How to spend a weekend break in New York City

No city defines America quite like NYC. New York represents diversity, dreams, ambition, and wealth. Around every corner, you’re witnessing someone’s success story. Some have made it, while others are on their way.

In short, it’s an exciting place to visit. However, the Big Apple’s vast number of attractions, restaurants, and bars makes planning an itinerary difficult. Plotting out activities for a week can be challenging, but what if you only have 48 hours?

Too many people visit NYC on a weekend break, only to leave exhausted. In this brief guide, we’ll show you how to plan a New York trip that will energize you.

Stay at a flashy hotel

You’re only in town for a couple of nights – you may as well splurge on accommodation! Are you looking for a historic hotel in the heart of it all? Martinique New York on Broadway, which dates from the early 20th-century, is only steps from the Empire State Building.

Want to embrace the energy of Times Square? The Knickerbocker, a 1906 property re-fashioned into a trendy modern hotel, captures the spirit of its location. Meanwhile if you fancy staying near Grand Central, check out the Westgate NYC site. Keep an eye on booking sites. Often, you can snag rooms in the 200s, or even the 100s!

Tailor sightseeing to your interests

Or, put another way – don’t blindly follow guidebooks. If you’re not a museum person, you’ll be waste your precious time trying to like places like MoMA. For instance, if you love parks, spend an entire afternoon strolling through Central Park. Love theatre? See that Broadway show?

But, what if you have no bloody idea what you want to see? Thankfully, the Big Apple has many NYC bus tour companies. Booking a hop on hop off New York City bus tour will allow you to hop on and off at will, making it easy to get around.  

Take in some of NYC’s most iconic vistas

Everyone loves epic views. In particular, there are two you should check out. First, head up to the top of the Empire State Building. Previously, bars and a three-foot wall had made sightlines less-than-ideal. However, recent renovations have completely transformed the experience.

Then, make your way to Battery Park. From here, take the FREE ferry to Staten Island. This relatively sleepy borough isn’t the attraction – the view of the Statue of Liberty is. As you snap, though, do be respectful of commuters.

From cheap eats to fine dining: Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

Over the centuries, New York City has attracted people from all over the world. Not so coincidentally, this metropolis has one of the best food scenes in the world. From surprisingly good $1 slices of pizza to high-end dining, you can have it all in NYC.

If you want to experience the best of what this city has to offer, book an NYC food tour with isango!. The locals behind them will guide you to their favorite spots. From Chinatown to Harlem, your soul and stomach will be satisfied.   

Pace yourself

There’s enough to see and do in NYC to kit out a lifetime of return trips. Don’t try to pack in everything in 48 hours. You’ll stress you and your travel partner out trying to make it work. Remember: Weekend breaks are for relaxing and unwinding. Keep your itinerary short, so you can enjoy yourself.

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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