Weekend Getaway: 3 Days in New York City
New York City. The ultimate city that never sleeps, the city with all of the lights, the city we all dream about from movies. If you’re like us and grew up watching Gossip Girl or Sex & the City as your girly guilty pleasure, then NYC was always on top of your list of places to visit. This city is home to thousands of the coolest restaurants, hip bars, museums, landmarks, and the list drags on. The number of things (yes, free too) you could do here are endless.
Whether you’re an art enthusiast, food lover, musician, or someone who desires a fast-paced city life, it’s time to give this place a visit.
So, If you’re looking to spend 3 days in New York City to feel like a Carrie Bradshaw, then stick around for the must-sees and do’s!
Best brunch in the City
What’s a day of sightseeing without a good brunch to start the day? If you’re a foodie lover like us, then you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of choices that exist here. A whole day in NYC could actually be dedicated to eating at different restaurants. We stumbled upon Egg Shop in Soho (there’s another location in Williamsburg) and were simply drawn to it by its name and photographic appeal.
If you love everything from Eggs Benedict to an Egg sandwich, then take a chance on this place. Try to get there early in the morning to avoid the long wait time.
If you prefer more of a varied menu, check out this for more brunch options.
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
I know this is pretty common and touristy, but it’s one of the best landmarks to see in the city! The Brooklyn Bridge connects the Brooklyn borough to Manhattan – I hope you’ve done a little more research than we did on our initial trip to NYC given the fact that we had no idea what boroughs were (shame on us!). Start on either side and make the journey to one of two unique boroughs from one another. This bridge stays busy throughout the day, so any time of the day seems good to walk across. So, get your camera ready for some amazing shots of the city!
Tip: watch out for those bikers and stay OUT of their bike lane!
Those New Yorkers take their lane very seriously and will call you out if you dare step foot in it. Basically, stay in your zone.
Bike in Central Park
One of the most exciting ways to experience the Big Apple is by renting a bike in Central Park. You can rent bikes for as long as you’d like, with the base cost starting at $20 per hour. A little on the pricier side for just an hour, but can you expect anything less in NYC? We typically are budget-minded travelers, but this was one of those well worth its expenses.
From passing along the tall beautiful trees, hearing street musicians play music, locals walking their dogs, and people having picnics all lets you enjoy the outdoors without having to leave the city. And the fact that it’s so city center allows you to take it all in!
The bike lane leads to all areas of the park, so pick your path and enjoy this memorable and adventurous experience.
Indulge in Rooftop Drinking
NYC may not be the greenest of places but it does make up for it with its endless amount of rooftop bars, which let’s face it, is the best way to see the city. Once you’ve exhausted your feet from walking all day, hit a few bars such as Haven Rooftop Bar to wind down and enjoy the views. Whether you prefer a more laid back atmosphere or more of an upscale vibe, there are plenty to choose from. Try to make it to a rooftop bar right before sunset to watch the sun align perfectly with Manhattan’s skyscrapers. It’s quite breathtaking and made for picture-taking.
There are too many things to do here that couldn’t possibly be condensed into one NYC itinerary. One would say: you have to see a Broadway show or take a trip to Staten Island to see the Statue of Liberty. While those are fun things to do, it is not necessary if you are limited with only 3 days in New York. The truly best ways to really take in a city is to simply walk it!
By spending most of the day roaming to different neighborhoods, you’ll come across new sights you wouldn’t necessarily see from an Uber window. Walk Times Square, view the colorful street art that exists everywhere, get a quick bite to eat on-the-go, and take pictures obsessively. Some of the best places are from the ones stumbled upon.
NYC is a place you don’t want to stop coming back to. It’s filled with lots of energy and personality making it one of the best cities in the world. It has just about everything for everyone. If you are a fan of fast-paced city life and want to explore the Big Apple, then book that flight! You won’t be disappointed.
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