3 Days in New York

December 23, 2021

Jess and I’ve visited New York Metropolis many occasions, and it’s undoubtedly a metropolis we by no means tire of exploring. There’s simply a lot to see and do!

On this submit, we needed to share an itinerary for spending 3 days in New York. This will provide you with sufficient time to see most of the metropolis’s highlights, from world class museums by way of to well-known sights and spectacular viewpoints.

This itinerary is right for a first-time go to to New York for somebody who desires to see rather a lot. In addition to the day-by-day itinerary, we’re additionally together with numerous useful info that will help you plan your time within the metropolis, from methods to get round by way of to the place to remain and the way to economize.

Itinerary for 3 Days in New York Metropolis

Beneath is our detailed day-to-day itinerary for exploring New York over three days. Town has rather a lot to supply and it’s fairly massive, so we’ve grouped sights collectively the place attainable to minimise journey time.

As with a lot of our itineraries, that is fairly packed. New York Metropolis is a good place to go to if you happen to like to make use of all of your accessible time as many sights and sights are open late into the night time.

In fact, if you happen to favor a slower tempo, or maybe you’re visiting New York with youngsters, then you’ll want to tweak the itinerary barely to fulfill your personal wants.

Let’s get began!

Empire State Building view from uptown


New York Itinerary Day 1

Your first day in New York has you visiting a few of the metropolis’s hottest museums, its most well-known park and getting a spectacular view of the skyline.


Central Park

Even if you happen to’ve by no means visited New York, Central Park is probably going going to really feel acquainted to you. It’s essentially the most filmed location on the earth, with quite a few well-known films and TV reveals having scenes shot right here.

Central Park can be essentially the most visited city park within the USA, in addition to the most important park in Manhattan.

As you’ll think about, there may be lots to see and do right here. We’re placing Central Park first on our record as a result of it has lengthy opening hours. In the event you’re an early riser and are eager to begin your sight-seeing, then you’ll be able to hit Central Park earlier than the opposite sights in our itinerary like museums open up. Usually, Central Park is open from 6am till 1am, though verify the official website for any updates to that.

At over 800 acres, you might spend loads of time in Central Park. We’d counsel choosing some highlights to go to, and having fun with the strolling trails in between them. In style spots are the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Bow Bridge, Alice in Wonderland statue, Belvedere Fort and Conservatory Backyard.

In case you are visiting New York with youngsters, or identical to zoos, Central Park can be residence to a zoo which is likely to be an excellent choice. For getting round, Central Park could be very walkable. Bike rental is an alternative choice, you are able to do that here. Carriage rides like this are one other well-liked choice.

Central Park New York City New York Transport Carriage in Central Park


American Museum of Pure Historical past

Having spent a while exploring Central Park, you now have your selection of museums the place you are able to do all the things from expertise artwork, brush up on the historical past of the town or be taught concerning the world.

We’ve included a few of these museums on this itinerary, however the space has many extra to select from so be at liberty to range this itinerary based mostly in your specific pursuits.

First, we suggest you begin your museum journey with a go to to the world’s largest pure historical past museum, the American Museum of Natural History. Discovered on the western fringe of Central Park and spanning 4 metropolis blocks, this huge museum is a favorite with households visiting New York. Nonetheless, anybody with an curiosity within the pure world will discover one thing to get pleasure from right here.

Highlights embody the dioramas that includes animals and scenes from world wide, the halls depicting the origins of individuals and naturally, the fossil halls that includes large dinosaur skeletons. There’s additionally a planetarium, a corridor stuffed with meteorites and shows on gems and minerals, to call however just a few of the sights on supply.

You would spend an entire day right here, however we’d counsel a highlights tour of round two hours to provide you time for the remainder of your go to.

There’s an entry payment to go to, with entry included in plenty of New York city passes together with our favourite, the New York Pass. You can even purchase a person ticket here. Extra info on pricing and opening hours on the web site here.

American Museum of Natural History Diorama American Museum of Natural History Diorama


Metropolitan Museum of Artwork

On the other facet of Central Park to the American Museum of Pure Historical past, round 20 minutes’ stroll, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sometimes called “The Met”, that is the most important artwork museum in america, with over two million works in its assortment. In the event you’re fascinated by artwork and wish to go to an artwork museum throughout your time in New York, that is the one we’d suggest!

As you would possibly anticipate with such an enormous assortment to attract on, there’s a lot to see right here. The gathering spans 5,000 years of inventive pursuits, from Historical Egyptian artwork by way of to modern-day works.

