Travelling mood - New York
Our fabulous holiday in the United States is slowly but surely coming to an end. We have had an amazing time here so today I would like to share some program tips and photos about the first part of our trip. There’s so much to explain about, thus I’ll leave the other half of our holiday (Florida, Orlando) for another time. ☺
Sooo we started our 2-week-holiday in New York. We loved the Big Apple, and it was a treat to spend a few days exploring the city. ☺ We stayed at Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. The hotel itself definitely needs a refurbishment but we were okay with that because it has the perfect location next to Madison Square Garden.
As you may know I love walking. It’s the best way to discover new places. Fortunately we had a wonderful weather, only one day was rainy, so we walked a lot. ☺ I’m really grateful for the nice sunny days we had (with about 16°C), because right after we left the city last week it was snowing and our checkout was followed by very cold days.
We had 5 full days in New York and we tried to visit as many places as possible, enjoy its atmosphere and every minute in this beautiful city. Below you can see our detailed program list – I hope you’ll find it inspiring and useful if you are planning to visit this city.
Our 5-day program in the Big Apple:
- Union Square Park
- Flatiron Building
- Madison Square Park
- Bryant Park
- New York Public Library
- Grand Central Terminal
- Chrysler Building
- Empire State Building
- Statue of Liberty National Monument + visiting the Crown
- Ellis Island (immigration)
- Charging Bull
- Trinity Church
- Wall Street
- Federal Hall
- New York City Supreme Court
- Chinatown (Mott & Pell Street)
- Madison Square Garden - New York Knicks VS Dallas Mavericks Basketball game
DAY 4 (it was the rainy day)
- Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
- Times Square
Mood-boosting tips for the City:
- Definitely check out IHOP!
A great restaurant in the USA with classic American breakfast and hamburgers. We love it.
- Use subway as well.
Quick, comfortable, affordable way to spare time and energy while discovering the city. There are huge distances in the City, for example to walk longer blocks that divide the Avenues (going East/West) could take at least 10-15 minutes depending you pace.
- Purchase ticket online in advance to attractions.
There are limited number of tickets available to some places (e.g. Visiting the Crown - Statue of Liberty National Monument, Top of the Rock, 911 Memorial Museum, One World Observatory.)
- It’s also worth to buy Express tickets, so you can avoid the extreme long queues and have more time in the city.
- Spare a whole day to Central Park. It’s enormous and beautiful.
Bike rental and Horse & Carriage rides are also available but beware - the bike paths give a very limited view of Central Park and the laws about riding bikes off those paths are strictly enforced. We viewed the park by foot and I warmly recommend a lovely walk instead of a bike ride.
NYC is one of those places we’ve been desperate to visit for a really long time and we feel so lucky to start our holiday in this magical city. Have you ever been there? Do you have a fave place there? Let me know in the comment section down below. I’d love to hear from you!
Now we’re in Orlando, Florida. A small bite of summer before heading back to Budapest. About 27°C, sunshine, palm trees… I love palms! ☺ Hope you enjoyed this travelogue. Wish you a great week ahead.