If you’ve never been to NYC, but are planning to visit it soon, you’re probably wondering how to make the best of your time in the Big Apple. To help you plan your stay in one of the most amazing cities (if not the most amazing one), we’ve prepared a list of tips you should follow.
First-timers should probably look for accommodation in Manhattan, though it is the more expensive option. Still, you’ll be closer to all the attractions and you’ll definitely have better transportation options. However, your budget will probably be the deciding factor.
Depending on how long you’re staying in NYC, you should explore the option of getting a metro pass. The underground is much more reliable than a cab or an Uber and some distances are just too long for you to walk. Also, don’t forget to download the NYC subway app to help you navigate around this marvelous city. The app is free and it will keep you updated about any transit delays, so you’ll be able to plan your time more efficiently.
Again, depending on the season, you need to opt for boots or shoes that are suitable for walking. Regardless of how much you’re going to rely on the subway or other forms of transport, you’re bound to cover miles and miles on foot. So, don’t wear uncomfortable or brand-new shoes if you don’t want to get blisters the very first day.
Consider alternative sightseeing options
While most tourists opt for the hop-on, hop-off bus tours, if the weather is nice, we recommend cycling tours. Don’t worry if you’re not a regular cyclist, since most companies dealing with bike rentals offer hybrid and electric bikes.
Plan your itinerary well
Make a list of all the things you’d like to see and do and try to make realistic plans for each day of your stay. It’s impossible to see everything this city has to offer in just one visit, no matter how long it is. That’s why you should prioritize well. Don’t forget, if you’re interested in seeing a Broadway show, you need to book the tickets months in advance!
You might be tempted to get one of these, but you really need to be careful. Namely, you should plan your itinerary well to enjoy some great discounts. Most people simply rush from one place to another to make the most of their pass, but in doing so they fail to fully enjoy the experience. So, think twice about this opportunity.
Well, this is one thing you really don’t need to worry about. From the famous bagels, pizza, and cheesecake to the most exquisite international dishes, NYC has it all. Of course, if you’re interested in some particular cuisine, do your research and find recommended establishments close to where you’ll stay. You’ll definitely find something. However, you should still have some snacks with you at all times, since you might get hungry from all the walking or cycling.
As you might expect, there is absolutely everything in NYC when it comes to shopping. From the most exclusive (and the most expensive) shops to outlet malls. Basically, you just need to know what you’re after and do some online research before the trip. You can also order stuff and have them delivered to your NYC address, so that you don’t waste time while visiting this stunningly beautiful city.
Needless to say, there are so many things you can do and see in NYC that you’ll simply have to start planning your second trip soon. Still, you should really make your first visit count. Hopefully, these tips will help you plan what could easily be the best holiday of your life since the first visit to the Big Apple is an experience everyone remembers for the rest of their life.