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How to spend 3 days in New York City

The city that never sleeps, New York is a feast for the senses. You won’t find many places in the world where yellow cabs, neon signs, and steamy maintenance holes are tourist attractions. How can you experience all of this during 3 days in New York? Just follow our tips.

Day 1: Explore Manhattan

It will take you about four hours to walk from one end of Manhattan to the other, but don’t rush it. Dedicate one full day of your itinerary to exploring New York’s beating heart.

10:00 AM

Discover the history of multicultural Harlem on a guided walking tour or on your own. The top things that you should see include the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum.

2:00 PM

To complete your Harlem experience, find a restaurant with Southern-style comfort food and pause for lunch.

4:00 PM

Walk across Central Park and enjoy the peace before further exploration. Most top attractions are south of the park, like Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. If you don’t feel like exploring SoHo on your own, consider booking a guided tour.

8:00 PM

Have dinner in Little Italy, one of the most famous neighborhoods in New York thanks to the three "Godfather" films by Martin Scorsese, set here.

Day 2: Tour the other boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx)

10:00 AM

Go on a bus tour to explore Queens and the Bronx. The Bronx is the home of the Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo. In Queens, don’t miss the Unisphere or the Mets stadium.

3:00 PM

Next stop is Brooklyn with must-see attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge or the DUMBO neighborhood. Before exploring the neighborhood, have lunch at one of the many Instagrammable cafes in the neighborhood.

5:00 PM

Head back to Manhattan for dinner and a show on Broadway. If you can't find tickets available for your favorite show, consider booking a theater district tour instead.

Day 3: Visit iconic New York film locations

10:00 AM

What do Seinfeld, Friends, and Brooklyn 99 have in common? Besides being sitcoms set in New York, most scenes were filmed at a studio in California. However, that doesn’t take away the magic of these iconic TV shows. We suggest you book a walking guided tour that follows the steps of Elaine and Jerry, Ross and Rachel, or Peralta and Santiago. It’s a time-saving option and you’ll get insider scoops that you wouldn’t learn on your own.

1:00 PM

Be like a New Yorker and grab your lunch to go. You’ll find plenty of street food trucks and hot dog carts.

2:00 PM

It’s time to say hello to Lady Liberty. New York’s most iconic statue is actually in the state of New Jersey. All you have to do is hop on the ferry and cross the Hudson river.

How to get around New York?

New York is an extremely walkable city, and the best way to get around is on foot. You can also ride a bicycle if you're used to doing so in a fast-paced urban environment. If you’re not comfortable doing it on your own, book a guided bike tour. However, hailing a yellow cab or getting on the subway is the ultimate New York experience. Keep these last options open to cover more considerable distances.

  • Like in any other large and busy city, take care of your belongings and watch out for pickpockets. In the city that never sleeps, it feels like it’s rush hour all the time. Clear the path for hasty commuters as much as possible when stopping to snap photos at tourist attractions.
  • Get a city pass with skip-the-line options, so you spend more time sightseeing and less time waiting to buy tickets.
  • If you’re planning on riding the subway a lot, buy a reloadable MetroCard. Add money to it as you need, at subway station machines. Avoid rush hour and always let people off the train before getting in.

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