6-Day New York City Itinerary: the best traveler tips

New York awaits you awake 24 hours a day to show you all its charms. Nature, breathtaking views, gastronomy and endless cultural and leisure activities that will take your breath away.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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6-Day New York City Itinerary: the best traveler tips

Sunset in New York | ©Matias Di Meglio

A little less than a week is the time you've chosen to explore New York. Have you already thought about what you're going to do?

If you organize yourself well, you'll have time to enjoy the city to the fullest. Here's a guide that will help you: it's time to make your dream come true!

Day 1: Central Park and its museums

View of The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park| ©Ajay Suresh
View of The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park| ©Ajay Suresh

Biking around the park

What better time to get up early to visit the lungs of New York City. Central Park is huge, located between 59th and 110th Streets and between 5th Avenue and Central Park West.

Get ready to discover a myriad of spaces in which to stroll around numerous lakes, lawns and bridges over which many series and movies have been filmed. Also street artists and food stalls to enjoy a morning of the most entertaining. And if you travel in the winter months, you can skate on its most famous ice rink The Wollman Rink, in a dream landscape.

I invite you to explore all its corners, renting a bike for hours, to explore the park at your own pace.

Book a tour of Central Park

Enter the MET

In one of the exits of the east side of the park and only 500 meters away, you will find on 82nd Street and 5th Avenue, the MET or Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met is one of the 10 most visited museums in the world and of course, one of the best museums in New York. Here you can admire works by prolific artists such as Monet, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

You can't miss the incredible treasures of Egyptian culture that you can find in this museum, such as the Temple of Dendur, a gift from the country for helping to save Abu Simbel.

Book a guided tour of the MET in New York City

Eat at The Loeb Boathouse

Head back inside Central Park for an elegant dining experience. This restaurant is located in the center of the park, right on the shore of The Lake. A building with Victorian touches facing the lake.

Savor the various dishes of European cuisine, among which the lobster toast or crab cake stand out. If you get a table by the window you will fall in love with the view.

Book a food tour of Manhattan

Step inside the American Museum of Natural History

The AMNH is located at one of the exits on the west side of Central Park. I'm sure you've seen the Ben Stiller movie, "Night at the Museum".

Well, let yourself be swept away into the magical world of natural history. Dream as if you were in "Jurassic Park" with its collection of dinosaur skeletons or as if you were sailing aboard the Enterprise with an eye on the digital atlas of the universe in the planetarium.

You will come across a mammoth, a giant squid or the largest meteorite ever found in the U.S. Are you going to miss it?

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Sail on The Lake at sunset

Romantic stroll across the Bow Bridge| ©David Ohmer
Romantic stroll across the Bow Bridge| ©David Ohmer

And what could be better than buying a hamburger at one of the street stalls in the park and sitting next to one of the most beautiful and largest lakes in Central Park.

There you can take a boat for a stroll across the romantic Bow Bridge, the most photographed bridge in the park - feel like you're in a movie!

Book your tour of Central Park

Day 2: Southern Manhattan

Strolling through Ground Zero| ©Hellotickets
Strolling through Ground Zero| ©Hellotickets

The 9/11 Memorial

Today, you're heading to Ground Zero in New York City. It's a time to remember the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack. The space dedicated to the Memorial occupies almost half of the World Trade Center and you will find two huge fountains in the place where the Twin Towers were erected. You can also contemplate, among more than 400 oak trees, The Surviving Tree, a symbol of resistance to the catastrophe.

If you want to know more, do not hesitate to visit the 9/11 Museum.

Book your 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Tour

The Financial District

Don't look for it because you are already in the Financial District. It is a neighborhood where you will find a multitude of banks and offices, you will have already seen many executives in suits walking quickly through the streets.

In this district there are some emblems that are worth visiting such as Wall Street and its iconic Stock Exchange building, touch the bronze bull called Charging Bull for luck or take a picture with the statue Fearless Girl, a girl current symbol of female empowerment.

If you want to stop for lunch, I recommend you to go to Stone St. and try one of the delicious pizzas that you can taste at Adrienne's.

Reserve your rental bike to visit the financial district

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Just a few minutes' walk away, you can visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where you can get up close and personal with the history of the Holocaust.

A tribute to the people who lived, died and survived, and a testimonial legacy as a lesson to learn from the tragedy.

If you want to visit this museum, I advise you to choose your daily New York Pass, the cheapest and easiest way to have quick access to nearly 100 attractions in New York City.

