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Traveling to New York City and looking for a way to see it all and have a great time too?  Check out how we visited New York City in a Day.

Visit New York City in a Day

New York City in a Day!

We visited New York City for a blogging conference and only had one day to check out NYC. We started our trip out with a very long flight and some Ativan (hello flight anxiety).  We arrived around midnight in NYC and hailed our first cab to our hotel.  We crashed out pretty quickly and then were up bright and early to head into Manhattan.  We decided to take a guided Grayline Bus Tour around the city to see as many of the sights as we could fit in!  We jumped in our little bus and experienced all the traffic NYC has to offer…oh and some stunning architecture.

How to see New York City In a Day
on the bus!


Gothic Chapel in NYC


Central Park Entrance
Central Park


The Met in NYC
The Met Museum


NYC Buildings


Empire State Building
The Empire State building.  So tall that you cannot get a good picture of the top when you are underneath it


Iron building in NYC
Fifth Ave. and The Flatiron building. 
Driving around was an experience and it made us both appreciate not having that sort of insane traffic in Denver.  It was difficult to get pictures while in the bus because there was so much quick starts and stops that many of my pictures were blurry.  It was also a very overcast and eventually rainy day, but still wonderful.  We were able to get off the bus and enjoy a fantastic lunch in Little Italy and walk around.  These were some places and items that caught my eye.
Little Italy in New York City
The Grotta Azzurra Ristorante was delicious!


New York Parking
Parking was 32.00/day and they parked people on these lifts!  


New York Buildings


Subway Entrances in New York
I loved that subway entrances.


Fire Escapes in New York
This is silly, but I honestly thought that the fire escapes were not real…


Basements in NYC
There were these little external basement entrances where stores and restaurants stored their stock.


Toilet Paper Argument
Clearly there is a winner in NYC in the over/under debate. 
After wandering around for about an hour we were back in the bus and crazy traffic and headed towards Wall St. and the 9/11 Memorial.  It was unreal and almost hard to breathe while in the memorial.  The beauty, the quiet even amongst thousands of people was breathtaking.  
Wall Street Selfie
On Wall Street


one World Trade Center


911 memorial
One of two memorial pools.  Every person who died in the 9/11 attacks has their name on the memorial


911 memorial with flag and flower for birthday of fallen
When it is the birthday of a victim, the put a white rose on their name.  

When we finished at the memorial we jumped on a fairy and headed out into the bay.  We were able to see the Statue of Liberty and all the bridges.

Selfie with censie


Statue of Liberty


Brooklynn Bridge
Brooklynn Bridge

We got off the fairy and drove to Rockefeller Center.  This was the last stop of our guided tour.  We were able to take the elevator to the “Top of the Rock” and see the skyline.  The only issue was the weather and visibility was not great and it started pouring rain. 

View from Rockefeller center


Raining atop Rockefeller Center


Visiting The Tonight Show
Turns out Rockefeller Center has shopping and all sorts of things.  We found the entrance to the Jimmy Fallon Show!


Payphones in NYC
Also Payphone still exist in NYC
Observation deck at NBC Studios
Token picture with the NBC Marquee. 
Once left to our own devices we navigated the city with the help of Google Maps and were able to get all the way to Times Square, Carlos Bakery and even catch a Broadway show before calling it a night.  
Times Square selfie


Carlo's Bakery in NYC


Carlo's Bake Shop


Cannolis from Cake Boss


Chicago on Broadway at Ambassador
Chicago was wonderful, super funny and incredibly entertaining.  Our night ended and we grabbed a car back to our hotel to end the night.  The next day we were up bright and early and headed to our conference (more on this later).  It was our first walk through Brooklyn and was really awesome.  We enjoyed our conference and then hit the town for some evening sightseeing and some fantastic pictures of the brownstones and the skyline. 
Juniors Red Velvet Cheesecake
Junior’s Cheesecake…HEAVEN


NYC Storm over skyline


NYC Brownstones
The little neighborhoods and the brownstones were beautiful


NYC At night
In a way, NYC was much smaller than I expected.  I truly thought that much of what I had seen on TV was just a TV set, modeled after an older NYC.  However, after getting into the city it truly does have all of charm and beauty that I have only previously watched on TV. 
Nightscape of NYC

What a wonderful trip we had.  Have you ever visited New York City in a Day?

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