Our trip to New York (part 2)

10 days travel itinerary New York tips and guide

Second post about the itinerary of my trip to New York ๐Ÿš–. You can read all the details about the planning, the flights, the hotel, the New York Pass and the first five days in this post.

The fact that our trip was 10 days long, gave us the possibility to explore the city in depth and visit attractions that wouldnโ€™t be possible otherwise. Since I was going to spend so much money on flights and travel time I chose to stay as long as I couldย to enjoy the city.

Letโ€™s now continue the itinerary for the last days of this trip to New York City (day 6 to 10).

๐Ÿ—“๏ธย Day 6: Harlem, Columbia University, Lincoln Center, Central Park, MET Museum and the Phantom of the Opera

Our first stop of the day was Harlem. Harlem is an area where you can find some of the history of African-American culture. There we saw the Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard (the main avenue) and the Apollo Theater ๐ŸŽญ. We continued to the Columbia University, the oldest university of New York (founded in 1754) and the fifth oldest of the United States. Then we explored the Morningside Park, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, ate a cookie ๐Ÿช on Levain Bakeryย and we visited the Lincoln Center. For lunch we ate a sandwich at a Subway near Columbus Circle. On the afternoon, we entered in Central Park ๐ŸŒณ to see what was still missing (Umpire Rock, Central Park Carousel, Gapstow Bridge and the Balto Statue) and we walked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as MET museum. The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting this museum. At night we went to a Broadway show, the Phantom of the Opera. Awesome show ๐ŸŽถ! After the show we went toย ย ย Joe’s Pizzaย ๐Ÿ• for some slices of pizza.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Day 7: Brooklyn area, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building

On this day it rained a little ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ during the morning. Because of that we changed the order of the attractions we had planned. After we had breakfast, we went straight to Brooklyn by metro ๐Ÿš‡. We visited the Dumbo (where you can take good photos of the Manhattan Bridge), the Janeโ€™s Carousel ๐ŸŽ , the Granite Prospect, the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Broklyn Heights Promenade. Then we stoped at Brooklyn Tabernacle and we saw a gospel cult show. The queue to get in was very long but there was a lot of seats inside. The show lasted about 1 hour and when it was over we went to lunch. During the afternoon we visited the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Garden ๐ŸŒท. The main attractions of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden were closed because they are only open in the Spring. After that, we went through the Brooklyn Bridge and took beautiful photos of Manhattan. Then, we catch the metro to the Empire State Building to see the New York sunset from the 86th floor ๐ŸŒ‡. The view of the Empire State is very good but I preferred the Top of the Rock one because it has less people there! We had dinner at a restaurant nearby (Sweetgreen) and then we went to the hotel to rest. 

๐Ÿ—“๏ธย Day 8: Flushing Meadows, Union Square, Washington Square Park, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown

Our day started at Flushing Meadows / Corona Park in Queens, the fourth largest park ๐ŸŒฒ in the city that was built for the New York World’s Fair (1939-1940). In that area we saw the New York Hall of Science, Unisphere and the Arthur Ashe Stadium (US Open qualifying events were taking place there). Then, we returned to Manhattan and we visited the Union Square and the Washington Square Parkย ๐ŸŒณ(which has several residents: squirrels ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ). We had lunch at &pizza ๐Ÿ• and we really liked it! In the afternoon we were exploring the areas of Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. Before going to the hotel to take a shower, we went to Dominique Ansel Bakery for some madeleines. For dinner, we had a reservation for Au Zaโ€™atar.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธย Day 9: ONU, New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Intrepid Museum, High Line Park and Chelsea Market

We started the day with a good walk from the hotel to ONU (about 20 minutes-walk). We didnโ€™t visit the interior of the United Nations building but itโ€™s possible (you just need to schedule on their website). Then, we went to the Chrysler Building (you can see the building reception) and to the Gran Central Terminal (to take more photos and to contemplate again – we had already gone there on the first day). The next stop was the New York Public Library, one of the most important librariesย ๐Ÿ“š in the World. There are multiple rooms that are open for visitation, some even remind me the Harry Potter atmosphere with walls full of bookshelves. Behind the library is located the Bryant Park ๐ŸŒณ, where a yoga class was happening. Then, we took the bus (first time!)ย to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Spaceย ๐Ÿ”ญ Museum. This museum is really good! Itโ€™s possible to see an aircraft carrier and talk to people who participated in the Second World War, along with many other things. The morning passed and at lunchtime, we went to eat at Chelsea Market.ย We ate a lobster ๐Ÿฆž sandwich at Lobster Place and, although it was divine (really good!!!), it was expensive considering the size of the sandwich. In the afternoon, we explored the High Line Park, entered the Whitney Museum of American Art (the views from this museum are great!) and, after that, we went to the Madison Square Garden. We did some shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ in some stores and then we went to the hotel to left the bags and take a shower. We had dinner at a brutally good but very expensive restaurant called Raclette.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธย Day 10: Roosevelt Island, Guggenheim Museum, One World Observatory and return flight

Last day of this awesome trip! I was sad to leave but I was happy for everything I had visit โค๏ธ. After we checked out at the hotel and left our bags ๐Ÿ‘œ at the reception, we took the tramway ๐Ÿšก to Roosevelt Island. It was there that we spent a good part of the morning exploring the Smallpox Memorial Hospital and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park ๐ŸŒณ. The rest of the morning we spent it in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. After visiting the museum, we took the bus to Times Square (one last visit!) and went to lunch at Joe’s Pizza ๐Ÿ• (we had already ate there but we wanted to repeat it). During the afternoon, we went to the One World Observatory because we had a reservation for 14.45h. The views from this observatory are very different from those of the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building but they are also incredible! The next stop was at the hotel because we had to pick up our bags to go to the airport. Thankfully we went to the airport in advance because the check-in process wasn’t easy … but we managed itย ๐Ÿ’ช. The return flight ๐Ÿ›ซ to Porto was at 21.45h and went smoothly. We arrived to Porto at 09.50h in the morning suffering from jet lag, very tired but very happy too.

The trip was perfect even with all the imperfections that happened. We were able to see everything we wanted and had planned. Of course we just saw some museums or attractions (like the Brooklyn Museum or the Whitney Museum) because were included in the New York Pass. In the individual posts about each one of the days of the trip, Iโ€™ll tell you whatโ€™s worth visiting or not and more details.

During this ten days we walked ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ a lotโ€ฆ on average, about 18 kilometers a day. At the end of each day when we arrived at the hotel and lay down, our legs were throbbing with pain (we always put a cream to help).

If you want to get the complete itinerary of this trip please download itย  โžก๏ธย here. If you try it, give me feedback in the comments of this post please!

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