Buy your New York Pass

Watch the sunset on your way to the Statue of Liberty

From the museum, in Battery Park itself, you will find the pier where you can catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

I recommend that you relax because an unforgettable two and a half hour cruise awaits you where you can photograph the best sunsets with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, as well as the Statue of Liberty, the undisputed symbol of New York City. Is there a better way to end the day?

Book a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Day 3: Brooklyn, the borough with the most personality

Sunset at Coney Island| ©Keith Michael
Sunset at Coney Island| ©Keith Michael

Walk across the bridge

Start the day with coffee in hand and head to the Brooklyn Bridge. Stroll over it, in a magical journey with the best views of Manhattan and the East River. You won't be able to stop taking pictures every step you take next to its towers with pointed arches.

Take the time you need and enjoy the sound of the cars, the breeze of the river and the flashbacks you will have remembering your favorite movies. Your journey will culminate with your arrival in the borough of Brooklyn, where wonderful experiences await you.

Brooklyn Bridge Tour from Manhattan

Take a stroll through DUMBO

As soon as you step off the bridge, you'll find yourself face to face with New York's trendiest neighborhood, DUMBO. Admire the street art with graffiti and murals scattered throughout the streets.

From Main Street Park you can still take snapshots of the skyline of Manhattan's Financial District. Sit by the river at Pebble Beach to relax and if you want to feel like a kid, take a ride on Jane's Carousel for a fun time.

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Visit and eat at Time Out Market

Without leaving DUMBO, come and discover a food market with more than 20 stalls, located in an industrial building.

Time Out Market takes its name from the famous magazine that chooses some of the best chefs and bartenders in a vast space of more than 2400 m2. Undoubtedly, a fabulous way for you to celebrate and toast to this beautiful moment.

Book your gastronomic tour in Brooklyn

The sunset at Coney Island

If you want to see a spectacular sunset, which not every traveler knows since it is located in the southernmost area of Brooklyn, get ready to enjoy the beautiful Coney Island. It is the favorite place for New Yorkers to relax outdoors and spend the afternoon on the boardwalk.

If you are traveling with children, what better than riding the vintage rides at Luna Park or visiting the New York Aquarium.

And for dinner, go crazy with the authentic New York hot dogs at Nathan's Famous, the first location of this famous American fast food chain.

Book a tour of the Boroughs and Coney Island from Manhattan

Day 4: The Bronx

Bronx Zoo Giraffes| ©Terry Ballard
Bronx Zoo Giraffes| ©Terry Ballard

A morning at the Bronx Zoo

A highly recommended place, whether you are traveling with children or you are simply an animal lover and want to explore the fauna of America, Africa and Madagascar, is the Bronx Zoo.

It is located in the center of the park district of the same name. It is the largest urban zoo in the world and its importance comes from eliminating cages to create habitats similar to the animals' original habitats. You can't miss the cute lemurs in a reproduction of their natural habitat! You will also find polar bears or the authentic gorilla of the Congo. A fun experience for the whole family.

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Have a picnic at the New York Botanical Gardens

Without leaving the park and continuing north, another great plan awaits you to enjoy with your family. The New York Botanical Garden was one of the first botanical gardens in the United States.

Take the free little train through the park and get off at your leisure to see your favorite spots, at your own pace. Make a stop for a picnic by the Bronx River and an ancient forest to imagine what New York was like before it was the city of skyscrapers. I recommend you visit the crown jewel, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a wrought-iron greenhouse with tropical plants and cacti, as well as its famous temporary exhibits.

Take a photo in its evocative pond of water lilies, lilies and water lotuses. Access with your New York Pass and enjoy this magical corner of the Bronx, one of the most visited.

Reserve your tickets for the New York Botanical Garden

Visit the Yankees Stadium

Yankee Stadium entrance| ©Andres Alvarado
Yankee Stadium entrance| ©Andres Alvarado

Become a true follower of America's king of sports, baseball. In the Bronx and easily accessible by subway, you will find this new stadium created in 2008 one block away from the old one and where the resident team, the New York Yankees, plays. Inside, grab a team jersey to cheer in one of the many stores.

If you want to get an overview of the boroughs adjacent to the Big Apple, book the New York Contrasts Tour and you can discover the beauties of the Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens neighborhoods, thanks to an expert Spanish-speaking guide who will help you discover the secrets of the city.

