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3 Days in NYC: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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New York. The Big Apple. So much can be said about this iconic city that it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a visitor, then, you'll be hard pressed to make heads or tails of where to go in this illustrious burg. Luckily, we're here to help you out.

New Yorkers are lucky. But you, dear visitor, are far luckier. This is a city made for explorers: the more you roam in New York, the more you discover, the more you'll want to see; and the more you'll be thrilled by the range of things to do in New York City.

Day 1: Get Oriented

A CityPASS is still widely regarded as the best deal in Manhattan (a bold statement), and will help you to gain entry into a number of 'must-see' monuments and museums, all while skipping the line. Alternatively, see what you wish aboard a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and roam the Big Apple at your own pace.

Day 2: Museums, Shopping, and Eating

New York is perhaps the center of the Earth for these three leisurely activities. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is a must-see experience, and routinely displays some of the best artistic exhibits anywhere in the world.

The Guggenheim on Fifth Avenue is also a sight to behold (both inside and out), and is highly recommended. While out eyeing masterpieces, window-shop your way into something more affordable than priceless art, and get your shopping fix. The city's Garment District in Midtown is singularly New York, while for cool boutique shopping check out SoHo (a great area in its own right), the once gritty, now chic Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village's Bleeker Street, NoLita, and the Lower East Side.

Got your shopping bags? Been on your feet too long now? Why not take it easy on a romantic dinner cruise, or enjoy some light jazz before heading to bed? And if you’re a natural New Yorker and sleep standing up, how about some culturally rich soul food and jazz in Harlem?

Day 3: More


Typically, with only three days in a location, it is advisable to see some of the surrounding countryside and the foray into what landscape made the city you’re visiting so spectacular. New York, however, is a different case. Practically a UNESCO World-Heritage site for the diverse range of cultural, historical, and beautiful monuments, spend this day seeing what you failed to earlier on.

A helicopter tour is an exhilarating and delightful way to see all of the cityscape, while taking in a Broadway play is another option. Don't forget Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which beckon to those looking to explore the Big Apple a bit more.

And if you're really itching to see what's beyond the city, sign yourself up for a day trip by private plane to Niagara Falls. This Viator Exclusive allows you to spend the day at the falls - and still make it back to Manhattan in time for dinner!

Tours & Tickets

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New York City in One Day Small-Group Sightseeing Tour

Experience New York City and its iconic sights on a 6-hour small-group sightseeing tour by foot, minibus and boat! See countless top New York attractions ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Viator Exclusive: Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Lobster Dinner

Make your Fourth of July in New York City a night to remember on this lively boat cruise with a lobster buffet dinner and incredible views of the city's ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00

Ice Skating in Central Park

Experience the magic of New York City in the winter by ice skating at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. Admire the sparkling city skyline as you glide along ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.95

Greenwich Village: Beatniks, Beer and Pizza

Have a classic New York experience on this Greenwich Village walking tour where you'll savor New York's famous pizza, indulge in ice-cold beers and learn about ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

Wine and Cheese Pairing Class Aboard 1920s-Style Yacht

Relax and savor fine wines and cheeses on this scenic cruise around Manhattan aboard a sleek 1920s-style yacht. Learn wine-tasting techniques from a ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

From USD $104.00

New York Night Club Experience

Party the night away in the city that never sleeps on this weekend tour of some of New York City's hottest nightclubs. Bypass the velvet ropes with ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1674 Reviews

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to explore every corner of the Big ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $48.99

New York Rooftop Lounge Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Take in incredible views of the New York City skyline from the city's best rooftop bars and lounges on this evening tour. Hang out at local favorites such as ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Walking Tour with Optional 9/11 Museum Upgrade

4.5 star rating: Recommended 462 Reviews

Gain a deeper understanding of the events surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the acts of heroism that rallied a ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 1.5 or 2.5 hours for the tour; allow 2-4 hours for the 9/11 Museum if option is selected

From USD $35.00

Complete New York, New York Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 214 Reviews

Take the ultimate helicopter tour over New York! This 20-minute aerial tour covers all five Boroughs. You'll see the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $214.99

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