New York City. The Big Apple. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
On Christmas Eve I returned home from my first ever trip to the City that never sleeps. I knew it would be an incredible trip, but I didn’t realise just how incredible it was going to be, to the point it has completely changed my outlook and motivated me to make 2019 the best year yet.
With the help of NYC Go, I planned the perfect first time trip and managed to cram in so much over 5 days, without feeling too rushed or overwhelmed. I will be sharing all the details from my trip throughout the next few weeks, including top tips and tricks when it comes to flights, accommodation and expereinces. During the upcoming weeks, if there is anything in particular you would like to know or more information on, do let me know and I’ll try my best to answer.
Our first day started off in Times Square, where I experienced my first ever McDonald’s breakfast! Sausage McMuffins eaten, we made our way a little further down the street to Madame Tussauds.
On the day we were visiting, the attraction opened at 10am, but as we had our New York Pass, we were admitted an hour earlier at 9am, meaning it was super quiet and could spend plenty of time snapping pictures.
Voted one of New York City’s most unique attractions, Madame Tussauds allows you to get up close and personal with some of your favourite A-listers, sports legends and royals.
We must’ve spent at least an hour in the first room with Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, trying to get the perfect selfie.
One of my favourite bits of Madame Tussauds was the Ghostbusters section. It took us a good five minutes or so to muster up the courage to go in as we were convinced there would be things jumping out. I think we must have made the guy who was working in that area’s day, as we walked in, jumped out of our skin at the fog, screamed and ran out. Eventually, we made it through!!!
Making our way to the heart of Times Square, we headed to the popular red steps, which have been featured in many blockbuster hits including Spider-Man.
We spent a while taking some snaps for the ‘gram and then made the short walk to the Rockefeller Center to experience the spectacular views from the Top of the Rock observatory deck.
You go into the building to get your tickets, where you can either request a time or get tickets for thr next available slot. Keeping everything organised, visits to the top are in 15 minute slots, ensuring there aren’t too many people at one time and you get the most out of your visit.
Once we got our tickets, which were for the next slot about 10 minutes later, we joined the queue outside.
At 12:45pm, we were let into the building with the rest of our group and were guided up to the security department where our bags were scanned and we went through a detector, similar to the security process at an airport.
After security checks, we waited in another queue for the lift to the 67th floor, which takes 45 seconds to reach the top. The lift ride itself was very interactive, with a video explaining a little about the history of the Rockefeller Center.
Once we reached the top, I was absolutely blown away by the amazing view. Miles and miles of the City could be seen and if it isn’t a cloudy day, you’re able to see right across to New Jersey.
The Rockefeller Center is the 22nd tallest building in New York City, so being that high up and still having buildings tower above us was such a strange feeling!
After making our way back down on the ground, we left the building via the infamous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, an inconic sight that has been on my bucket list for many, many years.
We decided to grab some lunch from a street vendor before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.
As soon as we had booked our trip to New York, we bought tickets to see Mean Girls on Broadway, a show we knew we had to go and see.
The show is currently running at the August Wilson Theatre and we managed to secure tickets on the second row.
I have published a full review of Mean Girls, but for now, I’ll just let you know that it was sooooo fetch and I really want to see it again…and again.
After Mean Girls, we decided on the Hard Rock Café for dinner.
Chicken tenders and Mountain Dew consumed, we spent a while enjoying the live music. It was such an incredible vibe as we still felt the excitement of the theatre trip and were singing along to the live artist who started playing British hits such as Wonderwall and Angels once he realised we were from England.
Hopping on the subway back to the hotel, sleep was well deserved after such a busy first day. Still beaming from the rush of the City, we wanted to make sure we were well-rested as this was only the beginning of what would be such a jam-packed trip of a lifetime!