Planning a trip to New York City can be a challenge, there is so much to do and a limited amount of time to do it all. To help you out, we have compiled some of the best places to visit and things to do in NYC just to make life easier for you.
Day One: You land at New York’s JFK International Airport, quickly gather your luggage and hop in a cab for the ride into Manhattan. Your first destination is the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, which rises 26 stories above the heart of Times Square, but still manages to retain the soul of a New York boutique hotel. Here, you’re just steps from Broadway theaters, which is convenient since you have tickets to one of New York’s most popular stage productions: The Book of Mormon. The winner of nine Tony Awards, the satirical musical follows two young missionaries to Africa as they attempt to connect with the locals, and general hilarity ensues. Your trip to the Big Apple is off and running!
Day Two: You’ve decided your New York getaway will not be complete without a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which showcases the best of human creativity from across the globe, and in recent years has become one of the top attractions in New York. The world-famous collection includes 17 curatorial departments, from the splendors of ancient Egypt to the spectacular American Wing, inspiring treasures from the Greek and Roman world, and beloved Impressionist paintings. Energized, you double back to Central Park South and rent bikes to take in the scenery from the six-mile Central Park Bike Loop, which enables you to roll by the park’s huge Reservoir, up and down Harlem Hill, past the Great Lawn and make a stop at Strawberry Fields, the city’s beloved John Lennon memorial.
Day Three: This morning you’re headed downtown to spend some time at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which explores the implications and impacts of the 9/11 events in 2001, and their continued significance today. Many years in the making, the museum presents an interactive timeline to one of the most difficult days in U.S. history, and features artifacts and stories of loss and recovery. Once your visit is complete, it’s back to midtown for a trip to the “Top of the Rock.” Rockefeller Center may not be quite as famous as the nearby Empire State Building, but the views are just as amazing. Breathtaking vistas stretch for miles in every direction, and it’s easy to locate so many famous New York landmarks. Spectacular!
Day Four: You’re heading home later today, but before departing you check out High Line Park – one of the most unique things to do in New York. High Line Park was once the High Line, an elevated freight railroad track that connected trains directly to factories and warehouses in Lower Manhattan. After the High Line ceased being utilized, it was completely reimagined as High Line Park. The area has been developed with public art, and native greenery has been introduced and incorporated with the long-forgotten tracks to create a spectacular, scenic environment that locals and visitors alike have come to love. You take one more glimpse of the New York skyline, glance west to the Hudson River, and say goodbye to the Big Apple, until next time.