Today I thought I would share with you my New York guide and share everything I got up to and where I stayed. If you want to know about all about my favourite foodie places then check out my recent post here.

I hope you find this post useful and enjoy finding out what I got up to whilst I was there. I have been twice now, once in April during the spring and then in July when it was hot hot hot! It's such a beautiful city and I would highly recommend visiting if you have the opportunity. I can't wait to visit it in the winter time in a few years!

Last time we went to New York we did Canada first as my Nanna and Papa live there so we flew with Canada Air, but this time we flew with Thomas Cook direct from Manchester. I would highly recommend Thomas Cook; it was cheap (for america anyway), the staff were friendly, the toilets were clean and the overall experience was very pleasant. I think most flights are similar and you can always find a good deal if you look through Sky Scanner. We stayed in the same hotel on both trips which is the New Yorker hotel located near to times square. It's in such a good location with only a short walk to the bright lights of the city and the famous red stairs where everyone loves to take a good picture. It's a really nice hotel in general and the staff are lovely and welcoming. We even got an upgrade this time so ended up in a suite on the 38th floor with a view of the Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens and Central park with a huge balcony; bonus or what!!

Moving on to what we got up to during our trip. There is SO much to do and you never really feel like you will have enough time to do everything, but believe me you will! One of my must have things to do is visit the Empire state or the Rockerfeller centre. I did the empire state on the vist trip and then this time we did the Rockerfeller. They have have incredible views and are well worth it. I would recommend going early evening time as you will get the sunshine and then hopefully see the sun setting over the city. I have also been told that the view from the One world Observatory is amazing too. We did visit the world trade memorial but didn't go up the tower.

My mum took me to the high line which is one of my favourite things we did. It wasn't a thing during our trip in 2011 so I was eager to go and it didn't disappoint at all. If you haven't heard of the high line before it's basically a raised walkway which is 1 and a half miles long and it's on top of a old railway track. It's so beautiful and green and we went on the hottest day so although it was very sweaty it was the perfect day. There are little stalls throughout the walk and I picked up a very refreshing lemonade on route to cool me down. I think the thing I like most about it is that you get all the views of the city but your're surrounded by flowers and greenery too. Mum and I walked the length of the high line and then went back on ourselves and made a stop off at Chelsea Markets. Again, like the high line I hadn't been to Chelsea Markets before so I was very excited to have a browse around. We stopped off some some lunch at Ranas which I talk more about here, but in a nutshell it was divine.

When in New York you must go over to Brooklyn so you can see Manhattan from another angle. We visited the most incredible restaurant on the river which gave views of the bridge and the skyline too. It was so amazing. I also recommend getting the subway to Brooklyn and then walking back over to Manhattan across the bridge. The views are amazing, it's always buzzing and we got a tan on route as it was soooo hot!!

On our last proper day on the trip we walked to Grand central station which is SO pretty and is amazing for people watching. You wouldn't think that a train station would be a tourist attraction but you can't go to the city without visiting it. Once we'd stopped off to get some pictures we then walked towards Central Park. We visited the park last time but it never gets old; there is even a zoo in there!! It's the perfect location for a picnic or a slice of pizza and a beer. Again, amazing for people watching (which if you don't know me it's my favourite pastime!) and having a leisurely walks. I really want to visit the city in the winter and see the famous Central Park ice rink. It's on my list of things to do!!

One final tourist must see is the Statue of Liberty via the Staten Island Ferry. It's free and you get some amazing views. You can even stop off on the island too. I would definitely experience it once but I wouldn't do it every time. Basically in a nut shell there are so many amazing places to visit and things to see. There are some fab shops such as Macy's and Century 21 and there is even a Westfield, so make sure you top up on the dollars too. It's such an incredible city an it holds some amazing memories for me. My twin sister has lived there and so it holds a special place in our hearts. I will 10000% be going back soon.

Have you ever been to New York? What's your favourite things to do? Check out my other New York related posts about my favourite food haunts, my pre holiday pamper routinewhat I took in my carry onmy holiday make up and my travel essentials.


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