The Perfect New York Itinerary

Oh, New York, The Big Apple. It truly is a magical city. There is nowhere else like it in the entire world. I’ve been a few times now and would still go again and again and again. If you’ve never been, you better put it on your list of places to go as soon as possible!

I’ve visited New York once in the winter and once in the summer. In the winter it was so cold! And in the summer, it got pretty humid. But both times I had a lot of fun nonetheless.

Even if you’re only there for a few days, you can pack in a lot of things to do in a short amount of time. I have the perfect itinerary for you to really take in New York City!

DAY 1:

  • Check out The Vessel! The Vessel is a brand new structure which has quickly become a must see when visiting NYC. It’s free to get in but the line may be long. You can reserve your time and come back which makes it convenient. Right next door is a huge shopping mall, so you can kill some time there while you wait for your slot. You must climb all the way to the top because the views up there are AMAZING.
  • From The Vessel, you can walk to the High Line. This is another must in my opinion. It’s not really an attraction, it’s more of an area. What used to be an old freight train track… it is now a beautiful walkway that is about 2 kilometers long. Take a stroll along this lovely walkway… you can see some old brick stone houses, lush greenery and some modern art. This is also free! Yay!
  • Street art is HUGE in NYC. You can honestly just walk around and you’ll spot some everywhere.
  • Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial – World Trade Centre Site. (If you see a white rose laid on top of a name, it was put there for their birthday)
  • Head to Brooklyn at night… have dinner at Sugarcane in the Dumbo area! We got there right when the sun was setting. I caught some of the most amazing views of the sunset and the NYC skyline. It was absolutely breathtaking. Sugarcane was also really delicious! It is a little pricey, but you gotta splurge at least once on your trip!
  • After dinner, walk around Brooklyn and take in the beautiful sights. Bar hop and grab some cocktails at the many different bars and lounges that are there!
The Vessel
The Vessel
High Line

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Street Art
9/11 Memorial
Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

DAY 2:

  • Go to the Empire State Building. Make sure you go all the way to the top. The views up there are amazing.
  • Walk around Rockefeller Center. If you go during Christmas time, this is the place to be! If you’ve seen Home Alone 2, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
  • Grab a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I read that this bakery was famous for their red velvet cupcakes. It is a bit pricey but it was delicious!… and totally worth it!
  • Head to the American Museum of Natural History. Depending on how much time you have or how much you actually want to see… this museum is HUGE and has many, many exhibitions. If you want to just browse through the different exhibits, an hour or 2 will do… but if you want to actually see and read everything, you might have to spend at least half a day here!
  • Central Park! Of course you have to check out Central Park. Need I say more?!
  • Check out The Plaza Hotel – made famously from Home Alone 2! It’s right in front of Central Park so you can see it while you’re walking around the park.
  • Stroll around Fifth Avenue. Even if you’re not looking to actually buy anything… it’s fun to just walk around and window shop!
  • Go to Times Square at night! Grab a hot dog or two from a street vendor and enjoy it while you take in all of the beautiful lights. Times Square is truly something special. You’ll feel like you’re in a movie for sure. Definitely check out at least one rooftop bar in Times Square as well. The drinks can be expensive but the views are priceless.
Times Square!
Beautiful buildings!

DAY 3:

  • If it’s baseball season, definitely check out a Yankees game! We scored some tickets for really cheap! Less than $30 bucks!
  • Make your way to Washington Square Park. You can get some beautiful photos here! We sat for a little while and watched people playing in the fountain… it was nice to see that away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • SOHO is a must if you’re into fashion. They also have some amazing street fashion brands… They have everything from Billionaire Boys Club to BAPE and Supreme.
  • Little Italy and Chinatown are for sure a must if you want to get some really good food for cheap!
  • Statue of Liberty – I’ve been to the Statue of Liberty both in the day and at night. Well, I didn’t actually go at night but I when I went in the day, we took the ferry there and got to see and walk around it. Another time, we just rode the ferry at night to Staten Island where we could see the Statue of Liberty from the boat… I actually preferred this rather than actually going there. The views were spectacular. But either way, make sure you catch a glimpse of it!
Washington Square Park
Yankee Stadium
NYC skyline at night
On the ferry to Staten Island

There’s obviously a lot more to see and do in New York but if you’re only there for a few days… these are my musts!

I hope everyone gets to experience the crazy, beautiful city of New York at least once in their lives. It truly is magical.

Happy traveling!

Some of my favorite travel bottles to pack your most essential toiletries.

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