New York City One-Week Itinerary

New York City One-Week Itinerary

New York City is packed with iconic attractions and a long list of must-see sights. Trying to plan a New York City One-Week Itinerary can be a daunting task – but no need to worry: we’ve done the hard work for you! Our New York City One-Week Itinerary includes all the major highlights and a few hidden gems. Our itinerary is packed; if hard-core sightseeing isn’t appealing, simply eliminate some of the activities to make it better suit you. We included a range of activities from budget to expensive – so, again, choose what fits your style of travel. Our food and drink suggestions are based on places we have actually visited. We’ve included a massive number of links – to maps, restaurants, sights and neighborhoods – to help in your sightseeing planning and adventures. Have fun! 

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Lower Manhattan

New York City One-Week Itinerary:

Day 1 – Midtown

Iconic NYC buildings, Times Square, Theater


Tips for Day 1 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary

  • Empire State Building or Top of the Rock: For the sake of time (and money), choose between going to the top of the Empire State Building (ESB) OR Top of the Rock (ToTR) at Rockefeller Center. The cost is about the same and long lines should be expected at both. Going to the top of the ESB is truly iconic, but we actually preferred the views from ToTR where we could see the Empire State Building – as well as a view over Central Park. Use this article on ESB vs ToTR to help you decide. 
  • Tips on What to Eat and Drink
    • Get into the New York spirit and try some ‘street meat’ – those are street vendors selling hot dogs…and they are actually quite delicious. 
    • For a meal with some history, try the seafood at Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, which has been around since 1913. 
    • Times Square is filled with restaurants – many of them classic American food chains, like Red Lobster and TGI Fridays. but there are heaps of other options, too. A local chain restaurant, The Heartland Brewery, brews and serves their own craft beers. Check out the complete list of restaurants in Times Square
    • If Times Square is too busy and chaotic for your eating pleasure, consider detouring out of the immediate area to one of these less-touristy restaurants near Times Square
  • Map – A link to Google Maps for Day 1 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary


Day 2 – Central Park and Upper West Side

Nature, Museum and Neighborhoods


Tips for Day 2 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary

  • Distance – Day 2 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary covers a lot of ground – more than 10 miles. Consider using the subway to get around if the walking is too much. For a more relaxed day, eliminate one of the activities. 
  • Tips on What to Eat and Drink
    • There are many restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen, but we suggest indulging in pizza. Sacco Pizza is a Hell’s Kitchen institution – and their pizzas are phenomenal! 
    • Valhalla is a local bar with lots of beers on tap.
    • For a bar with a view, head to the Sky Terrace at the Hudson New York Central Park hotel. The rooftop bar features stunning views and is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset over the city.
  • MAP – A link to Google Maps for Day 2 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary


Day 3 – Lower Manhattan

One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Chinatown, Little Italy


Tips for Day 3 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary

  • Statue of Liberty or Staten Island Ferry: Choose between visiting the Statue of Liberty – or simply getting close to it with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. While a visit to the Statue of Liberty seems essential, it is costly and to go inside, it must be planned in advance. The Staten Island Ferry, however, is free and provides great views of Lady Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline. 
  • Tips on What to Eat and Drink
    • There are many delis in Lower Manhattan where you can grab a sandwich to go. 
    • For dinner, choose to either eat in Chinatown or Little Italy – depending on your preference. 
    • For after dinner drinks, sip on wine al fresco in Little Italy and soak up the charm of the neighborhood.
  • MAP – A link to Google Maps for Day 3 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary
    • Rather than walking from the Charging Bull statue to Chinatown, take the #4 subway from Bowling Green Station to Canal Street. 


Day 4 – Midtown Neighborhoods

Soho, Nolita, East Village, Greenwich Village, Chelsea


Tips for Day 4 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary

  • Shopping – There are unique stores sprinkled throughout these Midtown neighborhoods. Bring a lightweight, foldable shopping bag with you to carry all of your purchases! 
  • Tips on What to Eat and Drink
    • These neighborhoods are filled with restaurants and bars! Find one with a lot of people; crowds mean the food is good!
    • Since you are starting the day in Soho, swing by Dominique Ansel Bakery and join the queue for the cronut craze.
    • We think a stop for a beer (or two!) at McSorley’s Ale House is essential. 
    • For dinner, there are many places near (and in) the Chelsea Market. For a casual meal, try Bill’s Bar and Burgers. For something a little nicer, head to The Standard Grill
  • MAP – A Link to Google Maps for Day 4 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary


Day 5 – Museums and the Upper East Side

Museums, Tramway and Roosevelt Island

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Central Park

Tips for Day 5 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary


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Day 6 – Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens


Tips for Day 6 of our New York City One-Week Itinerary


Day 7 – Shopping and Sports


Notes on our New York City One-Week Itinerary:

Where To Stay:

During our visit to New York city, we stayed at the Hudson New York Central Park hotel and in this awesome Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many hotels to choose from in the city center. Check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip:

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Before You Go

  • Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving. If relying on mobile app maps, carry your charger with you; it’s common to ask bar staff for an outlet to charge your device.
  • We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.

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10 thoughts on “New York City One-Week Itinerary

  1. Deanna Hall

    I’ve been to New York a few times and always found plenty to do. Really liked different Broadway shows. Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge a few times. Found some really good ice cream on the other side. Really liked the American Museum of Natural History. The 9/11 Memorial is a must.

  2. Wow, I’m heading to New York for a couple of weeks and I was worried I’d end up bored being in the one place for all that time. After reading this it doesn’t seem likely! Thanks for all the tips. I’ll be there for the 4th of July too! Can’t wait for the fireworks 🙂

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