In the event you dwell in New York State, entry is free. For different guests, there’s an entry payment. You should buy your ticket on-line upfront here, and skip the ticket traces.

Entry to the Met is included on plenty of metropolis passes for the town, together with the New York Go.

In the event you’d favor to take a guided tour of the museum to achieve extra insights into what you’re seeing, we suggest this guided walking tour of the Met with one among our favorite strolling tour firms.

Metropolitan Museum of art Metropolitan Museum of art


Museum of the Metropolis of New York

One museum we actually love visiting in New York is the Museum of the City of New York. That’s as a result of that is the museum which can educate you essentially the most concerning the historical past of the town itself, and particularly the individuals who have made New York residence over the centuries.

The museum has been telling this story because it opened in 1923, and as we speak it has over 1.5 million objects associated to the town in its assortment. There are pictures, movies and artifacts in addition to plenty of interactive shows, the place you’ll be able to be taught all concerning the story of the town and its folks.

It’s open day by day and there’s an entry payment. You should buy your tickets on-line upfront here. It’s additionally included for holders of the New York Go.

Alternatively (or moreover, if you happen to’re feeling motivated!), you might additionally go to different museums on this space, together with the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the American Folks Artwork Museum and the Frick Assortment, to call however just a few of the choices you could have!

Musuem of the City of New York Musuem of the City of New York


Fifth Avenue Procuring

The east facet of central park is bordered by Fifth Avenue, and as you head south on this well-known New York Avenue you’ll depart museums behind and arrive at one of many world’s most well-known procuring areas.

South of 59th St, Fifth Avenue is residence to a few of the world’s most well-known luxurious manufacturers, in addition to some barely extra inexpensive procuring choices. Even if you happen to don’t intend on truly procuring, it’s a formidable stroll to take to see the opulence on show.

Manufacturers you’ll go as you stroll down Fifth Avenue embody Gucci, Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Dolce & Gabbana. There are additionally high-end malls like Saks and flagship shops for manufacturers like Apple.

Principally, if you wish to do some retail remedy while you’re in New York, it is best to discover one thing on Fifth Avenue that works for you.

Tiffanys on Fifth Avenue


Prime of the Rock

You’re coming to the tip of your first day exploring New York Metropolis, and we expect it’s time to get an incredible view of the town.

New York has plenty of viewing platforms discovered at dizzying heights above the town, however one among our favourites is the view from the Top of the Rock. That is discovered within the Rockefeller Centre in Midtown Manhattan.

We just like the Prime of the Rock as a result of it provides an incredible view which incorporates arguably New York’s most well-known skyscraper, the Empire State Constructing, which is slightly below a mile away.

It’s additionally an open prime observatory which provides spectacular views throughout Midtown, together with of Central Park and all of the areas you explored in your first day within the metropolis.

Entry to the Prime of the Rock is included on plenty of the NY city passes, together with the New York Pass. Alternatively, you should purchase tickets upfront of your go to on-line here.

Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York Itinerary

Broadway or Different Present

Lastly, if you happen to nonetheless have the stamina and wish to spherical out your first day in New York in fashion, why not soak up a Broadway present or different dwell efficiency.

From the Rockefeller centre you’re only a few minutes’ stroll from a spread of reveals and expertise, together with the Radio Metropolis Music Corridor and a number of Broadway and off-Broadway reveals.

The one factor we’d say if that if you wish to go to a very well-liked present to remember to e book effectively upfront, as tickets can promote out rapidly. Nonetheless, it can save you cash by reserving much less well-liked or off-Broadway reveals as an alternative.

Phantom of the Opera Matilda Broadway New York City


New York Itinerary Day 2

Your second day in New York Metropolis goes to have you ever visiting some of the iconic landmarks in america in addition to different sights across the south of Manhattan. You’re additionally going to pop into Brooklyn!


Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

You’re going to begin day 2 of this three-day New York itinerary with a go to to the world-famous Statue of Liberty, discovered on Liberty Island, in addition to the historic immigration centre on close by Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty was a present from the folks of France to the folks of america, and it was devoted in 1886. Since then, it has grown to be an emblem of the USA and some of the recognisable statues on the earth. It’s additionally a well-liked customer attraction in New York, with thousands and thousands of individuals visiting every year.

To go to the Statue of Liberty it’s essential take a ferry, because it’s on an island. You particularly must take a ferry which is operated by Statue Cruises, which is authorised by the Nationwide Parks Service, who function the island.

