New York City is one of my favorite places in the entire world. One of my biggest dreams growing up was to move to NYC and work for a magazine company. Who knows, maybe one day it will still happen! But, until then, a few days in New York will have to do!
I’ve traveled to New York City twice. One time at the beginning of February and the other was in late August. Honestly, both times were miserable. But, I still loved it!
You may be wondering how you can accomplish anything in NYC during a weekend getaway. There’s just so much to do, it may take a few weekend getaways to see it all. But, fear not because it is possible to cross off a majority of the “must see” items in one weekend.
As a note, my trip to NYC would not have been complete without buying the CityPASS. The pass allowed me to see all of the must see sights, for a fraction of the cost.
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Here’s what you should do during a weekend getaway to New York City!
New York has some really great restaurants. My suggestions are:
- I am not typically a bagel fan but this place is amazing. I wake up some mornings craving a bagel from Ess-a-Bagel!
- Katz’s Deli
- The best pastrami sandwich you will ever have. Not sure if you’ll like pastrami? I guarantee, you’ll love there’s. Again, I will crave Katz’s at least once a week.
- Lady M Cakes
- Crepe cakes that taste like heaven.
- Junior’s Cheesecake
- The best cheesecake you’ll ever have!
Use Public Transportation
Taking the subway or hailing a cab seems like a right of passage in New York City. My only tip is to not be afraid of the subway but practice it a few times before you call yourself a pro!
Buy the CityPASS
The CityPASS was my greatest discovery when planning my first trip to NYC. For a fraction of the cost it would be to buy individual tickets to each attraction, with the pass you have access to:
- Empire State Building
- American Museum of Natural History (the one from The Night at the Museum movie!)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Top of The Rock Observation Deck -or- Guggenheim Museum
- Ferry to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island -or- Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum -or- Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Such a great investment if you want to see the must see attractions in the city. PLUS, at most locations, you’ll be able to enter via a shorter CityPASS line. I was so thankful for this at the Empire State Building – when the normal line was super long, we were able to go in our own line and bypass everyone!
Visit the Must-See Sights
Guys, it’s okay to be a tourist in New York City! Seeing the sights you’ve always heard about or see is perfectly fine. A few places that don’t come included with the CityPASS that you should consider visiting are:
- New York Public Library
- Central Park
- Times Square
- Bryant Park
- Washington Square Park
- Radio City Music Hall
- Rockefeller Center
- Madison Square Garden
- Grand Central Terminal
Where to Stay in New York City
There are sooo many places to stay in NYC. My best advice is to narrow down where you’re going to be spending the most time and then find a hotel in that neighborhood.
New York City may not be everyone’s cup of tea but to me, the city is magical. The best part about the city is, there’s always something new to discover. I can’t wait to go back and cross off more items on my NYC bucket list!
Here are my final tips for you if you’re planning a trip to the city:
- The people are actually very friendly but, just be mindful of your surroundings! Don’t stop randomly in the middle of the sidewalk – it’s okay to stop to take pictures but move out of the main flow of people.
- Crossing streets is an art from. You’ll learn to perfect it over your weekend trip and you’ll never use crosswalks the same ever again.
- Don’t underestimate a great pair of walking shoes!
- If you’re headed somewhere and it’s “only a few blocks away”, know that it will take you at least 20 minutes to walk it.
- Go to places early in the day! Did you know that Times Square is actually pretty empty if you go in the mornings?