Planning a trip to New York? Get some inspiration on what to do while you’re there with our idea of a perfect three-day itinerary. History, culture, entertainment, restaurants… Pack it all in at a comfortable pace and don’t miss a thing!
Start your weekend in New York by exploring the Upper West Side with a morning walk in Central Park, the lung of the city. This impressively large man-made park has paths that are perfect for jogging or rollerblading, green areas for relaxing or enjoying a picnic, several lakes, the Wildlife Center where you can admire sea lions and other animals and even lawn concerts by the New York Philharmonic. Stop by the American Museum of Natural History to learn more about natural science and brush up on the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods while admiring the collection of dinosaur skeletons.
Head to Harlem to listen to a gospel service, then stroll along luxurious 5th Avenue and admire the shoppers getting out of their chauffeured cars to visit the shops full of designer labels. Follow your feet to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). This museum houses some 2 million unique pieces, and is a gold standard in the industry! The Guggenheim is another must-see location for modern art lovers spending a weekend in New York. Next, take public transit to the Nolita neighbourhood for a lunch break. Enjoy the outdoor seating at the cafes in this hip, posh neighbourhood with numerous boutiques.
After enjoying a pizza, one of New York’s culinary specialities, head to TriBeCa and SoHo. TriBeCa is a hip residential neighbourhood full of old brick industrial warehouses that have been converted into lofts. SoHo is another shopping district, where designer boutiques are intermingled with internationally-known department stores. You can also explore the Meatpacking District and the High Line, the 2.5 kilometre long park built atop an old railroad line.
Finish your day in a jazz club in Greenwich Village, a neighbourhood with pleasant tree-lined roads and charming stone steps. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of Sex & the City!
On the second day of your weekend in New York, start your morning at the charming Chelsea market before heading to the Flatiron Building. This iron-shaped building and the bull statue nearby are remarkable sights to see.
Next, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. Head for the 86th story of the Empire State Building for a stunning panoramic view. Admire the facade and spire of the Chrysler Building, then walk around the immense hall of the Grand Central Terminal, through which 750,000 passengers pass each day. Treat yourself to a shopping trip at Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s.
Then head to the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center, appropriately called the Top of the Rock. This magnificent Art Deco-style centre is home to a number of boutiques and restaurants. And if you’re in New York during the magical Christmas season, you’ll be delighted by the enormous decorated tree and the outdoor skating rink set up each winter. If you like modern art, a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is essential. There you can discover some 150,000 works of modern art.
Finish your day with an evening in Times Square. The flickering signs, spotlights, ever-present giant outdoor screens and neon lights make this intersection a true sound and light show after dark. Broadway offers an incredible number of plays, musicals and other types of performances. You can also do some shopping in the many boutiques here. But be warned, in this high-voltage atmosphere, it’s hard to resist temptation! If you’re more in the mood for a concert, check out the calendar of events at Carnegie Hall. Or why not take in a match at Madison Square Garden during your weekend in New York?
The third day of your weekend in New York will take you to Manhattan and beyond! Head for One World Trade Center, which was built on the site of the Twin Towers. Visit the National September 11 Memorial before walking past New York City Hall. You can also admire the facade and bustle of activity at the most important financial building in the world: the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, just a few minutes away from the home of the NASDAQ.
Make your way to the edge of the water at Battery Park, the departure point for various ferries and shuttles. Here you can find boats that will take you to Ellis Island, the first stop for European immigrants coming to America in the 19th and 20th centuries. You can also take a ferry or a sailboat tour to the Statue of Liberty. The sight is sure to stay in your mind for many years as a wonderful souvenir of your weekend in New York.
Once your feet are back on solid ground, enjoy an afternoon stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge or the Manhattan bridge over the East River. Finally, head to Brooklyn, the area of New York with the highest concentration of young people. From here, you have a stunning view of Manhattan!
During your weekend in New York, do as the Americans do and sample the local takeout food. The many types of hot dogs sold in the street and the pizzas made with love by Italian restaurateurs are a true institution.