On Liberty Island you’ll be able to go to the Statue of Liberty Museum and be taught concerning the historical past of the statue. It’s additionally attainable to go to the pedestal and crown of the statue, though this requires an additional ticket.

An alternative choice we’ve achieved and might suggest is to take a strolling tour which incorporates the cruise to the Statue of Liberty, pedestal entry and a tour of Ellis Island. We’ve achieved and might suggest this 3.5-hour Early Access Statue of Liberty Tour with Statue Pedestal Access & Ellis Island Tour with Take Walks, which incorporates pedestal entry. A tour is a wonderful technique to actually be taught concerning the historical past of what you’re seeing, and Take Walks in our expertise supply a few of the greatest guides on the market.

From Liberty Island, the ferry will then take you to Ellis Island, the place you’ll be able to go to the historic immigration museum. This was the place thousands and thousands of immigrants entered the USA for the primary time to start a brand new life, and an incredible many households within the nation can hint their lineage to this constructing.

Word there are many different boat excursions to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, however these solely circumnavigate the island. If you wish to land and go to the Statue, it’s essential get the ticket for Statue Cruises, which you are able to do here, or e book a tour just like the one we talked about above with Take Walks. The ticket with touchdown can be included as a part of the New York Pass.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration Statue of liberty new york


Skyscraper Museum

You’ll seemingly bear in mind that New York Metropolis is residence to loads of skyscrapers, a definition normally given to a constructing which is over 150 metres (492ft) in top. The invention of the elevator within the nineteenth century was key to creating these buildings commercially viable, as no-one desires to stroll up a number of flights of stairs.

NY city was well-known for its skyscrapers from the late nineteenth century. Restricted actual property meant the one technique to go was up, and by the tip of the nineteenth century the race to construct the tallest skyscraper was on. Chicago and New York battled over the title of the town with the tallest constructing, with the Empire State Building holding the crown for 40 years after its completion in 1931.

In case you are fascinated by studying extra about skyscrapers, then a go to to the Skyscraper Museum must be in your to-do record. It’s only a few minutes’ stroll from the Statue Cruises embarkation level, and it’s additionally very fairly priced. The museum is small however we loved our go to. There’s a small entry payment, with entry included as a part of the New York Pass.

Skyscraper Museum New York


Wall Avenue

From the Skyscraper Museum it’s round a 10-minute stroll to the following cease on our itinerary, Wall Avenue.

New York’s Wall Avenue is the centre of the US monetary world, residence to each the New York Inventory Alternate and the NASDAQ. It’s right here the place fortunes are made and misplaced, and the place a few of the nice monetary tales have taken place.

Admittedly, except you’re truly a dealer, there isn’t an entire lot to do on Wall Avenue. Nonetheless, it’s enjoyable to go to and take an image. A spotlight for a lot of is the flag draped NYSE constructing. Don’t miss the statue of the bull which is one other well-liked photograph cease. This symbolises the bulls out there, who drive shares up.

Wall Street Bull Statue New York


9/11 Memorial Museum

From Wall Avenue one other 10-minute stroll will convey you to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This location has two components.

First, there’s an enormous above floor memorial those that misplaced their lives within the September 11 2001 World Commerce Centre assaults, in addition to the 1993 World Commerce Centre bombing.

This memorial contains two large man-made waterfalls which sit within the footprint taken up by the unique “Twin Towers” of the World Commerce Centre. The waterfalls tumble into two big swimming pools, with the names of the victims printed across the partitions of the swimming pools.

The memorial is free to go to.

The second a part of the placement is a museum, which is discovered underground beneath the swimming pools. That is the place you’ll be able to be taught all about 9/11, from the occasions main as much as the day, to the day itself, adopted by the aftermath.

That is undoubtedly a shifting place to go to, with tales of loss and tragedy combined with tales of particular person heroism and unimaginable bravery.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum has an entry payment, and you should purchase an advance ticket on-line here. The 9/11 Memorial Museum can be included on the New York Go, in addition to different New York sightseeing passes.

In the event you would favor to take a strolling tour of a few of the key 9/11 sights, then we suggest this excellent 9/11 tour which additionally contains 9/11 Memorial Museum tickets. We did this tour and might extremely suggest it for these eager to be taught extra concerning the 9/11 assaults and subsequent occasions from a neighborhood information.

9 11 Memorial New York City 9 11 Memorial NYC 9 11 Memorial Building


Brookyln Bridge

New York Metropolis has many iconic buildings and buildings, together with the bridges which hyperlink Manhattan Island to the opposite boroughs of the town.

