New York : 5 Days Itinerary In The Big Apple

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray 
Right through the very heart of it, New York, New York.

Who doesn’t know this song. Oh New York. The city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle where dreams are made. I have always dreamed of living the New York experience and I finally did it !

As it was my first trip to NYC, I really wanted to visit all the famous attractions. I had 5 full days to spend in the city and I wanted to make the most of it.

In this post, you will find the itinerary that I follow. A 5 days Itinerary that cover the most famous attractions of the city, perfect if you plan a first trip in the Big Apple.

Want to leave with me ! Let’s go !

Day 1

Central Park & the neighborhood

I was very lucky with the weather during my visit in New York. Not too hot, Not too cold, but a beautiful sun hiding behind the clouds. I took this opportunity to chill a little time in Central Park. This park is so huge, it is so big that it was impossible for me to see every treasure this park is hiding.

Central Park


After spending all the morning chilling in Central Park, I visited the neighborhood. I was so excited to see the Plaza, this place is so famous and who doesn’t remember the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in which the young Kevin try to convince the staff at the Plaza Hotel into renting him a room using his father ‘s credit card. But unfortunately for me, staying at the Plaza was not an option, still a bit too expensive for my wallet.


Day 2

Time Square

Time Square is one of the most famous place in The Big apple and also one of the most crowded. Prepare to be a bit oppressed, because day and night this square is always full of people. It is also one of the best place to do some shopping and buy souvenirs what I for sure did. And don’t hesitate to chill in the streets and go a little bit further to make much more good deals.


The top of the Rock & The Empire State Bulding 

If there one touristic activity you surely have to do when visiting New York is the Top of the rock or the Empire state Building or even both. I did both and I really don’t regret it even if the tickets are a bit expensive to just get a view of the city, 32$ each entry (but don’t worry I am working on a post that will help you to make your trip to New York cheaper).

The view on the city you get from these two tops is magic and you can’t leave without enjoying this view. Those two attractions were my favorites so far, and you will see in the following pictures that I even met a new friends on the top of one of them.

Day 3

Little Italy & Chinatown

As a proud Italian, I couldn’t visit NYC without hanging out in Little Italy. I was a bit surprise because I though that the neighborhood was much bigger, but apparently when the Chinese immigration spread in the city, they started to occupy some of the streets of the Italian neighborhood and Italians immigrants move to orders districts. Nowadays, This is mainly on Mulberry Street that you will be able to feel the Italian vibes.


Chinatown is very exotic compared to the rest of Manhattan. I’ve never been to China, but this is exactly who I imagine it, food everywhere, fish merchant, small cheap shops (not the best choice if you are looking for quality), hundreds of colorful signs and old Chinese people playing mahjong or other Chinese game in the park.  Some people told me it was possible to discover Chinatown through a guided walk with an experienced guide, with the advantage that he will probably tell you the neighborhood’s history and current interesting facts.


Day 4

World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Founded by the September 11th Families Association in order to commemorate the lives lost in this tragic event, the 9/11 Tribute Center is a meaningful and poignant attraction.


Wall Street

Not my favorite part of New York to be honest, but still very impressive and historically interesting. When I visit this Area it was 10 am and there was nobody in the streets that made the tour even more impressive.


The Brookling Bridge

For sure one of my favorite places in the city. This Bridge is legendary and I was so excited to cross it. To be honest, I even did it four times. The view on the city from the bridge is stunning and just for that it’s worth it.

Day 5

Lady Liberty & Ellis Island 

I was quite surprised by the size of Lady Liberty. When you see the statue on tv or pictures, it seems pretty big, but in reality it is not, I admit it I was a bit disappointed ! Haha ! But it doesn’t matter, as Lady Liberty is very beautiful and it is a must see.


As I just had a couple of days in New York and so many things to see, I was not sure whether I could make it to Ellis Island. To tell you the truth, I had to choose between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island And when I saw the amount of tourists who were in line for the visit, I just decided to not go on the top of the statue and to head to Ellis Island.

The Island was the main entrance of immigrants arriving in the United States. Nowadays, it houses the Immigration Museum.  The museum offers the chance to explore the heritage of Americans. I found it very interesting, for me it is a must do.


If you have some time left, pass by Battery park city. I didn’t have the opportunity to visit this district, but lots of people told me it is really worth doing.

Did you enjoy this post, then I am sure you will be interested by these other posts:

10 Tips to visit New York on a budget 

10 things I regret I haven’t done in New York 

Feel free also to leave me comments or messages if you have any good address or suggestions on what to do in the Big Apple, I will keep them for my next trip. Thanks !


Sandra, The Travelling Brunette

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  1. 06/13/2016 / 21 h 15 min

    Wow – it looks like you had an amazing adventure in NY! Your photos are stunning. I’ve never ventured to the top of the Empire State Building (for fear of heights), so it was really cool to see the photos taken from up there.

  2. 06/13/2016 / 23 h 39 min

    New York was my dreaming destination for a very long time! I’d love to go back after all these years… Still in my heart <3

  3. 06/14/2016 / 1 h 16 min

    I’ve been on a short trip to NYC before but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to go to Central Park, which is a real shame! Your pictures make me want to hop on a plane and head right back there 🙂

  4. 06/14/2016 / 13 h 21 min

    I love New York my grandparents live there and its the one place I will always love since childhood.

  5. 06/14/2016 / 15 h 36 min

    My 7 day itinerary was very similar to yours. I think I preferred the top of the rock to empire state just because of the view over central park! and it didnt have the wire mesh ruining the view! Sounds like you had a great trip. Isn’t central park the best place?!

  6. 06/15/2016 / 5 h 39 min

    Looks like such an amazing trip! I visited NYC a few years ago and it was the trip of a lifetime but I feel like I barely saw the city because its so big. I want to go back and just wander.

  7. 06/16/2016 / 5 h 47 min

    Those buildings and those views are amazing. We have never been to NY but have family up there, in Buffalo. We want to eventually roadtrip up there, I think the kids would love it, a little change from the beachy life here.

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