At the moment I am in the middle of planning, what I hope is going to be, an amazing trip to New York. This is very exciting for me as this will be my third time in this awesome city. As someone who loves to visit new places rather than re-visiting previous destinations it shows not only how much I love this city, but also means I can plan a different kind of trip.
My first two trips to the Big Apple covered a lot of the necessary ‘tourist’ destinations. I absolutely loved both trips and would not change them for the world, but I am so excited to be spending this up and coming trip eating and drinking my way through the city.
I thought for this blog post though, I would share some of my highlights so far from my previous two trips. The first was when I was 17 and the other a whole five years ago already!
The must see’s for any first time trip for me:
1.Trip to Ellis Island
Combine this with a trip out to see Lady Liberty, which absolutely has to be done! The island was so interesting and so fascinating to learn about the history. I visited here the first time in New York. The island was actually closed when I went back because of the hurricane.
2.Head up to Top of the Rock
Of course heading up to to the top of the Empire State building is top of most lists. But for me I preferred Top of the Rock. From here you have an amazing view of the iconic Empire State, which is obviously missing when you are up it! Queues are less, and if you go around Christmas you can see the beautiful tree at the bottom.
3.Wander around Central Park
I mean who wouldn’t? When I visited in Autumn, it was just so beautiful. I could have spent days in this beautiful huge park in the middle of the city and actually wish I had ventured further up into the park than we did. Strawberry fields and, of course, the boating lake where two of my highlights. My first trip did involve hiring one the boats – a must do!
4.Visit the Natural History Museum
Of course, all the museums are spectacular, but this one really hit home for me. I loved the dinosaurs in the entrance, and there was a beautiful tree decorated with origami animals. We took advantage of buying a City Pass , which is a great way of seeing the main sites for good value. Ideal for first time visitors.
5. Char Sui buns from Momufuku
Of all the foodie experiences we had in New York this one is by far the top and the most memorable. I can’t even describe how delicious these were, and in fact is the only place I am revisiting on my return trip in a months time. I was far too excited to take photos, will try harder this time. Honestly – go!
6. The Knicks!
Just the best experience. I am not a big sports fan, and never go to watch anything in England, but I was so determined to go and see a Knicks game (yes, it was mainly because of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days). It was everything I hoped. I bought the foam finger, ate all the necessary food, and cheered in all the right places. The atmosphere was electric and the rules weren’t that hard to follow. And even better there was a proposal!
I absolutely loved the whole experience.
This post doesn’t, and couldn’t, even begin to come close to scratching the surface of this amazing city but for me some great memories. Arguably the most famous city in the world; I don’t think any blog post could do it justice, least of all one written by me. But hey, it makes me happy being there and so I want to write about it. New York is one of my favourite cities and my trip 5 years ago gave me some of the happiest memories of my life with my best friend.
I can’t wait to return, and write about my new experiences.