Written by Rachael Wichard.
I have just returned from an amazing 3 night trip to New York for my 40th birthday! I wanted to share my travel tips with you and itinerary based on a three night stay.
If you want to get the most out of trip and see all the major tourist sights that the city has to offer I would recommend the following:
When you arrive after the flight you have to go through immigration, which can take some time. It took me over an hour to get through so it’s worth barring this in mind. I would definitely recommend catching the shuttle bus from the Newark airport to Downtown Manhattan; it only costs $28 for a round trip.
After the long flight you will be probably just want quiet a chilled evening, I would recommend either eating at the famous Bubba Gump’s restaurant in Times Square or Ellen’s stardust diner where up and coming Stars will sing and entertain you whilst you dine. If you go to bed at normal local time then this should help with the jetlag and the 5 hour time difference.
Start early to beat the crowds and buy a New York pass before you travel (we can recommend the right one for you) this allows you to pick your Attractions and skip the line at many, also saving you a lot of money.
I would highly recommend the open top bus experience that allows you to hop on and off offer 5 different routes. This allows you to see the city and the driver will point out all the sights and buildings along the way.
I got off at the Statue of liberty stop and took the free Staten Island ferry to see the iconic statue of Liberty. If you do this early enough you will beat the crowds and get lots of great photos!
It was time to get back on the bus and I hopped off at the Empire State Building stop with the New York pass allowing me to skip the line and bypass the ques. Enjoy the stunning views of this beautiful city and pay extra to go up to the observatory if you are brave enough!
After this experience I found a stunning rooftop bar complete with igloos and blankets to watch the sunset over this beautiful city with the Empire state in the background.
If you fancy a big night out in Times Square later I would recommend the R Lounge at Times Square with resident DJ on a Friday night with stunning views to people watch at the beginning of Times Square.
If you want a shopping day then 5th avenue has the high end designer shops and 7th avenue known as fashion avenue is good too. In this area you find all the big names such as Saks, Macey’s and Bloomingdale’s. It is worth bearing in mind that none of the prices include tax this gets added at till!
After a day of shopping take a relaxing harbour lights cruise or visit the Rockefeller Centre and take the lift to the Top of the Rock observatory to get a stunning view of the city at night from here you will be able to see the Empire State building lit up.
On the last day I would recommend having a big breakfast and exploring central park for the day. Either on foot or hire a bike or take a horsedrawn carriage for a romantic trip around the park. You can ice skate, take a boat out on the lake or just sit and watch the world go by.
I also took time to visit the Central Park zoo which costs $12 per adult which includes Birds, bears, seals and monkeys. If have enough time or energy you are not far from Tiffany’s famous department store where you can also have breakfast here too!
I would definitely recommend New York for all ages, there something for everyone, bring flat comfortable shoes and warm clothes in the winter!