Probably the most well-known bridges is the nineteenth century Brooklyn Bridge, which hyperlinks Manhattan with the borough of Brooklyn. It has appeared in quite a few films and TV reveals, and strolling or biking throughout the bridge is a well-liked exercise within the metropolis.

From the 9/11 Memorial Museum it’s round a 10-minute stroll to the beginning of the bridge, after which it’s round a 20 – 30-minute stroll throughout. In fact, it should seemingly take you a bit longer than this if you happen to cease to take images!

Brooklyn Bridge New York


New York Transit Museum

Relying on how rapidly you soak up sights, you would possibly nonetheless have time in your second day in New York to soak up one other sight. In that case, we’d suggest a go to to the New York Transit Museum. This can be a 20-minute stroll from the tip of Brooklyn Bridge, which you’ll take by way of tree-filled Cadman Plaza Park.

Because the identify of the museum suggests, that is the place you come if you wish to be taught all concerning the historical past of public transport within the metropolis, together with the subway, bus and commuter rail system. Appropriately the museum is present in a decommissioned subway station, so it’s all underground and really a lot on theme.

Displays embody numerous preserved public transit autos in addition to signage, dioramas and different artefacts and memorabilia. We very a lot loved our go to and might undoubtedly suggest it! Included on the New York Go, or you should purchase tickets on-line here.

New York Transit Museum New York Transit Museum


Sundown throughout Manhattan

You’re coming to the tip of your second day in New York, and what higher technique to finish than with a beautiful sundown view. Relying on the time of 12 months you’re visiting the town (and the climate!), you is likely to be fortunate sufficient to catch the solar setting behind the skyscrapers of Decrease Manhattan.

My favorite place to observe the sundown is from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and particularly from Outdated Pier 1. Right here, previous wood pilings sit within the water, making for a pleasant juxtaposition towards the trendy skyscrapers of Manhattan. It’s a beautiful place for a sundown, and an exquisite technique to finish your second day within the metropolis.

Sunset over Manhattan

New York Itinerary Day 3

It’s time to your final day exploring New York Metropolis! At this time we’re going to soak up some extra iconic websites and go up some of the well-known buildings on the earth.


Excessive Line

You’re going to begin your day with a stroll alongside the High Line, a comparatively new addition to the town. This former railway line is discovered 30 ft above the town streets, and has been become a beautiful park. It runs from Hudson Yards on the north finish right down to the Whitney Museum of American Artwork, a complete distance of round a mile.

It’s a beautiful place for a stroll, which additionally provides good views of the town as you go over the streets beneath.

You even have the choice, must you select, to go to a few of the sights within the space. In addition to the aforementioned Whitney Museum of American Art (purchase tickets here), there’s additionally the futuristic Artechouse NYC (purchase tickets here), in addition to an enormous variety of artwork galleries. These is likely to be an choice if you happen to’d favor to change out one among our different sights as we speak.

You probably have a New York Go, there are fairly just a few different sights on this space that are included, and you’ll see these by switching to the map view on the attractions page here.

The north finish of the Excessive Line is subsequent to the Edge skyscraper, residence to one among New York’s newer excessive stage viewing platforms. This itinerary has you visiting one other skyscraper as we speak, however if you happen to’d favor to go to the Edge (which is included on the New York Go), that’s an choice as we speak as effectively!

The Excessive Line is free to go to, and normally open from 7am – 7pm.

The High Line New York City


Madame Tussauds

An at all times well-liked choice, Madame Tussauds have been attracting guests to their wax museums world wide because the early nineteenth century. The New York model is on forty second Avenue, both a 10-minute bus trip of 20-minute stroll from the northern finish of the Excessive Line.

The museum options wax fashions of notable icons from world wide, though as that is the New York location, there’s extra of a slant in direction of US celebrities together with actors and actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie. You’ll additionally discover world leaders, musicians and actors, in addition to well-known characters like King Kong, Spider-Man and E.T.

The enjoyable factor about Madame Tussauds is that they’ve firmly embraced the selfie technology. Lots of their installations are designed particularly so you may get a photograph with a star in an fascinating situation, making this a really entertaining and interactive expertise.

You should buy tickets for Madame Tussauds on-line upfront of your go to here. It’s additionally included on the New York Go.

Madame Tussauds New York City


Occasions Sq.

On the coronary heart of Midtown Manhattan is Occasions Sq., one of many busiest and most recognisable pedestrian areas on the earth. Occasions Sq. is discovered on the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and spans from West forty second to West forty seventh Streets. It’s named after The New York Occasions newspaper which moved its headquarters right here in 1904.

