We are planning a 5day/4night holiday from December 17th - 21st. i am struggling with organizing each day. I don't want to over schedule the time, but I know there are things that we must do. Although I traveled to New York several times in the '80s for work, I have never been as a tourist. The rest of my family has never been. We want to do all the traditional tourist things: Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Grand Central Terminal, Museum of Natural History, the various neighborhoods (Little Italy, Chinatown, Union Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo) WTC Visitor Center, and do some last minute Christmas shopping (I would like to do the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park in addition to many of the other places I've seen recommended on this site ). The kids (13 year old daughter, and 14 year old twins) would like to get some ice skating in since we live in South Carolina. I recognize that the days will be short during that time which might limit some of the outdoor activities we will be able to squeeze in. We're, of course, going to do a show or two at night, also.
The questions I have are:
(1) Do you recommend we plan our schedule by activity or by location? For example do you recommend we do a day of sightseeing, a day of shopping, a day of touring, etc. or should we focus our activities on a specific location each day. and....
(2) Does anyone know of an online program where I can create a map of all the locations so I can get an idea of where everything is in relation to everything else. I have tried to use the google maps, but it is so overwhelming with everything noted.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions/insight.