those depending on where you are going. Whatever you do, don't take one of those open-air tourist buses that are advertised in and around Times Square (unless you just have loads of money to waste and you enjoy hanging out with tourists all day long). I'm sure they probably tell you great little factoids on those trips....but I think a book and a bus ticket will pretty much do the same thing....and you'll be amongst locals.
NYC has become the center of a few new bus companies operated by some chinese people... they are known as the 'chinese buses' and they are the chepeast way to get from NYC to cities like Hartford (CT), Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), Washington (DC), Boston (MA), Richmond (VA), Norfolk (VA) or even Atlanta (GA) and further cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas or Los Angeles.
This website shows all the companies leaving from NYC's China Town:
I feel this needs to be put out where all can see it. It is NOT an easy thing to connect between NYC airports. Depending on traffic you can take 3 hours between any of them or more.
If you must connect between airports here make sure you have a stop over so you dont have to rush and worry and most likely miss your flight anyway.
The Borough of the Bronx, which is home to 1,200,000, was named for Jonas Bronk, a Scandinavian and one of the area's first settlers in 1639. Other early settlers were Dutch, French, English, and Swedish. Originally the Bronx was part of Westchester County. It became the borough not an island when it joined New York City in 1898. The Bronx has continued to attract immigrants and is now home to large ethnic populations. At 138th Street is St. Jerome's Church Yankee Stadium is also a sight to behold in the Bronx, located to the right on the Bronx side of the Harlem River.
This is a Hotel /Bed and Breakfast. It is a oasis in the middle of Times Square. It is quiet inside...more
If your pocketbook can afford it, the Sherry-Netherland is one of New York's poshest luxury hotels....more
The Library is a good little hotel but the frustration is it could be a great hotel. Great concept...more