What To Do In New York In 72 Hours
By Juliette Van Rooyen
There's so much to do in New York, that you almost donít know what to do with yourself. For many people, taking a short break to New York can seem senseless since it can feel like trying to fit far too many activities into a short space of time. This isn't strictly true if you plan properly and do a little research before you go on your holiday. The amount of activities you try and fit into your holiday will depend on whether you've been to New York before and why you're going to the city this time.
If you are taking a short break to New York and this is your first visit, then the most obvious and popular attractions are where you should head for first. If you enjoy the first holiday there, you can always fly back for another holiday there. The majority of people go to New York to see the sights for which the city is justly famous. The start point for many people is the Empire State building, where a journey up to the upper floors is a must due to the amazing view you can get from up there.
While you're in the neighbourhood, you can always take a quick peek into Macy's so you can see what all the fuss is about on your short break in New York. A short way from there is the beauty of St Patrick's Cathedral with its picturesque old architecture. The contrast between it and the extremely modern skyscrapers is part of the charm of this old church.
The next stop after that on your New York holiday should be a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. When you have reached Brooklyn a visit to the Brooklyn Museum of Art is highly recommended. It is the second largest collection in New York, but often far less crowded than the better known museums. None of these can be experienced properly without taking sometime to just enjoy your surroundings.
The second day that you're there is often the most laidback since the rush of arriving in New York for your holiday can wear off, leaving you feeling more tired than before. So the best way to start off the day is with a gentle stroll around Central Park just to wake you up and allow you to enjoy the greenery surrounding you. After that you can take a trip to see the most famous lady in the city.
The Statue of Liberty is a must on your first visit to the city, regardless of whether you're taking a short holiday in New York or a very long holiday. The ferry to Staten Island is relaxing and not physically demanding and allows you a fantastic view of the statue while you travel there. While on Staten Island you should have a look at the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Zoo.
The last day you spend is likely to be a frantic run around to buy souvenirs and gifts before leaving for home. This is a great incentive to have another visit to Macy's before finishing up your New York holiday. You can also visit other landmark stores such as Bloomingdales and FAO Schwartz. Then all you have to do is get all your luggage ready and head off to the airport.
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