Photos: Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple

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  1. A full moon rises over the skyline of New York City, as seen across the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., on April 25, 2013. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Jan. 25, 2013. Since its grand beginnings in 1913, when it was dubbed the greatest railway terminal in the world with an $80 million price tag, Grand Central has been an integral part of New York City. (Brendan Mcdermid / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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  7. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral's construction began in 1858, and it opened its doors in 1879. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Skaters glide around the rink at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. The ice rink, open between October and April, has attracted more than 250,000 people a year since it first opened on Dec. 25, 1936. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Patrons line up outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Amateur Night. Since 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo has launched the careers of famous entertainers such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and many others. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City commemorates those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. (Justin Lane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  12. The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor on Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. About 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Coney Island features entertainment parks, rides, an aquarium, a public beach, a boardwalk, fishing and Nathan's restaurant. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. New York City Subway dancer Marcus Walden aka "Mr Wiggles" performs acrobatic tricks on the subway while passengers watch Nov. 23, 2010. More than 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of two-mile-long Roosevelt Island - between Manhattan and Queens - was dedicated in 2012. (Paul Warchol / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has been around since 1924 and includes large balloons, floats and performances. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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  19. The moon rises at sunset behind New York's Empire State building, which opened in 1931. At 102 stories high, the Empire State Building is the fourth tallest skyscraper in America. (Gary Hershorn / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/14/2008 11:26:59 AM ET 2008-03-14T15:26:59

Reduced room rates and hotel packages to celebrate St. Patrick's Day Big Apple-style, or explore the city that never sleeps in April and take advantage of a discounted sightseeing cruise.

Apple Core Hotels, from $228 per room per night
The Circle the Big Apple package includes one night with breakfast at one of Apple Core's five midtown Manhattan hotels: La Quinta Inn Manhattan at 17 W. 32nd St., Red Roof Inn Manhattan at 6 W. 32nd St., the smoke-free Comfort Inn Midtown at 129 W. 46th St., Super 8 Hotel Times Square at 59 W. 46th St., and the Ramada Inn East Side at 161 Lexington Ave. Each offers fitness facilities, in-room Wi-Fi Internet access, video games, on-demand movies, and free long-distance calls. The hotels are within walking distance of some of New York's biggest draws, including the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, and Macy's. The package also includes a 25 percent discount on a two-hour Circle Line sightseeing harbor cruise for two to learn about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and to enjoy postcard-perfect views of the city's skyline. (Regular price of adult tickets is $25.

You can find more ticket information here.) To purchase the cruise tickets, available at the Circle Line booth at Pier 83 on 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, use the code Apple Core08. Room rates start from $228 per person per night.

When: April 1-30, 2008

Details: Taxes are an additional 13 percent, and there is a $3.50 service charge. Based on single occupancy; add $16 per night for each additional adult (up to four occupants per room). Children under 13 stay free.

Contact: 800/567-7720, applecorehotels.com

The Westin New York, from $339 per room per night
The St. Patrick's Day at Westin package includes one night at the 45-story Westin New York at Times Square and Irish Fry Up breakfast for two, featuring two eggs, Irish black pudding, soda bread, and bangers. The 863 rooms, with views of the city and the Hudson River, provide wireless Internet access in addition to other standard amenities. Located at the corner of 43rd Street and 8th Avenue, the property is only a few blocks from the start of the famous New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, held on March 17. The hotel is also within walking distance of major shopping outlets, restaurants, and Broadway theaters. Rates start from $339 per room per night.

When: March 16, 2008

Details: Taxes are an additional 13 percent and there is a $3.50 service charge. Based on double occupancy; no single supplement.

Contact: 888/627-7149, westinny.com

Plus: Our recent story, Sunday Savings in New York City, has details on 35 hotels that offer a 20 to 30 percent discount for bookings on Sunday nights. And you can learn about hotels whose room rates are a good value year-round in New York at a Price That's Right.

Getting there: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares we found to New York City in mid-March were $350 from Miami (United/US Airways), $376 from Chicago (US Airways), $549 from L.A. (AirTran), and $558 from Houston (multiple carriers). Rates for mid-April departures start from $179 from Chicago (Delta), $179 from Miami (Continental), $236 from Houston (Delta), and $299 from L.A. (United).

Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal, and check the local weather forecast before you hit the road.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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