3 Nights in New York City

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  • New York City

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Long Weekend

  • Hidden Gems

  • Sightseeing

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New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world and there is so much to explore! There really is something for everyone. A long weekend is the perfect amount of time to scratch the surface of what New York City has to offer.

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Where to stay in New York City

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Conrad New York Midtown

Chic all-suite hotel with modern rooms in Midtown Manhattan.

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Sofitel New York

A luxurious stay mere steps from Manhattan's 5th Avenue, with views of the city skyline and a notable French-inspired elegance.


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Hyatt Centric Times Square New York

Located just steps from bustling Times Square, this upscale hotel offers contemporary rooms, a chic rooftop bar and a spa.

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Day 1: History and Views in New York City

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First stop check into hotel and have them hold your luggage, there is a lot to explore!

Head downtown to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum . 9/11 is an important part of American history. Here, you can visit Ground Zero as well as explore the museum that has artifacts from that day.

Museums not your thing? Head to the top of One World Observatory for a bird's eye view of lower Manhattan and beyond.

After heading back to your hotel and relaxing for a little bit, feel free to explore the area. The city never sleeps!

Day 2: Sightseeing in New York City

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For a different NYC experience, try a sightseeing cruise! The concrete jungle looks very different from the water rather than from the inside! My favorite are Circle Line Cruises, the Complete Manhattan Island Cruise or the NYC Landmarks Cruise. Taking a cruise in the morning will be a peaceful way to start the day.

From here, I would stop for lunch on the way to or in Midtown. Take the afternoon to check out some cool things in Times Square such as M&M World, the Hershey Store, the Disney store, and many, many more. It is also fun to sit in the center, grab a coffee, and people watch! People come from all over the world to experience Times Square.

Just a few blocks away is Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and 5th Avenue. Top of the Rock is one of my favorite observatories in the city. There is also more shopping in Rockefeller Center, such as, FAO Schwarz, Lego Store, MLB Flagship Store, Nintendo, and much more. You can also book an NBC Studio tour to visit sets of SNL, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Kelly Clarkson Show. 1iota has free tickets to be in the audience of these shows and more, available seasonally.

Day 3: Bus Tour in New York City

A red and yellow bus reading "Big Bus Tour USA"

A Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour is such a great time saver to see the other parts of the city that you may not want to spend a whole day in. This tour has stops all over Manhattan. Want lunch in Little Italy? You got it. Want to shop in SoHo? Go for it. Want to stop for a picture outside Macy's Herald Square? You can!

Day 4: Museum and Central Park in New York City

Sea lions in an enclosure

On this last morning, check out of your hotel and have them hold your luggage. Head uptown to the American Museum of Natural History.

After the museum, cross the street to Central Park. I love just sitting in the park and reading a book for a little bit! There is so much to see - people watching, fountains, unique bridges and architecture, the Central Park Zoo! When you're in Central Park, it doesn't even feel like you are in a city anymore. This is the perfect way to end your whirlwind long weekend in New York City before heading home.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Alexandra Gonzalez’s itinerary, A Fall Weekend in New York City.

This itinerary is part of our ongoing series on travel to New York City.

Advisor - Stephanie Goldrosen

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