Let me begin by saying that 24 hours in New York City is not easy. There is easily weeks worth of things to be seen and done in New York, but you can definitely get some fun things done while you’re there, you just have to plan ahead. This 24 hour guide includes everything you can and will see if you plan it out correctly. Without further ado, here’s my 24 hours in New York City plan.
Depending on where you’re staying, you can start in uptown, or downtown. Every time I’ve been to New York, I’ve been staying in downtown, so that’s where this plan begins, but feel free to start from the end!
Taking a ferry to Statue of Liberty would take far too long. You can get a stunning view of lady liberty from battery park, as well as a stunning view of lower Manhattan, including One World Trade Center.
I don’t think any trip to New York is complete without a visit here. It’s sobering and beautiful. If you have time, you can definitely check out the museum, but I recommend just checking out the memorial located where the towers used to stand.
Hustle Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Not joking, this was one of my favorite things that we did in New York the last time I was there. The views are breathtaking, and it was so fun to say I went outside of Manhattan on my trip to New York. Once you arrive in Brooklyn, definitely check out the waterfront and enjoy stunning views of New York. Then, hop on a subway and head back to midtown.
Washington Square Park/NYU
On your way North, check out NYU and Washington Square Park. It’s absolutely beautiful, and is definitely it’s own part of New York. Enjoying all the bustling college students and fun that’s happening in this area is definitely a must see.
Times Square is obviously a must see for any tourist in New York. It’s amazing to see that many screens and activity in one centralized area. Picture yourself there the night the ball drops, and things get even crazier.
Many people recommend seeing the Empire State Building. No. First of all, it’s expensive, much more expensive than the rock, and second of all, when you get to the top, sure the views are pretty, but the New York skyline is missing one important thing…THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. ESB is such a highlight of the New York skyline, it doesn’t make sense to go stand on it. The rock offers really, really impressive views; it’s a must see.
Grand central station is so fun. I took the subway into Grand Central, so that we were coming out into the beautiful main lobby. It’s a bustling area of activity, but it really is a gorgeous piece of art. Take a moment to people watch and see all the different trains and busses leaving from this area.
Again, no trip to NYC is complete without a visit to Central Park. I didn’t go the first two times I was in New York, so by my third trip I made it a priority. It’s crazy to stand in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world, and hear birds chirrping and kids laughing. It’s quieter than you think it is, and offers a great relaxation area.
What are your biggest NYC must-sees?
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