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New York City Weekend Travel Guide

New York City Weekend Travel Guide

48 Hours in New York City

Several requested a New York City travel guide, and I can understand why. It’s a beautiful city brimming with activity and diversity.

I’ve only been once, and it was just for a weekend, but I think we did a pretty good job experiencing the city to the fullest without wasting too much time or packing in too much activity. So here are my favorite recommendations for a weekend in the city.

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn in the Financial District

I highly recommend this hotel. It is more reasonably priced than many hotels in the city, clean, and in a fantastic location. The Financial District is a great spot to make your home base. It’s near the 9/11 memorial and right next to the Staten Island Ferry.

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Restaurants

Marseille

A French restaurant just around the corner from the Majestic Theater, it is a delicious as it is friendly. I suggest ordering the duck—so good!

Tom’s Restaurant

For all you Seinfeld fans, this is the diner front that was featured in the show.

Museums

Although Micah and I love going to museums, we intentionally didn’t visit any on our weekend trip. I would suggest you do the same unless there is one you are absolutely dying to see—museums take up a lot of time, and NYC has so many iconic sites that you may regret missing in exchange for going to one museum.

Shopping

Madison Avenue

This is such an elegant shopping strip. Micah and I kept thinking about Mad Men as we popped in and out of these shops.

Tiffany’s

Just around the corner from Madison Avenue is the real Tiffany’s from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Have a Holly Golightly moment and step inside this glittery jewelry box. If you’re looking for silver jewelry, that will be several floors up. Ask a kind associate and they will show you the way.

Essential Sites

The Statue of Liberty (by way of Staten Island Ferry)

I know the Statue of Liberty is obvious, but I suggest taking the FREE Staten Island Ferry to see it. The ferry rides right past the monument, and you can travel the ferry as many times as you like. It also takes less time than an official tour.

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9/11 Memorial

This memorial is definitely worth visiting—such a powerful experience. There is also a museum, but from what I understand it is nearly an all-day endeavor, so if you have limited time, you may want to consider just visiting the memorial. It is free and you can walk right up to it.

Brooklyn Bridge

I have visited some spectacular bridges, but the Brooklyn Bridge is the prettiest one I’ve ever seen. You can walk or bike across. I suggest crossing back over to the NYC side at sunset—the view is absolutely breathtaking.

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Grand Central Terminal

Subways in NYC are actually pretty gross, but not Grand Central Terminal. Believe me when I say that you need to go out of your way to visit this station. You feel as though you have been transported back to a more elegant time.

Times Square

It is an overwhelming experience between the mass crowd and advertisements seeming to pop off the screen to reach down and touch you, but it is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Central Park

Definitely worth taking an hour or two to visit this iconic park. We rented bikes and rode around for a couple of hours, but there are many other activities you can participate in if biking isn’t your thing: stroll around the many gardens, have a picnic, go boating on the lake, or even ice skate in the winter.

Activities

Citi Bike Rental

We used this bike share service the whole weekend, and it worked beautifully. There were plenty of stations to retrieve and return bikes, and the city is quite biker friendly. Such a fun way to experience a new city!

Majestic Theater

Seeing a broadway in this theater was my favorite thing we did on our trip. We saw Phantom of the Opera, and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more. A beautiful theater and a talent-filled production.

So there you have it, a weekend full of iconic sites but with enough time left over to stroll aimlessly and stop to savor a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza. I hope you enjoy your weekend in the city as much as I did.

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