In 2013, I was lucky enough to visit New York and it is safe to say I fell head over heels in love with the place. For me, it is an iconic city which boasts so many amazing sights that it really should be on everybody’s bucket list – and what better way to see it than as newlyweds.
Growing up near London, the hustle and bustle of Times Square and Downtown Manhattan didn’t faze me in the slightest. It is much like walking down Oxford Street only the buildings are twice the size – a concrete jungle is exactly what New York is. No doubt some people would hate to spend their honeymoon in such a fast paced place – yet for some the idea of taking a boat trip around Liberty Island and viewing the city from the top of the Empire State Building would be a perfect honeymoon.
Personally, I would say five days in New York is plenty of time, purely because of how much walking you will no doubt do. For this reason, I would recommend a few days in New York at the beginning or end of your honeymoon, maybe enjoying a beach retreat first or even a trip to another State or Canada after.
Below are some places I believe are a must during your visit for various different reasons.
1) View the Empire State Building from the top of The Rock.
It is safe to say this is the iconic view that everyone sees on the internet. Take a lift to the viewing platform on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Centre and prepare to be blown away by the view that awaits you. This is really the ultimate way to see the City and indeed to view the Empire State Building. For me personally, the Empire State is a lot more impressive to view in the skyline that the Rockefeller, but by all means, visit both for the ultimate experience!
2) Take a horse and carriage ride around Central Park
For me personally, I don’t think there is a better way to take in the beauty of Central Park. All around the circumference of the park there are New Yorkers waiting to welcome you into their carriage and take you round the park for a relaxing, yet exciting journey! They will point out famous movie spots and also give you some history of the park itself! Well worth the money and a great experience for all New York newbies!
3) The National 9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero.
I feel that this is an absolute must when visiting the City. The fountains that have been built in place of the original towers are exquisite and I feel they represent the washing away of the devastation of that day. An incredibly moving experience but one that I feel will stay with me forever and something that I am so incredibly grateful to have been able to see. The freedom tower is also an amazing piece of architecture to see, the sheer size of it is overwhelming and it shows just how far New York has come since that awful day. I believe this is a place everyone should visit, even if just to pay your respects.
4) Statue of Liberty
Hop on the ferry and make the short journey over to Liberty Island where you will see one of the most iconic symbols of New York in all her glory. An audio tour is included with the ferry ticket which gives you the history behind the statue and Liberty Island. You can always just take a boat trip around the island where you will be able to take pictures, but if you have the time it is well worth actually visiting the island itself.
5) Visit Grand Central Terminal
This is not a place I actually managed to visit when in New York, however, everyone told me I should have gone. Do not make the mistake of calling it ‘Grand Central Station’ – the Americans do not like this term, it is a terminal! A place that has appeared in many famous films across the years, why not visit it for yourself and see just how impressive it is!
The fun factor…
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
Everyone should make the time to visit this diner for a truly unforgettable dining experience. The staff are all trained in performing arts, the majority trying to get their big break on Broadway. I can honestly say I had a huge grin on my face the whole time I was in there. A classic American menu (huge portions for us Brits!), reasonably priced and great entertainment. Do not miss out on the opportunity, there is nowhere quite like it!
Of course there is so much to do whilst in New York, not just the places I have mentioned above. Other great places to visit include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Empire State Building, New York Public Library and Radio City Musical Hall. You can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, sample the hot dogs and pastries you can buy on the food carts or if feeling really adventurous why not take a helicopter ride over the city!
The list is endless!
Where to Stay
When looking for a place to stay in New York there are really so many options and possibilities. It depends whether you are going for high end or just a hotel where you can sleep at night. Below I will link some hotels which I think are worth considering, obviously depending on personal budget.
I hope this has given you an insight in what New York has to offer.
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