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Everyone has seen it, everyone knows what it looks like, but not everyone has actually been there in the flesh. New York is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and one of the best-known cities worldwide. It’s a global hub, a frantic network of energy, and a melting pot of cultures!

 With its array of iconic landmarks, stellar views, and exceptional world-class museums, New York City offers a truly one of a kind experience. The vibrant energy pulsing through the city’s veins is intoxicating, and the sights are spectacular!

 From the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere to the dazzling lights of Times Square, the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple is something that everyone should aim to experience in their lifetime!

 This New York City itinerary will offer a great plan for those looking to spend 2 days in New York, as well as give you some suggestions for how to spend your time if you’re lucky enough to be staying for longer! You’ll be able to see most of the iconic attractions in New York in 3 days.


Best Time To Visit New York

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Add the Empire State Building to your Epic New York itinerary!

 New York is subject to the classic four seasons; summer, fall (autumn), winter and spring. This means that the weather is pretty variable throughout the year. Winters get fairly cold and see occasional snowfall, while summers get hot and a little humid at times.

 That being said, New York is very well equipped to deal with any of the weather it experiences, and many of the attractions are not weather dependent. The city is never horribly cold nor excessively hot, and with the right clothing, you should be fairly comfortable at any time of year!

 We suggest that the best times to visit New York lie before and after the busy summer months. April to June and September to early November lie outside of peak tourism season, and the weather is mild and pleasant.

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January2°C / 36°FMedium chance of snowCalm😐
February2°C / 36°FMedium chance of snowCalm😐
March4°C / 39°FLow chance of snowCalm😐
April11°C / 52°FMedium chance of rainCalm🙂
May16°C / 61°FHigh chance of rainMedium🙂
June22°C / 72°FMedium chance of rainBusy🙂
July25°C / 77°FMedium chance of rainBusy🙂
August24°C / 75°FMedium chance of rainVery busy😐
September20°C / 68°FMedium chance of rainMedium😀
October14°C / 57°FMedium chance of rainCalm😀
November9°C / 48°FMedium chance of rainCalm🙂
December9°C / 48°FMedium chance of rainBusy/Holidays🙂


Where To Stay In New York

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Manhatthan Bridge – These are the best places to stay in New York!

 Manhattan is considered to be the ‘Heart of the Big Apple’  and is the most well known and densely populated borough in New York City. When tourists think of visiting New York, they generally think of staying in Manhattan, and we suggest that it’s a wise move to do so!

 Most of the iconic NYC attractions are based in Manhattan and those which aren’t can all be reached easily. Manhattan is also relatively safe, well connected, easy to navigate, and compact, so travel times are never too long.

 Where you choose to stay in Manhattan will depend on the type of experience you want to have. Midtown Manhattan is great for sightseeing, the Meatpacking district is best for nightlife and Tribeca and SoHo are ideal for food lovers. The Upper-West-Side is nice for families and the Theatre district is a good base for first-time visitors to New York.

 Wherever you decide to stay in Manhattan, you’ll never be too far away from the attractions!

Also, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide on Where to Stay in New York!


Best Hostel In New York – American Dream Hostel

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American Dream Hostel is our pick for the best hostel in New York!

 American Dream Hostel is a great family run place in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park district – a great central location! It’s a bed and breakfast hostel so you’ll be fed well each morning before embarking on your NYC explorations! Rooms are private, bathrooms are shared, and the owners are friendly and welcoming!

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Best Budget Hotel in New York – Archer Hotel New York

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Archer Hotel New York is our pick for the best budget hotel in New York

 Located a few minutes walk from Bryant Park and just over ½ a mile from Times Square, Archer Hotel is a fantastic budget hotel option in a great location. The rooms are well featured, clean, and comfortable and the service is friendly and professional. There’s even a rooftop bar with views of the Chrysler building and the Empire State!

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Best Luxury Hotel in New York – Tribeca Lofts

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Tribeca Lofts is our pick for the best luxury hotel in New York

 Located in the trendy, fashion-forward, food lover friendly, shopping haven of Tribeca, Tribeca Lofts offers an incredible luxury New York Loft experience.

 All units are incredibly comfortable and classy – they are all air-conditioned and very well equipped, with balconies that look out over the incredible city skyline. The property has a hot tub and the location is stellar.

