I had the pleasure last weekend of being able to travel on a 4-day trip to the fast paced world of New York City. We played tourist for the most part and were able to see the historical landmarks by taxi, bus, foot and boat. Come along on my journey!
I was graciously given the opportunity to head east to celebrate a milestone birthday with the women of Sean’s family. Six ladies conquering the big city!
If you’ve never been to New York City, one of the best ways to see all the major landmarks is by the double-decker tour bus. It may seem overly “tourist” and cheesy, but it’s an inexpensive way to get around the city and you get to hear fun facts along the way by the great tour guides! Put your pride aside, and hop on the bus.
We picked up our bus in Times Square, so before hopping on we walked around a bit to take in all the bustling city marquee lights and simply put… craziness. We didn’t spend too much time here, but you’ve got to at least see Times Square via the daytime versus the nighttime. It’s quite sparkly once the sun goes down!
Alright, back on the bus. There is an uptown version and a downtown version. We unfortunately ran out of time to take the uptown bus, but we spent quite bit of time looping around downtown eyeing up all the major attractions. Take advantage of the headphones they provide you as the tour guides really do have some fun facts to share.
So I’ll be honest… due to lack of sleep the night before, I may have fallen asleep throughout parts of the tour. It was just so relaxing with the wind in my hair and the sun on my face that I just couldn’t keep my eyes open!
One of the first stops we hopped off the bus was to visit the 9/11 Memorial. It’s something every American should visit in their lifetime and an incredibly humbling and moving experience. In honor of the dignity of the memorial, I won’t go into details trying to describe it as there are no words fit for the feelings one has while walking the World Trade Center grounds.
The next morning we walked over to Rockefeller Center and headed up many flights to the Top of the Rock. I must say, this is an epic way to view the entire city of New York. Rather than heading to the Empire State Building, go to the Top of the Rock so you can get an eye level view of the Empire State Building! We were fortunate enough to have incredible weather and could see for miles on end every which way we looked.
Back on the bus we went only to get dropped off at the location to take a ferry ride around the New York City harbor. This is an absolute must and one of my favorite parts of the trip. The city really is remarkable from the water and you get an upfront view of New Jersey, Brooklyn, and of course, the Statue of Liberty.
There was plenty of eating and drinking in between our sightseeing, but we set out on foot for our last morning in New York City before we had to catch our flight back to Los Angeles. We walked to a great brunch and they headed for Central Park for a brisk stroll. I can’t believe how expansive this park is and we were particularly enamored with all the locals taking advantage of the weather with picnics in the park. We’re clearly spoiled in Southern California.
It was a fast 4-days in New York City, but we really were able to see a ton of landmark sites and eat some incredibly delicious food (Katz Deli I’m talking to you). I look forward to future girl trips!