See the best of New York in 3 days

The bet of visiting New York in 3 days is something doable, even if you won’t be able to see and visit everything.
I’m not only suggesting one plan for three days but four different plans. But, to spend three days in New York, you’ll have to think strategically and make choices!!!
Therefore, you’ll have to choose what type of plan works for you the best.

Visiting New York in 3 days means

Intensive walking: have some good walking shoes
– Cut the chase: prepare your planning ahead so you won’t be forgetting something
– No time wasted waiting in line and commute: book online ahead of your trip (taxi shuttle, NY City Pass, helicopter tour..). Don’t miss the section Before you go to NY on my blog 😉

My ideas for an itinerary to visit New York City in 3 days

After careful consideration, I prepared 4 types of itineraries:
– “CULTURE” edition:
This plan is for those who can’t imagine going to New York without visiting at least 2 to 4 big museums such as: the MET, the MOMA, the Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim.

– “STREET” edition:
This planning is dedicated to those who are not museum fans, but want to discover the streets of New York and its skyscraper.

– “ENJOY” edition:
This planning is for those who want to really enjoy their stay to the fullest with one thing in mind “pleasure” whether it’s with a helicopter tour, a bus tour to spare you time walking, therefore giving you more time for shopping!!!!

– “NEVER TIRED” edition:
This planning is dedicated to those just like me!!! I must admit, my friends happen to call me the “Makina” (aka the machine) because I gave them the impression of being never tired and always want to see more and more 🙂 :).  And yes, in 3 days, if you’re really motivated just like me, you can combine the CULTURAL, STREET and ENJOY editions!!!! 😀 😀

Why 4 different plans?

Because each of us have different desires, passions and tastes.
This way, each can see in which type of planning they belong, and of course, you’ll be able to customize these plans as you wish 😉

What are the times, places, and great tips you can’t miss under any circumstances?

Personally, all three days plans or even a week must incorporate at least a few activities to grasp and get to know the beautiful city of New York:
– A visit at the One World Observatory, the Empire State Building, the Edge or at the Top of the Rock to discover New York and Manhattan from above.
– A stroll in Central Park.
– A Shopping stop on Broadway in Soho, because for me it’s the place where all the trendiest shops are. You will find sneakers stores like Converse, for instance, and clothing with brands including Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, American Eagle, American Apparel.
– A walk-in Times Square: the place where New York’s craziness is the most obvious. Lights everywhere, stores, people and tourists… You’ll have to see it to believe it!
Union Square: the place to meet some locals!!
– Go to a NBA games to see the New York Knicks or a Broadway show: whatever suits you better.

Here are 4 itineraries in an attempt to visit the most of New York City in 3 days:

3 days in NYC - Culture

3 days in NYC - Street

3 days in NYC - Enjoy

Never tired

You can download the itineraries for Windows or Apple to customize them.

Book all your activities

Now that you have chosen your plan, don’t waste time and book ahead:

A Pass
– a Pass to visit New York City: New York CityPASS, Go New York Pass, New York Pass…

Tickets for a game or show
– a NBA basketball game here
– a Broadway show here

Tours and activities
– a helicopter tour along with a Hop-On Hop-Off one day bus tour
And don’t forget to check if there’s a coupon code to book your activities!


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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