Since I can remember, New York City has been my dream destination. Joana only had eyes for Sydney – but after spending a week in New York, even she gave in to the enchanting charm of this city that never sleeps!
Talking about New York City is bitter sweet for us – this really was the trip of our dreams that leftus feeling completely in awe of a world that had only existed in movies and in our imaginations until then. So, what now? Where could we ever go that could top being in this city where everything happens?
Of course, we continued to travel – and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! – but the truth is we don’t think any place can ever compare to this amazing city!
It’s impossible to see everything that New York City has to offer, but there are many experiences and places that need to be a part of your itinerary when visiting this city. Below, check out our suggestions to make your trip to New York even more special:
Times Square is, without a doubt, the heart of New York City. Besides all its iconic stores and restaurants (which are definitely worth a visit!), what most fascinated us was to simply stand here and observe the city’s hustle and bustle. The yellow cabs, the people in a rush, the street entertainment – everything happens quickly here so it’s best to stop and take a little bit of it in!
One of New York’s best known skyscrapers, the Rockefeller Center offers one of the most stunning views of the city from its observation deck. The views of Central Park covered in snow and the Empire State Building in the city panorama are images we will never forget. Joana and I went up to the observation deck in the early evening so we could catch the sunset and the beginning of the night – we 100% recommend you to get to the observation deck at this time!
New York City’s lung, Central Park is the perfect spot to spend a romantic afternoon. Joana and I saved this spot for Valentine’s Day and we couldn’t have chosen a better moment. We toured the park as it was covered in snow and got to know all about the New Yorker’s daily life.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Another one of New York’s best known observation decks, the Empire State Building is undoubtedly one of the city’s most iconic buildings. If we had to choose between it and the Rockefeller Center, we would prefer the views from the lattest. But the Empire State Building is worth a visit, if not only for its incredible history and presence in some of New York City’s most iconic movies.
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Another one of the city’s most iconic places, Grand Central Station is amazing! From its architectural details (the ceiling décor, the old clocks, the majestic stairwells), to the hustle and bustle of people always rushing around, this place is a must in New York!
STATUE OF LIBERTY
Even though we believe that New York must be experienced from its inside, it’s definitely worthwhile to get out for a little while and visit the iconic Statue of Liberty. All you have to do is to catch the ferry to Ellis Island to explore what was once one of the largest terminals where all immigrants entering the US would have to pass through. Besides the Statue (which is just magnificent), there is also a museum on the island that tells the stories of these immigrants.
WORLD TRADE CENTER: 9/11 MEMORIAL
This is a heavier stop but an absolute must for anyone visiting New York. It’s so essential to understand what happened on that day in 2001 and to honor the victims and heroes of this day that will live on in History forever.
New York City surprises us at every turn and the Chrysler Building is just one of its pleasant surprises. Its futuristic architecture with a clean design makes this a truly unique skyscraper in New York’s skyline.
One of New York’s main attractions, the Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect place to enjoy a pleasant walk and take in a unique view of Manhattan. We really wanted to join the other New Yorkers and jog with that view but it was really just too cold!
For me and Joana, European football is the king of all sports. But we couldn’t visit the US without watching an NBA game! We ended up buying tickets to see the New York Kings play against the Sacramento Kings and it was insane. From the price of tickets (the cheapest ones started at €100!), to the atmosphere – everything is different and it blew our minds.
New York’s great shopping avenue, 5 th Avenue offers us a peak into New York’s more elegant side. All the renowned fashion brands are here and you just have walk along their window shops at least once.
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
New York has a wealth of museums and it’s simply impossible to visit them all in one trip. So Joana and I ended up choosing our favorites and we started at the American Museum of Natural History. At the museum that inspired Night At The Museum, there really is so much to see from a giant whale, to the dinosaur bones and Native American canoes. We almost spent an entire day there exploring it all!
One of New York City’s first skyscrapers, the Flatiron Building was once the tallest in the city with its 22 floors. Currently, it remains an important landmark in the city if not just for its unique structure.
HIGH LINE PARK
This park, created on an elevated and abandoned section of the New York Central Railroad, is one of the most unique places we have visited to date. Stretching for over 2km, it offers one of the most unique views of New York in a calm setting, just above the bustling city. The perfect spot for a romantic stroll at sunset!
Being the huge Phantom of the Opera fans that we are, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to see this musical live on Broadway! And because one show wasn’t enough, we ended up buying last minute tickets at a shop hidden underneath the stairs at Times Square to see Mama Mia!
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Located on 5 th Avenue and 42 nd Street, this marble building is the largest public library in the US and the fourth largest in the world! Guided tours are free and tell you all about the unique artifacts that are kept in the majestic halls of this library.
MADISON SQUARE PARK
In the peak of winter, Joana and I couldn’t resist a short stop in this park to play in the snow! Madison Square Park is one of the city’s many green spaces (or white, in winter). Today, it has free Wi-Fi, a playground, art installations and a bunch of events happening year-round!