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One Week in NYC • An Itinerary

Hey y’all! I hope you had a great weekend, and a wonderful Easter holiday. Can you believe we are already in to the month of April. Before we know it, it will be Christmas. I’ve already been working with several clients to book and plan New York City trips for this December. We’ll start working on their itineraries soon, but for now we are gathering ideas for the places they want to see. I do keep itinerary ideas on hand, one I shared last week, and today I’ll share my go-to NYC itinerary for a 7-day trip in December. This can be easily tweaked for any time of year, but December seems to be the main time my clients like to go. And I don’t blame them! It is wonderful in December!

One Week in NYC An Itinerary

​Below is a photo of our itinerary that we used for our trip. I include every little detail so it is all kept in once place, and do the same when I’m helping my clients prepare theirs. But here is a condensed version for you to use to plan your own. Again, these attractions are listed in location order, as well as taking into consideration the times places open/close.


Day 1
Arrive at Newark International Airport
Drive into Manhattan via the Lincoln Tunnel
Check into Hotel in Times Square
Explore/See/Do:
6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas—Giant Christmas Lights, Radio City
5th Avenue—Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s, Shops
Walk along 5th Avenue to Central Park
Take Subway back to Times Square

Day 2
Explore/See/Do:
Subway to South Street Seaport & Explore
Walk to Brooklyn Bridge
Walk through Chinatown, Little Italy, Tribeca
Walk to Greenwich Village & Washington Square Park
Subway back to Times Square
Broadway Show

Day 3
Explore/See/Do:
Take the Subway
Arrive at Empire State Building at 8am
Walk to NY Public Library, Bryant Park
Grand Central Station
Walk to Bloomingdale’s
MoMA (closes at 5:30)
Walk to Lotte Palace Hotel
See St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Go to Top of the Rock
Walk or Subway back to Times Square
Broadway Show

Day 4
Good Morning America
Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour
Brooklyn Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour
Top of the Rock (night visit)

Day 5
Take Subway
Explore/See/Do:
Financial District
Trinity Church & St. Paul’s Chapel
Statue of Liberty
9/11 Memorial/Museum
One World Observatory
Oculus
Take Subway
Flat Iron Building
Macy’s
Subway back to Times Square
Broadway Show

Day 6
Today Show
Central Park Walking Tour
Columbus Circle
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Tour
Guggenheim Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Subway back to Times Square
Broadway Show

Day 7
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour
See anything else that missed or ran out of time for
Radio City Rockette’s

Day 8
Return Home


You’ll notice on my detailed itinerary that I throw in restaurant options for the areas that we will be in, but the only ones we truly stick to are those with reservations. You’ll also think, this is a TON to see! And it is. However, most of these things are buildings to pass by and see without venturing inside. Then if we take longer somewhere, I allow a day to go back to see things we missed or want to do again. I am more meticulous when planning a shorter itinerary, but with a long trip, you have more freedom to do allow leniency.

One Week in NYC An Itinerary | Statue of Liberty
One Week in NYC An Itinerary | 9/11 Memorial

As you can see, creating a NYC itinerary can be very tedious. However, hopefully this helps you create your own more easily. Remember, this is listed by location to give you more bang for your time. Also, don’t forget when you book a vacation with me, I take care of creating your entire itinerary based on your wants & needs! No need for you to sweat the work and research. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I will see you back later this week with more about NYC.

One Week in NYC An Itinerary | A visit to Central Park

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