Hi there! I'm so excited to have you today, because I'm sharing one of my favorite parts of traveling, itinerary planning!! I LOVE researching and making a list of our must see places, then putting it all together. It's like a puzzle! :D Today, I'm focusing on New York City Itinerary Planning, but these tips could work well for other places as well. Here are a few of my tips to get the most valuable out of your time AND get more bang for your buck!
Central Park & Rockefeller Center are both in or in close proximity to Midtown.
The 9/11 Memorial & The Statue of Liberty are in (or in close proximity to)
the Financial District and Lower Manhattan.
Though these tips are catered to work well for a New York City, these are really great for any big city. I hope they will help you narrow down and plan well for your upcoming trips! Feel free to comment below with any questions or specifics. I love helping where I can! Thank you so much for stopping in. See you soon!
Hey there! I'm so excited you are here today as I'm sharing one of my favorite places in New York City, Central Park. Think about it, one of the largest cities in the world full of skyscrapers, taxi cabs, millions of people, and smack dab in the middle is this HUGE, AMAZING park preserving beautiful of nature, an escape from the concrete jungle surrounding it. As with many things in NYC, we didn't get to spend as much time here as we'd liked. I'm convinced that I need to pack up & move to The Big Apple to see it all! But even still, we enjoyed every bit of the snow blanketed meadows, ponds, trees, and bridges we did see! We decided to make things extra magical with a short carriage ride through part of the park (should've paid for the longer one, but you live & learn..perhaps you can learn from my shortcomings). We also walked (and rode) along the famous 5th Avenue side of Central Park, seeing the walkway you often catch glimpses of in movies. I can't offer much advice for Central Park other than take some time to soak in its magnitude & beauty. Sit on a bench, look around, reflect, take photographs, but don't forget to take in, with your own eyes, what you are photographing, you won't regret that!
Me alongside 5th Avenue & Central Park
Central Park at 6th Avenue & Center Drive
My mom & the 107th Infantry Memorial
Snow blanketed Central Park & Gapstow Bridge
One of my favorite photographs from our entire trip.
A Central Park staple, pigeons!
Snow Blanketed Central Park
I thought Sunday would be fitting for today's post on New York City. On our hop-on/hop-off bus tour, we saw the Cathedral of St. John the Divine several times, and had the privilege of viewing the inside for a brief time. The New York City Pass also offers a tour of the cathedral, but we couldn't find the time to return a third time, though I really, truly wish we had! This is hands down one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. The immense detail in stone work, stained glass, the sheer grandeur (the Statue of Liberty could fit inside!!) is truly awe inspiring. As crazy as it sounds, this church literally made me weep from its beauty! Take the time to visit, take the time to take a tour, and learn more about its history, architecture, and even famous events. When we visited, the cathedral had just held a celebration for winter solstice so the church was beautiful adorned for that, but seeing the Cathedral of St. John the Divine would be a treat anytime of year! I hope you'll enjoy this look at the outside architecture and a peek of the inside.
The outside stonework is AMAZING!!
Take a look at the bible scriptures carved in the stone around the doors!
We were rushed so I didn't get great photos of the inside,
but take a look at the ceiling height and the amazing stained glass!
Origami Dove Christmas Tree and my sweet Momma
The Empire State Building is another New York City tourist must! And though I loved the views at the Top of the Rock better, the Art Deco feels at the ESB are worth the visit! This is another attraction the City Pass came in handy for, no fiddling with money⌐just show your pass and you're in! We enjoyed the way up to the observatory, learning history on the Empire State Building as we made our way up. We caught the weather on a beautiful day, so we had some amazing views! You can even see the Statue of Liberty in the distance in one of the photos!
Hello again! I'm so excited for today's post. It's one of my favorite places at Christmas in New York City, Rockefeller Plaza. We visited many times during our stay in the Big Apple, and it was worth every visit! We used our New York City Pass for an NBC Studios Tour and to go to the Top of the Rock (top observatory in Rockefeller Center).
The NBC Studios Tour was so much fun! We weren't allowed to take photos, but we saw the Nightly News and Saturday Night Live sets.
The Top of the Rock was incredible, with amazing views of Central Park and the Empire State Building. I HIGHLY recommended putting the Top of the Rock on your list, maybe even above the Empire State Building since you get an amazing view of it from Top of the Rock.
Of course along with all of that was the ever coveted Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree. This was magic!! As soon as we arrived in The City, we dropped our bags, and headed straight to see the tree! Snow was falling in big, fluffy, gorgeous flakes, the sidewalks were full of shoppers, and the Plaza was lit up in all of its glory⌐it was truly magical and a time I will never forget!