"New York City?" you may be thinking, "I could never afford a trip there!" It's true that the Big Apple is known for being expensive, but do a little digging, and you'll find a very welcoming metropolis for penny pinchers. Restaurants and accommodations exist for all budgets, and there are many bargains to be had.
We recently published a feature on five secret hotel bargains in New York City, with all properties coming in less than $200 per night. Taking advantage of slower tourism periods (summer weekends, for example, or the weeks following Christmas) can also reveal great bargains. Additionally, if you haven't already, get on the waiting list for SmarterTravel's sister site, SniqueAway, a private sale, members-only discount site that offers great deals on four- and five-star luxury properties. (Two swanky New York City hotels were recently featured, at a fraction of standard prices.)
Frommer's also recently cited New York as one of the country's best places to find deals on electronics and cameras. And if you're in the market for virtually anything else, chances are you'll find it within the five boroughs. Hotspots for browsing include Chelsea Market, Canal Street, Bloomingdale's, and Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue.
Just before publication time, Southwest Vacations was running a New York City vacation package, including airfare and three nights' Midtown accommodations, from $582 per person. Watch low-cost carriers, including JetBlue, for similar package offers.