Hello to everyone, I have been reading the forum the last couple of weeks and the amount of information available is amazing, thanks to all that contribute. My family and I are in the early stages of planning a trip to the USA for Xmas 2016 where the focal point will be 10 nights in NYC from the 23rd of December until the 2nd of January. I will be travelling with my wife and our two sons aged 6 and 9. We will probably head to LA for a few days after this so the kids can see Disney Land etc. but we will worry about that part of the trip a little later.
Our first concern really is where to stay, obviously the Time Square area is popular and seems to be very well located in regards to a lot of the attractions but I get the feel through reading a bunch of stuff that it is possibly very touristy and may not be the nicest place to stay? I could be very wrong though and would welcome all opinions. Through our initial research it seems that a lot of the hotels have room configurations featuring 2 double beds, that would suit us fine. I'm thinking we will spend around US $400 a night for that kind of setup but would spend a little more if we were convinced of the value. Does anyone have any suggestions/tips?
Secondly, the weather! We have lived in Sydney, Australia nearly all our lives and only recently moved to the Gold Coast. I mention this to point out that we've always lived in a very warm climate, the kids and I have not so much as seen snow let alone lived in it. I really want to be well prepared for what I understand can be very cold weather. Any help here would be great (I wouldn't even know where to buy a coat that would suit where I live :( )
Xmas day. Is most stuff shut Xmas day or will we be able to book Xmas lunch/dinner somewhere nice? I have looked at only a couple of restaurants at this stage but have noticed they are closed Xmas day, Keens Steakhouse is one I remember. Would love to have a nice somewhat traditional Xmas feed somewhere. We are also there for my 40th B'day on the 30th Dec so would be looking to find something special for that. Our kids are regular restaurant goers having been taken out to eat at least once a week since they were very small and both enjoy it immensely.
We will be planning to look at plenty of the tourist attractions but would also really like to get out amongst the city and get a real feel for it if possible. We expect to walk a lot but realise the weather may play a part in that. Also very happy to ride the subway to get around and would really love to see some off the grid stuff if possible.
I apologise for the length of this post but we are all really excited and want to make sure we do it right. If anyone has any suggestions thoughts or ideas we would love to hear them. Thanks everyone in advance.