Let’s say you only have 24 hours to spend in New York—but hopefully, you have more time than that— what things should you squeeze in within this short amount of time? It can be hard to think of just a few things to include given that a week or even a month is not enough to explore the Big Apple.
If you need to take just a few bites, then here are our suggestions:
1. Time your visit
New York is famous for its elaborate street parties, including the Museum Mile Festival that happens in the month of June. Aside from this festival’s street party, the city’s museums also open their doors to the public for free. Another good time to visit is for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that has been on-going annually for almost 100 years now. It features creative floats that never fail to amaze everyone from young to old. So, if you really need to visit New York just for 24 hours, then time your travel well.
2. Visit the Tourist Information Center
Tourist information centers never go old wherever you are in the world, especially in cities where there are so many events going on. Some event and promo information are only available on-site, so make sure to have this information center as your starting point. Get a CityPass, too, if you want to visit attractions around the city. This CityPass is offered in different day validities, and the minimum is a one-day pass.
3. Take a good view of the city
For excellent views of the city, you can check out any of these three sites: One World Observatory, Rockefeller Center, and Empire State Building. All these areas showcase a majestic panorama, so it is a good idea to soak in the beauty of the city with the sightseeing bus tours in New York City.
Unfortunately, though, these open at 9 AM so you have to go somewhere else for a good sunrise view. A nice area to view the sunrise and sunset is Brooklyn Bridge, which also offers an excellent walking route.
4. Eat out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and after-dinner drinks if you can still handle it
New York is a melting pot of cuisines from all over the world, so now is the best time to find an excuse to eat out for one full day. There are so many restaurants to choose from. You can ask the information center for suggestions. You can also check out Yelp or TripAdvisor. But your best bet is to ask a foodie friend or relative living in New York for he/she will know the top spots for sure. And don’t forget to grab your coffee! New York boasts of many great coffee places, so make sure to check those out.
5. Walk the streets, window shop, and rent a bike
New York is a walkable city where streets are arranged symmetrically, making it easy to go and find your way around. It is hard to get lost here, given that the roads are well-marked and lined up to connect with one another. There is no better way to soak in and experience the city other than to walk the streets, window shop, and enjoy watching life as it passes you by.
If walking the streets is not enough for you, you may want to rent a bike so you can go further and have more time to go around, given that you’ve only got 24 hours in the city. Renting a bike is easier than ever in New York, with pay-as-you-go options, or a pre-booking option that you can pay for online.
While 24 hours is not enough for New York, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of the city. All you must do is to write down your plans for the day, so you get to schedule your priorities accordingly. And please, come back for longer next time!