Find out what you shouldn’t miss on a week-long trip to New York with my program idea.
Visiting New York requires a minimum of prior organization, especially if you go there for the first time. The Big Apple is a place where you will never get bored. Day or night, there are plenty of activities, restaurants and monuments to discover. If you only have a week to see it all, follow the guide, that’s it! I have provided you with a program that condenses the best sites to discover.
To recover from jet lag and your travel, I suggest you start your stay in New York easy.
put on your shoes and go oxygenate in central park, the green lung of Manhattan. This garden stretches from 5th Avenue to Central Park West in width, and from Central Park North to 59th Street in length. The park can be explored on foot, by bike, by scooter, and even by boat. Plan several stops to watch New Yorkers play baseball and take some photos. The best views of the park are found at Castle Lookout, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and Sheep Meadow.
After this breath of fresh air, I suggest you End the day in style at the Mandarin Oriental. This prestigious hotel is located right next to the 80 Columbus circle. Depending on your budget, you can choose to have a coffee, a drink, a meal or even a room. Regardless of what you decide to do, the exceptional view of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park is worth the trip.
For the second day, I have planned a busier schedule for you with an early wake-up call. If you want visit the Statue of Liberty without crowdsForget the lie. The ferry’s first departure is at 9 am from Battery Park and the ticket office opens at 8:30 am Attention, to enter the crown of the Statue of Liberty, tickets must be reserved 3 months in advance. The boat takes you to two islands: Liberty Island and Ellis Island. On Liberty Island you can admire the Statue of Liberty and on Ellis Island you can visit the National Museum of Immigration.
To continue this day, I suggest you stay in lower manhattanaddress the 9/11 memorial (at: 180 Greenwich St). This place pays tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks. Your visit is unmissable and very emotional.
After these strong emotions, you will want to take a step back and even get up. I take you to the tallest tower in Manhattan, specifically to One World Observatory at 117 West St. One of the most beautiful panoramas in New York, especially at sunset!
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I suggest you start this third day calmly. Get on an open-top bus and let yourself be guided. Well installed in your seat and with your hair in the wind, you will be able to discover all the mythical places of New York such as the empire state buildingthe Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square. The advantage of this means of transport is being able to stop and get back on wherever you want. In this way, you can plan two stops that are not necessarily next to each other, such as the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art)) and the grand central terminal.
the PLACES It is located at 1000 5th avenue and grand central terminal, further south, at 89 E 42nd Street. A visit to the MET is unavoidable. This huge museum contains a rich collection of works. Try to select the ones that interest you the most, since it is impossible to see everything in half a day. After visiting the MET, you can head to Grand Central Terminal to eat. This magnificent station has served as the setting for well-known films such as Avengers and bone collector. also houses a market and several restaurants.
If you’re still in great shape, end your evening at times square. Here, “the city that never sleeps” acquires its full meaning. The animation and the play of light are there. You will find many restaurants, fast food and the famous M&M’s store.
Today is time for a change of scenery! We are going to two emblematic neighborhoods of Manhattan: Chinatown and Little Italy.
Arriving in Chinatown, you just have to look at the architecture of the buildings to feel transported to the land of the rising sun. I advise you to walk through these two neighborhoods to discover their charms and their secrets. In every corner, you will go from surprise to surprise. People practicing tai chi, a Buddhist temple, amazing products… I won’t tell you more. I wouldn’t want to spoil your fun.
At night, change the atmosphere by going to Chelsea Market located at 75 9th Avenue. This covered market will allow you to do some shopping and eat on the spot if you need to.
Even if they Helicopter flights from New York are quite expensive, this unique experience will allow you to see the Big Apple from above. With this perspective, you can enjoy different views, each one as spectacular as the last. Intersecting streets, huge skyscrapers, Central Park… It will surprise you!
When you come back down to earth at the New York Heliport (at 6 E River Bikeway), don’t forget to walk to the base of two iconic buildings: the Flatiron Building and Empire State Building (You can buy your tickets on site or to save money, buy a Go New York pass which will give you access to several activities for a single price).
the district of brooklyn It is worth a little excursion. If your feet still allow it, you can cross the brooklyn bridge walking. Stepping off the bridge, you are right in the heart of the Dumbo neighborhood. This old industrial district has been renovated with shops and art galleries where you will enjoy strolling.
For lunch I recommend 1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel. The cuisine is delicious and the setting extraordinary with a breathtaking view of the East River and Manhattan. If you don’t know where to have dinner at night, try the famous hamburger chain: smoothie shack. You will have no trouble finding these establishments. They are scattered throughout the city.
Departure day, the program will be light! You shouldn’t miss your flight. If you have some free time, you can visit the Guggenheim Museum (the museum of modern art) located in 1071 Fifth Avenue. His architecture as well as his collection of works of art surprise. Fans of strange buildings will also be seduced by the twa hotel located directly across from JFK airport.