My boyfriend and I are taking a quick, last minute weekend trip to New York. Can someone tell me if this is doable? Neither of us has been there before so we’re not really sure what we’re doing. We figured we’d do one uptown day and one downtown day. Also, we love to walk, so we’ve planned a lot of walking.
Thanks in advance. T
Both of your days are definitely doable and you’ve chosen some great things to see, but if I can make some suggestions:
On day one, I’d personally substitute the Circle Line Cruises tour for the tram. You will have already had a great view of the city at the Top of the Rockand to be honest, the tram is a little overrated. Roosevelt Island Tramitself is by far the ugliest part of the city and you’ll only get one view if you choose that option. The Circle Line leaves from the 42nd street pier, which will be easier to get to from where you’ll be anyway. It’s more expensive, but you’ll get to see so much more ( Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, etc.) and their nighttime tour is really stunning.
Also, Macy'smay be iconic, but really isn’t that great. It’s insanely crowded and the quality of goods isn’t really anything to write home about. If you want to see a really beautiful store, go to Bergdorf Goodman on 57th. It literally looks like a palace. Obviously this will work better if you decide to do the Circle Line instead of the tram.
Day two is very doable, too, although if I can just suggest a slightly altered version of this it will give you a much more authentic feel for what downtown NY really is:
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