New York City is a vibrant and bustling metropolis that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just want to take in the sights and sounds of the city, there’s something for you. In this itinerary, we’ll take a look at how you can experience some of our favorite New York attractions in just one week. Make sure to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants in the city. New York has an incredibly diverse culinary scene, and you’ll be able to find something to suit every taste and budget. (Watch for a blog post coming soon on places we recommend to eat in NYC) Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk, since walking in the big apple and public transportation are the best ways to move around. Enjoy your trip!
One World Observation Deck (our favorite of the tall building options)
Start your day early by visiting the One World Observation Deck. Located in the One World Trade Center, this observation deck offers stunning views of the city from the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
After taking in the views, you can take the elevator down and visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. When the planes hit the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001, the world watched as one of the most recognizable symbols of power and freedom fell. From the smell of fire to the sound of sirens, New Yorkers witnessed firsthand the events of that day. Even now, they can recall the moments of tragedy and heroism that tested and ultimately strengthened their city. You’ll be able to explore Ground Zero. Hear firsthand accounts from guides who remember 9/11. Take a moment to honor the lives lost and to see and celebrate New York City’s resilience. This powerful and moving museum tells the story of the September 11th attacks and the aftermath through exhibits, artifacts, and personal stories.
Trinity Church/Wall Street/Charging Bull
Next, head to Trinity Church, one of New York’s oldest and most historic churches. This beautiful Gothic Revival church dates back to the 18th century and is a National Historic Landmark. Take a stroll around the churchyard and admire the architecture, and if you’re interested, take a guided tour to learn more about the history of the church and its role in the city.
After that, it’s time to head to Wall Street. This famous street is home to some of the city’s most important financial institutions and is a must-see for anyone interested in finance or history. Take a walk down Wall Street and see the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Charging Bull statue. The Charging Bull is a symbol of the resilience and determination of the American people and is a popular spot for tourists to take photos.
Manhattan LDS Temple
This magnificent building is a must-see for anyone interested in religious history or architecture, particularly if you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The temple is open to visitors of all faiths and offers tours of the building and its grounds. If you’re looking to learn more about the temple and the faith it represents, be sure to take one of the guided tours, which are offered throughout the day. Or if you have a temple recommend be sure to make time to serve in the temple.
Times Square & Broadway Shows
This iconic location is known for its bright lights, billboards, and bustling crowds. It’s also home to many of the city’s most popular shops, restaurants, and theaters. While in Times Square, take a stroll and take in the sights, sounds and even smells of the city. Have your camera ready because you’re sure to see some very interesting people!
Broadway is the heart of New York’s theater scene and offers a wide variety of productions to choose from. One way to save money on tickets is to look for “rush” tickets at the theater of choice, which are sold at a discounted rate to people who line up for them on the day of the performance. Another option is to enter a lottery the day before, for discount tickets, many productions offer this opportunity. Additionally, you can buy tickets from TKTS, which offers last-minute discounts on a variety of productions.
Battery Park & Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty
Begin your day at Battery Park, located at the southern tip of Manhattan. This historic park offers stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. You can also see Castle Clinton National Monument, an old fort built in 1811 that served as an immigration station before Ellis Island opened.
Next, take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The ferry ride is free (be aware of scammers trying to sell tickets) and offers spectacular views of the statue,
If you have more time on this day (approx 4 hours) and it’s your first time to New York, we suggest booking tickets to go to the Statue as well as a chance to visit Ellis Island, the gateway to America for millions of immigrants. Be sure to bring your ID to pass the security check and take the ferry to Ellis Island to visit the Immigration Museum.
After visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, head to Brooklyn Bridge to walk or bike across. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s most iconic landmarks and offers incredible views of the city skyline. You can also see the Statue of Liberty from the bridge, although it’s a lon
Brooklyn Bridge – walk or bike
Next, head to Brooklyn Bridge to walk or bike across. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s most iconic landmarks and offers incredible views of the city skyline. You can also see the Statue of Liberty from the bridge, although it’s a long distance view.
