Day Trip To Death Valley

I’m actually not sure if I’ve ever been to Death Valley before this… and if I had, it was probably when I was really young because I don’t remember.

Not sure why I hadn’t gone sooner as an adult… it’s so close to Vegas and it’s really beautiful! As I was driving, it looked as if I were on a different planet!😯The colors and shapes of the mountains were unlike anything I have ever seen.

How to get there:

From Las Vegas, it’s about a 2 hour drive. You’ll drive through Pahrump but after Pahrump, there really isn’t anything… so, make sure you have a full tank of gas and some food for lunch. (Oh, right before you get to Death Valley, there is this small, abandoned town that is a bit creepy but kind of interesting to look at!)😛

It is $30 for a day pass. Which seemed a bit pricey but seeing how many different trails there were inside Death Valley, it could’ve been worth it. I wish I had set out a bit earlier… Got there around 12:45pm. Definitely was not enough time to hike more than a few trails. I would suggest leaving Vegas around 8-9am.

Must see spots:

Badwater Basin: A lot of parking. Easy hike.

Golden Canyon: Parking lot. Moderate level hike.

Zabriskie Point: There is a parking lot and a little hike to get to the top but we just parked on the side and adventured on our own path.

Since we didn’t have a lot of time that day… I definitely want to go back and see and do more of the hiking trails next time.

I’ve seen pictures of Artist’s Palette and it looks absolutely beautiful. Would love to do that one next time I go!

Death Valley is a definite must if you’re in Vegas!

Happy exploring!

L.A. In Two Days

I haven’t been able to travel abroad in over a year now… because of this pandemic. Yes, it’s been difficult, given the fact, that I used to travel at least every few months or so… and I’ve been really sad that I didn’t reach my #35before35 goal… but I can only take positives from this negative. I’ve been exploring my own hometown and have also been taking many road trips. I realized that there is actually so much to do so close to home!

I recently went to L.A. and even though, a lot of places were still shut down… I made the best of it. Looking for a quick little getaway?… California is the best!

Day 1:

Go to Canyon Lake Drive to spot the HOLLYWOOD SIGN. They recently made it harder to get close to the sign but you can still see it from the viewpoints. Parking is free as well.😊

Drive around Beverly Hills and check out all of the beautiful homes. Take a picture in the middle of the street with all of the palm trees! #instagramworthy !

Go check out the Griffith Observatory. Unfortunately, when we had gone… it was still closed. But, the views up there were still amazing! Note: You do have to pay to park.

Grab food at Neptune’s Net and eat on the beach! (with a lot of restaurants still being closed and only doing take away… this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and have a picnic!)

Day 2:

Walk around Venice Beach. Take a photo at the Venice sign! You’ll find this on Pacific and Windward.

Want to splurge? Or looking for a great place for a date night? ~ Check out Nobu Malibu! The views here are amaaazing. AND of course, the food is SO GOOD.

LACMA – If you’re in L.A., you’ve got to check out the beautiful lights at LACMA.

Check out Little Tokyo! Check out the cute shops and grab some food! I loved the onigiris at Rice & Nori! We got a few onigiris and a cucumber salad and drove down to Laguna and ate lunch on the beach. It was perfect!

Last day:

Before we headed back home… we decided to check out the Farmers Market. There’s a lot of different food stalls and some restaurants. It is a little pricey, but it was fun to also just walk around.

SKIP: I don’t recommend going to the Hollywood Stars and Chinese Theater. I was so excited to check it out because the last time I had gone was probably when I was a kid. But this area has changed so much. It was really dirty, a little sketchy and there were a lot of homeless around. Parking was also $17! Not worth it at all.

Even though, travel has been restricted significantly for some… I hope you’re at least making the best of it and adventuring around your own city or to nearby places!

Happy exploring!

Note: I went back in July of 2020. Check with the current travel restrictions in California before planning your trip.

