Visiting New York City and seeing the sights is especially exciting in the fall. October is my favorite month to visit and below you’ll find a few of my reasons I love strolling around the five boroughs in the autumn months.
NYC is filled with historic and simply breathtaking icons such as Rockefeller Center, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty and many others. I’m all for traveling “off the beaten path”, as long as you promise to include a few of the icons New York City is famous for!
The weather in October is perfect. Crisp air, a light jacket, a brisk walk...the best! Please pack (and wear) comfortable shoes for walking around and exploring!
The Bagels, Coffee & Pizza
Nothing beats a well crafted cup of coffee and an everything bagel with olive cream cheese! Not to mention a slice from just about any corner. My suggestion is: Ess-A Bagel in Midtown East.
The Staten Island Ferry
Yep, I get the best views of lady liberty from the round trip that takes about 30 to 40 minutes. You will need to purchase a Metrocard, but if you don't have the time to commit to the Statue of Liberty, then take a round trip on the ferry. Or check out Hornblower cruises for a short sailing trip in the Harbor.
Getting dolled up to see the best performers, musicians and technicians put up a spectacle at some of the most legendary venues in the world is one of the most memorable things to do in NYC. TKTS is located in Times Square, so it is possible to get discounted tickets for shows both off and on Broadway.
The Transit Museum
I always stop by this museum because well, moving millions of people around five boroughs everyday is no small feat!
Stone Street / Lower Manhattan
This cool little street is filled with restaurants and bars and close to Wall Street, One World Trade Center and so many other icons of lower Manhattan. Check out Independence Hall, Chauncy’s Tavern, The New York Stock Exchange and the South Street Seaport. Check it out!
TWA at JFK
This is truly a one of a kind experience and it's worth a visit to check it out or to spend the night. Especially if you are flying through or in and out of JFK, be sure to make a stop here!
The views of the city are so amazing movies have been made about them. Try The Edge or, the Empire State Building or a rooftop bar such as the 17th Floor of the MOXY NYC Times Square. And finally…
TikTock anyone? The colors of the falling leaves are so romantic! Take a stroll, get a dirty water hot dog and just take it all in!
You have three airport options when visiting NYC. LaGuardia which is the closest (in terms of travel time) to midtown Manhattan. Newark Liberty (which is located in NJ) and JFK. You can book an Uber from all three.
As far as I am concerned, you do not need a car rental when visiting NYC. The subway is easy to navigate and be prepared to walk, take a taxi or a hired car (Uber or Lyft).
You will need a place to stay so why not splurge and stay a few nights at The Langham Hotel on 5th Ave. it’s luxurious, gorgeous and centrally located to just about everything!
Have a fantastic time in New York City!
I am on a mission to get you traveling more often. As the host of the Emmy award- winning, nationally syndicated television television for PBS and the Create channel, "Beyond Your Backyard," I travel (on average) 25 weeks per year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet cool people, experience new places, eat delicious food and work with the best production crew in the world. Hopefully, through this blog, you will join me on my travels and be reminded just how exciting it is to be alive!