Hey y’all! I hope you had a great weekend, and a wonderful Easter holiday. Can you believe we are already in to the month of April. Before we know it, it will be Christmas. I’ve already been working with several clients to book and plan New York City trips for this December. We’ll start working on their itineraries soon, but for now we are gathering ideas for the places they want to see. I do keep itinerary ideas on hand, one I shared last week, and today I’ll share my go-to NYC itinerary for a 7-day trip in December. This can be easily tweaked for any time of year, but December seems to be the main time my clients like to go. And I don’t blame them! It is wonderful in December!
Below is a photo of our itinerary that we used for our trip. I include every little detail so it is all kept in once place, and do the same when I’m helping my clients prepare theirs. But here is a condensed version for you to use to plan your own. Again, these attractions are listed in location order, as well as taking into consideration the times places open/close.
Hey y'all! I hope Monday was good to you. If not, I wish you a better week ahead. Today, I'm back for Tip Tuesday, only today is more of a "what I would do" bit of info. I thought it would be fun to share some itinerary options for New York City with y'all. So I'm sharing what I would do or recommend to a first timer with 48 hours to explore in New York.
This simple itinerary is placed in location order to give you more bang for your time, and keep you from being overwhelmed. With this itinerary, you'll hit all the high points that are must for first time visitors. Who am I kidding!? I still love to visit these spots. So let's get to it! Here is a sample itinerary for what you can do with 48 hours in New York City.
Arrive early at Newark International Airport
Commute to Manhattan via the Lincoln Tunnel
Check into hotel located in Times Square
Rockefeller Center + Top of the Rock
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Evening Broadway Show
Visit the Good Morning America Set/Outdoor Set
Head to the Airport
What do you think? Does that hit all of your must sees for New York City? You'll want to watch your time to fit it all in, and take advantage of the Subway to get here and there quickly. With that, this itinerary is completely doable!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll see you back later this week!
Wow, did the weekend fly by or what?! Luckily, Monday did too, and we are already well into the week. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving then Christmas, and we'll be beginning a new year in no time! I'm not quite ready for the new year though, there is still so much to be done before our babies come, most important being getting moved into our new home. Patience is not my virtue right now, or anytime for that matter. But alas, I must wait. Thankfully, I have plenty to focus on between now & then, especially this little slice of my world. I have so many great posts planned for the blog, and I'm especially excited for today's— itinerary planning tips!
Planning an itinerary for your long awaited trip can seem to be a booger, but with my tips you can have it planned in a breeze. Now remember when you book with me, I do all of the work for you—no headache necessary! But if not or if you love the planning process yourself, here are some tips that can help you take the worry out of planning.
Make a List of Must See/Do
Start by making your list of must see and do places/attractions. Do you want to walk by and see a specific building? Do you want to spend time browsing a renowned museum? Do you want to spend the day seeing as many different beaches as you can? Write them all down!
Put Your List in Order of Importance
Here's where you have to be realistic. List your must see/do list in order of what is most important to you. Will you have enough time to see all of the places on your list? What is the most important to you—what will you regret not seeing? Put those at the top of the list, then work your way down to the "oh that would be nice to see, but I won't be devastated if I don'ts".
Determine Attractions Hours
What are the hours of operation for your must see places? I like to make special note of places that open very early or stay open later in the day. Is that museum you want to check out open later on specific days? I also try to look at what will be the most popular spots, i.e. Pearl Harbor Memorial on Oahu or the Empire State Building in New York, and make those the first stops of the day as they are less likely to be as crowded when they first open.
Arrange According to Location
This step is the most important to me in making sure I get the very most out of my time at a destination. I don't want to waste time walking by the same places more than once or doing too much back tracking. So, I use Google Maps to list my must see/dos in order by location. You can put in more than one destination in Google Maps, and move them around in location order.
Fine Tune & Finalize
From here, I break things down by days, and tweak & fine tune my itinerary. I begin by putting the most popular spots at the beginning of the day, then plan the remainder accordingly by location. Lastly, I fill in any items from the bottom of my must see list that I may happen to pass or might have extra time for.
Most importantly, when traveling enjoy your vacation & be flexible! While you're away, you may realize you didn't allow enough time at certain places or allotted too much time at others. This may result in some things being cut, some extra time for the things at the bottom of your list, OR time for things you hadn't planned at all. Even with itinerary in hand, it is important to keep an open mind, be flexible, and keep your focus on enjoying yourself & your destination!
Sample Itinerary for a Day in New York City
Explore Central Park
Go to Rockefeller Center
Shopping & Lunch in Rockefeller Center
Top of the Rock Observatory
Rockefeller Center Tour
Explore & Tour St. Patrick's Cathedral
Dinner at Rockefeller Center
View the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree
Performance by the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall
Sample Itinerary for exploring beaches in Maui
Drive to Makena Beach (the farthest you can go by rental car)
Explore Makena Beach (Big Beach & Little Beach—if you are brave)
Drive to Wailea
Enjoy relaxing at Wailea Beach
Drive to Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Explore the refuge & Sugar Beach
Drive to Kehei
Shop & have lunch
Drive along highway, stopping at various beaches & look outs along the way
Stop in Lahaina to view the harbor and neighboring island
Arrive in Kaanapali & check out the beach
Shop & have dinner at Whaler's Village
Drive to Napili Bay
Relax & Snorkel
Drive to D.T. Fleming Beach for the last stop of the day
I can tell you my itineraries never go 100% as planned, but without them I would be wandering aimlessly wasting too much of my precious vacation time. Hopefully these tips will keep you from wasting time, and help you get the most out of your time on your next vacation!