Mammoth In The Summer

Before, I usually thought of just snow and snow activities when I thought of Mammoth. I didn’t realize that it’s actually a great place to go in the summer months as well!

There’s so much to do there and so many beautiful spots to check out! I wish I had stayed a few more days so that I could’ve done some more activities. But I will definitely be back!

From Vegas, Mammoth is about a 5 hour drive. We set out super early in the morning and arrived in Mammoth around 10:30am. We grabbed some lunch and then headed straight to the hiking trails. Devil’s Post Pile and Rainbow Falls is a must! The hike was pretty easy and the waterfall at the end is SO BEAUTIFUL! It’s a 5 mile hike roundtrip to the falls and back. You can go all the way down to the waterfall and get into the water. It was FREEZING tho! I saw some people swimming… I’m not sure how they did that! I just put my feet in and it was so cold! But it felt really refreshing after the hike.

Devil’s Post Pile
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls

After the hike, we drove to June Lake, which is about a 30 minute drive from Devil’s Post Pile. It’s a beautiful lake surrounded by trees! It was a bit windy when we went but still relaxing nonetheless.

June Lake

It was about 5pm, so we headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at Sierra Lodge. http://www.sierralodge.com The room was pretty nice but the door and walls are really thin that we could hear everything outside. BUT for the price and the location, it was perfect for us. It is close to so many restaurants and bars. You can even walk to The Village (a cute little area with shops, bars, restaurants)

The Village in the day
The Village at night

We had dinner at Toomey’s. We read that this place was good so we wanted to check it out. It was good! And the staff were so nice and super friendly! (p.s. if you’re going out to dine right now (during this pandemic)… and if you enjoyed the service provided by your server.. please tip extra if you can! I was a server for a very long time and I know how hard it is.. but it’s gotta be even harder right now for them. Take care of them please.)

After dinner, we walked around The Village. It’s beautiful at night! With all of the lights… it felt like Christmas in July.

The next morning we woke up early to go kayaking but unfortunately, the wind had other plans for us. So, we just checked out Crowley Lake and had lunch there. (for lunch we got some protein bowls and juice shots from Elixir.. super good spot!)

I read that there were these really cool looking columns at Crowley Lake… so we set off to find them. Got lost a few times, went off roading but no luck. If you find them, let me know! Sad I didn’t find it.

But in trying to find the columns, we stumbled on some beautiful views and stopped to say hello to some cow friends.

Benton Crossing

If you have more time, I definitely say go KAYAKING! and also mountain bike up those beautiful mountains. You can take the gondola to the top and ride! How awesome is that?!? Next time for me…

Happy exploring!

Why I Fell In Love With Amsterdam

Amsterdam had always been at the top of my bucket list of places I wanted to visit… I finally made it happen last year and it was everything I imagined it would be and more.

Amsterdam is absolutely beautiful. The pictures that you see on the internet… it really is that breathtaking.

The flower markets, the canals, the cute little buildings everywhere… how can you not fall in love with Amsterdam?

Where to stay: Hotel Asterisk – I loved the hotel that I stayed at… the room was pretty small (European hotels are usually very small, so it was expected) but cozy and had everything that I needed. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. But the best part, was the location. It is near many restaurants, bars, shopping… about a 10 minute walk to the Heineken Brewery and many other attractions. The museum quarter is also close.

They also gave me a cute gift when I checked out. I remember and appreciate the little things like this.☺️

asteriskhotel.nl

What to eat: Stroopwafel. O M G. Yum. These can be addicting… pair it with a delicious cup of coffee or latte and you’ll be hooked.

What to see: definitely check out the flower markets… you can pick up some cute souvenirs or just enjoy all of the beautiful tulips and other cute trinkets.

