Whether you want to catch Hamilton on Broadway, get a photo with Elmo in Times Square, or catch a fly ball at Yankee Stadium, New York has something for everyone. However, it’s also the City That Never Sleeps and you’d be forgiven for thinking that if you wanted to do it all in a weekend, you won’t be able to either.
Don’t worry though, with these tips you’ll be able to see the sights and still enjoy your lie-ins. After all, you didn’t splurge on a king-size bed for no reason.
How to do New York in a weekend
Map it all out
NYC is a big place and there’s lots to do, but you’ll never get to see it all if you’re constantly rushing from one side of the city to the other. Before you go, write down your must-dos and plot them out using the map app on your phone. This will help you see which ones are within walking distance of each other and should be done on the same day.
Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Centre, Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Empire State Building are all classic NYC sights within walking distance of each other.
Time it right
When you’re doing your planning, look at what Google says regarding the average time spent at each attraction and the most popular times to visit. Ideally, you should visit at less popular times, so that you spend less time waiting in queues and are less crowded while there.
The average time will give you an idea of how long you’ll be spending there before moving onto the next attraction. However, when making your schedule, be sure to take your personality into account. For example, if Google estimates two hours for a museum, but you’re a history buff, you might find that you spend three hours there.
Ditch the car
If you’re tempted to hire a rental car, stop yourself now. There’s a reason why most New Yorkers don’t drive and that’s because it’s nearly impossible to get around by road.
Instead, you’re best off getting a subway card and travelling underground.
Seek out street food
New York has some of the best restaurants in the world, but the quintessential New York foods are bought at windows and from carts. Think hotdogs, pizza, and bagels and then think again because the traditional NYC versions of these are nothing like you’ve had anywhere else.
Not only are you getting a slice of authentic New York cuisine when you buy from street vendors, but you’re also saving time because you can eat and walk at the same time. Lunch essentially eats up your travel time.
Build in chill out time
While the idea is to pack as much into your weekend as possible, don’t forget to give yourself a break, otherwise, it just won’t feel like a holiday.
If you like to always be doing something, this time doesn’t have to be just sitting around doing nothing. It could mean listening to live bands in Central Park, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature at Washington Square Park, browsing the thrift shops in Bushwick, or whatever activity is bound to bring you calm.
Don’t be disappointed if you can’t see the whole city. You’re just taking a bite out of the Big Apple at the moment. Remember, that with the ESTA USA visa you can come back to NYC as many times as you like for two whole years. Find out more at www.application-esta.co.uk/.
Dress to move
There’s no two ways about it, your trip will likely involve a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. Don’t try to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw for anything longer than a selfie. Instead, opt for walking shoes and comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes.
Hopefully, this has given you the tools you need to do New York in a weekend, but you might still need a couple of days off work when you get back to recover. Remember to send us a postcard. Oh, and don’t throw pennies off the top of the Empire State Building.