Scouring flight tracker sites to find dirt cheap flights is one of my favorite past times these days as I have finally resigned from my 9-5 job and I am all excited to explore the world as much as I can, starting from June this year.
While checking flights for the UK, I could not ignore the Virgin Atlantic Airlines offers from India to New York. This is the second time we have moved to a new country. The first time was in 2013, to New York and believe me, everything feels like Deja Vu. The excitement, the jitters, the packing woes, just to name a few. We were in New York for six months but it was one of the best time ever. We have so many fond memories of the place.
I still miss the long walks on Fifth Avenue, to indulging in tasty street food at Downtown Manhattan.
Frantic shopping raids at the largest store of Macy’s to taking pictures at Times Square.
Spending evenings at Central Park to admiring the view of the city from the tallest skyscraper – Empire State.
Be it leisurely stroll, sampling street food, getting awed with the mesmerizing view from the Empire State Building or whiling your time at the Times Square. NYC has no dearth of things to do and must visit places. If you are planning a visit to NYC for a vacation, take a few cues from us to plan your itinerary. We’ve shared our must-dos and must visit places in NYC in the post below.
1. Visit Central Park
One of the best places to escape from the urban life. Every season adds a different magic to the park. We were there during winter and the park looked straight out of a winter wonderland. Kids shushing down the icy slopes in a wide variety of sledge and inflatables, frozen lake and a fresh blanket of snow covered the entire park in January which made the park look very much Instagram-worthy.
2. Love for Art & Museum
NYC boasts of some of the finest art galleries and museums. If you love art and have an inclination towards history then we are sure you will have an amazing time. Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the latest addition MoMA showcasing some diverse painting, sculpture, art and displays are some of the museums you simply can’t miss.
Don’t miss out on the Broadway shows. From the Lion King to Mamma Mia, some of the great shows have been played here. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
3. Times Square
The most bustling square of New York — Times Square is along Broadway and Seventh Avenue, from 42nd Street to 47th Street. It is one stop destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Featured countless times in films, televisions and live events shows, it is one of the places I always wanted to visit. The vibe at Times square is insane. Any visit to New York City is incomplete without a visit to the Times square.
4. High Line
High Line is one of the hidden gems which is quite popular among locals and often overlooked by tourists. An elevated park which is a great place to slow down and enjoy the views of the bustling city below. The Park is built on a disused rail line and extends from Gansevoort Street to the 34th Street.
5. The View
Both Empire State building and Rockefeller Centre offer a mesmerizing and panoramic view of the City. As the sun sinks, the city is flooded with lights and the Hudson River meandering through the city looks stunning.
6. 9/11 Memorial & WTC
Visit Ground Zero which houses the 9/11 memorial dedicated to 3000 victims of the September 11 attacks. Visit the Underground Museum which houses the remnants of the twin tower and other artefacts from the debris.
7. Admiring Architecture Marvels
There are various places in NYC both old and new to admire. Starting from Grand Central Terminal to Statue of Liberty. Take a ferry ride to Ellis island to marvel the beauty of the Statue of Liberty or just admire the starry ceiling of the Grand Central Station. Walk down the Brooklyn Bridge and admire the view of the New York City from there. The Brooklyn Bridge park offers some stunning views of the Bridge with the city as its backdrop.
8. China Town
The moment you visit China town you are transported to one of the bustling streets of China selling all kind of trinkets, candies, food, souvenirs, and snacks. No doubt it’s a veritable treasure trove and definitely an ordered chaos in action that you don’t want to miss in case you want a change in scene.
9. Binge on Food
It is also a gastronomical delight, from Ethiopian to Cuban cuisine, from Indian to Chinese, the city of New York has every possible cuisine from all over the world. From Micheline star restaurants to street food, the place is a foodies delight. If you are big on street food, then do visit The Halal Guys on 6th and 53rd, but be ready to wait in the queue for at least an hour.
10. Getting Lost Aimlessly –
The best thing you can do is getting lost aimlessly amidst the skyscrapers and be the part of the madness of the city that never sleeps.
We’ ve just scratched the surface, there are a plethora of activities to do and see in NYC.
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