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New York Itinerary

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 Though walking is a popular way of getting around New York City, sometimes the distance to a destination won’t allow for it. If that’s the case, your best bet is generally mass transit such as buses and subways.

 You can simplify the transport situation and buy a top up Metrocard that you can use to ride subways and buses around the city.

 If you’re going to be in New York for close to a week, we strongly advise that you get a 7-day unlimited MetroCard for $29. You’ll be able to take any subway or local bus until midnight every day from the day of first use!

 If you’d prefer to not use public transport, the taxi cab system in NYC is really simple and easy to use, especially in Manhattan.


Day 1 Itinerary in New York

Metropolitan Museum | Central ParkRock Observatory | Modern Art Museum | Times Square | Broadway


 Stop 1 – Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Why it’s awesome: Experience 5000 year of Art from around the world in this exceptional museum!
  • Cost: $25.
  • Food nearby: The Dining Room at the Met offers delicious food from a Michelin-starred chef right inside the museum!

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or ‘The Met’) is the largest and most comprehensive art museum in NYC. Located on the eastern side of Central Park just off 5th avenue, the museum is spread over a large complex of buildings covering around 2,000,000 square feet!

 There are around 36,000 items on display in The Met, so there’s plenty to keep you busy while you’re there! Even if you’ve been to The Met in the past, you’ve likely only seen a small portion of the museum, and there’s an array of temporary exhibitions that are consistently updated!

 If you’re unsure where to start at The Met, there are a few permanent installations we recommend that you aim to see;

  • The Temple of Dendur is the only entire Egyptian temple in the Western Hemisphere. It was built in Egypt over 2000 years ago and given to the USA when the area was flooded. The awe-inspiring gallery in which it sits was purpose-built for to house it.
  • The Greek and Roman sculpture court houses ancient statues in a gorgeous double-story hall.
  • The Vermeer Collection contains 5 of the 36 remaining Vermeer paintings. The Dutch artist’s gorgeous 350-year-old paintings act as windows into 17th-century domestic life.
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 Also, check out the rooftop garden – there are nice views of Central Park and a different exhibition each year.

 There is plenty more to see at The Met, so spend time getting lost and discover some beautiful artworks. Tickets are good for 3 consecutive days, so if you don’t manage to see all you’d like to, you can always come back!


Day 1 / Stop 2 –  Central Park

  • Why it’s awesome: Enjoy the serenity and splendor of one of the world’s most famous urban parks!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Grab some outstanding Italian food at Grazie, just one block from the East side of Central Park.

 A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without checking out at least a small slice of Central Park. It’s one of the most iconic urban parks in the world, and the most visited in the United States! Just be sure to dress warmly if you’re visiting in the winter!

 Central Park will allow you to soak up some peace and serenity away from the crowds before starting a big day in the Big Apple.

 Start your exploration by walking The Ramble. The Ramble is a woodland walk that meanders through lush greenery, over streams and bridges, and past ‘The Lake’. It’s a great bit of exercise and the scenery is beautiful! There are over 230 species of birds living in the area, and you may even come across a tortoise or two!

Central Park

Central Park, New York

 Despite its authentic woodland disguise, The Ramble is completely man-made. Of course, the trees, dirt, boulders, and animals are all real, but everything was carefully placed and crafted for the optimal experience. The streams and waterfalls can even be turned on and off!

 Next, if your trip coincides with the summer months, rent out a boat from The Loeb Boathouse and set out on The Lake. It’s incredibly tranquil and a lot of fun! You’ll also come across some friendly ducks floating on the water, and get some great views of the rest of the park as well as the Manhattan skyline.

 If it’s winter during your trip to NYC, go ice skating at the Wollman Rink! It’s surrounded by beautiful wintery trees yet offers close up views of some tall city buildings – quite a juxtaposition!


Day 1 / Stop 3 – Top of the Rock Observatory

  • Why it’s awesome: Top of The Rock offers amazing panoramic views and some interesting stops on the way up!
  • Cost: $36.
  • Food nearby: Dine with exceptional 65th-floor views at Rainbow Room!

 Located in the famous Rockefeller Plaza, The Top of the Rock is a series of observation decks that sit atop the Rockefeller Center. The panoramic views are exceptional – look out over the NYC skyline (including the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and Chrysler Building), the Hudson and East Rivers, and Central Park!

