Visiting New York In 7 Days: The Ultimate Itinerary

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Planning a weeklong trip to New York City? Take a look at our handcrafted itinerary, created just for you by our New York experts. It includes all NYC must-dos for a first-time visit and enough exciting and breathtaking experiences to leave you with unforgettable memories and the wish to come back as soon as possible!

Day 1, Friday: Manhattan City Tour, Statue of Liberty and Speakeasies

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Start your vacation right with a “New York, New York” City tour to explore the best of Manhattan and get familiar with you new home for the next 7 days . Scope out the neighborhoods that you’d like to explore later on in the week. After grabbing a bite to eat Downtown take a tour of the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Museum. You will get the chance to see both America’s most famous national monument up-close and personal as well as the Museum of Immigration, “America’s Gate” for over 12 million immigrants. Later in the evening grab some drinks at one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars. If you are looking for a full New York City nightlife experience, book a Rooftop & Speakeasy Tour.


Day 2, Saturday: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Broadway


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Since you have already taken the typical Manhattan tour, today it is time to head off the beaten path and into the outer boroughs of New York City. Explore the most of the city on a Triboro tour, where you will discover the best of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. End your afternoon in the bright and bustling Times Square for some picturesque moments, then head to the Theatre District for a classy dinner and a Broadway show.



Day 3, Sunday: Harlem Gospel and Midtown Views


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Attend an authentic Sunday morning service in Harlem on a Harlem Gospel Tour. In the afternoon, visit Midtown, where you can obtain extensive views of the city-scope at the Top of The Rock Observatory at the Rockefeller Center. Stroll down 5th Avenue to find shopping venues, museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), landmarks such as the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The New York Public Library and Grand Central Station. Later, make your way to Washington Square Park, where you should snag a bench to take in the sunset amongst live street performers and artists. Spend your night in Greenwich Village, circulated with hip bars and trendy restaurants. You will be sure to find live music and comedy on every corner, and often times great happy hour deals that fade deep into the night.


Day 4, Monday: Bikes, Boats, and Jazz 


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Use your morning to explore the most of what Brooklyn has to offer on a Brooklyn Walking Tour. After exploring Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO, grab some wood-fired pizza pies for lunch to experience the New York pizza everyone has been talking about. Later on, bike the Brooklyn Bridge  back to Downtown Manhattan, where you may want to visit the Brookfield Place, the 9/11 Memorial and the One World Observatory for sunset. Book a Dinner Cruise with Live Jazz Music to top off the night with amazing views, a great atmosphere, and jazzy tunes.



Day 5, Tuesday: The Empire State Building, the Highline and Meatpacking District


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Spend your morning in Midtown, starting with a tour of the Empire State BuildingNext, visit the iconic Flatiron Building before strolling through Madison Square Park, where there are often live music performers and street art vendors. For lunch, enjoy Italian cuisine at Eataly, and then make your way down to Union Square. In the afternoon discover The High Line in Chelsea for relaxing stroll above the city streets. If you’re looking for a more intensive experience, opt for the High Line and Chelsea Market Walking Tour and let a local guide show you around Chelsea, the High Line, Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market and SoHo. End your night with a nice dinner and a few drinks in hip and trendy Meatpacking District.



Day 6, Wednesday: Central Park, History, Cookies, and Comedy

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Begin your day with a bike ride through Central Park. Whether you are looking to rent a bike for a few hours, or want a more structured bike tour, Central Park will be a pleasant way to spend your morning. Find lunch on the Upper West Side: go to Shake Shack at 366 Columbus Ave if you’ve never had their burgers, they are among our favorites. And then go to the American Museum of Natural History. Then, you have to try the mouthwatering, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery. End your night with some laughs at a stand up comedy or improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in either Hell’s Kitchen or the East Village. If you can’t get into a free show, prices are always affordable ranging anywhere from $1 to $12 USD. Another idea to spend a great last night in New York would be to see a Knicks game at the Madison Square Garden. You’ll be as mesmerized and entertained by the game itself as by the shows between each quarter.



Day 7, Thursday: Aerial Views and Shopping in SoHo


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End your week stay in New York City on a high note, I mean real high- take a Helicopter tour for unmatchable views of the city. After, explore Williamsburg and the brand new Domino Park before spending the rest of your day in the Soho and Nolita neighborhoods for the best shopping, food and drinks. Check out Black Tap for gourmet burgers and incredibly unique and ‘gram-worthy milkshakes.


Although it may be hard to see everything that the city has to offer, a jam-packed visit to New York in 7 days allows you to see a lot of the city in many different perspectives. Consider buying a New York CityPASS: make a single payment for this booklet and receive countless discounts to enjoy many famous attractions. The discounts are valid for 9 days once used, so you will have plenty of flexibility and the chance to do it all while saving up to 40% on all total retail prices. Also, if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on or contact us at

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