~ if you like visiting museums… there are some really great ones here in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum can get busy so check to see if you can purchase tickets online first so you can get a good time slot. Otherwise the lines can get long. https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en

What to do: Anne Frank’s house, in my opinion, is an absolute must. They only sell a limited amount of tickets per day, so make sure to book that way in advance. https://www.annefrank.org/en/museum/tickets/

Writing about Amsterdam is making me want to go back! I hope you will fall in love just as much as I did with this beautiful city.

Happy traveling! (Dag! ~ “good day!”)

How To Spend Two Days in Belgium

I really wish I had spent a few more days in Belgium… because as soon as I got there, I just fell in love with the country. Everything is so beautiful and everyone is so friendly and nice.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to spend more than a few days here because I was on a tight time crunch for the rest of my Europe journey. But nonetheless, I still had an amazing time in Belgium!

If you’re short on time as well… I have made a list of things that are MUST Do’s.

Note: I stayed in the City Center area… which was close to shopping, many restaurants, bars, the train station… etc.

The hotel I stayed at: Hygge Hotel ( hyggehotel.be )- I highly recommend this hotel! It wasn’t cheap but definitely was on the lower price range of hotels in Europe… (hotels in Europe can be very expensive) It is also bigger than most hotels as well. I’ve stayed in a bunch of hotels in Europe that were the size of closets and were $100+ a night. This hotel had large private bathrooms, spacious rooms with large beds and beautiful windows all around to view the city. I LOVED this hotel. It was one of my favorites on my European trip last year.


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Walk around Avenue Louise – This is a lively neighborhood close to the city center. There are tons of bars and restaurants that line the streets. It’s about 10 minutes from the main train station.

Check out the Ferris Wheel at Place Poelaert – Take a stroll around here and the streets at Place Poelaert.

Go to the Place Royale – I woke up super early one morning… and headed out in hopes of capturing some beautiful photos without anyone in them. Success. I got so many amazing photos of the Grand Palace with no one in them! It was also so beautiful to the see sun rising and the early morning fog around the beautiful buildings. Located in the Main Square, it is very easy to find.

Mannekin Pis – It will be crowded with other tourists… but I believe it is a must when visiting Brussels. They change the statues’ clothes every so often… it’s so cute!

Atomium – Years ago I was watching The Amazing Race and they went here… Right then and there… I mentally put it in my list of places to go to. I never forgot. I just HAD to come here on my trip to Brussels. It was pretty cool! It gets crowded, so getting a photo without anyone in it might be a bit difficult.

Day trip to Ghent – This is a MUST. It’s a short train ride from Brussels to Ghent… and totally worth it. Ghent is so beautiful! It’s one of the cutest little towns I have ever seen. I wanted to stay there all day but… I had to get back to Belgium. But it definitely is at least a half day trip. You must visit the castle that is there. It is called Gravensteen Castle and is about a 30 minute walk from the train station. The castle dates back to 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It was restored over 1893-1903 and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city. I walked there to see all of the other beautiful building around the town… but you can take a bus/tram to get there as well.

Sant Nicholas’ Church – A beautiful, beautiful building that looked straight out of a movie. It sort of reminded me of Harry Potter World. Ha.

Eat mussels, frites and have an ice cold beer – After exploring the city for a whole day in the drizzling rain… sitting down to a big bowl of mussels and some delicious Belgian beer was a great way to end the day… any day! ~ Where to find great mussels: Le Marmiton / Beer suggestion: Grimbergen … YUM.

Musee d’Art Modern – The views here are amazing… go early so you can get some awesome photos with no one in them!

I hope you will enjoy Belgium as much as I did!

Happy traveling!

10 Things You Must Do In Osaka!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Japan. I love everything about the country. The food, the culture, the people, the shopping… EVERYTHING!

In 2018, after I left from a year in Thailand, I went to Japan for almost 2 weeks. But that still was not enough time to really see the country. I’d love to go back one day and explore other cities as well. On this trip I got to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. I loved all of the cities in different ways. I ended my trip in Osaka… and it was absolutely lovely.


