New York (USA): The Big Apple

It will not be an exagerration to say that New York is one of my fav cities in the world! Yes, it is!

Famous by the name of The Big Apple, one has to really see this place to believe it: its diversity, its colors, its theatres – everything is mesmirizing!

It is an iconic destination — that can certainly be overwhelming to visit as well. Let me tell you how I planned my trip to New York!

So, I took a flight from Hyderabad and landed in Chicago – was there for a week – which I will write about in another post. Then, I went to Cleveland and finally I took a flight to New York and spent around 5 days there.

I mostly traveled by the train – subway or by cabs. Cabs can be little costly there but then, I took them whenever I was lost or had no option. I in-fact, covered a lot of places on foot!

What all to do in New York!

The first place you need to go and see in New York is the Times Square – its is one of the most vibrant places that I have ever seen. The square is at the meeting point of Broadway, 7th Avenue and 42nd street.

Many popular places are there in or near Times Square, such as Top of the Rock and Madame Tussauds. And the best part about Times Square is that it is a hub for broadway! And experiencing a broadway show was in my bucket list since I don’t know when and I must tell you I was not at all disappointed!! I saw “The Phantom of the Opera” and the experience was beautiful!

Now, the most important places you need to visit in New York are:

Statue of Liberty

Central Park

Brooklyn Bridge

Rockefeller Center

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Washington Square Park

Now if you have time (only if you have time), you can plan a visit to:

Little Italy

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

I love to travel alone: explore those cute little cafes, talk to people and all and that is why I genrally do not prefer taking a city tour. But if you are in New York just for 2 days, I would suggest to take a city tour bus. You can book it from here

We stayed in The Westin, Times Square. But there are many good options available at a much cheaper price. You can try for an Air B&B accommodation as well. I have heard really good things about the same.

Now, the last and the most important question: Is New York City safe?

It’s a question that I am asked all the time and, I always say that I found it to be really safe! However, notorious elements can spot out of towners in the city so a little precaution is certainly required.

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