New York City had been long on my bucket list. I couldn’t keep my feet on the ground when I made my travel plans to explore NYC until I finally got down the train at Grand Central. Though I only had a day to explore New York, I made the most of it. In this blog, I’m going to tell you How To Do New York In One Day and walk you through my entire itinerary. I’ll cover the all the major spots that I went to.
Top Of the Rock Observatory
Top of the Rock is an observatory on the 67th floor in the Rockefeller Center. You can only imagine the view of Manhattan you’d get from the 67th floor. While there are other observatories like the ones in Empire State Building or the World Trade Center, I wouldn’t want to miss watching the epic the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center together from the 67th floor. Rockefeller building ain’t that great to look at anyway! The ticket costs around $40, including taxes, and you can also buy a viewfinder pamphlet (costs around $2), which tells you the names of a few important buildings so that you don’t miss out on the important stuff. There are a total of 3 decks in the observatory, each giving you an amazing view of the Manhattan.
After you’re done savoring the view of Empire State Building and Central Park from the 67th floor, you can head over to the Brooklyn Bridge. You can either get a cab to the bridge or take a subway and get down at Fulton Street. It’s a 15 mins walk from the subway station to the Brooklyn Bridge. As you already know that the Brooklyn Bridge is what connects Manhattan from Brooklyn, there’s also a walkway on the bridge all the way to another end. You’ll find a bunch of people just walking, biking, or doing their thing on the Brooklyn Bridge. Spend about an hour or so there before you head over to your next destination.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
After you’re done strolling the Brooklyn bridge, you can move towards the memorial. It usually takes around 20-25 mins from the bridge to the memorial. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is where the actual World Trade Center was before the 9/11 tragedy.
The Wall Street, New York
You can’t leave the New York City without visiting the iconic Wall Street. Only a 10-min walk from the 9/11 Memorial and overly crowded during the week by people treading to work, the street is filled with tourists at the weekends taking pictures with the charging bull and the fearless girl. Don’t forget to get yours.
Central Park is quite a popular weekend spot for the New Yorkers. You’ll find people coming to the park with their families to spend some quality time, or a few people doing their evening run with their dogs. You’ll always find a few groups of people entertaining the crowd with their music, or dancing, or any such activities. It’s a great place to hang out during the evening.
Times Square, New York
How can you go to New York City and not pay a visit to the Times Square?! Your New York trip would be incomplete without it. There are tonnes of things for you to do in Times Square from shopping to watching broadways at the Broadway District, riding the hop-on-hop-off bus tour or just strolling around the avenue watching the billboards or be amazed by the entertainers. Times Square is one of the most visited places of New York City and is definitely not to be missed. Times Square is where you actually get the feel of New York City.
Tips and Facts File:
- If you’re looking for some good photographs, try and reach early at a place so that there are fewer tourists.
- Top of The Rock is the least popular amongst all the observatories but gives the best view of Manhattan from all sides. Try and reach there early so that you have the place to yourself.
- Top of the Rock gives better views of Manhattan, and it’s the only observatory from where you can see Central Park.
- If you’re planning on riding a bus in New York City, make sure you have a metro card. Buses in New York do not accept cash or card for tickets, only a metro card. You can get one from a subway station.
- A metro card can also be used when using a subway.
- You can also get a pass for your metro card if you know that you’re going to be using the subway or bus a lot. An unlimited pass for a week costs around $30.
- Try to use the subway as much as possible. You might have to walk a bit, but you avoid the heavy New York City traffic. The subway connectivity is really great in the city.
- If you’re planning to go to see the Statue of Liberty, make sure you book your ferry tickets early as they tend to sell out fast. There’s a separate ticket if you wish to go up to the crown.
- In case you’re not so big on exploring the Statue of Liberty in such detail, you can take the free Staten Island ferry, which takes you almost as close to the island as any other ferry.
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