The Tourist’s Guide to New York City: Where to Wander in NYC

Some of my favorite parts of our trip were the days we didn’t have a set plan. I like taking my time, wandering around, so I put together my list of whereto wander in NYC. This is still a post for tourists, but for those who don’t like tours or set schedules (but if you do, click here!). Our trip had a decent balance of both, but these days were the best!

Where to Wander in NYC

Brunch in Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock

My sister and I really wanted to see the inflatable art statue of the seated ballerina in Rockefeller Center by Jeffrey Koons. First we made a stop and went to the Top of the Rock. It was cloudy that day, but it was still a great view! Afterwards, we went to brunch at Rock Center Cafe, and even though it was raining, we had the perfect view of the sculpture!

Where to Wander in NYC

Where to Wander in NYC

Where to Wander in NYC

Where to Wander in NYC

The Met- Commes Des Garcons Exhibit

I was a huge Gossip Girl fan (still am, I have all of the DVDs!), so I love the thought of sitting on the Met steps and eating yogurt. I don’t even like yogurt, but tha’s not the point. I am actually not a museum person but I do love art museums, especially costume exhibits. When I saw that the Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garcons exhibit and the Irving Penn exhibit were there I knew I could spend all day there! Since it was raining we were looking for an indoor activity anyways, so I got to explore!

Walk Down Fashion Ave

We just happened upon this street accidentally, but it turned out to be a great part of our walk to Chelsea Pier!

Where to Wander in NYC

Walk Down Wall Street

This was something really cool to see, especially so quiet on the weekend. The only recommendation I would have would be to get there really early if you want a photo with or of the Bull/Fearless Girl. We definitely did not do that and it was a mob scene.

Where to Wander in NYC

9/11 Memorial and Museum

I don’t even know what to write about this one except that it was a really emotional experience. It was a really strange feeling actually remembering the event, whereas most museums seem so old and the history in them is before my time. The last time I was in NYC with my family, the tower wasn’t finished, so I’m really glad we went this time.

Where to Wander in NYC

Where to Wander in NYC

This part of our trip was really great to wander around and explore these aspects of NYC that are must-visits for tourists. Definitely bring your walking shoes, and a rain coat because you’ll be outside a lot, especially now, knowing where to wander in NYC!



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  • Reply Amanda

    Love all your tips and suggestions for NYC. I visit pretty frequently and it’s always good to have a few more ideas of things to do!

    xo, Amanda

    July 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Bella B (xoxoBella)

    I love nyc, I was just there a couple weeks ago!

    July 3, 2017 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I absolutely love visiting New York! There is so much to do and never enough time to do it in!!

    xo, Laura

    July 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Jessica Sheppard

    Planning a trip to NYC can be quite a daunting task, so I love that you broke it down! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

    July 4, 2017 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Ashley

    I hope to visit NYC soon! I’ve never been and it’s at the top of my travel bucket list!

    July 4, 2017 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Lacey

    I love NYC! Looks like you had a great time!

    xo Lacey

    July 5, 2017 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Ashley Hargrove

    I love NYC!! I haven’t been in years and think its about time for a visit soon!

    July 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Sara

    I love all of the travel guide posts you do! These are great recs and looks like you had a great time in the Big Apple!

    xo, Sara

    July 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply January Hart

    Can’t wait to get back to NYC in Sept! Looks like you had a fun time!

    July 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Nataly

    Great guide! I can’t wait to visit NYC!

    July 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
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