Day two of our trip found us with one, long, open day to fill however we pleased. Irene had a bit of work to catch up on, so Crystal and I headed out to explore some of the nearby areas of the city.
We walked from our hotel (near Madison Square Garden) up to Central Park and then down Fifth Avenue to the Highline, where we met up with Irene, and then down to the World Trade Center memorial site and halfway back up again. We walked 40,000+ steps that day and trust me, our feet were feeling it!
To keep our travel costs low, we ended up doing a really nice picnic in Central Park for lunch. Sheep Meadow, in Central Park, is probably my favourite place for this type of activity as it’s a big open green space where tons of people congregate to soak up the sun and play frisbee and eat lunch.
The other thing I HIGHLY recommend that you do is take a stroll on the Highline. I had been to NYC at least eight times before I stepped foot on this green space in the sky and I so regret not knowing about it sooner. It’s a great way to cut down your foot travel time as there are no stop lights to contend with but it’s also a really beautiful and serene place to be.
All in all, we had a fabulous trip and I can’t wait to go back again… it seems that most of the photos I have on my travel site are from Manhattan and there’s a reason for that — it truly is one of my favourite cities on this planet.