New York City. The Big Apple. The Big City. The City. The City That Never Sleeps.
The Capital of the World.
The Center of the Universe.
Call it what you will, it’s probably the most renowned city on the planet, and you’ve only got five days to see it all!
People often associate New York City with the Borough of Manhattan, and rightfully so. Some of the most notable and visited sights, not only in NYC, but in the entire United States, are on the island borough. Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty to name a very few.
But there are four other boroughs that comprise New York City: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Below I will offer up a potential five-day itinerary that will allow you to experience New York City will all five senses. However, it does focus mostly on Manhattan. So below that will be other sights of interest in the other boroughs in case you want to customize your visit.
First of all, consider staying at one of the Midtown Manhattan Hotels, which are situated perfectly for trips to both midtown and lower Manhattan. Fantastic accommodations in a great location. You won’t be disappointed.
Day 1: The Upper East Side, Central Park New York city.
Head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Upper East Side. The Met was founded in 1870 to encourage the study of fine arts in NYC. Over 140 years later, it still houses works of art from around the world. Your ticket to the Met also allows you to visit The Cloisters , a museum and gardens devoted to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe. Dine at Serafina to end your day.
Some other notable locations nearby: American Museum of Natural History, and the rest of museum mile, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. It is also reasonably close to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Time Square.
Day 2: Midtown/Lower Manhattan
Start your day walking The High Line, 1.5 miles of elevated linear park constructed on a disused spur of the New York Central Railroad. It is built with recycled materials and is self-sustaining. It’s a can’t miss sight, to be sure. Then slip over to the Chelsea Market for shopping and dining.
Day 3: Downtown (Lower Manhattan) New York City
Visit the 9/11 Memorial , a chilling yet inspiring tribute to the lives lost on the day that changed everything. Then head down to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the port through which many immigrants entered America. While New York City certainly has that Melting Pot feel, day three will inspire a sense of Americana. Dine and roam around Soho to finish the day.
Day 4: Upper West Side, Central Park
Take a walk through Central Park, 843 acres of beautiful park lands smack in the center of Manhattan. You can get so deep into the wooden walking paths that you forget you are in The City! The slide over to the Upper West Side to catch a Broadway show. Dine… anywhere. You can’t go wrong in NYC. Perhaps find a street vendor for some true NYC fare.
Some other notable locations nearby: Riverside Park
Day 5: Brooklyn New York City
The brownstones and tree-lined streets of New York City that you see on television are probably located in Brooklyn. Stroll through Park Slope and visit its coffee shops, bookstores, shopping and dining. It is very kid-friendly, so if you are traveling as a family, this is for you.
Over the past 15 years or so, Williamsburg has become a cultural center in Brooklyn. Shopping and dining on quaint city streets. Perhaps this is hipster heaven.
For magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline, check out Brooklyn Heights, and see why it is considered America’s first suburb.
Other possibilities in New York City
No matter where you visit in New York City, you can’t go wrong. Thousands of excellent restaurants. Neighborhoods that blend the old world with modern city life. Here are some other attractions that didn’t make the above agenda, but are certainly worthy of visiting.
Perhaps the home of tennis in the United States, Flushing Meadows is the home of the US Open tennis tournament. You can also visit several ethnic-inspired communities across the borough.
Staten Island New York City
It’s difficult to visit New York City and not have a memorable experience, but hopefully the above information and itinerary will help guide you to a wonderful vacation.