Make sure you see, eat and do everything awesome that NYC offers
New York City is one of those places that people either desperately want to visit or never have the urge to see firsthand. Especially for folks from small towns, the concept of such a massive city can be nerve-wracking—all the people, cars, buildings, sights, smells, and sounds are a lot to take in all at once. But for others, there simply is no other place on Earth quite like the city, and its magic can be felt at all hours of the day and night. After all, this is the City That Never Sleeps.
Here are the latest insider tips from travel experts on how to make the most of your New York City experience to guarantee you have the best visit ever. Did we mention summer is a great time to go?
Don’t do franchise food
It’s usually best to avoid franchises when you’re traveling for work or fun. Why? Because there are so many eateries in NYC that deserve your attention. NYC is recognized for having a plethora of incredible restaurants that aren’t Red Lobster, Fridays, Olive Garden, or Planet Hollywood. Remember to make a reservation if you intend to dine at a great restaurant.
Rent a bike
New York City is a pedestrian and biking metropolis too–especially if you spend some much-needed time in Central Park. Travel bloggers love renting bikes for some time in the city’s massive green space.
Central Park is 778 acres and is in the center of New York City. It has a zoo, horse stables for horseback riding, lakes and ponds, fountains, and dozens of playgrounds and fields, among other things. It was designed to insulate the visitor from the chaos and noise of NYC. There are several bike rental places around Central Park.
See the view from a bridge
Every NYC tourist must see some of the city’s piers. Some of his favorite and underrated piers include Pier 15, Pier 26, Pier 35, and Pier 57. Not to mention the lesser appreciated Manhattan Bridge.
The views from the Manhattan Bridge are some of the best you’ll find in NYC and is a much less frequented bridge than the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. The views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge are tough to beat. Spending time up there for sunset is also one of the must-do things on the weekends.
Hit up a food tour
One of the best ways to get to know any place is to get to know its cuisine. Food tours are the way to go to really get to know NYC. Food tours are a great way to experience a new-to-you neighborhood safely. Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to go in a neighborhood, and that is where a food tour helps. Food tours are great for solo travelers too as they offer a way to interact with others and an opportunity to eat with others.
Head to the Apollo
You’ve probably heard of New York City’s Apollo Theater even if you’ve never considered going there. If you want to get a sneak peek at the best up-and-coming artists and comedians in New York City, you have to go to Amateur Night at the Apollo. Visitors applaud the performers, and the artist with the most applause wins. It’s not a very touristy event, so you won’t have to deal with thousands of people breathing down your neck, and it’s a very fun event for a date with your loved one.
Don’t forget the rest of NYC
Manhattan might have the popular culture heft, though it’s far from the whole of NYC. New York is not just Manhattan, it has four more boroughs, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Seeing the boroughs is a way to see NYC as so many New Yorkers do. After all, not everyone can live in Manhattan–and there is so much more to see. Queens is one of the most diverse urban areas in the world, and as such, provides access to a plethora of different cuisines.
Wear your most comfortable shoes
Wearing good shoes can ensure that you aren’t miserable at the end of the day after walking through the streets of NYC. You will definitely want those comfy shoes if you make the mistake of choosing fashion over function.
When you’re in New York, you are going to be walking a lot. So, although you may be tempted to break out your new, fashionable shoes for the occasion, you’re going to want to stick with comfy tennis shoes instead. New York is great, but the streets aren’t, and the last thing you want is to accidentally step on the sidewalk with your bare feet or have a pigeon or rat run across them—it can happen!
Ah, New York City, you’re one of a kind!