Hi, I will be visiting New York for a week at the end of November this year. My gf has been a few times before and is looking forward to lots of shopping, but it is my first time and i want to try and fit in as many sights as possible too. Below is a rough itinerary, i was wondering if anyone in the know would be able to give me advice or suggestions on how to best fit in as much as possible
Arrive in the afternoon. Get checked into the hotel and straight out to do some shopping on 5th avenue
Greenwich village- if we have time
Maybe visit a comedy club
Philadelphia day trip - really want to go see the rocky steps and statue, what else is there to do in philadelphia
Back in time for a broadway show
Sightseeing tour - leaves at 10am for 5.5 hours (on board tours)
Times Square visitor centre
Madison sq gdns
Chrysler building/grand central terminal/ new York public library/ Bryant park
China town and little Italy
Manhattan skyline/Irish hunger memorial - vesey st/ St. Paul's chapel/ ground zero(9/11 memorial)
Empire State Building( go at 8am)
George washington Bridge
Fit in some shopping
Staten Island ferry
Get up early for few hours shopping
Leaving fri evening
I havent figured out exactly on which days we are going to do each thing yet, but we will be there over thanksgiving so i am thinking we should do the activities for day 7 then, as im presuming all shops will be closed... but will everyone else be at central park then too?..
Would Sunday be a good day to go to Philadelphia?
Also, what days are best for sightseeing, I think we arrive on a friday, and i wanted to do a sightseeing tour as soon as possible. (was thinking of the on board tours - see it all tour) so then we would have have time to go back to see anything we liked again properly, such as the empire state building on a later day. BUT would it be better to wait until the monday to do this tour? Would there be much less traffic/ people about on a monday morning than a saturday morning?
I realise day 5 might be a little jam packed and we might not get everything done, although we will not be spending very much time at some places, just to take a few phots and move on.
i know i have asked a lot of questions but any hints, tips and advice on this trip however small would be greatly appreciated