Three Days in New York City – The Perfect Itinerary
New York City, the city of dreams and dreamers. How to spend three days in New York City. See my best tips and spots for your perfect three day trip.
Top 12 Main Attractions Of New York City
To help you know what to expect when you visit NYC for the first time, here is a little overview of some of the main sights.
1. Central Park
A recreational oasis in the middle of the city.
2. Statue of Liberty
Neoclassical colossal statue on Liberty Island.
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Largest art museum in the United States.
4. Times Square
Public square with neon lights & Broadway shows.
5. High Line
Park on an old railroad line.
6. Brooklyn Bridge
Famous bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn.
7. Grand Central Terminal
Architecturally worth seeing station.
8. 9/11 Memorial & Museum and One World Trade Center
In memory of 9/11.
9. Empire State Building
Historic Skyscraper and lookout.
10. Chrysler Building
Historic art deco skyscraper.
11. 5th Avenue
Famous, sophisticated main street.
12. Wall Street
Main trading center in NYC.
Three Day Itinerary For New York City
Day 1: Morning
We start the first day with a walking tour through the concrete jungle. Let NYC impress you with its skyscrapers and flashy lights.
Starting with the Rockafeller Center, which is probably one of the most famous sights in New York City.
I know that some people call Times Square a tourist trap, and maybe it is, but I still would recommend seeing it for yourself.
It just has a unique vibrant energy you shouldn’t miss out on.
Bryant Park and New York Public Library
Stroll through the park and wander through the iconic public library.
The Grand Central Terminal is also close by and was oddly enough one of my favorites to see in NYC.
Empire State Building
Another famous landmark of NYC is the Empire State Building. This was the tallest building in the world until 1972.
The Flatiron Building has an unusual architecture and I found it interesting to see, but in my opinion, the stop there could be omitted if that’s not your cup of tea.
Day 1: Afternoon
The next stop will be the Financial District. You can either go there directly or make a stop in China Town and Little Italy.
Explore the Financial District
Have a look at where all the money is made.
Things to see in the Financial District are:
- Wall Street
- Federal Hall
- New York Stock Exchange
- The Charging Bull Statue
- City Hall
Visit the 9/11 Memorial
It is also located in the financial district and also offers a museum for those who want to delve deeper into its history.
While you are there you should also check out the amazing architecture of the Oculus and the One World Trade Center. Latter is currently the tallest building in America.
Day 1: Evening
High above or from afar
End your first day with a view over New York. Either visit one of the many observation decks or take a ferry and enjoy NYC from afar.
It is especially beautiful at sunset, but it might be also especially crowded then. Or go there at night and watch all the lights.
Day 2: Morning
Visit one of the many great Museums
What would a visit to NYC be without a visit to a museum? Choose your favorite and let the exploration begin!
Day 2: Afternoon
Visit Central Park
There are many fun things to do at Central Parc.
Hang out and relax, row a boat, rent a bike and much more.
Alternatively, you could of course just visit another museum.
Day 2: Evening
Eat at Ellen's Stardust Diner
Is this entertainment diner a very touristy thing? Maybe. Am I obsessed? Yes.
Or a Sports event
Yankees, Mets, Rangers or Knicks. Go to a game of your favorite sports team!
Day 3: Morning
Go to Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards is a newer, fancier neighborhood and definitely worth a visit. Structures that stand out are the Vessel and the Edge. The Edge has also one of the observation platforms I recommended on day one. So if you didn’t have the chance then, you might want to do it now.
Day 3: Afternoon
Explore Greenwich Village and Soho
Greenwich Village is one of the most atmospheric neighborhoods to stroll around.
Many movies and shows were filmed here and it especially bursts that librarian-in-a-coffee shop vibe.
You can also see that friends apartment building here!
Soho is a vibrant area with tons of stores, perfect for a little shopping tour!
Lunch (and Brunch) Options
Or get some takeout and enjoy it in the park at Washington Square.
Day 3: Evening
Option 2: A little Brooklyn Explorer
You would need more time to see the whole of Brooklyn but you can at least get an exciting sneak peek.
DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights
Get your Brooklyn Bridge picture in DUMBO and marvel at the NYC Skyline while walking the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
DUMBO (Washington Street) is a very popular picture spot, and probably very crowded, but still worth it.
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