 The unspoiled close-up view of Central Park is what really set the Top of the Rock apart from other observation decks in the city. It also allows you to get an aerial perspective of where you’ve just been.

Top of the Rock Observatory

Top of the Rock Observatory, New York (photo credits: Viator)

 The views are not the only appeal of Top of the Rock – the ride up is an experience in itself, and contains a few interesting attractions. The Breezeway is an interactive room of lights on the 69th floor and the Radiance Wall is a marvel of glass, crystal, and light on the 67th floor that was created by Swarovski.

 The observatory is made up of 3 decks, on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floor respectively. The deck on the 70th floor is completely free of any enclosure, which really immerses you in the view, and is great for pictures.

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Day 1 / Stop 4 – Museum of Modern Art

  • Why it’s awesome: Walk amid one of the world’s most impressive collections of modern and contemporary art!
  • Cost: $25.
  • Food nearby: Feast on some world class steak at Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, right outside MoMa.

 Set in Midtown Manhattan the Museum of Modern Art (or ‘MoMa’) is an incredible museum which holds one of the world’s most impressive collections of modern and contemporary art.

 The exceptional collection is displayed beautifully throughout the impressive building and holds pieces from some of the world’s best-known artists; Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh (The Starry Night is featured there!), Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali to name a few!


Museum of Modern Art, New York

 The museum also frequently features exhibitions which make use of modern technology and electronic media. MoMa offers a diverse and enthralling experience from start to finish!

 Insider Tip: have a look at the current exhibitions at MoMa – the museum is large with plenty to explore, so having a plan when you go in will fair you well!


Day 1 / Stop 5 – Times Square

  • Why it’s awesome: Experience the true energy of New York in this dazzling display of light, sound, smell, and motion!
  • Cost: Pay only for what you purchase!
  • Food nearby: Satisfy your sweet tooth with some awesome Belgian street food at Waffles and Dinges!

 As the day begins slipping into dusk, make your way over to Times Square for a brilliant show of lights and a real taste of New York city energy.

 Times Square is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world! The buildings lining the square are plastered with vibrantly lit billboards and signs, making for a dazzling visual experience!

Times Square

Times Square, New York

 The visual intensity of Times Square is heightened by the extreme energy flooding the streets. The sights, sounds, smells, and movement are intoxicating and really convey the vibrant liveliness that thrives in The City That Never Sleeps (But Tries To).

 The lights are not the only attraction, though; there is a huge variety of shops, restaurants, and museums. If you love shopping, you’ll love wandering between the countless shops in Times Square! You could also check out celebrities in wax at Madame Tussauds or miniaturized cities Gulliver’s Gate.


Day 1 / Stop 6 – Broadway

  • Why it’s awesome: Relax and experience some of the world’s finest theatre!
  • Cost: ±$100.
  • Food nearby: Enjoy some delicious authentic Italian cuisine at Azalea Ristorante!

 After a long and busy day of exploring the city, it’ll be time to relax and have the entertainment come to you! Broadway theatre is considered amongst the best commercial theatre in the world, and there’s no shortage of shows to see on any given night!


Broadway, New York

 The shows are dazzling and extremely well performed. Some of the most popular Broadway shows include; The Lion King, Wicked, and Hamilton. Settle down in one of the 41 theatres and enjoy as world-class entertainment unfolds live right before your eyes!

 Be sure to look up shows online before you leave for your NYC trip to find the show that’s right for you and reserve tickets. Check out for current shows and ticket purchases!


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Day 2 Itinerary in New York

High Line Park | Soho | 911 Memorial Museum | One World Observatory | Dumbo | Brooklyn Bridge


Stop 1 – High Line park

  • Why it’s awesome: Take a unique scenic walk along a true icon of contemporary landscape architecture!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Enjoy some great, wholesome American food at Bubby’s High Line!

 Suspended gracefully above the city streets, Highline Park is a 1.45-mile linear park built on a former New York Central Railroad track. Yep, you read that right! This park offers a unique scenic experience and is certainly worth a visit!

High Line park

High Line park, New York

 Created in 2009, Highline Park artfully blends bushes, trees, and grass with benches, walkways, and Chaise Longues. The park also presents visitors with an interesting vantage point of the city as they walk along. The 30-foot high track offers views of the city skyline, Hudson River, and the bustling streets below as it guides you between the windows of high-rise buildings.

