New York City, New York, the city that never sleeps. That is sure how I felt during my 30 hours in this beautiful city. We explored as much of Manhattan as we could, from Midtown to Central Park, Downtown to South Ferry and everything in between.
My Mom (my weekend travel partner) and I stayed in a gorgeous suite at the Hilton Times Square. It was so cool to be right in on all the action. Especially when we were walking home from out delicious dinner, we were star struck! *Queue Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind*
After we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we met one of my old friends, who has moved to the city since high school, for lunch! We went to an amazing Tai Restaurant on 9th Ave between 47th and 48th called Room Service. This was my Mom’s first experience with Tai food and she was blown away! I have to admit, this was some of the best Tai food I have ever had, and it went perfectly with my mid-day mimosa I treated myself to.
After lunch, we went on a lovely stroll through Central Park. This was my first time being to this part of the city and I loved it. It was nice to walk away from all of the buildings for a few minutes and enjoy the nature. The natural rocks formations also caught my eye. If you ever find yourself in Central Park, you need to climb up one of the rock formations because let me tell you, the views are amazing!
Now, a trip to New York would never be complete without some shopping in Times Square. (This is the point in the day when I did all of my makeup in Sephora because I hadn’t had a chance to put it on earlier lol). All I have to say is if you are shopping in Times Square, prepare your wallet, because these stores can, and will, bump up their prices.
Next we ventured to my favorite part of the weekend, NBC studios. We didn’t get to tour, mainly because we didn’t know you had to plan that ahead of time so they were sold out, but the experience in the gift shop alone was so exciting for me. That and the fact that I was in the same building as Jimmy Fallon. We wanted to do the Top of the Rock Observation tower experience, where you go up to the 67th floor of the building and look out on the rest of the city, but the line was too long, so we decided to look into that later.
Now dinner, I had to go to Guy Fieri’s American Bar, and oh my goodness thank you everything that I did. It was amazing. I was literally texting my boyfriend the whole time telling him I was crying because that’s how good the food was. Highly suggest.
After that, we picked up some slices of Junior’s Famous New York Cheesecake (my friend told me it was the best New York had to offer) (She was right), and made our way back to our hotel.
The walk back through Times Square at night was breathtaking. It is honestly hard to explain because you kinda have to see it, but it was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Music is playing everywhere, the entire square is so lit up that it basically looks like day time, the streets are packed, vendors are lined up on the sides of the road selling their unique creations, it was amazing. This made me never want to take just a day trip to New York ever again, because the night scene is just so surreal. I lived in Philadelphia for 3 years, and never did I ever experience something as amazing as this.
After a good nights rest, my Mom and I woke up at 7 to start our day early. We decided to first look up the Top of the Rock Observation Tower experience. Pro tip, GO EARLY! It gets packed during the day. We scheduled a time online to go at 8:35 and we were up at the top in 15 minutes. Some wait hours. To add to that, the morning sun over the city is phenomenal. I mean, the pictures speak for themselves.
Our last stop was a ride past the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Now, if you are looking to tour the statue or go on the island, this is not for you. But, if you are looking to ride past the Statue completely free for some up close and personal views, this is the answer. It was plenty of enough for us and a very calming boat ride. All you do is take the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and then hop on another one back to the City, super simple and relaxing. It was a great way to end our weekend.
There is so much to do in this amazing city that it was honestly hard to create an itinerary. If you are looking for one you can literally accomplish in 24 hours, feel free to use ours! We highly suggest this little intro to this amazing city, and we will be back!
Never forget everyone, positive vibes only!