Book your tickets to watch the New York Yankees

Day 5: Northern Manhattan

Views from the Top of the Rock of lower Manhattan| ©Hellotickets
Views from the Top of the Rock of lower Manhattan| ©Hellotickets

Have breakfast next to Tiffany's & Co.

It has taken more than half a century for you to now be able to have breakfast at Tiffany's, as suggested by the name that gives title to the Audrey Hepburn movie.

And is that after the renovation of the store on 5th Avenue, Tiffany has opened a cafeteria. From the fourth floor you will have fantastic views of Central Park. Choose a full breakfast brunch or try one of the select fine teas from their menu with a delicious croissant. You'll feel like a real movie star!

Climb to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center

It's about time to climb to the heights to marvel at the magnitude that is New York City.

When you come out from enjoying your "breakfast with diamonds", turn the corner and you will find the entrance to climb to the 67th, 69th and 79th floors of the Top of the Rock, where you will have the best panoramic view of New York and see Central Park and Manhattan in all its splendor. Are you ready to experience the vertigo?

Book your skip-the-line tickets for Top of the Rock

Store Fifth Avenue

After a heavenly experience, it's time to put your feet back on the ground, but without leaving the glamour aside, because you're going shopping on Fifth Avenue!

Along with Times Square, it is the nerve center of New York where you will spend, with dozens of people around you, the dead hours looking at the windows of its stores of clothing brands and the technology industry, touching the favorite toys of your childhood or your children in the Disney store or indulging yourself with a cap of your favorite NBA team for tonight's game.

I recommend a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral to take in the wonderful visual contrast between the 19th century building and the surrounding skyscrapers.

Book tickets for St. Patrick's Cathedral

End the day with an NBA game at Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden, home arena of the New York Knicks| ©Ajay Suresh
Madison Square Garden, home arena of the New York Knicks| ©Ajay Suresh

Tonight you're in for a great show! Watching an NBA game live is as fun as it is exciting, whether you're a basketball fan or a first-time fan.

What is clear is that it is a unique experience. Madison Square Garden is where the New York Knicks, the most famous team in the NBA, play, so don't run out of tickets and decide to experience the game of your life!

After the game, you're hungry, aren't you? Here is a selection of the 10 best places to eat in New York, to enjoy a delicious pastrami sandwich or a succulent hamburger. Enjoy!

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Day 6: From the top of the Empire State Building

The exterior of the MoMa| ©Wikimedia
The exterior of the MoMa| ©Wikimedia

This last day will be a very special day, as I will show you the most emblematic places in New York to end this spectacular trip and leave you with the best taste in your mouth.

Climbing the Empire State Building is a must experience with views of the Big Apple that will leave you speechless.

Access the 86th floor, the cheapest option, and stop to contemplate the beauty of the city. One last snapshot to remember the city of skyscrapers from above. Although you also have the possibility to get to the 102nd floor by booking these tickets, you will be amazed with the views!

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The contemporary charm of MoMA

Another must-see in New York is the MoMA, the most important modern art museum in the world. Get ready to see up close the works of your favorite artists such as Van Gogh, Dali or Warhol.

But it is not the only thing you can enjoy, there are also important collections of photography, film and design, a real gem that you can not miss!

I advise you to book your tickets in advance, as it is one of the most visited museums and plan your visit because its size is huge and there is much to see inside.

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Chelsea Market: a culinary experience

Head to the Meatpacking District, a former industrial area of slaughterhouses converted into a trendy neighborhood with boutiques, art galleries and amazing restaurants.

Among the varied gastronomic offer I recommend you to visit Chelsea Market. Inside, you can taste its specialty, seafood, as well as various dishes of international cuisine.

Let yourself be seduced by the sweets of Amy's Bread or the doughnuts of Doughnuttery. You can also pick up some of the freshest produce in the basement of the market or take home souvenirs.

Book your tour of the High Line, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District

Times Square and Broadway

And to end your stay, you'll want to stop by Times Square, if you haven't had the chance to do so already, but this time to look out over the square from the steps and watch the hundreds of people wandering back and forth.

All eyes are scattered in this place, where it is impossible to focus on a single point as dozens of LED screens flood this site. But let's give it a try. Take a seat, focus on one spot, grab your camera and hit the flash. There's your special moment to share with the world. Bye Bye New York!

Take a look at the 10 best Broadway musicals 2021/2022, if you want to enjoy your favorite musical to end a round trip.

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