 Enjoy the juxtaposing scenery and fresh air as you walk along this feat of urban landscaping!


Day 2 / Stop 2 – SoHo

  • Why it’s awesome: SoHo is a creative and vibrant area filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and interesting architecture.
  • Cost: Pay only for museums you decide to enter and purchases you make!
  • Food nearby: Enjoy some world class Mediterranean food at Piccola Cucina Osteria – rated as the best restaurant in NYC!

 SoHo is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan brought to fame for housing many artists lofts and art galleries. Known as an artists gateway in the ‘60s and ‘70s, SoHo is considered a creatives paradise and is a hotspot for models and celebrities!

 When you arrive in the area you may get a feeling of Déjà vu; many shows and movies have been filmed on the streets of SoHo! The neighborhood also contains some of the oldest buildings in the city.


SoHo, New York

 Wondering where the area gets its name? The name SoHo is derived from it being South of Houston street! It’s cobbled streets, charming cast-iron architecture, and unique atmosphere set SoHo apart from the rest of the city.

 Walking the streets soaking up the scenes and atmosphere is part of the attraction, but not all SoHo has to offer.

 Shoppers will rejoice at the range of shops on offer in SoHo, many filled with items at the forefront of fashion and design. You could also check out The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, or the unique interactive installments at Color Factory!


Day 2 / Stop 3 – 911 Memorial Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: Pay your respects to those affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks in this incredible, emotionally challenging museum.
  • Cost: ±$26.
  • Food nearby: Eataly Downtown makes some fantastic Italian food near the museum!

 Set on the site of the former World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum takes visitors down to the bedrock below the city. With a series of informative, poignant, and affecting exhibitions, this museum takes visitors on a journey of commemoration and learning.

 The Historical Exhibition is centered around a minute-by-minute chronology of the events that took place on the day itself. It then divides into two sections; one immersing you in the world before 9/11 and one exploring the aftermath of the events and the post-9/11 world.

 The Memorial Exhibition commemorates the lives lost, while ‘Witness at Ground Zero’ contains a series of images documenting the four days following September 11th, 2001.

911 Memorial Museum

911 Memorial Museum, New York

 The museum uses a clever blend of interactive technology, archives, and a collection of artifacts to tell the harrowing story of 9/11. The elegant and striking design of the museum is contrasted by the raw, rough, twisted steel remnants rescued from the rubble. A visit is heart-wrenching but an essential part of any NYC itinerary.

 The 9/11 memorial outside the museum is free to visit. It takes the form of a beautiful and respectfully designed water feature, that is a spectacle in its own right. Pay your respects to the victims while absorbing the sights and sounds of this incredible water feature.

 The museum is free for 9/11 family members and 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.


Day 2 / Stop 4 – One World Observatory

  • Why it’s awesome: Experience amazing views and hi-tech audio-visual installments in one of the tallest buildings in the world!
  • Cost: $32.
  • Food nearby: View of the World offers great views and delicious food.

 The One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the observation decks offer spectacular panoramic 360-degree views.

 Situated in Lower Manhattan, the One World Observatory offers a fresh vantage point of the city, different from what you will have experienced at Top of the Rock. Views soar from the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State to the Brooklyn Bridge and much more!

 The 47-second elevator rider takes place in what is referred to as ‘SkyPod’ Elevators. The walls of these elevators are completely made out of screens which take visitors on an amazing journey, showing them the transformation of NYC from its humble beginnings to the skyscraper-filled concrete jungle it is today.

One World Observatory

One World Observatory, New York

 Feel the rhythm of New York City at the ‘See Forever Theatre’ on the 102nd floor. It’s a breathtaking audio-visual experience with music scored to the tempo of the average New Yorker’s footsteps.

 The Sky Portal is a 14-foot wide glass circle embedded underfoot on the 100th floor of the building. It offers a unique perspective of the city below, using HD video to recreate the experience of standing directly above the city.

 You could also dip underneath to the Foundations exhibition, which has been made to look and feel like a cave and shows the importance of the bedrock in which the building’s foundations are built.


