The week or so in New York City was truly a trip I will never, ever forget! I met the most amazing people, was able to spend some time with family & friends ánd was in one of the greatest cities out there! It really couldn’t get any better. In the week or so that I was there we all did á lot of things (we walked around 20 km a day.. ohhh-the-blisters!!). With so many things to do in NYC and good stories about almost everything out there, I thought I’d be a good idea to share some of the things I loved doing móst. So, if you’re planning to go to NYC, make sure to check out or do the following things:
Walk the High Line
Ok. So we did this on one of the hottest days of the week (34 degrees celsius), which really wasn’t the smartest thing to do – sunburned. But I would definitely recommend this walk! You get some amazing views over NYC’s streets, there is art found almost everywhere and it’s really just a calm place in such a busy city. In the week or so that I was there, I walked the High Line twice. One time at night and one time during the day, both times were beautiful! Another good thing to do is visit the Whitney Museum after you’ve walked the High Line. It’s located at the end of it!
Visiting the Rockefeller Centre Observatory Decks was probably one of the most exciting things I did in NYC. The views on these decks are just amazing!! On the three decks you get an amazing panorama of NYC, all of it! I’ve written more about this view over here.
Visit a museum! my favourites were the Whitney & the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
Visiting a museum is just something you háve to do in NYC, there are so many good ones and every one of them has their own special thing. I really really really liked the MET Museum and the Whitney Museum. Make sure to get a map before you enter the MET Museum, because you are going to get lost! This museum is huge and has collections of literally everything. If you go there, make sure to go up to the rooftop. The view over Central Park is pretty amazing there!
See Grand Central Terminal
Gossip Girl fans: we all know that here is where it all started !! Grand Central Terminal is not just any terminal. You’ll find amazing pieces of art, shops and many many many people. It isn’t the busiest station of New York for nothing.. If you’re in NYC, you’ll probably move around the city with public transport ánd you’ll probably have to go to Grand Central Station one time as well. Make sure to check it out :)
Check out Williamsburg, Soho, Greenwich Village, China Town, Little Italy… & More
Yes. & more. New York City’s neighbourhoods are the best and I truly think you should visit them all, if you have the time of course! I loved Williamsburg á lot. There were a lot of students, amazing restaurants and cute little boutiques. Soho was also one of my favourites for the shopping, of course. And all the other neighbourhoods? amazing as well!! I would suggest: just take the underground to somewhere and start walking. NYC looks huge on the map, but with the undergrounds and your feet it’s pretty easy to get around.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Oh well.. what can I say about this? The 9/11 memorial is something you must see, but the museum is something you have to see even more. Seeing the exposition in the museum really broke my heart. But, it really gives a good insight in how NYC’s citizens experienced the attacks and what the impact was.
Eat Loads & if you like shopping, bring an empty suitcase!
Mmmmmm, if you like food & shopping, NYC sure is the place to be! I particularly loved Shake Shack for it’s burgers, but there are so so so many other delicious restaurants! If you like shopping, I would recommend taking an empty suitcase with you.. There are so many gems to find in this city and you don’t want to leave them behind because your suitcase is full (thats what I did… so stupid!!!).
Go to Central Park & Washington Square Park
Looking for some peace and quiet? Then go to one of NYC’s parks. I particularly loved Central park and Washington Square Park. Central Park because there is much to see and because it’s just gorgeous! And I loved Washington Square Park because of the whole vibe in there and because it’s a lot smaller than Central Park. People playing games, reading books, chilling in the fountain… love it!
Times Square is another one of those things you just have to see. It looked a lot smaller in real life than I expected, but it definitely screams out energy! It’s nice to just take a look at all the billboards, the people (some are crazy) & the shops. It isn’t something you should spend a whole day on, but if you’re in the area, just visit it :)
Go over the Brooklyn Bridge
Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is another one of those things you just múst do when in NYC. Not only will you be able to see the amazing architecture of the bridge, you’ll also get an amazing view over the city! When done walking, make sure to visit some of the restaurants in Dumbo, just at the end of the bridge :) I walked the bridge at night and during the day, both were amazing !!
& Those are some of the things I loved doing while in New York City! There are so much more things to do and I surely wasn’t able to do éverything.. So if you know something else one must do in NYC, let me know in the comments below! I’m sure I will go back there one day whihi