Traveling to NYC for the first time was seriously an unbelievable experience. We went over Thanksgiving break and it was like nothing I have ever seen before. New York City is a place full of life and adventure. Having never seen New York before, I had a laundry list of things I wanted to see and do. I am convinced that it is nearly impossible to do everything in one visit. After the trip, we were so exhausted. So, it’s safe to say we totally maximized our time during our stay! As you read below, I am going to highlight the top things we did. I TOTALLY suggest y’all do some of these things if you visit this incredible city. On a side note, the street pizza and food carts are bomb.com!
What a place Chinatown was! Colin and I explored Canal Street just because I was on a serious mission to find some goodies. If you are familiar with Chinatown in NYC, I think you might know what I am talking about. If you don’t here’s a little hint...Chinatown is known for having shops that have killer deals! Yes this was a very interesting part of NYC, but y’all it was a blast! For Colin on the other hand, I'm not sure if this was totally up his alley. (No pun intended) It’s safe to say we scored some goodies from Canal Street. We even came across a fresh fish market on a side street. I totally recommend taking a trip to Chinatown.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, Colin and I ate lunch in Trump Tower at Trump Grill. Colin really wanted to see how good the Trump Taco Bowl was. We got a kick out of all the people trying to get past the security guards. I guess they just didn’t have game like we did. We got past with no problems, but that’s probably because we just wanted to eat inside the tower. For the record, yes there is still a high security presence there! To sum it up, Trump Tower is basically just a tower made up of gold, marble, and mahogany wood… no joke! The food was yummy and it was exciting to know that the President Elect was just a few floors up. (That is, up in his HUUGGEE penthouse…go figure) If you get a chance to eat at Trump Tower, I recommend it! We even got some good laughs with the NYPD Officers. On a side note, I also want to praise the NYPD and US Marshall Officers that we spoke to. They were so nice and respectful! It's people like them that keep citizens like us safe!
There's nothing that desribes Central Park better than huge and gorgeous. This is a place I could spend hours reading, running, and mostly importantly people watching. If you’re looking for a good location to people watch, this is your place. Central Park is a perfect place to relax and leave the busy crowds behind. Central Park is just simply gorgeous with all leaves, carriage rides (which Colin has yet to take me on!), fresh air, and Trump's Ice Skating Rink! I even had some fun being my 5 year old self in the leaves. It's all about the small joys in life like these fall leaves. You can tell we don't get much of this in the south!
Since this was my first trip to Times Square, my jaw just dropped! No matter where you go, it is always packed with people. There are people from all walks of life, mostly tourists like myself. Times Square is drop dead gorgeous at night because of all the incredible lights and billboards. The sky just lights ups! The pictures we took in Times Square do not do justice! Looking up and seeing all the flashing lights allows you to escape reality and literally be mindless. This is a must see when visiting NYC!
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
I think it's easy to say that not a lot of people get to experience the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, this was something my family would always watch on T.V., but seeing it live was a totally different experience. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can now be checked off my bucket list! Hip Hip Hooray!
Macy's & Saks Fifth AVENUE store Fronts
During the Christmas season these store fronts are breath taking! Despite all the people walking around and it being Back Friday, the window displays were something I could not miss seeing. It was something you don't see every day in front of department stores. Macy’s had incredible animated displays and Saks had a Christmas Light Show that was coordinated with Christmas Music! These beautiful sights made me feel like I was in heaven. Since I'm obsessed with all Christmas movies, I couldn’t help myself but pretend I was Buddy the Elf. Yes, I went around the spinning doors twice! It’s safe to say people thought I was a nut case.. If you have never done this before, I suggest you have a little fun and try it!
Channeling my inner Kevin McCallister
When visiting New York, it is a must to visit The Plaza Hotel. This hotel had several famous movies filmed inside it. Some of these famous films include the classic Home Alone. When we walked into The Plaza Hotel I was on a mission to find the phone and lobby that was the set for Kevin McCallister in Home Alone. We learned that this part of the hotel is now a private residence. (Must be nice) On another note, The Plaza Hotel is seriously gorgeous at Christmas time! Since I was channeling my inner Kevin (boy from Home Alone) this trip, it was required that I see the angels in Rockefeller Plaza. The The Rockefeller Christmas Tree wasn't finished yet but the famous angel display was. What a sight!
One of the most overlooked museums in the city sits across the street from the New York Stock Exchange.(NYSE) Federal Hall is where George Washington took his oath of office and it was the first capital building in the US. This historical building was beautiful and it was fun to see the men dressesd up playing music. We didn’t go inside but hopefully we will be able to when we return!
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty is spectacular to see up close. We didn't have the oppurtunity to go inside the crown but we were able walk up into the pedestal. Inside the statue there is also a muesuem that teaches you about how Lady Liberty was built and how she came to the United States. What an amazing and iconic place. Plus, the view was incredible! (Colin got a little side tracked by all the helicopters flying around) This was truly a bucket list adventure that I can now check off my list.
Ellis Island was very interesting and a great educational expierence as well. We learned about the history behind Ellis Island Immigration and got a sense of the people who expierenced it. This gave us a great sense ino US History and sense that you can’t understand unless you visit!.
Ground Zero & 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero left me speechless. The museum was a total tear jerker. The images and exhibits inside the memorial museum were unbelievable. This heartbreaking time in our county's history was displayed so beautifully. If you get a chance to visit New York, this would be my top place to go. The expierence you feel is so "real."
Laduree Paris was a place I found randomly while walking down Madison Ave. When I walked past it I was thinking, “Oh, this is a cute macaroon place!” Later, I looked it up and this was a hot spot for the TV show Gossip Girl. When I found this out I had to go back and pull out my inner Serena and Blair. (If you don’t know those people are, they are the characters from Gossip Girl) Laduree is a tea house that originated in Paris and serves high tea and macaroons. I ordered a macaroon named Jimmy Choo. It was sparkley pink! Go figure! The décor is what caught my eye because it looks just like our wedding décor! What a coincidence! I wish I could spend more time in this tea house… maybe next time. Check out the pictures below to see how adorable Laduree really is!
Comment below on what you love about New York or a place you suggest I add to by bucket list next time I visit NYC!