Day 2 / Stop 5 – Dumbo

  • Why it’s awesome: Explore Dumbo, Brooklyn’s epicenter of creativity and culture!
  • Cost: Pay only for what you purchase!
  • Food nearby: Grab some delicious Italian food at Cecconi’s Dumbo!

Dumbo, which stands for ‘Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’ is a gentrified industrial neighborhood with great restaurants, shopping, and galleries! It’s commonly referred to as Brooklyn’s creative and cultural center.

 It’s also referred to as ‘the center of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle’ because of the vast number of tech startups in the area. Dumbo is the richest and most expensive area in Brooklyn.

 Spend some time wandering between the gentrified industrial buildings, getting a sense of the neighborhood’s history as well as its thriving creative and tech-focused community. There’s plenty of great shopping in Dumbo, so be sure to keep a lookout for stores that interest you.


Dumbo, New York

 Browse through an interesting and diverse collection of books and enjoy a cup of coffee at Powerhouse Arena; a great bookstore, exhibition space, and cafe. Alternatively or in addition; check out some great locally designed clothing, jewelry, accessories, art, and furniture at TRUNK!

 There are also several galleries in Dumbo. Check out some street art and the work of emerging artists at Mighty Tanaka and have a wander through the A.I.R Gallery which displays some stunning work by female artists in order to provide them with support and visibility.

 Lastly, make a stop off at Jane’s Carousel. Built in the 1920s, this carousel is now encased in a beautiful glass enclosure and overlooks the East River. Visitors can now ride this antique carousel for just $2!


Day 2 / Stop 6 – Brooklyn Bridge

  • Why it’s awesome: Experience brilliant sunset views while walking across this historical landmark that connects two iconic New York boroughs!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Grab an incredible New York style slice of pizza from Juliana’s Pizza on the Brooklyn side.

 As the sun starts hanging low in the sky, make your way over to The Brooklyn Bridge for a sunset walk across it!

 The Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and by far the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion in 1883. It stretches around 1600 feet across the East River, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

 The views from the bridge are captivating and one of its main attractions. They include the soaring Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, The Statue of Liberty, and the shimmering East River below.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

 Feel the energy of the thousands of people walking across this historical landmark, while bicycles zoom past beside you and cars travel by below you. Just be aware of cyclists if you want to overtake by stepping into the bike lane.

 It can get a bit chilly up on the bridge outside of the summer months, so be sure to dress warmly. Also, ensure that you’re wearing appropriate footwear – the bridge is 1.5 miles long and can take between 30 minutes and 1 hour to walk depending on how many breaks you take to admire the views/take pictures.

 Insider tip: There are no food vendors or bathrooms on the bridge, so make sure you’re prepared adequately for the journey!

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Day 3 and Beyond

Empire State Building | American Museum of Natural History | The Met | Chelsea Market | Ferry Ride to Staten Island

 This New York City trip planner is perfect for those looking to spend a couple of days or a weekend in New York, but the following section also acts as a guide for those looking to spend 3 days in New York or even longer!


 The Empire State Building

  • Cruise up to the top of one of the most iconic buildings in the world!
  • Enjoy exceptional 360-degree views of the city
  • $38 for the main observation deck

 The Empire State Building reigned as the tallest building in the world for 40 years from 1931 until 1970. Despite no longer wearing the crown, it is still an enormous building standing at 1450 feet and is a world-renowned iconic landmark.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building, New York

 Whilst the Empire State building observatory isn’t quite as hi-tech or futuristic as the more modern One World Observatory or Top of the Rock, the views are still exceptional and it’s an iconic experience!

 Soar up to the 86th floor for awesome 360-degree views of the city, including landmarks such as East River, Hudson River, Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty!


American Museum of Natural History

  • Explore the largest natural history museum in the world
  • Great fun for visitors of all ages.
  • $23 for Adults and $13 for kids.

 The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is the largest natural history museum in the world, spanning 4 city blocks and consisting of 25 individual buildings!

 It’s home to a vast and impressive collection that does an awesome job of exploring everything related to the natural world. Covering everything from ancient fossilized skeletons to the depths of the known universe, this museum is vast, comprehensive, and offers a great experience for the whole family!

