City Guide: The Best Views of Manhattan

I am so excited to share my latest city guide series featuring New York City! I visited New York for my first time recently for a grand total of five days and I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend visiting in October because the weather is less hot, cold and extreme (although, I did experience a couple of east coast rain showers and we're talking, some serious rain) and the colors of the leaves are stunning. I soon discovered after staying in Times Square during my trip that New York City truly is the city that never sleeps. Coming from a smaller, sleepier city in comparison like Seattle, I felt overstimulated with how many people were out at all hours of the day and night and how much was going on around me.

Manhattan is filled with amazing shops, restaurants and hidden gems on every corner. I feel like I barely made a dent in the city and am already planning on making another trip back to see even more!

It's mind-blowing how large this city is and how many things are packed into the "city of dreams." It's almost overwhelming with how many skyscrapers, apartment complexes and buildings that are stacked on top of one another in the distance. To soak up the city, I recommend visiting the Top of the Rock and The Empire State Building if it's your first time visiting the city and if you're seeking a picturesque, 360-degree view of the city. 

PSA: If you're wanting to experience more of the must-see/tourist attractions, look into the New York City Explorer Pass. You have options of how many attraction "choices" you wish to visit and it alters the price, it's a great deal because it grants you access into multiple places and saves you money from buying tickets at each establishment. Some of the places we used our explorer passes? Empire State Building, the MOMA, Whitney Museum, Top of the Rock and the 9/11 memorial.