What to See in New York in 7 Days

Are you thinking of traveling to the United States soon? If your chosen destination is The Big Apple, you're in luck! You have come to the right place, because in this guide on what to visit in New York you will find everything you need to know to make your trip.

In this article we advise you on what you should see in New York and we group the places of interest by proximity, so you don't waste time moving from one place to another. Read on to find out how to organize your 7-day trip to New York!

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Practical tips for visiting New York

1.      The first piece of advice that we believe is convenient to give you is about the best dates to travel to New York.  Undoubtedly, the months in which you will find cheaper flights are January and February, but we do not recommend traveling on these dates if you are a person who suffers when it is cold. On the other hand, the summer months are the most expensive and the weather is hot and humid. Spring and autumn would perhaps be the best times to visit the city, since the prices are average and the temperatures are pleasant.

2.      Once you have decided when you are going to go and have your flights purchased, you must obtain the ESTA on the official government website (it costs $14). It is the document that will allow you to enter the country without problems.

3.      When packing your suitcase, remember to pack adapters for type A / B plugs.

4.      If you plan to visit many monuments and museums in New York (which we strongly recommend), it is a good idea to get one of the tourist cards that are available: New York Pass, City Pass, New York Explorer Pass.

5.      Taking into account the current health circumstances related to COVID-19, you should know that you must be vaccinated with the full schedule, carry a negative PCR or antigen test, and also fill out the New York State Traveller Health From.

Transfers and tips to move around New York

You will most likely land at one of these three airports:  JFK, Newark Liberty, or La Guardia.  To get to your hotel from any of the three airports you can take a taxi or an Uber (usually cheaper).

If you prefer to get to the city by public transport from Newark ($7.75) and JFK ($8) you can take the Air train, a train that connects the terminals with the subway. From La Guardia, on the other hand, you can take a bus that will drop you off at the metro.

When it comes to moving around New York during the seven days of travel, we recommend walking (whenever you can, of course) or by subway. You'll save money and get the chance to explore streets and neighborhoods you might never discover otherwise. However, you can also take an Uber or Lift if you are in a hurry to get somewhere or if you return to your accommodation at dawn.

Essentials in New York

1. First day

Centre Park

It is one of the essential and most emblematic places in New York. We recommend you not to Miss Bethesda Terrace, Conservatory Water Lake, The Mall, Belvedere Castle, The Lake and the Bow Bridge. You can enter through the Columbus Circle area, one of the most beautiful roundabouts in the city, and exit through 5th Avenue.

Natural History Museum and/or the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)

Both are excellent and very interesting options, it all depends on what your preferences are and what you want to see. However, both museums are very large, so we do not recommend visiting both in the same day.

2. Second day

Times Square and Bryant Park

Of course, you must enjoy the atmosphere of Times Square, one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. We recommend visiting it both during the day and at night (any other day that you have time and want to see the illuminated area). Walking you will arrive at Bryant Park, a green and pleasant space in the middle of the immense skyscrapers of New York. You can just walk over to see it or take a break there.

New York Public Library and Grand Central Station

The New York Library is a real delight, especially the Rose Main Reading Room, although we recommend taking a walk around the entire building and taking in the exquisite architecture and paintings on the walls. Not far from this building stands Grand Central Terminal, whose huge lobby has been featured in countless movies.

Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock Observatory

One of the buildings that yes or yes you should visit and one of the most famous in the city. You can spend some time ice skating at the famous Rockefeller Centre rink. Of course, we recommend you go up to the Top of the Rock viewpoint. If you can, try to book a time to go at sunset, you will enjoy unique views from there!

3. Third day

For the third day in New York you can decide to observe the contrasts of the city. In fact, there are several guided tours around the city that will allow you to gain an insight into the distinct history and culture of some of the most famous neighborhoods Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The guide will tell you curious facts and will narrate different events or historical events so that you soak up the cultural diversity of each area.

After the guided tour, on your own, you can visit Chinatown and Little Italy. They are not neighborhoods with great tourist attractions, but it is very curious to walk through their streets and see the significant differences.

To end the day you can cross the Brooklyn Bridge on foot. If you are walking it will take you more than an hour to go and return, but it is an experience that we believe is worth it.

4. Fourth day

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Absolutely essential on this trip is to visit the Statue of Liberty. The ferry that will take you to the island leaves from Battery Park, located in the south of Manhattan, and we recommend that you take it as soon as possible, in order to have plenty of time. Once there, you will not only enjoy incredible views of Manhattan, but you will also have the opportunity to learn all about the construction and history of this statue. Back in Manhattan the ferry will stop at Ellis Island. Our recommendation is that you visit it and understand the importance that this piece of land had in the past.

Wall Street and Trinity Church

Discover Wall Street and take a photo with the famous Bull of Wall Street. Then stroll through the Financial District to Trinity Church, a 19th-century building set amid towering skyscrapers: you'll love the contrast.

9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Museum

To end your fourth day, take as much time as you need to tour the 9/11 Museum. You have to pay admission, but we strongly recommend it.

5. Fifth day

Empire state building

Apart from the Top of the Rock, this is the observatory from which you will see the best views of the city. Simply a must!

Washington Square Park and Flatiron

Walk through the city until you reach Madison Square Park, from where you will see the Flatiron Building, and stroll to Washington Square Park, one of the most beautiful in the city.

The rest of the day you can spend on a terrace with panoramic views, walking the streets of Midtown or visiting the MOMA museum.

6. Sixth day

Hudson Yards and High Line

Take a walk through the Hudson Yards neighborhood and marvel at The Vessel sculpture (you can climb on top). Then head to the High Line, an elevated park that was built on a former railway track.

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District and Broadway

The Chelsea neighborhood is known for its well-known market, where you can walk around and have a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls available. Re-join the High Line to finish the tour and reach the Meatpacking District and walk to the West Village, a very nice area of ​​residential houses.

To end the day, head towards Broadway and enjoy the artistic and festive atmosphere of this avenue.  If you can afford it, treat yourself to one of the many musicals on stage, you won't be disappointed!

7. Seventh and last day

For the last day we simply recommend that you dedicate yourself to enjoying those things that you liked the most or those plans that you have left pending (for example, visiting the History Museum or the MET, visiting Times Square again or going back to Central Park, go to MOMA, walk through the shops, etc.). Sit back and soak up the atmosphere of this great city for the last time.

We hope this guide will be very useful for you to know how to organize your trip  and find out what plans you most want, the museums you really want to visit and the monuments you do or do want to see. After all, this is the itinerary that we propose, but there are many possibilities of combinations and plans, and you are the one who ultimately decides what you prefer to visit in New York.

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