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History, New York

 We’ll briefly discuss some of the best attractions at the museum so that you have a better idea of how to spend your time at the museum;

  • Dwarf yourself next to the enormous blue whale replica in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life. This hall immerses you in a marine environment and explores the ocean’s fascinating web of life.
  • If standing next to a blue whale didn’t make you feel humbled, pay a visit to The Rose Center for Earth and Space – a planetarium that will shoot you into the stars with its awesome exhibits.
  • Watch an incredible 2D or 3D film in the IMAX theatre, and learn about our natural world. The IMAX theatre screens 30-40 minute informative films with stunning visuals that will blow you out of your seat!

Insider Tip: AMNH is extremely large and it’s easy to get a little lost. Before you go, be sure to download the app – it can really help you get around! If you don’t have access to the app, grab a map on your way in.


Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters

  • Make full use of your three-day Met entrance ticket at the other two branches
  • Explore medieval art and architecture, as well as modern and contemporary art
  • Free (within three days of Met entrance)

 Your entrance fee to The Met from your first day In New York city is valid not only for three days but also for all three branches of the Met. This means you’ll be able to visit The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters on your third day in the city.

 The Met Cloisters is located in northern Manhattan and is the only museum in the country that is dedicated exclusively to the art and architecture of the middle ages. The four-acre property lies in Fort Tryon Park and overlooks the Hudson River.

Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters

Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters, New York (photo credits: NYCgo)

 The Cloisters holds around 5000 pieces of European Medieval works of art and architecture, and the grounds contain medieval gardens, several chapels, and themed galleries. Take a trip back in time at this fascinating and immersive museum!

 The Met Breuer is another branch of the Metropolitan Museum with a focus on modern and contemporary art and housed in a striking brutalist building. It’s located in the upper east side of Manhattan on the corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street, and is well worth a visit!


Chelsea Market

  • Eat some food from world class food vendors!
  • Walk around the building in which the Oreo was invented and produced!
  • Free entrance – pay only for what you purchase.

 Chelsea Market is a food court and market made up of around 40 individual vendors. Some of the best food in NYC can be found here, and the shopping is great too! It’s located in an old biscuit factory where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced!

 This space has an interesting industrial aesthetic, and walking through the aisles is an experience in itself. The real appeal though is the incredible range of food vendors.

 Takumi Taco offers a truly unique food experience that blends Japanese and Mexican cuisine. They make awesome tacos, unlike anything you will have tried before! If you’re after something a bit less exotic, Los Tacos No.1 makes some of the best traditional tacos in New York City, and Lobster place is home to all things seafood.

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market, New York

 After a wholesome main course, treat yourself to a piping hot freshly-prepared doughnut from The Doughnuttery. They offer some truly unique donut flavors such as sriracha and lime and maple and bacon.

 Next, take some time to wander through the aisles, and do some browsing or shopping at some of the awesome stores that Chelsea Market has to offer. Anthropologie sells a great blend of home decor and fashion items, as well as natural beauty and wellness products.

 Browse through the work of tastemakers, designers, experience creators, and curators at Artists & Fleas to pick up something great for yourself or find the perfect gift. If you like a good alcoholic beverage, you’ll feel right at home at the Corkbuzz Wine Studio. They have a large variety of wines as well as some great beers and cocktails.


Ride the ferry to Staten Island

  • Enjoy awesome skyline views while gliding across the water.
  • The Ferry ride is completely free!
  • Check out Staten Island once you get across.

 The Staten Island Ferry connects Lower Manhattan with Staten Island and runs 24 hours a day 365 days a year! It shoots across the Upper Bay once every 15 – 30 minutes, and takes around half an hour to get across.

Ride the ferry to Staten Island

Ride the ferry to Staten Island, New York

 The views of the city skyline and the Bay itself are incredible, and the best part is – it’s absolutely free! It departs from the Whitehall ferry terminal in Manhattan and arrives at St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.

 You can’t stay on the ferry for a return journey, but you can disembark and queue up again to try and get on to the same ferry back to Manhattan. Alternatively, you could stay and explore Staten Island for a while!

If you want to learn more about New York, then refer to out our EPIC backpacking guide!

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

New York: The Novel: This is our top recommendation for an awesome and inspiring read on this magical city.


Staying Safe in New York

 There seems to be a public perception of New York being a dangerous destination, however, it is, in fact, one of the top 10 safest big cities in the United States! That being said, you still need to be mindful on your trip to New York, in order to ensure your safety.

