New York Travel Guide
I’ve competed in New York several times but never taken the time to be a tourist. The hustle and bustle can be overwhelming but it truly is a magical place to visit. New York has to be on everyone’s bucket list as is it like none other. The most populous city in the United States – it has a little bit of something for everyone. Below is my travel guide of where to stay, eat and explore to be a part of the action.
We stayed in the Sheraton with our final night being a little closer to the action in Times Square at The Paramount. Both hotels were beautiful with great gym facilities but they’re certainly not the cheapest establishments in the city. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper – check out AirBnb -a few years ago, I rented a central studio apartment for cheaper every hotel nearby or for something a little different – Pod hotel.
The Chelsea Markets were somewhere I had never thought of visiting but honestly, I wish we had spent more time here. Located at the end of the Highline (see below) – it’s a great place to treat yourself to culinary delicacies from around the world and buy some quirky souvenirs. Wall art is my thing. I love collecting different pieces from my travels but this is certainly up with some of my favourites – dogs and running – what’s not to love!
I know I harp on about it all the time but Hakkasan’s is still my favourite restaurant in the world. Newly opened in the city, I just had to check it out. Top-notch food without paying five star Michelin prices.
Levain Bakery was a recommendation from Twitter and what a brilliant shout it was – thank you! It was genuinely the best cookie I have EVER tasted. We went to the smaller bakery up beside the Natural History Museum. For such a small and unassuming shop, the queue was out the door. There are a few dotted around the city so make sure you go along; I promise you’ll never look at Maryland Cookies the same. Gooey and rich; they are out of this world.
Our final evening was spent at Land Thai Kitchen. Again this was just small walk along from the Natural History Museum and a recommendation from ours friends whom live in the city. The food was delicious with generous portions. Considering the standard of the food, price wise we thought we would be paying a lot more. Highly recommended.
Central Park Zoo was the first stop on our little tour around Central Park. I’s say we were in there about an hour max so it’s a great place to check out if you have a spare hour. Was it the greatest zoo in the world? No. But it was certainly worth going along and for only $12 too.
Top Tip – There are so many different things to check out within Central Park – make sure you pick up a map to really make the most of your day there!
From Central Park we headed up towards the Natural History Museum. You can honestly spend hours in here. The place is huge and about four storeys high! They accept a donation as entry fee and have a few tours scheduled throughout the day. Great place to take the youngsters but actually, we had just as much fun!
Seeing the Statue of Liberty has been on my bucket list for years but it was always something we never quite had the time to do on a short visit. The boat trip over was pretty cool and gave the opportunity for some nice pictures with the cities skyline behind us. The actual statue itself was just as great as I had imagined. We were lucky on our tour was particularly quiet which meant we got millions of pictures without any photobombs!
For spectacular views you have to take a short trip to the Empire State Building. We went at night time to see the city lights but i’ve heard it’s even more beautiful during the day.
Watching a broadway show was the final item on my New York Bucket List. I had no idea what to expect considering I had never been to a theatre show before but this was immense and by far the best thing we did during our time in the states. From the music to the staging to the beautiful costumes – I couldn’t fault anything. My only regret was that I waited so long to experience it! Lion King was out of this world and although i’m not a huge Harry Potter geek like my other half, I weirdly enjoyed it!
The most obviously choice for a beautiful run is around Central Park. Looping right around the park is about 10mile but you can add on so many extra little loops inside if you’re looking for something a little longer. For faster reps, I recommend heading to the centre of the park and running around the reservoir – early bird catches the worm… as by 9am you’ll be squeezing around tourists taking a whole load of selfies.
Another place I really enjoyed running was along the Highline. Again it’s somewhere you really have to hit early as by late morning it’s amok with tourists. It’s not the longest stretch of road in the world but it’s certainly scenic and a little unusual as you pass through the buildings of the city, high on an old railway line!
You can also get some good running down in Battery Park, where the Statue of Liberty Ferries dock. Scenic views but it can be busy with cyclists.
The prestigious New York Marathon is on many a bucket list but if you don’t want to go the whole hog, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) have a whole host of events throughout the year, from one mile races to half marathons. One of my favourite races is the 5th Avenue Mile. It’s certainly a race to remember and takes place at the end of September every year. With an elite start list, not only could you be sprinting down the high street in style, you can be rubbing shoulders with some of the best athletes from all over the world!
What else is there to explore?
Helicopter Tour across the city
New York Travel Tips.
Hidden burger joint – I was gutted to not check this place out but we unfortunately just ran out of time! Hidden behind a curtain at the Parker New York Hotel, this secret burger venue has great reviews.
Buy a joint tour ticket – The cheapest way to see multiple things is to buy a joint ticket from CityPass.
Spend Xmas in the City – I’m always super jealous of people posting their winter wonderland pictures from New York City. From the big Christmas trees to the big glittering Xmas lights, watch the city transform over the festive period.