Post # 1
I want some ‘insider’ info. Fi and I are going to SF and NYC in two weeks, and we want to know what the ‘must-do/must-see’ things are. I’m super excited about our trip, but kind of lost as to where to begin planning. We will be in each city for 3 days.
I’m from South Africa, and it will be my first time visiting America
Post # 2
The High Line park in NYC is really neat! It’s built on an abandoned rail road track that used to run above the streets. If you’re thinking of going up the Empire State Building, try doing “Top of the Rock” at the Rockafeller Building. I’ve been twice and the line was short/quick both times and once you’re at the top, the view is amazing! I haven’t done the Empire State Building, but apparently Top of the Rock as better views. NBC is also locted there and you might spot a celeb! I saw Eva Longoria last April on my way in. Central Park is nice but I’ve noticed it’s super busy by 5th Ave & W 59th St (near the zoo, The Plaza Hotel, all the big shops on 5th) but other parts aren’t as crowded. Although I do like that part because it’s where I got engaged and it seems like its been in a lot of movies and tv shows!
Post # 3
gonatgo: Awesome! Will definitely check out Top of the Rock. Thanks for the reply
Post # 4
RoxiB4b3: I live in NYC:
places you should see:
top of one of the buildinga as suggested by a PP
Statue of Liberty
museum of natural history
SoutH Street seaport
Macy’s 34th St
shopping: Soho, 5th Ave, 34th st, Chinatown
there are plenty of tours and things people will try and sell you
If you can get over to Brooklyn there’s the waterfront and Williamsurg for bars/restaurants
Post # 5
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Oooh Dominique Ansel bakery in Soho is awesome! I suggest getting some dessert there then strolling thru the north end of Central Park. The north end seems way less crowded to me. A free way to get great views of the Statue of Liberty is to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Make sure to merge to the right and get on the upper deck when everyone is boarding. Use the train to get where you need to go – it’s only $2.75 each way as opposed to the outrageous price of taxis. Also, be wary about the taxi you take from the airport to your hotel. I got charged $98 to travel from JFK to Times Square because I hopped in the first cab I saw. A more reasonable rate would be around $60 for an airport taxi for 2 people.
In SF, I really enjoyed Fisherman’s Warf. SF’s Chinatown is really awesome too. I suggest finding a hole in the wall place to eat. That’s what I did several days in a row and I was never disappointed. Take a jacket with you to SF, it’s pretty mild year round and when it gets windy it can be quite chilly! I went in July and used my jacket every day.
Post # 6
Fisherman’s wharf and Chinatown are definitely big tourist attractions. Natives usually dislike going there, but if you want to scratch the surface they’re worth checking out. Also Ghiradelli square (near fisherman’s wharf), the mission district (burritos are a must!), and perhaps Golden Gate Park (Japanese tea garden and de Young Museum) and the Presidio. Other smaller areas are Japantown, Haight and Ashbury streets, the view of the city from Bernal Heights… I could go on. Being a member of the LGBT community, I also value the historical significance of the Castro, but it’s not for everyone I suppose. Hope you enjoy your trip!