Destination guide

Is this the Upper West Side... or the Upper BEST Side?

Gossip Girl put the Upper East Side on the map, but don't ignore its counterpart neighborhood across town. Full of the nightlife, culture, and dining expected of New York, the Upper West Side also boasts a strong family appeal. Starting from Lincoln Center and moving all the way up through Harlem, visitors can find tons of park spaces, kid-friendy museums, and restaurants perfect for the whole famly. Whether you're looking for the best bagel or lounging in your Upper West Side vacation rental, it seems there's something worth seeing on every block.

Things to do

Where opera lovers and Beatles fanatics can live as one

While the Upper West Side is most known for its charming residential streets, there's plenty of culture to be found, too. Music-lovers can't miss the Metropolitan Opera House or Lincoln Center, while history buffs will have a field day at the Natural History Museum. Those looking for a more laid-back itinerary will love simply taking in the sights from their Upper West Side vacation rental, or walking around the neighborhood, casually passing iconic spots such as The Dakota or the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields. The shopping rivals 5th Avenue, while the culinary scene is perfect for al fresco dining.


Graze with the sheep in the city that never sleeps

Nestled between Riverside and Central Parks, the Upper West Side boasts more green space than any other neighborhood in Manhattan. Whether you're picnicking in Central Park's sprawling Sheep Meadow or jogging along the Hudson River, there's a good chance your Upper West Side vacation rental could have a view of more trees than you'd expect in the concrete jungle. For true urbanites, the streets sandwiched between each park are packed with sights worth seeing -- from world-famous concert halls to incredible museums, from neighorhood tours to outdoor cafes.


From "Summer in the City" to "Autumn in New York"

There's a reason every season in New York has inspired tons of songs and films, and the Upper West Side is particularly iconic. Winter brings a blanket of snow that quiets the city streets, while spring offers cherry blossoms set against the skyline. Summer is when the city comes alive during the week, especially at night, but empties out almost entirely on the weekends. Fall in New York is crisp, cool, and vibrant, with the leaves glowing red and yellow against the Upper West Side's stunning architecture.

Natural features

Running and jumping and rowing and paddling

Sandwiched between 2 parks, the Upper West Side is known for being much greener than its surrounding neighborhoods. Riverside Park overlooks the Hudson River and neighboring New Jersey, while Central Park has plenty of space to run and jump, or row and paddle. Of course much of the park is well tended, but some trails do offer a more rugged experience, ideal for bird-watching or horseback riding. Catch the sunset from the Sheep Meadow, or climb up high to 1 of the many rooftop bars in the neighborhood, and watch the lights begin to twinkle over the Big Apple.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Upper West Side

Fly into New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia), the closest airport, located 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Teterboro, NJ (TEB), which is 6.6 mi (10.7 km) away.

You can see more of Upper West Side by jumping on the metro at 79 St. Station, 96 St. Station or 72nd St. Station.

Where to stay around Upper West Side?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 524 vacation rentals near Upper West Side. From 405 Condos/Apartments to 422 Studios, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Upper West Side for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Upper West Side?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Upper West Side:

  • Manhattan: 3,034 vacation rentals
  • Brooklyn: 1,036 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • Queens: 5,207 vacation rentals
  • Hell's Kitchen: 1,025 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Upper West Side?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Upper West Side. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Children's Museum of Manhattan: 5,635 vacation rentals
  • Beacon Theater: 5,635 vacation rentals
  • Stage 72: 5,674 vacation rentals
  • 96 St. Station (Broadway): 5,638 vacation rentals
  • 72nd St. Station (Broadway): 5,646 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Upper West Side listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Upper West Side?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 405 Condos/Apartments in Upper West Side. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Upper West Side include:

  • Studios: 422 rentals available
  • Houses: 32 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Upper West Side?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 37 vacation rentals with pool available in Upper West Side. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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