December 21, 2023

NYC Travel Diary

I couldn't let 2023 go by without sharing the details of my end-of-summer trip to NYC. It was spur of the moment and a complete delight - I highly recommend! My cousin and I traveled by Amtrak and I don't think I'll ever fly to NYC again. Especially if you're on a budget and wanting to spend your money on more important things (like food and shows), I definitely encourage you to take the train.

Now, before I jump into our itinerary, I have to warn you it is the ultimate millennial tourist line-up and I have zero regrets. We were only there for a few days and packed everything we could into every minute - while still allowing for an afternoon rest back at the hotel. There were a few things we didn't get around to - the 9/11 memorial, Chinatown, The Met - but, overall, we checked off everything.


Amtrak from Virginia to NYC // All Subway or walking in NYC

*perfectly located near Penn Station for arrival and departure on the train*


6:20 am - Train
3:30 pm - NYC!
4:00 pm - Hotel check-in
5:00 pm - Dinner in Times Square
Shopping around Times Square - Disney Store, souvenirs
10:00 pm - Nighttime bus tour of NYC

9:00 am - Left hotel and grabbed a croissant from a street cart
10:00 am - Taylor Swift exhibit at Museum of Arts & Design
11:00 am - Bloomingdale's
12:30 pm - Serendipity 3 for lunch and frozen hot chocolate
2:00ish pm - 5th Ave., The Plaza Hotel, Central Park
5:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (Broadway)

Afternoon things - Ralph's Coffee, St. Patrick's, Rockefeller Center, 
American Girl Store, FAO Schwartz
Dinner - a little Mexican place across from our hotel

Morning: Breakfast at Tick Tock Diner
10:00 am - Shopping at Stoney Clover and wandering around the West Village
Stopped at Milk Bar for a snack
3:00 pm - Once Upon a One More Time (Broadway)
Dinner: Bond 45
Walking around Times Square
Dessert: Junior's

Amtrak home at 5:00 am


I'm hoping to have my next NYC trip be during the holidays. There's nothing more magical than that!

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