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2014 Thanksgiving in New York City

After a year "off" my entire family is returning to New York City for Thanksgiving, and, to say everyone is an understatement! We started the tradition of Thanksgiving in New York City back in 2010, and, we were true tourists during our first trip. We learned so much and I plan to pass along all our learned tips to all of you so you can plan your visit to New York City too!

Thanksgiving 2014 in New York City
Thanksgiving 2014 in New York City
Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Airfare

If you plan on visiting New York during the very busy Fall and Holiday season, now is the time to purchase your airline or train tickets. New York is always in demand, and, the waiting game does not pay off in this instance. Currently non-stop airfares based on a November 19, 2014 departure and a November 23, 2014 return, non-stop, round trip from Salt Lake City start as low as $365 per person on Jet Blue to $384 per person on Delta and $344 on American Airlines. This is an incredibly low price and in the past we've paid much higher, so now is the time to lock in.

Hotels

Most New York City hotels have a minimum stay requirement during Thanksgiving, so, be sure to check your hotel of choice. Keep in mind that hotels located on Manhattan's East side tend to be less expensive during Thanksgiving than their counterparts on the West Side/Times Square/Broadway area. Based on a November 19, 2014 arrival and November 23, 2014 departure, double occupancy (2 people sharing one room) here is a random sampling of current prices:

Continue to follow this column in the coming weeks for tips regarding purchasing Broadway and Radio City Christmas Show tickets, sightseeing suggestions, and, how to snag prime restaurant reservations.