Updated: Nov 25, 2019
What an adventure!
New York City - one of the most famous cities in the world. I'd never been before and I only had 48 hours. Have you ever visited? I wanted to do so much, with so little time. If you are ever in the same position, this is exactly what I did.
Because New York City is such a large (incredible) city, it's hard to decide where to start first! Do you start with visiting all the places that you've seen in the movies and the tv shows?
My suggestion: start by going straight to the top. Straight to the top of the Empire State Building. Getting in late at night means that you get to see the entire city covered in lights.
It truly is a magical sight, and gives a perspective about the next hours you'll be spending in this city. Plus, the advantage of going up the Empire State Building at night means fewer lines, which means more time to see the gorgeous view, rather than waiting for the elevator.
Now for the first dinner in NYC. How can you be in New York City and not try a New York Pizza? Or New York Cheescake? In my opinion, if you go to a city that is known for a certain type of food, you should try it. In New Orleans, my plan is to travel to Cafe Du Monde - the home of beignets - and try a fresh beignet from the place that started them! I tried pasta in Italy and I tasted Chinese food in Hong Kong (although, I believe they just call it food). If you come to Australia, you try our steak, our lamingtons and our meat pies.
And by the way, the pizza was GOOOOOD. Most anywhere you go, the pizza is fresh, made in front of your eyes, and it tastes as good as it looks. I should also mention, that one slice is bigger than my face!!!
Now I know that they say it's the city that never sleeps, but if you want to enjoy all that NYC has to offer, get your rest. I found myself in a hotel that was in close proximity to everything - Grand Central, Central Park, Empire State Building - so close I could walk! And that's one of the best things, walking through NYC - seeing the sights and having a moment to breathe in the city air, look up and see buildings that felt like mountains, the sun glistening off the mirrored windows, watching the locals walk like they were on a mission, like they knew the ins and outs of the maze that I was happily getting lost in.