Travel Guide: 5 Days in NYC


For our 2 year wedding anniversary, my husband and I spent a week in the Big Apple. We love site-seeing and packing in as much as we can when we travel. I have been to New York as a teenager, and it was my husband's first time, so we scheduled all the highlights into our trip! We've put together a list of all the highlights from our trip- perfect for any "first-timers"!

Below is a list of my top 8 must-sees!


1. Hotel: Row NYC

We LOVED staying at the Row. It was modern and stylish, was right off of Times Square, and had incredible views. We booked our flight and hotel together through Expedia, and our hotel averaged out to about $120/night- which for New York is incredible! I was nervous that we were going to be disappointed when we arrived, but instead I was pleasantly surprised and loved it even more than the pictures! It also has a restaurant/coffee shop attached to it, so if we ever needed an espresso or morning donut, we were covered.


2. Sunday Brunch at the River Cafe

The River Cafe is right on the Hudson in Brooklyn with incredible views of the city. It's $50 a person for Sunday brunch and requires a reservation. It's very fancy, with white tablecloths and a man in a tux playing live piano. I wore a dress and Josh wore slacks if you are curious about what to wear. The experience is just as great as the food. Yes, those are gold-dusted pancakes!


3. Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)

Top of the Rock- the best view in New York! I had been to the Empire State Building before, and actually enjoyed the views from Top of the Rock better. As silly as it is, we invested in a selfie stick and it really paid off! We waited for about 45 minutes, and spent about an hour at the Top!


4. Biking and Canoeing in Central Park

Day 4 was spent in Central Park! We rented bikes and hit the trails, which always seems like a much more romantic idea in my head ha! It's definitely a work out with lots of hills and not to mention people, but it's a great way to see the park. So many great views! We stumbled upon canoeing, which is one of our favorite memories from the trip! The canoeing is $15 for a canoe for one hour ($30 required, then they give you $15 back when you are done)- which we thought was a such a great price for such a unique experience! We canoed at about 4pm and didn't have to wait at all.


5. Yankees Game

A New York classic!


6. Shopping on 5th Avenue

A trip to NYC isn't complete without a stroll down 5th Ave- for the ladies at least! As for the ice cream, I had see Momofoku on instagram, and wanted to try it. Their famous ice cream is cereal milk, and it tasted just like it! It's right off of 5th so it's a nice treat to stop and test those shopping feet. 5th Ave has a great mix of nice stores like Prada, Gucci, etc. and also the lower end stores like Zara, H&M, and more.


7. Times Square

We saw Times Square every day because we stayed so close, but it's a must see if you stay anywhere else! There's so many people at all times of the day and night, and has such a fun energy. The top left image is of the Theatre District. We saw "An American in Paris" as our first Broadway show. It was very classic with lots of dancing. It was good, but we would've chosen a more modern show if we had to do it over! 


8. Serendipity 3

We went to Serendipity on our last night in New York, and because we went around 11pm, we got right in! You MUST get the frozen hot chocolate, and watching clips from the movie Serendipity doesn't hurt either :) 


Check out the other guides and let me know in the comments if you try out anything mentioned! Would love to hear about your travels! 

Personal, TravelEmily Wells