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Here I have compiled a list of things you MUST DO in Osaka! (in no particular order)

  • Go to Shinsekai! – Shinsekai is an old neighborhood in Osaka City’s downtown “Minami” area. It was neglected after World War II and has become one of Japan’s poorest areas. It also got a very bad reputation for being Osaka’s most dangerous area. But Shinsekai boasts a very colorful history and unique identity. Although, this part of Osaka was said to have a very negative depiction, I didn’t feel that at all! I even stayed in Shinsekai during my stay. My hotel was quite nice and there were so many restaurants, shopping and bars within walking distance. I didn’t feel unsafe at all, even during the night. I walked around at night a few times by myself and never felt that I was in danger whatsoever. (We all know that Japan is also one of the most safest countries in the world.) We stayed at the Hotel Vertex Osaka… I highly recommend this hotel. It was very affordable, clean, quite spacious and near so many things and was walking distance to the subway station.


  • Eat Ramen! – Well, I mean, you NEED to eat ramen if you go to Japan, whether it be in Tokyo, Osaka… or any other city. But this ramen was my favorite! I forgot the name of the ramen shop… but it was literally right next to our hotel… (Hotel Vertex Osaka) definitely stop by and eat some ramen here! The spicy miso ramen was SOOOOOOOO GOOD!

  • Go to Dotonbori! – A really touristy place but definitely worth visiting. It is one of the most iconic places in Osaka. There is Dotonbori Street and Dotonboru Canal. This is the best place to try some amazing Japanese street food and also people watch! There’s great shopping and tons of restaurants and bars as well.
The famous Glico Man

  • Try Takoyaki! – Takoyaki is a little ball of batter with octopus. I know, that may sound weird to some… but it’s really good. Trust me! It’s the classic Japanese street food. (I got some really delicious takoyaki in Dotonbori!)

  • Go to Osaka Castle! – I LOVE visiting castles on my travels. It’s one of my most favorite things to do. I am obsessed with castles and the history behind all of them. Plan to spend at least half a day here… there is a lot to see in and around the castle!

  • Visit Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel – You can see some amazing views of Osaka at the top! There’s also the Osaka Aquarium and Legoland nearby!

  • Spend a day at Universal Studios Osaka! – I HAD SO MUCH FUN here… I absolutely love Universal Studios! I’ve been to 3 out of the 4 that they have in the world… and it never disappoints!
Harry Potter World🤓

  • Try Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream – This ice cream was so delicious! You must try it!

  • Eat Kushikatsu! – Originally from Osaka, this is a must try while visiting the city. Kushikatsu is a Japanese dish of deep fried skewered meat and vegetables, usually served with raw cabbage leaves and dipping sauces.

  • Ride a boat down Dotonbori Canal! – I had so much fun riding down the canal and looking at all of the cool buildings. The tour guide also tells you bit of history of the city and Dotonbori.

One more I wanted to add…

Get a drink at Starbucks! – I know what you’re thinking… go all the way to Japan to drink Starbucks?! But trust me… I always make it a point to go to Starbucks in Asian countries… they always have the most unique flavors that you obviously cannot get in the states. In Japan they have sakura inspired drinks and other different flavors. (I tried the yuzu iced tea… it was delicious! btw – also very expensive as with a lot of other things in Japan… but hey! Gotta splurge once in awhile!)

There’s so much to see and do in Osaka… I only had a few days so this is what I did! If you’re short on time as well… I hope this list helps. I also hope that you fall in love with Japan as much as I did.

Happy traveling!

The Best Places To Go Hiking Around Las Vegas

(Note: I’m writing this while we are currently in 30 days of all nonessential businesses being closed, so please take into account of any park closures or limited hours, etc.)

