Travel Itinerary: 3 Days in New York City
New York City is the largest city in America — and there’s nothing like it anywhere in the States. The great thing about it being such a massive, dense city is that there are many things to do in a small area. Spending 3 days in New York City will give you a great taste of the popular attractions, and you don’t have to fuss with rental cars or anything. You can just book a flight, a hotel, and take off. In fact, this itinerary is from our spontaneous long weekend trip to NYC for Christmas that we took a couple years ago. It was totally last minute, but it was a fabulous way to spend a long weekend!
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Here is our travel itinerary for 3 Days in New York City (prices are for 2 people)!
Accommodations We Recommend in New York City
Hotels are crazy expensive in NYC, even hostels. But you can often find last minute deals on great hotels. The key is location. Manhattan is obviously a great location, since you are near many tourist attractions — but it’s super expensive. Another option is to stay just across the water in Brooklyn or other nearby areas. However, you will still want to be close to public transportation to get into the city. Adding a train ride, bus, and long walk between you and the major tourist sites will really suck into your time and make you feel tired. Convenience is key, and sometimes worth paying for.
Hostel ($15 – $30) — Q4 Hotel
Budget Hotel ($40 – $90) — Morningside Inn
Moderate hotel ($110 – $160) — City Rooms NYC Hotel
Airbnb — when we went to NYC, we actually stayed in an Airbnb in Brooklyn. We loved having an apartment — but we were sharing with other people, so it’s not for everyone but worth looking into if you are up for it! If you want to learn more, read our full post about our experiences at Airbnb’s across the country.
Activities & Other Expenses during your 3 Days in New York City
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – a great, and easy way to see the city in a short time period.
Manhattan Heritage Food & Tales Walking Tour – a very cool tour of the Lower East Side. Enjoy bustling markets, visit cultural and historical sites as well as Little Italy and Chinatown.
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