A couple of weeks ago, I had my first trip to New York. Having never visited America before, I thought this was the ideal place to begin with – especially as it’s 2 hours from Bermuda. Although my trip was only 3 days long, I tried to experience as many tourist activities as possible! Fortunately, I was staying with a friend whilst there – so having to fork out for accommodation, was off the agenda.
- Tips before you arrive –
Don’t forget your ESTA (if you need it) – https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
- Download an application called city mapper on your phone – this saved my everyday. This app helps you decide on which mode of transport to use.
- If you don’t have 3G on your phone, then another great app that works without WIFI is maps.me.
Empire State Building
I highly recommend you book your tickets online before visiting, or you could be waiting in a rather long queue. You have the choice of just visiting the 86th floor, or you can pay for a ticket that reaches 102nd floor also. If you have the opportunity, try and see both floors. The view from the 102nd floor is pretty spectacular.
Walking Brooklyn Bridge has always been on my bucket list, and was one of the highlights of my short trip. Make sure to leave masses of time – I genuinely thought it would take 20 minutes to walk over but I was still cruising over it 1 hour later! If you have time to spare, watch the Sunset in Brooklyn Park and then walk back over the bridge towards the city lights at night. It’s absolutely magical.
Take a stroll through central park. If you’re a movie buff like me, then you’ll enjoy pointing out locations you remember seeing in a film! You’ll also witness a few wedding photo shoots – which is always fun to see.
Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock was the most incredible place. I actually preferred the view from this building, over The Empire State Building, but definitely worth experiencing both! I arrived at 5pm, and sunset wasn’t until 6.15pm – but it does get busy, and finding prime location for a photo is pretty important!
Buy your tickets online prior to visiting, it’s cost effective and saves queuing.
Don’t forget to get lost – you’ll end up stumbling across the most beautiful buildings.
NYC was amazing, and will no doubt go back very soon.
The Wondering Dreamer x