As of now, all of these mentioned below are still open, although Red Rock has many entrance closures for cars, but you can still park and walk to the trails. Valley of Fire is only open during the day and is closed for overnight camping. (All visitor centers, museums, etc. are also closed)(Currently, they are also not charging any fees to enter the parks)

Many people only think that Las Vegas is all about casinos, hotels, gambling and drinking… and while yes, that is a huge part of our town… there are a lot of other things to do other than getting drunk and losing all of your money. If you’re into nature and love finding new places to hike… here are some of my favorite places around Las Vegas to catch some beautiful views and fresh air.


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  • 1. Mt. Charleston – (no entrance fee) Only an hour drive from Las Vegas… Mt. Charleston has some of the most beautiful views, both in winter and summer. In the winter, the floor is blanketed in beautiful white snow. The trees glisten in the sunlight. The lodge is a great place to grab a hot chocolate or a Bailey’s with whiskey.😉
  • 2. Red Rock Canyon – (entrance fee of $15 per vehicle) I live really close to Red Rock, it feels like it’s just in my backyard. So, it’s one of my favorite places to go for a hike and a little getaway from the city. Red Rock has so many different great trails…depending on your level and distance you want to hike. Some of my favorite trails are:
    • Calico Hills Trail
    • Calico Tank Trail
    • First Creek Canyon Trail
    • Ice Box Canyon Trail
    • Latenight and Mustang Loop Trail
    • Cowboy Trails MTB Loop

  • 3. Valley of Fire State Park – (entrance fee of $10 per vehicle) About a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is definitely worth visiting. The rocks and mountains are very different from Red Rock. There aren’t as many trails as Red Rock but the few that they have are beautiful!

4. Little Finland – (no entrance fee) I recently found this cool new hiking place not too far from Vegas. About a 3 hour (altogether) drive from Las Vegas. It’s a bit further than the other places I usually hike, but the drive was definitely worth it! (check out my blog post about a Little Finland where I have more information on how to get there and what to expect!)

https://jjennietravels.com/2020/03/26/off-roading-adventure-to-little-finland/

  • 5. Exploration Peak Park – (no entrance fee) If you don’t want to drive far at all… and you live in the Southwest area, this is a great place for a quick hike and some great views of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s located in Mountain’s Edge. The hike is easy and there is also a great walking path to walk, jog or run.

Happy exploring!

Off Roading Adventure to Little Finland

Lately, I’ve been on a mission to find new places around Las Vegas to take beautiful photos and hike. Little day trips here and there are always fun and a great way to get some fresh air and explore.

I recently went to a new place called Little Finland. It’s a little further than the other places I’ve been hiking to recently but… in my opinion, it was totally worth the drive!

Little Finland is located in Nevada by the Gold Butte National Monument. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas and then another hour or so of off roading… so make sure you have the right car. An SUV or truck with 4WD will do.

To get to Little Finland from Las Vegas… head north on the I- 15 towards Mesquite. You will pass the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and then when you see signs of Gold Butte Monument, you will exit there. There are signs for Little Finland, so just follow those. There is no entrance fee and you do not need a permit or anything to visit here as well! Great right?!

If you’re not into off roading and bumpy roads… this might not be for you. But if it is… this is a perfect day trip! If you don’t have an accessible car or you don’t want to drive on that type of terrain… you can park and hike the 12 miles… but um… that’s a pretty far hike. But totally up to you!

We only saw about 10 cars that whole day we were there. If you’re looking for seclusion… and a little peace and quiet, this is definitely the place to go. Once I got there, I felt like I was on the set of some sci-fi movie. The rock formations were interesting and beautiful at the same time.

We hiked a little bit then enjoyed lunch right in the middle of the beautiful red rocks and sand. I definitely recommend bringing a lunch and some snacks… and of course a lot of water! A trip to Little Finland is definitely a whole day trip! We left at about 8:30 in the morning and returned back to Vegas around 5pm.

Here are some more photos I captured that I hope will entice you to visit Little Finland!

Happy exploring!

