One of the world’s great metropolises, New York has something to offer every traveler, from world-class theater and art to one-of-a-kind attractions and a whole host of architectural wonders. Here are some options for your 3-day tour of the city, including a boat cruise, Broadway show, day trip, and more.
Day 1: Cruising, Brooklyn, and Broadway
Start day one by stepping aboard a sightseeing boat tour around Manhattan, cruising by key NYC landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and Empire State Building. Some cruises include onboard food, drinks, and music. If you prefer to stay on dry land, choose a hop-on hop-off tour bus instead. Both are great ways for first-timers to get an overview of the city. Next, check out New York’s hippest borough: Brooklyn. From the Financial District, walk the Brooklyn Bridge on a guided tour to the Dumbo neighborhood, where you can stroll along the East River waterfront and discover beer bars, galleries, and farm-to-table restaurants. Return to Manhattan for a walk through Times Square on the way to see a Broadway show.
Day 2: Art, Parks, and More
Kick off another day of NYC exploration in fashionable Chelsea. Go to foodie favorite Chelsea Market for breakfast and swing by the Whitney Museum of American Art to see works from American greats. From there, take a guided tour of the High Line, a public park built on an elevated railway track along Manhattan’s West Side. Then, hop on the subway to the Grand Central Terminal train station, which also hosts gourmet eateries and shops. Afterwards, walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park to stroll, rent a bike, or go on a pedicab tour. Top off the day with a nighttime bus tour to see NYC at its glittering best.
Day 3: Beyond the City Limits
With NYC’s seemingly bottomless array of attractions and experiences, most travelers never get beyond the boundaries of the five boroughs. Take a day trip to Long Island’s rural North Fork peninsula, where vineyards and roadside farm stands abound, or get your fix of fresh air and nature on a cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain. This state park is especially scenic in fall when colorful foliage arrives. If you prefer exploring cities, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Boston are all accessible by day trip.