New York City: Travel Diary and Recommendations

Hi everyone!

I’m aware that I haven’t uploaded anything in a little while but I’ve been extremely busy over the last few weeks. However now that I’m back I’m so excited to start uploading regularly again!

A couple of weeks ago I went to New York for a few days. Even though we weren’t there for long we walked until we physically couldn’t walk any more and experienced so much more of the city than I could have ever expected. We did so much that I could literally write an entire post on what we did just before 9am on the first day! So, for that reason I’m going to go through a few of my personal favourite experiences along with some pictures and what I’d recommend for you to go and see!

Firstly, just to point out, we walked around the city for the majority of the time. Whilst this can eventually be tiring I would definitely recommend it. You get more of a true sense of the city and get to see things you can’t in a taxi or car. Also, attractions are a lot closer together than what it originally seemed, it’s definitely possible to do most of it on foot.


Okay so first of all we went to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center. We got there quite early so there was barely anyone else there. That made it even better as we could clearly experience all of the views (which might I add are the BEST views) without lots of other people around. Even though it was freezing it was actually a really lovely clear day so the views seemed to be at their optimum.



On the same morning we visited a couple of shops and then Ellen’s Stardust Diner for some brunch. It’s basically a Broadway show diner and I had heard things about it before (all amazing reviews) but it was nothing like I expected. It had such a cool, vintage vibe and all the performers were so talented, not to mention the waffles were delicious. They literally tasted like the doughnuts you get at a theme park but in waffle form?!


The 9/11 Memorial & Museum was a breath taking and intense experience. I learnt so much and walked out feeling completely different. Following this with the One World Observatory at the World Trade Center created even more of an impact of what we had just experienced at the museum. The views are crazy as you’re so high up, making the cars on the road look like ants.


Quite possibly my favourite part of New York was Central Park. We loved it so much we went and explored on the second day and then returned on the last day to have crepes whilst sitting on the rocks. It was so relaxing and if I couldn’t see all the high rise buildings surrounding the edge of the park I think I would have completely forgotten where I was. We also went on a horse and carriage ride through the park which was so lovely and relaxing and I would 100% recommend (as long as you don’t mind strangers taking pictures of you as you go past!).



TIMES SQUARE. We were fortunate to have our hotel right in Times Square so we experienced it so many times each day. It’s like nothing I have ever seen before and is just as amazing at night and day. I would definitely try to experience both if possible.


Even though I could go on for so much longer I’ll just list a couple of other things which I would definitely recommend:

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not – even though I’ve already been to the London one it was such a fun thing to do!
  • Serendipity 3
  • Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s
  • M&M World (again, already been to the London one), Dylan’s Candy Bar – both just fun things to quickly do!
  • Grand Central Station (such beautiful design and architecture)


If you’ve made it this far through this mammoth guide then thank you, props to you. I just didn’t want to miss out on anything amazing! Also, for more pictures from the trip head over to my Instagram @georgia_leece

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

G, x


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