This is an outline of the 9-day adventure through the heart of New York's best known borough.
- Begin at: Penn Central Station or LaGuardia, JFK or Newark airports.
Manhattan Island Itinerary: 10 days
- Day 1. ARRIVAL IN MANHATTAN
Grab your bags, hail a cab and go find your accommodation. Wow! You're really in New York. Stretch your legs and find a cafe or restaurant for a well-deserved meal.
- Day 2. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
We get a 7 day rail pass which is probably New York's best value purchase, and then spend the morning at Gracie Mansion, then visit Grand Central Terminal and take in a tour of the Lincoln Centre.
- Day 3. WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
This morning we head out to visit the modern Whitney. Walking along Lexington Avenue, you can see all the fashion stores. The Whitney has a range of eclectic artists' work on display.
- Day 4. CENTRAL PARK & STATEN ISLAND FERRY
We stock-up on supplies from the local deli before walking to Central Park to visit this unbelievably immense parkland in the middle of Manhattan. Then the subway to Battery Park and a rush to catch the Staten Island Ferry, which takes us past the Statue of Liberty.
- Day 5. BROADWAY NORTH
This is where the real walk begins. Take the Red Line subway to 215th Street and alight. We're going to walk from here to Columbus Circle, about 13 km. There's so much to see along the way. Fort Washington, Columbia University, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Centre, Columbus Circle. Time to go home and relax.
- Day 6. BROADWAY SOUTH
We return to Columbus Circle ready for the last 10 km journey into the hubbub and the canyons of Manhattan. JP Morgan Library, Times Square – 42nd Street, Empire State Building, Union Square, Madison Square, St. Paul’s Chapel, World Trade Centre – 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, Trinity Church, Battery Park.
- Day 7. BROOKLYN BRIDGE
All tourists walk across, or at least half-way across this historic bridge. Once we return to Manhattan, we visit Stuyvesant Square and Gramercy Park, as well as trying out some cream-filled bagels with New York's best coffee.
- Day 8. 911 SITE, CHINATOWN & LITTLE ITALY
This morning after breakfast at the local cafe (make sure they have good coffee), it's off to visit the 911 site are and St Paul's Chapel. Then a kaleidescopic tour of Chinatown, Little Italy and a visit to the Tenement Museum.
- Day 9. THE MET
You really have to allocate a full day to visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Egyptian, Colonial, Medieval, statues and paintings, and a pretty affordable cafe for lunch. After about 4 hours you've had it, so a walk through Central Park, can provide an outdoor balance to all that artwork you've just seen.
- Day 10. TO LAGUARDIA
This morning we enjoy our last coffee and bagel breakfast and take a cab to LaGuardia Airport for the flight back home. New York really is an amazing place!
This TEN DAY exploration of Manhattan on foot (some subway rides as well) gives you a great sense of this island. You'll recognise so many sites and events which have taken place here, that are imprinted in the world's psyche (and newspapers). Manhattan is a walkable city so we recommend suitable footware to enable you to enjoy this truly global city.