At this time, Occasions Sq. is thought for its big digital promoting billboards and avenue performers. It’s one among world’s most visited vacationer sights, and is basically New York Metropolis’s city sq.. It’s additionally the place the annual New 12 months’s Eve ball drop takes place, internet hosting round one million individuals who come to see within the New 12 months.

Time Sq. is free to go to, and simply a few minutes’ stroll from Madame Tussauds.

Times Square New York City Times Square New York


St. Patrick’s Cathedral

From Occasions Sq. it’s a few blocks, or ten minutes’ stroll to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, our subsequent cease as we speak.

That is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, and it occupies a complete metropolis block, making it the most important Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral in North America.

Accomplished in 1878, the 2 large spired towers on the entrance will instantly seize your consideration. These attain to 100 metres (329ft) in top, and stand out towards the extra trendy skyscrapers surrounding them. Inside there may be lots to see.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is free to go to, though you’ll be able to take a self-guided audio tour, which can be included on the New York Go.

St Patricks Cathedral New York City Interior St Patricks Cathedral New York City


Grand Central Terminal

I respect that together with a practice station on an itinerary could seem just a little odd, however truthfully, Grand Central Terminal in New York is actually definitely worth the go to. Opened in 1913, this constructing is one among New York Metropolis’s nice architectural achievements, and the large primary concourse (full with well-known clock) needs to be seen to be believed.

In addition to having fun with the concourse, there may be lots to do right here. The terminal has common occasions, and there’s an enormous vary of retailers and locations to eat as effectively. Undoubtedly value popping in, and it’s free too. It’s an 8-minute stroll from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central New York


New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Constructing

From a practice station to a public library, New York Metropolis actually does have some beautiful public buildings. Discovered simply 5 minutes’ stroll from Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library sits adjoining to Bryant Park, a pleasant inexperienced house which regularly performs host to dwell music and occasions.

This Nationwide Historic Landmark was opened as a library in 1911 and as we speak it’s residence to over 2.5 million volumes. The ornate primary facade and steps are a well-liked assembly location, and the library has appeared in a number of films and TV reveals through the years.

The vast majority of the library is open to the general public, with the large primary studying room being significantly lovely. In the event you go to, clearly bear in mind that it is a public library, so it’s necessary to respect the quiet and to not disturb different guests.

New York Central Library reading room


Empire State Constructing

It’s time for the ultimate attraction on our 3-day New York itinerary, and also you’re going to wrap up your time within the metropolis with a go to to the attractive and iconic Empire State Building.

Towering 1,454 ft (443.2 metres) above the town, when it was accomplished within the Thirties this was the tallest constructing on the earth. It held on to that title for nearly forty years, till the World Commerce Centre tower outdated it.

While it’s not the tallest constructing on the earth, it nonetheless stays some of the well-known and well-known skyscrapers. It’s a well-liked customer attraction, with plenty of viewing platforms in addition to a sequence of data reveals for guests to get pleasure from.

We’ve a whole guide to visiting the Empire State building which we suggest you learn. In abstract although, it’s effectively definitely worth the admission payment and the views are spectacular. It’s additionally open late, so you’ll be able to go to and see New York Metropolis at night time if you want.

There’s a payment to go to, and it’s included for holders of the New York Go. You can even purchase tickets (with elective skip the road) upfront here.

Empire State Building exhibits Empire State Building Observation Deck Views New York


3 Day New York Itinerary Abstract

Right here’s a day-by-day abstract of our three-day New York itinerary for fast reference.

  • Day 1 – Central Park, American Museum of Pure Historical past, Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, Museum of the Metropolis of New York, Fifth Avenue Procuring, Prime of the Rock, Broadway or Different Present
  • Day 2 – Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Skyscraper Museum, Wall Avenue, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Brookyln Bridge, New York Transit Museum, Sundown throughout Manhattan
  • Day 3 – Excessive Line, Madame Tussauds, Occasions Sq., St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Constructing, Empire State Constructing

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan


Map for 3 Day New York Itinerary

That can assist you visualise our 3-day New York itinerary we’ve put collectively this map. You can even see this on Google Maps here.

3 days in New York Itinerary Map


How To Get Round New York Metropolis

New York Metropolis could be very massive. This itinerary solely has you visiting two of the 5 boroughs (Manhattan and Brookyln), however even with that in thoughts you’ll nonetheless have fairly a little bit of floor to cowl. For instance, from Midtown (the place Occasions Sq. is) to Downtown, the place you’ll discover Wall St, you’re taking a look at a couple of four-mile distance.

