One of the world’s most iconic cities, New York occupies a place on many a bucket list. If you’re planning a weekend away in the Big Apple, it’s wise to get organized. There’s a long list of highlights to pack in, but these helpful tips will ensure you see the best of the city even if you’ve only got a couple of days.
No trip to NYC is complete without a tour of the best-selling tourist sites. Start your day early with an 8 am visit to Top of the Rock. This is an excellent alternative to the Empire State because it affords you views of Central Park, and you’ll also have the city’s most spectacular building in your photographs. If you get there first thing, you can appreciate the views without hoards of people around you. Climb to the top terraces to get the best vistas. From here, you can spend as much time as you like indulging in retail therapy on Fifth Avenue or you can head straight to Central Park. There are various ways you can explore. Hire a bike, walk or embrace the romance of a city break and book a horse-drawn carriage.
As evening falls, head to Times Square, marvel at the flashing neon lights and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Catch a show on Broadway before retiring to your hotel for the night. If you’re on a mission to tick off all of the tourist favorites, it’s best to stay within walking distance of Times Square. There are options to suit all budgets, and you’ll find endless reviews and recommendations online. Hotels like Residence Inn New York Manhattan / Midtown East are great because you can get into the heart of the city in minutes. Set your alarm early, and get a good night’s sleep ready for another day of discovery tomorrow.
Grab some brunch (a NY staple), and make your way to Battery Park where you’ll catch the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This half-day tour won’t just enable you to see Lady Liberty in all her glory. It will also give you a fascinating insight into the history of immigration in the US. When you’re back on dry land, head for Brooklyn Bridge, and get those all-important holiday snaps, and then jump on the Subway to pay your respects at Ground Zero. On your way back to Midtown, take an hour or so to explore the High Line. This converted train track is a beautiful green space, which offers stunning city views. As dusk falls, rest your weary legs in one of the many cafes, and treat yourself to a strong coffee. You’ll find plenty of lively, trendy bars to enjoy a cocktail or a cool beer in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District if you fancy making a night of it.
NYC has so much to offer, and you could probably spend weeks here and still be discovering new sights and attractions. If you’ve only got 2 days, it is possible to cram the highlights in, especially if you’re keen on walking or you’re confident with the subway. Hopefully, this itinerary will treat you to the best weekend ever in the Big Apple.