If you're not from the city, finding your way through NYC can be confusing and scary! Luckily, If you're coming from below New York, I have your foolproof itinerary for a cheap, easy day in the city.
Parking in New York City is crazy and expensive. You’ll pay an arm and a leg for a parking spot and could pay up to $30 in bridge tolls. Thankfully, you don’t need to drive into the city to get there. Instead, save yourself $100 and enjoy a much easier and convenient route by parking in Newport, New Jersey at the Newport North Garage ($24/day). From there it is a very short walk to the PATH train which will take you over the Hudson River and drop you off right in front of your first stop, The 9/11 Museum (PATH MetroCard - $5.50 round trip).
Newport North Garage: 561 Washington Blvd, Downtown Jersey City, NJ 07208
2. (9/11 Museum)
The 9/11 museum is one of the more expensive stops in this itinerary at $26, but it’s worth every penny. My boyfriend and I took the guided audio tour and spent a total of 3 hours in the building. This was one of my favorite part of the trips and something everyone should do.
9/11 Museum: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007
3. Take A Walk Down 5th Ave
If you want to challenge yourself and hail a taxi be my guest, if not order an Uber! Tell your driver to drop you off at the Rockefeller center, especially if it's around the holidays. You can also take a walk down 5th Ave if they’re holiday window displays are up. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself near Carmine’s Italian restaurant, an incredibly romantic restaurant with large portions, decent pricing and normally, no reservations necessary. (dinner for 2, $65)
Carmines Italian Restaurant: 200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
4. Times Square
Once your bellies are full and you’re looking for one more activity to top off your NYC trip, take a right out of carmines and in a few hundred feet you’ll find yourself in the middle of times square. Enjoy the shops and the bustle of the city before hopping in a cab and returning to the PATH station!