While we’ve laid out this three-day itinerary in a manner that has you visiting sights which might be nearer to one another, you’re seemingly not going to wish to stroll all over the place.

The excellent news is that New York Metropolis has quite a lot of choices for serving to you get round. I’ll rapidly cowl those we recommend for this itinerary. We even have an in depth guide to getting around New York City, which you would possibly discover useful in planning.

Subway / MTA

Top-of-the-line worth methods to get round New York Metropolis is by subway. There are over 450 subway stations throughout the town, making this one of many largest subway programs on the earth.

Once we go to New York Metropolis, we normally discover the subway is the quickest and best technique to get round. It’s significantly good for getting you from downtown to midtown, and the costs are very affordable.

You should buy particular person fares at stations, or you should buy a Metrocard which works on plenty of transit choices within the metropolis.

Subway New York



One other good choice for getting round New York is to take the general public bus. There are a whole bunch of routes serving the town, and costs are affordable. You’ll be able to pay utilizing both money (precise change, cash solely), or you should utilize a Metrocard.

Simply bear in mind that any transport choice which depends on the street community within the metropolis is liable to take longer than one thing just like the subway, simply due to the excessive quantity of site visitors on the roads.



New York’s well-known yellow taxis could be discovered throughout the town they usually pretty effectively priced. They’ll get you just about all over the place it’s essential go, though as already talked about try to be conscious that site visitors throughout New York could make for gradual going.

There are additionally alternate options to the normal yellow taxi, together with ride-sharing providers similar to Uber and Lyft. These must be booked upfront utilizing their apps, and might work out cheaper than a yellow cab.



Launched in 2017, the NYC Ferry service is without doubt one of the latest choices for getting across the metropolis. We actually liked utilizing this service once we stayed in Brooklyn – it provides glorious views, and rides value the identical because the subway.

You want to purchase tickets from tickets machines close to the ferry port, or you should utilize the NYC Ferry app.


Hop on Hop off Bus

Lastly, the opposite manner we get pleasure from getting round New York, significantly when sightseeing, is to take the Hop on Hop off bus, such because the Huge Bus New York. You should buy tickets for this upfront here.

Once we journey in New York with the New York Go, this comes with free access to one of the HOHO lines. We loved the dwell commentary on the bus we took, and studying about totally different areas of the town that we’d not have heard of.

In fact, this isn’t the most cost effective technique to get across the metropolis, however we expect if you happen to put money into one thing just like the New York Go, then it’s undoubtedly value profiting from.

There are in fact numerous different methods for getting round New York, together with the practice, bicycles, and even an aerial tram!

For our itinerary although, we expect the above choices are more likely to be the most typical choices. Once more, you’ll be able to see all of the choices for navigating the town in our detailed information to how to get around New York.

Big Bus New York


The place to Keep in New York

We’ve visited New York many occasions and stayed in quite a lot of lodging choices, together with plenty of totally different lodges in addition to in condominium leases.

One factor we’ve learnt on our journeys is that while there’s a big quantity of selection within the metropolis, it primarily falls into the mid-range and high-end classes. Price range lodging is tougher to seek out, and might promote out effectively upfront. Our tip is that if you happen to discover a whole lot, e book it early!

Primarily based on our experiences visiting and staying in New York Metropolis, we needed to share some suggestions for the place to remain for this itinerary. For straightforward entry to all of the sights, our suggestion could be to remain in Manhattan itself, though Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Lengthy Island Metropolis will also be an excellent choice if you happen to discover a spot close to a subway station.

It’s additionally value being conscious that totally different components of Manhattan will range in worth relying on what time of the week you go to. In our expertise for instance, downtown Manhattan round Wall Avenue tends to be inexpensive over the weekends as there are fewer enterprise folks utilizing the lodges. So undoubtedly store round and check out totally different dates in case you are versatile together with your journey.

Listed here are some choices, ordered from inexpensive by way of to costlier.

