New York is divided into five districts, and if you only have three days to visit, I recommend you focus your stay only in Manhattan. Because this is where the main attractions, shops, hotels and restaurants are located.
The other four districts (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island) also have its attractions, such as the famous Queens church choirs, but Manhattan is more than enough to make your trip unforgettable.
To know the main attractions in just three days begin dividing the island into three parts: Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan and Upper East & West Side.
Here it is the Manhattan Road Map for your 3 days in the city:
Day 1 – Lower Manhattan
To avoid queues, start your day at Battery Park, where you can buy your ticket to the ferry that takes you to Liberty Island (where is the Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Island (where is the Immigration Museum). At the entrance of the park, be sure to see the Sphere, bronze sculpture of 22 tons of Fritz Koenig, which stood between the towers of the World Trade Center and now serves as a memorial to the victims of the attacks of 11 September. The traditional ferry boat is worth it to know more American history in the Immigration Museum and take in classic photos of the city’s most famous landmark, the Statue of Liberty.
-Exiting the park, go to Broadway on foot and meet the Financial District. There are few blocks and incredible architecture of this oldest part of the city makes it worth the walk. Pass by the famous Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica, Wall Street is the heart of the financial center of New York and the world, at Federal Hall National Monument, site of the first capitol of the country, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States in 1789, Trinity Church is historic church hidden among the skyscrapers of the city, to arrive at Ground Zero where the Twin Towers once stood and where now stands the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which is obligatory visit since 2011.
-Then go well with a walk down Broadway and pass the Woolworth Building, building height of 242m what was once the world’s tallest until the construction of the Chrysler Building in 1929. Follow up to the City Hall, the prefecture of NY, and the Civic Center, police headquarters and other government agencies. From there you will be close to the famous Brooklyn Bridge, first suspension bridge in the world made of steel, inaugurated in 1883, with 1.6 miles going over the East River.
-If you still have time, meet the South Street Seaport, a traditional neighborhood in a square of 12 blocks on the shores of the East River. The main highlights are the Pier 17, a mall with incredible views of the East River on the terrace, the South Street Seaport Museum, with historic vessels and a museum featuring the history of the port, and the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, monument to the 1513 victims of the Titanic which sank in 1912.
-Between Lower and Midtown Manhattan are some neighborhoods that may be worth another screenplay: Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo.
Day 2 – Midtown Manhattan
-Start your day by 5th Avenue (between 50th and 51st streets) in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest U.S. Catholic cathedral which was consecrated in 1879. Then go down the 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Center important urban center of Manhattan with more than a hundred works of Artdeco. The main attractions are: G.E. Building (You can climb to the Rainbow Room restaurant on the 65th floor to enjoy the view), Ice-Skating Rink (open only in winter, from October to April) Radio City Music Hall (which was once the largest theater in the world at its founding in 1932), Top of the Rock (the three observatories of floors 67, 69 and 70. You can have a 360 º view of NY, highlighting the incredible views of Central Park).
- Follow down the Madison Avenue turn left on 42nd street and meet the Grand Central Terminal, scenery of countless American movies. The main attraction is the grandeur of the main hall, but be sure to visit the shops and restaurants on the ground floor. In the next block of 42th street is the famous Chrysler Building, Two blocks later, at the corner of 2nd Avenue, is the Daily News Building, and three blocks above at 45th Street and 1st Avenue, is the United Nations Headquarters (UN) where there is a guided tour of 45 minutes. Returning for 42th street, meaning the 5th Avenue is the New York Public Library. The white marble building is to impress as well as the Main Reading Room and items from the collection (such as a letter of Christopher Columbus in 1493, and the first edition of the works of William Shakespeare, 1623). It is worthwhile!
- Six blocks down on 5th Avenue and 34th Street, is the Empire State Building, a symbol of the city of NY. The observatories are the 86th and 102nd floors, and the tip is getting near the time of sunset, which will make this experience unforgettable. Following the 34th street until you come to Broadway in the Macy’s, which is said to the largest department store in the world, and a block later, on 7th Avenue, you will see the Madison Square Garden home of basketball teams Knicks and Liberty, and host of varied attractions.
- So that evening, climb up Broadway to Times Square and hold your breath. A luminous huge, live transmission on giant screens the size of buildings, huge stores, restaurants … all in gigantic scale American! Hold a little willingness to jump in one of these stores and check out the booth of the TKTS (Broadway and 47th Street) and buy tickets to Broadway shows with up to 50% discount (for sessions on the same day). After all enjoy and take LOTS of pictures!
Day 3 – Upper East & West Side
-The Central Park certainly deserves a day of travel but considering that you have little time, I’ll put here a road map with the main attractions of Upper Manhattan. Start at the south of the park, on the corner of 59th Street to 5th Avenue. Cross the park diagonally by Park North Drive, knows the Pond, the Ice Rink the Wildlife Center and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, until arriving at Strawberry Fields, already on the west side of the park, a tribute to John Lennon. Exit the park near 72nd Street and meet the Dakota Building, where he lived and was murdered in 1980.
- Above five blocks from Central Park West, at 77th Street, is the American Museum of Natural History. There are four floors with over 36 million specimens and cultural artifacts. Do not miss the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a planetarium with a virtual tour of 30 minutes in the Milky Way.
- Now go back to the Central Park and traverse to the east side of the park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The striking facade is on 5th Avenue and 82nd Street, and the collection of more than two million items (of which 100 thousand in view) have 5000 years of art history.
- If you still have time and energy, I suggest two options: back to the Central Park and see the area around the Reservoir and the North quadrant of the park, or take the 5th Avenue to the Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of modern architecture with one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art that exist in the world.
This was a road map focused on ensuring you know the heart of New York, with the main sights. Three days of great hiking (remember it is not worth one iota’s worth renting a car here) Metro and classic photos! Among a halt and another you will cross with excellent restaurants and the best shopping. My advice is that you research well before boarding to ensure that it will invest your time in its best!