If you choose to walk, it will take about an hour to cross the bridge and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take photos along the way. If you choose to bike, you can rent a bike in the area, and it will take about 30 minutes to cross the bridge.
After crossing the bridge, you can explore the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a beautiful park located near the bridge with plenty of space to relax and take in the views of the city. The park also has a carousel, playground, and a pop-up pool during summer months.
Central Park – walk or bike
Our favorite way to see Central Park is by renting a bike in the park or close by and exploring the 842.6 acres of the park and all there is to see. This famous park is located in the heart of Manhattan and offers a wide variety of activities for visitors. You can bike around the park’s many paths, take a stroll through the gardens, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and even rent a boat to paddle around the lake. There are restaurants, street vendors, historic buildings & monuments, and fountains. If you’re there in the winter, ice skating in Central Park is always a treat! You can spend an entire day in the park or just a few hours – it’s all up to you.
Roosevelt Island Tram
Next, you could take the Roosevelt Island Tram from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, which offers spectacular views of the city skyline and the East River. When you’re on the island, you can look over and see the United Nations Building on a clear day. The tram ride is about 5 minutes and you can explore the island, visit the Smallpox Hospital Ruins, or head to the Four Freedoms Park to see the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.
The MET, Guggenheim, Natural History, MoMA, or Whitney Museums
New York City is home to some of the world’s most renowned museums, making it a must-visit destination for art and history enthusiasts. The city boasts a wide variety of museums, from world-famous institutions to lesser-known gems. Here are some of the most popular museums in New York City:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Also known as the Met, this museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. It has a vast collection of over 2 million works of art, spanning 5,000 years of world culture. The Met is particularly famous for its collection of European paintings, which includes works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Monet, as well as its collection of ancient Egyptian art.
The Guggenheim Museum: This museum is located on the Upper East Side and is known for its distinctive spiral architecture. The Guggenheim’s collection includes works by some of the most important artists of the 20th century, such as Picasso, Kandinsky, and Warhol. The museum also has a collection of contemporary art.
The American Museum of Natural History: This museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world and has a collection of over 32 million specimens. The museum features a vast array of exhibitions, including dinosaurs, mammals, insects, and more. The Rose Center for Earth and Space, which is located within the museum, offers visitors an immersive experience of the universe.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): This museum is located in Midtown Manhattan and is home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of modern art. The museum’s collection includes works by famous artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Picasso, as well as works by contemporary artists.
The Whitney Museum of American Art: This museum is dedicated to American art and is located in the Meatpacking District. It has a collection of over 25,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs. The Whitney is known for its collection of contemporary American art, and features works by artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Hopper.
These are just a few of the many museums that New York City has to offer. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to decide which museums to visit. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and research which museums you’re most interested in visiting. Many museums also offer online ticketing and timed entry to avoid long lines, so it’s worth checking in advance.
Upper East & West Side Neighborhoods
Finally, end your day by visiting Lincoln Center, which is home to some of New York’s most prestigious cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. You can take a tour of the Lincoln Center or catch a performance at one of the theaters.
City Library/Bryant Park
Begin your day by visiting the New York Public Library, one of the most important research libraries in the world. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the library has a vast collection of books, manuscripts, and artifacts. The library also offers tours, which will give you the opportunity to see the Rose Main Reading Room, the Children’s Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Next, head to Bryant Park, a beautiful park located behind the library. The park offers plenty of space to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the city, as well as a variety of activities such as free yoga classes, ping pong tables, and the Bryant Park Reading Room.
Grand Central Station (don’t miss the whispering walls) & Chrysler Building
After visiting the park, head to Grand Central Station, one of the most famous landmarks in New York City. The main concourse of the station is a masterpiece of architecture and engineering, and it’s worth taking a moment to admire the impressive space. Be sure to also visit the Whispering Gallery, located in the main concourse, and try the whispering walls experiment.
Next, take a stroll down 42nd Street to see the magnificent art deco skyscraper, the Chrysler Building. This building is closed to the public currently, but is fun to see as you walk past.
Head down Fifth Avenue, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. You can find some of the world’s most luxurious brands and department stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Tiffany & Co.
This Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings located in the heart of Midtown. You can visit the famous observation deck, Top of the Rock, to see panoramic views of the city. The Rockefeller Center also offers a variety of shops, restaurants and art galleries. This is also home to the gigantic Christmas tree and famous ice skating rink during the Holidays.
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall is one of the most famous theaters in the world. The theater is home to the Rockettes, a precision dance company, and you can catch a performance if it’s available during your visit.
New York City is a melting pot of cultures, and this itinerary will take you on a journey to explore some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. From the Italian flavors of Little Italy to the bustling streets of Chinatown, you’ll experience the best of what New York has to offer.
Begin your day by visiting Little Italy, a neighborhood located in Lower Manhattan. The area is known for its Italian heritage, and you’ll find plenty of authentic Italian restaurants, bakeries and cafes. Take a stroll down Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, and sample some of the delicious food, such as gelato, pizza, and pasta.
Chinatown is close to Little Italy & one of the largest Chinese communities in the United States. The neighborhood is a lively and bustling place, and you’ll find plenty of street vendors selling everything from Chinese sweets to knock-off designer handbags. Take a walk down Canal Street, the heart of Chinatown, and sample some of the delicious street food, such as pork buns, dumplings and baozi.
After visiting Chinatown, head to SoHo, a neighborhood known for its trendy boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets and admire the cast-iron architecture, which is a characteristic of the neighborhood. Be sure to also visit some of the famous boutiques and shops, such as Supreme, or visit one of the many art galleries to see some of the latest exhibitions.
Finally, end your day by visiting Canal Street, which is located at the border of Chinatown and SoHo. Canal Street is famous for its street vendors and knock-off designer goods, and it’s worth taking a stroll to see the colorful street scene.
New York’s West Side is known for its charming neighborhoods, delicious food, and world-class museums. This itinerary will take you on a journey through some of the best sights and experiences the West Side has to offer. The West Village, a neighborhood known for its historic architecture, charming tree-lined streets, and bohemian vibe. Take a stroll down Bleecker Street, which is lined with cafes, bakeries, and boutiques. Stop by Magnolia Bakery, a famous cupcake shop, for a sweet treat.
One of our favorite places to shop and eat is Chelsea Market, a food hall located in a former Nabisco factory. The market is home to over 35 food vendors, offering a wide range of cuisines and delicious food. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, tacos, or artisanal cheese, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.
Take a walk on the Highline Trail, an elevated park built on an abandoned elevated railroad. The trail offers breathtaking views of the city and is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has interesting flora and fauna and several places to sit and enjoy the views.
A world-renowned museum of American art, The Whitney museum is home to over 22,000 works of art, including pieces by modern and contemporary artists. Be sure to also visit the museum’s rooftop, which offers stunning views of the city.
The Vessel and Hudson Yards
This new development, located on the West Side is one not to miss. The Vessel is a public artwork in the shape of a staircase, and if open offers breathtaking views of the city. It’s cool to see even if you can’t enter and climb all the stairs or ride the unique elevator. After visiting The Vessel, explore Hudson Yards, a mixed-use development featuring shopping, dining, and cultural experiences.
This is one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks. This triangular building is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway and is a must-visit for anyone interested in architecture.
You may enjoy a visit to this public park located in the heart of the city. The park is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some peace and quiet. Take a walk around the park and admire the beautiful greenery and peaceful atmosphere.
Empire State Building
One of New York’s most famous landmarks, the Empire State Building offers stunning views of the city from its observation deck and is a must-visit for anyone visiting New York. Be sure to plan ahead and purchase your tickets in advance to avoid long lines.
Madison Square Garden
A world-famous arena located in Midtown Manhattan. The Garden is home to the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and many other sports teams, as well as concerts and special events. If there is a game or event happening during your visit, consider purchasing tickets for a unique and unforgettable experience.
An historic train station located in Midtown Manhattan. The station is a hub for Amtrak and is a great place to catch a train or relax before your next adventure. Be sure to admire the historic architecture of the station and its grand hall, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the city.