  • HI NYC Hostel – present in uptown New York simply ten minutes’ stroll from Central Park, this Hostel provides nice worth dorm fashion lodging in an excellent location
  • The Local Hostel NYC – simply throughout the river in Queens, this hostel has a kitchen, rooftop terrace, and a spread of lodging choices from non-public rooms to dormitories. It’s a couple of minutes’ stroll from the closest subway, and Occasions Sq. is simply 8 minutes trip away, making this an incredible worth effectively location price range choice
  • The Jane Hotel – this quirky 2* lodge present in Greenwich Village provides effectively priced rooms that are styled like a ships cabin, and all of which provide river views. Bogs are shared, however the costs are nice for Manhattan, and there’s a restaurant on web site.
  • Hotel 31 – it is a very well-located midtown 2* lodge discovered simply 650 yards from the Empire State Constructing. It provides quite a lot of rooms at affordable costs, together with some nice worth non-public rooms with shared loos.
  • Radisson Hotel New York Midtown – simply 200 yards from the Rockefeller Heart and inside simple strolling distance to most midtown sights, it is a nice worth 4* lodge providing all the things you want for a cushty keep in Manhattan
  • Gild Hall – A Thompson Hotel – effectively situated for downtown sights and a brief stroll to Wall Avenue and the Statue of Liberty ferry departure, it is a well-appointed 4* lodge with comfy rooms and an on-site restaurant. We loved our keep right here.
  • Warwick New York – this historic 4* midtown lodge is one among my favorite lodges in New York. It’s a historic lodge initially constructed by William Randolph Hearst, the notorious publishing magnate and builder of Hearst Castle. Spacious rooms and pleasant workers mix with an incredible location to make this an incredible mid – higher finish lodge within the metropolis.
  • The Sherry Netherland – Discovered on Fifth Avenue, this 5* lodge is a good luxurious choice situated throughout from Central Park and The Plaza. It has all the things you’ll anticipate of a 5* lodge – beautiful rooms, useful workers, beautiful interiors, and a improbable location.

In fact, there are tons extra choices to select from throughout the town, however we expect that ought to begin you off effectively.

We’ve additionally used apartment rental sites for visits to New York. Reserving.com do flats as effectively, however we additionally suggest Plum Guide for flats to your New York Metropolis journey.

Plum Information fastidiously curate their listings so their choices are typically of a really prime quality while nonetheless being accessible at a spread of worth factors. See their listings for New York City here.

In the event you can’t discover what you need on the Plum Information, otherwise you need some new choices to check out, we wrote an entire submit on the best alternatives to AirBnB which it is best to try!

We even have a web page stuffed with journey sources, which incorporates our ideas for getting one of the best offers on lodging, which you could find here.

Hotel Room New York City


Strolling Excursions of New York Metropolis

Once we go to a brand new metropolis, we like to take a strolling tour with a information to get acquainted with it. A very good strolling tour will pair you up with a educated metropolis skilled, and it’s a actually good technique to get an introduction to a metropolis.

We’ve taken a number of walking tours in New York, all of which we did with Take Walks, our favorite strolling tour firm. We’ve taken walks with them in cities all world wide, and have at all times had fun.

Take Walks supply a variety of strolling excursions in New York. Listed here are some choices to think about, plus you’ll be able to see all their New York tours here.

Naturally there are many different strolling tour firms and choices. In the event you put money into a New York Go for instance, this contains plenty of strolling tour choices. There are additionally a variety of strolling excursions accessible here on Viator and here on GetYourGuide.


Saving Cash On New York Sights

New York can undoubtedly be an costly place to go to. There are in fact many free sights, a few of which we’ve included on our itinerary, however most of the hottest sights do cost an entry payment. These charges could be excessive, and sightseeing charges normally are a serious contributor to the cost of travel in the USA.

There’s a manner it can save you cash on these larger priced sights although, and that’s to put money into one of many metropolis passes accessible in New York Metropolis. Once we go to a metropolis and plan to do loads of sightseeing, we at all times verify to see if there’s a metropolis go which covers the sights we actually wish to see, because it normally works out saving us cash.

For New York Metropolis, there’s a superb selection of passes, and we’re certain that one among them will prevent cash if you happen to plan on visiting at the very least just a few of the paid sights. We’ve an in depth information to all the assorted New York attraction passes here, which we recommend testing upfront of your go to. The primary passes we suggest are:

For this itinerary, we suggest the New York Pass. Just about each paid attraction on our itinerary is included on this go, and at time of writing, the New York Go provides free entry to over 100 sights throughout the town.

These embody loads of excessive worth and well-liked gadgets just like the Empire State Constructing, Prime of the Rock, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Met, and lots of many extra.

In the event you had been to go to all of the paid sights in our record, together with taking the Hop on Hop Off bus tour, you’ll be taking a look at over $300 in attraction entry prices. So immediately the New York Go would prevent over $100!

