Empire State of Mind: Some of The Best Places to Visit in NYC

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

I love New York City! From the food to the people (not all New Yorkers are rude) and the fact that it never sleeps, I just love that concrete jungle! If it weren’t for the snow, I really think I would live right there in the heart of Manhattan sipping coffee and writing for the New York Times. If you love NYC as much as I do and want to take a trip to some of my favorite spots this is just for you. Here are some of the things that I love and always consider before I visit the Big Apple that you may want to as well.


First, Pick the Right Travel Time

For me, avoiding December all together is the best. The holiday lights are beautiful and all, but I’ll pass. And that whole watching the ball drop? You are required to stand out in the freezing cold for hours to get a good view of the ball with thousands of strangers rubbing against you just to see the magical 10 seconds ending the year. Count me out!


Go in the fall or the spring; it’s beautiful and less crowded (but it’s always crowded). If you don’t want to think about arranging travel, book with Celebrity Global Vacays where all the planning is done for you!





Find the Perfect Hotel for Your Taste

There are five Boroughs in NYC, so it’s hard to choose where to sleep. When we visited on our last trip, we stayed in Manhattan at the Night Hotel Times Square. It was so close to all the lights and hustle but a little pricy. If you want something a little cheaper, and a lot quieter, I’ve also stayed in Staten Island and it was much more residential.


It is only a ferry ride away from the fun and the ride is free!! You also get a good view of the Statue of Liberty while you drift towards Manhattan greeted by a breathtaking view of the skyline! Celebrity Global Vacays can help with hotels, too!




Do Not Get A Rental Car… Walk

DO NOT get a rental car! It will take you 45 minutes to get 5 minutes down the street. You will get stuck

in traffic. If it’s far, take an Uber and save the hassle, and the money, or learn the subway (my wife and I got lost for a little bit so you may want to download an app).

If you packed a comfortable pair of shoes, just walk! We took an Uber to Brooklyn and then walked over the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan which I highly recommend! Just make sure you get their early to avoid crowds. The views are amazing!


You can’t not go to Central Park when you visit New York. It is the most famous parks in the world! There, you can visit the Central Park Zoo, go fishing, rent sail boats and, just like we did, take a horse and carriage ride around the park. Just remember to never go in the park at night especially alone for your safety.


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Learn Something New

Everywhere we go, my wife and I try to find a museum or gallery to learn something new. We love art, science and history but in New York, whatever your taste, there’s a museum for you.