NYC is full of superlatives and is the only city on Planet Earth to be named twice, New York, New York. Where else in the USA can you cruise around one of the most important financial centres in the world (lower Manhattan and its mighty Wall Street), climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty (a gift from France), peruse phenomenal art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, stroll the shaded walkways of Central Park, and sip cocktails whilst gazing out at the most famous skyline in the world?
Where do you start with this sensational city – below are some of my favourite itineraries to provide some inspiration. Enjoy!
Day 1 Itinerary (My Favourite):
7am – Sunrise at the Empire State Building:
Get your ticket to take a journey to the top of the world – the views from the top of the Empire State Building are sensational and early in the morning you will be able to take photographs from all four sides of the Empire State Building uninterrupted.
Make sure you spend enough time to have a look around the wonderful expedition which charts the history of the Empire State Building. Also make sure you do not miss the hall of fame which shows all the Hollywood stars that have visited the Empire State Building. There is also a wonderful cinema room which shows all the Hollywood blockbusters that have been filmed at the Empire State Building over the years.
11am – Art o’clock:
Make your way up to Upper East Side’s Museum Mile. You will need a few hours so grab some food before taking on some of the world-class museums. Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art which fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art. Check out the stellar 20th century collection by Kandinsky, Chagall, Cezanne, Picasso, Degas and Van Gogh at the Guggenheim Museum.
2pm – Relaxation in Central Park:
Take a relaxing work in the oasis of peace in the heart of NYC. You can take a break from sightseeing by taking a walk or rent a rowing boat, bicycle or gondola. Feast your eyes on those gravity defying buildings that are being built at the entrance of Central Park. Take in the park’s many architectural and landscape wonders before pausing at the Loab Boathouse for some delicious food.
Evening – Times Square & Broadway:
Be dazzled by Times Square which is known as the “Crossroads of the World”, Times Square is NYC’s most famous intersection with its dazzling array of advertising. Grab yourself an unforgettable Broadway show such as Phantom of the Opera or Chicago. Splash out on some drinks on one of the rooftop bars around Times Square enjoying the views, sights and sounds and reminiscing on your action-packed day.
Day 2 Itinerary (A close second):
7am – Sunrise at the Statue of Liberty:
Jump on one of the express subways down Lower Manhattan and jump on a ferry to see the fantastic Statue of Liberty. You can grab the Staten Island Ferry which is free and watch the sunrise over Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers. The Statue of Liberty (a gift from France) is the symbol of freedom for millions seeking a new life in the USA. Check out the 9/11 War memorial, then visit NYC’s famous Wall Street – the epicentre of NYC’s financial district. Don’t miss Trinity Church where you can see some of New York’s greatest luminaries buried in the cemetery – also head across Brooklyn Bridge for outstanding views over Lower Manhattan.
Midday – Grab lunch at Chelsea Market:
Delight your taste buds at the sensation Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market has cuisine to delight any taste buds. There are also some fabulous foodie shops as well as a sway of very unusual shops. Perfect for window shopping or splashing out on your favourite condiments. There is also some funky art pieces within the market. Once you have refuelled have a wonderful stroll on The High Line which is a disused railway line that traverses lower Manhattan.
2pm – SoHo and Chinatown:
Head down to hip SoHo to shop for your favourite brands and then wander across to ChinaTown for a sensory overload. China Town has a staggering 250K population cramped into a very compact area; it represents the largest China Town within the United States.
Evening – Dance the night away in the Meatpacking District:
Head down to Tao Downtown for some Asian inspired fusion food and some of your favourite tipples – Tao also has its own nightclub – dinner in the restaurant improves your chances of entry. Try and your luck at getting your name on the guest list for Le Bain which is part of the Standard Hotel. As it is notoriously hard to get in unless you pay a tonne of money for a table – there are still a couple of Dive Bars in the area – which are fabulous fun. I have great memories!