First Timer's 3-Day NYC Itinerary
New York City
Arts & Culture
Food & Wine
NYC is a wonderful destination with so much to offer within a small area. You can choose to do all of the tourist spots or keep it simple with a day in Central Park. There is no limit on the number of cuisines you can eat or the number of shops you can visit. There is something for everyone in the Big Apple.
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Where to stay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West
Casual rooms and a rooftop bar in the heart of Times Square.
Glamorous NYC icon steps from Central Park, with an Old New York vibe and essential Afternoon Tea service.
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Park Central Hotel New York
Polished hotel with sleek rooms located across from Carnegie Hall and steps from Central Park.
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Day 1: Arrive in NYC
Plan to arrive in NYC mid-day if possible. Check into your hotel, leave your bags and hit the streets. No time to rest, you have a small window to be the ultimate NYC tourist. Get to
Rockefeller Center however you like. I suggest a taxi or an uber to get the show on the road.
From there you can walk to Radio City Music Hall. Next up, a quick walk to St. Patrick's Cathedral Times Square. You will want to take some time here. Light a candle, say a prayer or just take some time to enjoy this architectural beauty.
Have dinner at Carmines Times Square. I absolutely suggest eating your spaghetti Lady and the Tramp style with someone you love.
Day 2: Full day of sightseeing
You have to see the Chrysler Building but you don't have to seeee the Chrysler Building. A quick drive-by will do. Then head to Grand Central Station. Tell someone a secret in "The Whispering Gallery", XOXO.
Next up is the Empire State Building, the best view in the city. Macy's, you have to do Macy's. A floor dedicated to one thing. Champagne when you shop? Yes, please! China Town/Little Italy, let's eat!
Day 3: 9/11 Memorial & the Statue of Liberty
Be prepared to be moved. 9/11 Memorial & Museum is up next on this quick trip to NYC. Breathtaking and emotional - an absolute must-do. Let's keep those feelings going and head to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. Last but not least I suggest catching a Broadway show to finish the trip.
Need to Know
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