New York City, NY

Gosh, I don’t even know how to begin to summarize our trip to NYC because we took advantage of every single minute we had in the Big Apple. We roamed the City That Never Sleeps for a solid 4 days and saw some of the best that Manhattan has to offer. In no specific order, we saw/experienced:

Central Park
Ellis Island*
Liberty Island*
Top of the Rock*
Rockefeller Plaza
The Today Show
Times Square
Grand Central Station
The Empire State Building*
The Metropolitan Museum of Art*
American Museum of Natural History*
The 9/11 Memorial Museum
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

*If you’re ever in NYC, I highly recommend you take advantage of CityPass. We bought the booklets before our trip and saved at least $100 visiting these attractions. (For a little bit of perspective: It cost $32 per person to visit the Empire State Building and the booklets cost us just $114 each)

(If it looks like we wore the same thing every day, we basically did. You don't get fancy when you're running around the city on your feet all day! We seriously averaged 23,000 steps a day and walked over 35 miles during our trip!)

Out of everything we saw, my favorite attractions were the Top of the Rock and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The Empire State Building had an incredible view for sure, but there was just something extra special about the Top of the Rock and being able to look across Manhattan and actually see The Empire State Building on one side and Central Park on the other. Plus, the entire time we were near 30 Rock, I kept expecting to see Tina Fey (wishful thinking, I know).

We decided the best way to describe the 9/11 Memorial was beautiful and haunting. I had no idea what to expect when we stepped foot on Ground Zero, but it is a very emotional experience for anyone who is old enough to remember that day in vivid detail. The museum itself takes guests below the memorial and you find yourself surrounded by some of the foundation of the original buildings. It’s so incredibly well done; you’ll linger in each room and read every word on every exhibit.

We ate/devoured/drank:

Shake Shack
Katz's Deli
Levain Bakery
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Magnolia Bakery
Mimi’s Pizza Kitchen
Boxkite Coffee
Flatiron Hall
Café 28

If you ask me what my favorite thing to eat in NYC was, of course I’m going to tell you it was the cupcakes. Weeks before the trip, Molly and I scouted bakeries and compared notes on where we wanted to nosh on sugary treats. I know a thing or two about frosting and I have to say, Sprinkles had the superior buttercream. I ordered vanilla on vanilla at both bakeries (I’m a creature of habit).

And major kudos to Dough and their willingness to experiment with flavors. The hibiscus doughnut was truly one of the most unique things I've ever eaten. The dried flowers were quite interesting, but the flavor blended really well with the tanginess of the icing.

Best NYC dining ambiance is easily awarded to the famous Katz's Deli. Bumping elbows with the people at the table next to you, pictures on the wall of famous people who have dined there, shouting orders across the busy meat counter, so much meat on your sandwich it's falling off the sidesawesome.

Molly and I planned to run in Central Park at least one day during our visit, but the logistics of getting there from our hotel were a bit harder to navigate than we thought, so we settled on running around Madison Square Park (about two blocks from our hotel on Broadway).

When we did finally get to Central Park (as a stop on our walk to the American Museum of Natural History), I did do a little bit of running. I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of running like Phoebe Buffay in Central Park.

I met a beautiful beagle boy named Tyler who’s mom was kind enough to let me pet him because I was desperately homesick for Joey after only one day. I pointed out every single dog during the entire trip and Clayton eventually got kind of annoyed and was like, “I don’t know why you seem surprised that they have dogs here.”

The entire trip was a lot to take in and I'm having a heck of a time organizing my photos. There are SO MANY! Here a few of my favorite snaps:

Overwhelmed by photos yet? Me too. I'll upload these and more to my Facebook page because it's much faster, but the additional photos will just be an elaboration on what's already posted here. (So if we're not Facebook friends, you still get the gist of it!)

It was quite the adventure and I'm already wondering, "Where to next?"


  1. Love this! I spent 4 days in NYC last summer and it was better than I expected and exhausting for sure! We went to a lot of the same places you did!


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