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Yesterday I told you all about the fabulous W New York Times Square and today I will tell you about what we did in NYC!!
I have to preface this post by saying that NYC is probably my favorite city in the entire world, for now. It is exciting, beautiful, fast-paced, full of history, and just plain ole fun. I have to say that going into this road trip this was the city I was most excited about. I had been to NYC a few times before and couldn’t wait to share the magic with my bestie. I just wish we could have stayed longer.
We drove from Atlantic City to NYC and I think I almost had a great attack when I drove through the city. It was very nerve wracking but we survived!! Hallelujah and praise Jesus.
Here is the George Washington Bridge…
…I almost peed my pants driving over it but we made it!!
So, we actually parked the car at LaGuardia and took a shuttle to Grand Central and then took a cab to our hotel. Why? Because it was double the cost to valet at the hotel and that would mean that I had to drive through Times Square. No thank you. I think our plan was brilliant. It saved us a couple bucks and we got to experience NYC cabs. HAHAHA!
Here we are on the shuttle heading to Grand Central…
After a very interesting, and sweaty, cab ride we got checked into our hotel and then headed out to find some lunch! I follow a few travel bloggers on Instagram and had been seeing all these pics of yummy burgers and shakes from Shake Shack so I knew I wanted to eat there at some point in our trip. Luckily it wasn’t too far from our hotel so we went there for lunch!
I got the Roadside Burger…it had caramelized onions and bacon that had been simmered in beer. Best Burger EVER. Seriously. I f you ever get a chance to hit up Shake Shack DO IT!!
After lunch we decided to do a double decker bus tour. We hopped on our bus and got off at Central Park. We tried to see Strawberry Fields but got lost?!? So we went back to Columbus Circle and hopped back on our bus HAHAHA!!!
We also went to Harlem, down Museum Row, and then back to Times Square. I tried to get a pic of Libby getting arrested but the cops said they couldn’t. Boooooo…so she just smiled with them instead. They were really nice!!
Oh Times Square how I have missed you…
For dinner we grabbed a good ole NYC hot dog from a hot dog stand in Times Square.
We ate the dogs on our way back to our tour bus so we could take a night tour of the city!! And of course we had to selfie on the bus. Duh.
Funny story, our bus was parked next to this theater and I took this pic and was saying how much I wasted to see Finding Neverland and the we heard the crown outside the theater scream. When we looked to see what was going on we saw Matthew Morrison!! From Glee!! He’s in Finding Neverland and had just left the theater for the night. How COOL!!! I took pics of him but pf course they all came out blurry. Booooooo.
We finally set off on our night tour and rolled through Times Square first! Note- we tried to sit at the back of the double decker bus every time because you get better pics in the back. You get longer to take your pics and you have more leg room in the very back seat.
Times Square is my favorite area of NYC. Yes, it’s very touristy but it’s so very vibrant and alive and just makes me want to dance!!
The Empire State Building is one of my favorite buildings in NYC and I was able to get it from all different angles on my night tour but this was my fave. Confession- I have never been inside the building, it’s always been shut down when I go! Boooooo.
We got stuck in a traffic jam for what felt like forever and so of course I had to selfie. HA!
We passed this McDonalds on our war into Chinatown and I just thought it was really cool…
Speaking of Chinatown, I could have touched that sign we were up so high!
We also went through Brooklyn and all of these trees reminded me of the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
We stopped and got amazing pics of the Manhattan skyline before heading back that way…
We didn’t get back from our tour until almost midnight so we crashed in our hotel beds and woke up bright and early the next morning to do some more exploring!!
Have you ever been to NYC??
What is your favorite part of the city??
Jennifer Tammy says
Wow, such an exciting first day in the city. I’ll have to hit up a Shake Shack with my daughter when we go soon. And so exciting seeing Matthew Morrison!
I’ve never done the touristy thing in NYC because I’m always on my way somewhere. Boo! :) I am going with my daughters in May, so I’m going to remember everything you wrote about.
Nancy (@spiffykerms) says
Ahh! I need a visit to NYC badly. We were semi-driving distance when we lived in Canada, but since moved to California (not complaining over here haha). Lol omg at the cops declining your request to cuff Libby. I want a full day to explore and shop in that Big Apple!
I just read another blog post about a blogger exploring NYC. I’m a west coast girl, but I can’t vent say I live on the coast. I live in Arizona and it’s a bucket list thing for me to go to NYC one day. Looks like you had a blast!
I have never been to NYC before. It looks like you had a fun trip. Some days I think I would like to see Times’s Square, others I wonder if the crowds would make me nuts.
Liz Mays says
This trips sounds like a lot of fun so far. Being able to find fun things to do at night in NYC is so great.
Vera Sweeney says
I love to get into the city and explore. Looks like you had a great day in the city, there is always so much to see and do here.
Jaime Nicole says
Looks like another amazing trip to NYC! I can’t wait to get out there and see it all dressed up for the holidays this November/December. So much to see and so many people to dodge
Oh Ricci.. this post makes me want to go to NYC right now! Looks like you had a really great time exploring the city.
Franc Ramon says
You had a nice tour of NYC and you really enjoyed it. I hope to explore it too someday.
Colette S says
What an adventure!
I would love to visit NYC.
Thanks for sharing your fun photos!
New York City is such a fun place. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time while there.
Sarh S says
New York has always been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit. I especially love seeing photos of New York at night time, all of the lights are so beautiful.
Amanda Tempel says
I have always wanted to go there!! So jealous. It looks like you guys had an amazing time, too! Love the pictures.
Sandy a la Mode says
i am going to NYC at the end of the month and i cannot wait!!
Wow what a busy first day! It lookd like you had a great time. Looking forward to reading about the next days of your trip :)
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
Such a fun trip! I have got to tr that burger simmered in beer! Love all your photos!
Your space is super cute! Looked like a fun adventure!