In September 2016, Matt and I traveled to New York City! New York is one of my absolute favorite places to travel, because there is no shortage of things to do and see. I feel like I could visit every year for the rest of my life and never tire of it. In fact, we’re going back this year in December! I’m excited to see the city in a completely different season, especially since it’s going to be all decorated for Christmas when we go.
A note on planning a large trip like this one – I highly recommend using Google Maps as a planning tool for your trip. You can create a map just for the trip and add saved locations to it. For our New York trip, I saved the hotel with one icon and then saved all the sights we wanted to see. Once they’re all on a map, it’s easy to group them together by day to make your trip more efficient! I’ve done this for several trips and it has really helped us to see as many sights as possible!
Since there is so much to do in New York, I’m splitting the trip into 4 posts – one for each day we were there. Our first day there was a short one since our flight landed in the afternoon and we had to take a shuttle to our hotel and settle in. But luckily, the city that never sleeps was there to welcome us when we were finally ready to head out and explore.
We stayed at the New Yorker, which is a beautiful Art Deco-style hotel on 34th Street and 8th Ave. I really liked how centrally located the hotel was and how close it was to the subway station.
We decided to see the Empire State Building the very first day we were there. We walked there from our hotel to really get a feel for the city and see some sights along the way. While we were walking, we were able to see the library from Ghostbusters, which Matt was really excited about, and Grand Central Station, which I was really excited about. One of my favorite things about New York is the mix of architectural styles all over the city.
We also got to see the Chrysler Building, my personal favorite building in the city, from afar – it was closed for tours by the time we got there. I was a little bummed about that but luckily the building is beautiful from the outside (and I can always go back and tour it another time).
After we had seen those areas, we went to the Empire State building! Neither of us had ever been there before, and we were both amazed by the Art Deco style.
It was really dark outside by the time we got through the line, and I was worried that the view from the top wouldn’t be as great because it was dark. Boy, was I wrong. I think the view was actually better at night! Over a year later, I’m still not over how impressive the city looks all lit up. I highly recommend touring the Empire State building at night.
That wrapped up day 1 for us, but our trip was far from over. Stay tuned next week to hear about day 2 of our summer New York trip, which was much more jam packed than day 1!