I was inspired to write this post after a co-worker of mine told me she was headed to New York City for a holiday. This is one of my absolute favourite places to visit. I get excited just hearing the words “New York City”! There is something indescribable about its energy. You just have to experience it for yourself!
This post will focus on the island of Manhattan as this is where my experience has been. Manhattan has a lot to offer: great restaurants, beautiful parks, art, music, museums, history and theatre just to name a few. Many things are accessible on foot or a short subway ride away. There is so much available, all jam packed on one island!
It is impossible to do it all in one visit, but with 3-5 full days you can pack in a lot of sightseeing! If you have limited time it is best to do some advanced planning to get an idea of what type of things you may want to do or see and then pick and choose. A great way of seeing the city, if it is your first time and if you have a limited amount of time, is to get passes for a hop on and hop off bus. There are different tour operators that offer these excursions. You can purchase them on the street in Times Square or online (online prices may be cheaper). This is a great way to get around and see some places you may want to revisit after the tour. Night tours are also offered which include a stop in Brooklyn to view the Manhattan skyline. If you have more time, I suggest choosing some specific things you want to see and do, exploring the different neighbourhoods at your leisure and saving time for doing some things on the spur of the moment. One of my favourite things to do when time is not a factor is grabbing a latte and taking some reading material to enjoy on a bench in Central Park.
Stay tuned for my next post: Top things to do in Manhattan for under $20.