 Theft is something that does occur in NYC and pickpockets are particularly active. There’s no reason to stress yourself out over it, just be sensible and aware!

 Stick to areas that aren’t too desolate (especially at night) and when in crowded spaces, be aware of your surroundings and where you’re keeping your valuables. Don’t carry too much cash with you and don’t flaunt expensive items whilst out in public!

 Panhandlers are often a cause for concern for travelers but are generally easily dismissed with a simple ‘sorry’ or by ignoring them completely (and avoiding eye contact). Keep walking, don’t stop to engage with them. If you do intend to give them something, try giving food rather than money.

 Lastly, be sure to only get into clearly marked New York taxis with ID numbers on the hood. This will ensure a safe and honest taxi ride with fair prices.

 If you do become a victim of crime, contact a police officer or call 311. Call 911 if the situation presents an immediate emergency.

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Day Trips From New York

Day trips are a great way to see and experience as much as possible when you’re in a new place. They are generally guided, so you can learn while you explore, and they can offer great benefits that will save you time and stress!


NYC Cultural Tour

NYC Cultural Tour

 New York City is a melting pot of cultures. A visit to Manhattan alone won’t be able to encompass the full cultural diversity of this large and bustling city. This NYC Tour will take you through Brooklyn, The Bronx, Coney Island, Harlem, and Queens, and in doing so will expose you to the true range of cultures that exist and thrive in the city.

 The tours are guided and informative – you’ll hear all about the Muslim, African-American, Jewish, and Hispanic neighborhoods while you travel through the city. The tour is about 7 hours in length and include all transport from the meeting point.

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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Grand Central Audio Tour

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Grand Central Audio Tour

 The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Each year, roughly 4 million tourists set foot on Liberty Island in order to get a close-up glimpse of the giant statue for themselves.

 This audio tour includes priority boarding for the ferries to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which saves time and removes stress. It also includes a comprehensive audio tour of both destinations, a brief tour of Battery Park, and an audio tour of Grand Central Station which you can utilize on any day during your trip.

  The audio guides are available in multiple languages, and the whole tour will take around 7 hours.

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Niagara Falls Day Trip

Niagara Falls Day Trip

 The Niagara Falls are an amazing spectacle of nature with 3160 tons of water flowing over them every second! Exploring them and witnessing their power is an awesome experience.

 Now, you may not think of Niagara falls being close to New York City, and they aren’t exactly. However, they are accessible with a very easy one-hour plane ride! This Niagara Falls Day Trip includes a guided tour of both the American and Canadian sides of the falls, as well as a lunch overlooking them!

 You’ll also get to cruise up to the falls on a boat or enjoy a journey behind the falls! Hotel pick-up and round airfare are included in this tour and it lasts around 14 hours.

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Washington D.C. Day Trip

Washington D.C. Day Trip

 Washington D.C. is often thought of as the political center of the world, and it’s loaded with American history! This day trip offers an awesome way to explore the capital city. After traveling south from NYC in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan, you’ll embark on a tour that encompasses several of the main sights.

 The tour begins with a stop at the Kennedy family gravesite in the Arlington National Cemetery. Next, you’ll visit Capitol Hill where you’ll see the Capitol, the Senate, and the White House while learning about the US government. You’ll then visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum before stopping by at the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam memorials.

 The day trip ends with a tour of the city itself before hopping back in the minivan back to New York. The whole trip will last around 14 hours.

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New York Harlem Jazz Crawl

New York Harlem Jazz Crawl

 Learn all about the thriving Harlem Jazz scene on this awesome Harlem Jazz Crawl as part of a small and intimate group. You’ll get to experience 2 or 3 amazing live jazz music sets in several cool Harlem venues.

 You’ll learn all about the city’s music history from an experienced and knowledgeable guide whilst experiencing it in its purest form. If you’re a musician, you’ll even have the opportunity to get up on stage and perform with one of the hugely talented bands! The crawl lasts around 5 hours.

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 You won’t get bored in New York – it’s a bustling city full of life, culture, and iconic sights. It offers a truly diverse experience across its boroughs and will take visitors on an unforgettable journey!

 This NYC itinerary aims to show you all of the most iconic attractions in the city, and it’s been planned so that travel times between them are quick and easy. You’ll visit some amazing museums, soak up incredible views, and get a sense of the energy that flows through this lively city!


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