As one blogger that I follow @thewolfnomad said :
New York is a place where you would need to live a few months, or better, a few lives to fully experience it in all its colors.
However, if your visit to this magnificent city is time limited, here are 5 simple tips on how to make the most out of it :
- PLAN & PRIORITISE
- make a list of all the attractions you want to see and then compare that list to the amount of time you have for your visit. If the list is too long and you have only 4 or 5 days there, I recommend you to prioritise the attractions and don’t run from one corner to another just to ‘see it all’.
2. MAKE A SCHEDULE
- grab a map and see how close are some sites to others and combine to visit them in one day without pressuring yourself (example – in one afternoon you can combine a visit to 9/11 Memorial area and then head to Brooklyn Bridge, for instance)
3. ORGANISE YOURSELF
- NY is big and even though I love to explore cities by foot, for some distances it’s inevitable to use public transportation or car sharing rides like Uber or Lyft.
- Hop-on Hop-off Buses are also a good way to see a lot of attractions all at once.
- Citymapper is a great app that shows you everything you need to know about how to get around, transit maps, uber integration, all.
4. INVESTIGATE ABOUT THE CITY
- NY is quite an expensive destination but I have some good news for you – there are a lot of sites and amazing attractions which are free of charge for visiting them
- a lot of museum and cultural institutions offer free general admision, either full time or on selected hours and days, there are free walking tours, you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and explore Dumbo neighbourhood, venture along the High Line, cruise on the Staten Island Ferry, stroll around Central Park, Times Square and many many more.
5. BE IN THE MOMENT
- remember, you are in New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of , lol. Jokes aside, really, admire it, soak it all in, appreciate it.
- I remember someone asking me: “Is it like it’s on the TV, in the movies?” Well, without the exaggeration, it is EXACTLY like on the TV and for the whole time being there it felt like being in a movie.
Our 4 day itinerary for NYC looked like this:
- day – Helicopter ride, Midtown Manhattan area where you can find Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building…
2. day – Top of the Rockeffeller Center, Bryant Park, Madison Square, Flatiron Building
3. day – Downtown Manhattan – 9/11 Memorial area, Wallstreet, Battery Park and Foley Square from which you have a beautiful view on Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty
4. day – bike ride around Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo neighbourhood and ending the day in Brooklyn Bridge Park with a beautiful view on NY city lights.
Is New York on your bucketlist or you already have visited it? How did you like it?
Tell me all in the comments!