What we actually love concerning the New York Go is simply how a lot it contains. We discover that this implies we regularly find yourself doing issues we’d not have achieved, simply because they’re included, so why not. So, we don’t must assume twice about including a museum or two to our tour, or taking a strolling tour, or hiring a motorbike.

It additionally contains skip the road entry at a variety of sights so along with saving you cash, the go may also prevent time. General, if you will comply with our itinerary and plan on visiting a lot of New York’s prime sights, we will extremely suggest the New York Go to economize.

Examine costs, and purchase yours upfront of your journey here. Passes could be activated as much as 24 months from buy.

New York Pass


Practicalities for Visiting New York

That can assist you plan your journey to New York, we needed to share some info on a few of the practicalities try to be conscious of. Hopefully this data will provide help to put together to your time within the metropolis.

Electrical retailers in New York Metropolis

Like the remainder of the USA, New York makes use of a 110v-120v system. There are two sorts of plugs, formally often called varieties A and B. Plug kind A has two flat parallel pins, and plug kind B has the identical plus a spherical grounding pin.

In case you are travelling from wherever outdoors North America, you’ll seemingly want some sort of journey adaptor like this. You also needs to bear in mind in case you are coming from Europe, Asia, Africa or Australasia that the voltage is totally different. So you’ll need to verify your gadgets to make sure they help the 110-120v system. In any other case you’ll need an influence convertor like this.

In our expertise, most decrease powered electrical gadgets like laptops, digicam chargers, telephone chargers and many others. work throughout voltages from 110 – 240v. Nonetheless, larger powered gadgets like hair straighteners, curling irons, hair dryers, and kettles don’t.

You’ll be able to learn extra about journey adapters in our information to the best travel adapters available on the market, which incorporates voltage convertors as effectively.


Foreign money in New York Metropolis

America is the house of america Greenback, so clearly that is the forex you’ll be utilizing in New York Metropolis. {Dollars} are available in word kind, from $1 payments as much as $100 payments. There are additionally a spread of cash, starting from 1 cent to 1 greenback.

Bank cards are extensively accepted throughout the town for all the things from eating to sights. Nonetheless, you’ll want to maintain forex handy, as tipping is quite common within the USA. Having an excellent assortment of greenback payments available will at all times be helpful.

As well as, single fares on buses can solely be purchased utilizing cash, though Metrocards could be purchased and topped up utilizing a credit score or debit card.

We’d counsel utilizing a bank card to your purchases the place sensible, as this can prevent carrying massive quantities of money round with you. Simply be sure you have a bank card which doesn’t cost you for overseas transactions in case you are visiting from outdoors the USA.


Security in New York Metropolis

Nowadays, New York is a comparatively protected metropolis to visit- a far cry from the seventies and eighties when crime was rife.

Nonetheless, as with every main metropolis on the earth petty crime is a matter, and it is best to take precautions together with your valuables in order to reduce alternatives for theft and pickpocketing.

Easy issues like conserving purse and wallets out of sight in a zippable pocket, and never leaving valuables like telephones mendacity out in plain sight will go an extended technique to making certain a protected journey.


Web Entry in New York Metropolis

As a serious metropolitan metropolis, New York is clearly effectively linked, and it’s simple to seek out free WiFi as you wander the town. Espresso outlets, lodges, eating places and sights are all good locations the place WiFi must be quick and free to entry.

If you wish to get on-line together with your telephone utilizing information, you could have just a few choices, which I define in my guide to getting online when travelling. The USA just isn’t general an inexpensive vacation spot for information in my expertise, however it’s attainable to select up a SIM card for an unlocked telephone if you want.

One factor to pay attention to, relying in your service and machine, is that every one the massive skyscrapers in New York do influence the passage of cell alerts, making a kind of canyon impact. Mix this with the sheer variety of folks within the metropolis, and you’ll anticipate community entry to be just a little sporadic and gradual at occasions.

Radio City New York City


Additional Studying

That’s it for our information to what to do when visiting New York Metropolis for 3 days! Hopefully you’ve discovered it helpful, and it’s answered any questions you had about your journey.

We additionally needed to share some extra content material we’ve written on New York and travelling within the USA normally, to make sure you have all the knowledge you would possibly want. We’ve additionally received just a few third-party sources to suggest that we expect you would possibly discover useful to your journey.

And that’s it for this information! As at all times, if in case you have any suggestions, feedback or questions, simply pop them within the feedback part beneath and we’ll get again to you as quickly as we will. Protected travels!

A detailed guide to spending 3 days in New York. With a day-by-day itinerary, tips on how to get around, where to stay and save money in NYC!

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