New York City is one of my favorite places for a weekend getaway. Recently, I took a trip there over Memorial Day weekend, and forgot how overwhelming the city can be, and I lived there for 4 years! There is so much to see and do, especially for a newbie who has never been to the city before. So, how do you get the most out of and see New York City in a weekend? Below are some tips and suggestions for a weekend away in the city that never sleeps.
1. Make a list of areas of the city you want to see, things you want to do, then map it out.
- Do you want to see iconic New York City such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal? Or do you primarily want to go to museums and Broadway shows? It is a good idea to plan a central focus, whether it be to see a part of the city or around activities you want to do.
- Take out a map (or use Google maps) and familiarize yourself with the city and where you want to be.
2. Book a centrally located hotel
- Based upon how you answer number one above, book a hotel that is located centrally to where you want to be. You can book your hotel stay here.
3. Familiarize yourself with the transportation options available and zip around like a local
- Taking the subway, booking with Uber or walking are your best bets to navigate the city. Taxis can be hit and miss depending on the time of day and part of the city that you are in.
4. Do some research where the locals like to hang out, eat, and go out.
- There are plenty of city guides, blogs and books that you can read to provide those places that are not so touristy and off the beaten path so to speak. May I suggest Top 20 Places Worth Visiting in Manhattan for a quick guide to some of my favorite places in Manhattan.
5. Pick an avenue or street to explore for the day
- If you really want some adventure and want to see a specific part of the city, choose a street or avenue that spans across the city and explore all of the places on that specific path. Some suggestions include 5th Avenue, 14th Street or 42nd Street. You will be surprised in just a short distance how the city can change.
6. Have a plan of how to get to/from the airport
- Traveling from the airport into New York City can be a daunting task and is best to have a plan of attack. From LGA, there is not a public transportation option available unless you take a bus. My suggestion is to take a cab, Uber, or a shuttle bus. From JFK, the subway does connect to the AirTrain, which is the best option. Otherwise, a cab, Uber, or a shuttle bus is also available.