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Sightseeing in New York and road trip to Connecticut

Published: Aug, 2020 | Travel Date: Aug - Sep 2012

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Not in the mood for a pure city trip? Then your next trip to New York still includes a road trip to New England! We didn't just want to see the big city, we also wanted to explore the area around New York. So after a week's sightseeing marathon in New York and Washington, we went on a short road trip to Connecticut.

HIGHLIGHTS

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  • General Information

    New York in itself is of course a highlight. There is so much to see and everyone has to decide for themselves where their individual interests lie. For us it was our first visit to New York and we therefore looked at the most important sights. We also bought a New York City Pass to get discounts on attractions. In general, we tried to walk as much as possible so that we could see more of the city. From time to time we also took the subway. It is best to book your ticket for certain sights online in advance, so you can save long queues.

    Accommodation

    To save money we took a hotel in Jersey City. But we also had to take the train to the city center for 30 minutes every day. Next time I would prefer to spend a little more money and live in the center.

    Activities and Sights

      Wall Street, New York, NY, USA
      Wall Street, New York, NY, USA

      Wall Street is a street in the New York borough of Manhattan that is home to numerous credit institutions and the world's largest stock exchange, the New York Stock Exchange.


      One World Trade Center, Fulton Street, New York, NY
      One World Trade Center, Fulton Street, New York, NY

      When we were there, the building was still under construction. Today the One World Trade Center is home to the highest vantage point.


      New York City: Stroll through the Financial District
      Stroll through the Financial District

      This part of the city with Wall Street and its many shimmering skyscrapers is the city's bustling financial center. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum on the site of the former World Trade Center is also located here.


      Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY
      Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY

      Crossing the bridge takes around 30 minutes. Then it's worth walking to the park on the banks of the East River, from where you have a fantastic view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan.


      New York City: Stroll through Brooklyn
      Stroll through Brooklyn


      Times Square, Manhattan, NY, USA
      Times Square, Manhattan, NY, USA


      Trump Tower
      Trump Tower

      From the viewing platform in Trump Tower you have a great view of the Empire State Building


      Madame Tussauds New York, West 42nd Street, New York, NY
      Madame Tussauds New York, West 42nd Street, New York, NY

      It was really cool, but not a must


      Washington Square Park, New York, NY, USA
      Washington Square Park, New York, NY, USA

      Live music is often played here. The park is located in Greenwich Village. It is worth strolling through the streets here


      Grand Central Station Entrance - 48th & Park Ave, New York, NY, USA
      Grand Central Station Entrance - 48th & Park Ave, New York, NY, USA

      Don't just look at the main hall, but also go into the many anterooms and corridors. Definitely try the Whispering Gallery;)


      New York City: Boat trip on the Hudson River
      Boat trip on the Hudson River

      Circle Line offers very nice boat tours. We recommend the Best of New York Tour. Here you not only see the Statue of Liberty but also drive around Manhattan so that you can see the most important New York sights from the water.


      Statue of Liberty National Park, New York, NY, USA
      Statue of Liberty National Park, New York, NY, USA

      From here you also have a great view of the skyline


      Central Park, New York, NY, USA
      Central Park, New York, NY, USA

      We borrowed two bikes and explored the park.


      Empire State Building, New York, NY, USA
      Empire State Building, New York, NY, USA

      We loved the view from Trump Tower!


      New York City: Midtown Manhattan
      Midtown Manhattan

      Explore on foot


      Flatiron Building, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
      Flatiron Building, 5th Avenue, New York, NY

      The Flatiron Building is one of the most distinctive buildings in New York. It's at the fork of Broadway and 5th Avenue.


      Musical Lion King

      We bought the tickets relatively spontaneously at the counter on Broadway.


      Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Pierrepont Place, Brooklyn, NY
      Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Pierrepont Place, Brooklyn, NY

      Above the highway that runs between the East River and Brooklyn Heights, you will find the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, from which you have a great view of Manhattan.


      Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, USA
      Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, USA

      To the north of Brooklyn Heights is the small neighborhood of Dumbo. There are many great restaurants, cafes and shops here, so a little stroll through Dumbo is definitely worth it. You also have a great view of the Manhattan Bridge from here.


      5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA
      5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

      The almost 11 km long 5th Avenue is roughly divided into three areas. Millionaire's Row, Shopping and Museum Miles. You will find the most expensive and luxurious shops between 39th and 60th Street. Nevertheless, it is worth strolling through this great street.


      Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, NY
      Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, NY

      A visit to this part of Manhattan is a must as it is the largest Chinatown in the United States. They have great and cheap Chinese food here.


      Little Italy, Manhattan, New York, NY
      Little Italy, Manhattan, New York, NY

      Little Italy is a must-see neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. One of the most famous streets is Mulberry Street, which runs through the neighborhood as the main street. Here you should just stroll through and eat a pizza.


      Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island, NY, USA
      Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island, NY, USA

      The Staten Island Ferry connects the two districts of Manhattan and Staten Island. The large, orange-colored ships cast off several times a day and carry passengers across Upper Bay. From the ferry you have a great view of the statue of freedom. And best of all: the trip is free!

    Transportation to next station

    • bus Bus | 04:00 Hours | 0 USD | Overnight

      Getting to Washington by bus is easy

USEFUL APPS

    SUMMARY

    New York is a city that everyone should have seen. However, a week is enough. A trip to Washington should also be included. But even there two days are enough. If you still have time, it is worth taking a tour to Connecticut by rental car. You can definitely take 3-4 days for this, depending on how long you want to drive. In retrospect, our road trip was far too short and we should have spent fewer days in New York and more in Connecticut.

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