The Ultimate Miami Bucket List

I recently went to Miami and absolutely fell in love with the city. If it wasn’t for the humidity… and really expensive housing, I would probably move there.😛

There is so much to see and do in Miami, luckily Miami is pretty small and you’ll be able to fit a lot into a short trip. I spent a week there and it was enough time. I’d love to go back again though, very soon!

Here are some must things that everyone should see and do in Miami!

  • Head to Espanola Way – Grab dinner at Oh! Mexico (their shrimp cocktail was delicious!) and then take a stroll around there at night, it’s beautiful.
Espanola Way
Shrimp cocktail at Oh! Mexico

  • Walk around the beach, duh! South Beach is crazy, beautiful, loud, amaaazing. Take in all of the sights. It’s both beautiful in the day and at night. At night, you can bar hop. There are so many different bars and clubs, there’s something for everyone!
South Beach at night!

  • Mango’s! – this was MY FAVORITE club when I was in Miami. I’m really not a huge nightclub person anymore… but this place was so much fun! It had more of a casual vibe. The music they played was great! There were several rooms with different music playing in each of them. They also had dancers and performers that came on every hour or so. Definitely check out Mango’s!
Mango’s!

  • Chalan on the Beach – grab lunch here before or after the beach. The ceviche was delicious!
Delicious ceviche at Chalan on the Beach

  • Lincoln Road – walk around Lincoln Road. There are many shops and restaurants. Cute place to take a walk at night!
Lincoln Road

  • Domino Park – unfortunately, when we got to Little Havana, the domino park was closed and everyone was gone for the night. I really wanted to see the people playing dominos! Next time…

  • Little Havana – Little Havana is a MUST! Grab some delicious, authentic Cuban food and then check out the bars that line the streets. I recommend Old’s Havana Cubana Bar and Cucina… they had some amazing food! And then check out Ball & Chain after dinner for some cocktails! There’s some beautiful street art that line the streets in Little Havana as well!
Delicious food at Old’s Havana!
Menu at Ball & Chain

  • Nobu Miami – I’m a huge fan of Nobu. I know, I know, it’s a bit pricey but once in awhile I believe it’s ok to splurge… especially if it’s on delicious foods.

  • Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine – definitely grab a bite to eat at this restaurant! I believe they have 3 around the city… the Cubano was SO GOOD! You won’t be disappointed!
Cubano at Havana 1957

  • Wynwood Walls – this was probably one of my favorite things that we did on our trip. The street art and murals were absolutely beautiful!
Wynwood
This one was my favorite!
LOVE Audrey Kawasaki♥️

  • Go to a Miami Heat game – tickets can be really cheap! I think we paid less than $30 for our ticket. I love sporting events so if you do too… it’s so much fun!

  • Bayside Marketplace – located right across the street from the American Airlines Arena (where the Miami Heat play) it’s a cute little area with a bunch of shops and restaurants right on the water.

  • Bacon Bitch (Shhh) – in the day, it’s a breakfast spot… but it’s a secret little spot at night. You have to pull a book from the shelf and the shelf opens. HA. Straight out of a movie. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the cool decor and art inside.

  • My Ceviche – there was a huge line when we got there… which obviously means it’s good. It was! If you like ceviche, definitely check this place out. There’s nowhere to eat there though, we took ours to go and ate at the beach. It was perfect.

  • Take a picture in front of the many colorful lifeguard towers – Miami is known for having super cute and colorful lifeguard towers. For sure a great spot for that perfect instagram photo!

  • The Clevelander – outdoor club right across the street from the beach!

  • Faena Hotel – this hotel has some of the most eclectic art pieces I have ever seen. It’s also home to the wooly mammoth skeleton that is coated in 24 karat gold!

  • Downtown Miami – downtown looks so different than South Beach. But it’s definitely worth checking out too!
Downtown Miami

Miami is truly an amazing city that everyone will fall in love with. Everyone needs to experience it at least once! I’d love to go again and again and again.

Happy traveling!

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!


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