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What To Do In New York – A 5 Day NYC Itinerary

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New York has been on our bucket list for many many years, and after travelling around Asia and Europe, we decided it was time to tick it off. Even with 10month old travelling with us half way around the world, we were ready to take on the big apple.

New York City has it all, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. The hustle and bustle of this modern metropolis can sometimes be overwhelming especially coming from Melbourne, Australia. But we loved it, it’s all part of the experience!

New York has something for everyone, from modern art galleries to neighbourhoods of Brooklyn and Harlem. We have put together a 5 day NYC itinerary with what we believe the best of New York. If you don’t have five days, then feel free to cherry pick your fav things to see and do, and create your own two or three day New York itinerary.

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The Ultimate 5 Day New York City Itinerary

Day 1 –The High Line, Chelsea Markets, Washington Square Park and Shopping in SoHo

⇒ Optional: Sunset Helicopter Tour over New York

⇒ Areas: Meatpacking District, West Village and SoHo

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Stop A – The High Line – http://www.thehighline.org/ 

We stayed right near Time Square and decided to catch an Uber to start point of The High Line. which on the Hudson River end of W34th Street. We started early around 8am to beat the tourist rush.

The start of The High Line has some magnificent views overlooking the Hudson River into New Jersey. Take some time out to sit in one of the big benches to “let the world go by”. On the opposite side was the Hudson railway yards for any avid train hobbyists.

The High Line walk is easy, winding through tall buildings and crossing some roads. There are lots of sculptures and other art works along the walk. Towards meatpacking district area, few street performers, who are so talented. Take a few moments to support and listen to these amazing artists.

This was one our NYC highlights, we loved it. We did the full walk from start to finish and if we had more time, we would have love to come back at night to see the different atmosphere.

Stop B – Whitney Museum of American Art – https://whitney.org/

This area is well known for its amazing art galleries and studios. We decided to pop into the Whitney Museum, which was a stones throw away from the end of our High Line Walk. Some of the other favourites around the area are:

Pace Gallery – https://www.pacegallery.com/

Cheim & Read – http://www.cheimread.com/

Gagosian – https://www.gagosian.com/

Mary Boone – https://maryboonegallery.com/

Barbara Gladstone – https://gladstonegallery.com/

Paula Cooper – https://www.paulacoopergallery.com/

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Stop C – Chelsea Markets – http://chelseamarket.com/

After the long walk and strolling amongst some of the finest art galleries in New York, like us you would have built up a great appetite. Chelsea Market, is the perfect stop for break and to try some delicious food. This place has such an electric atmosphere, you can walk around all the unique shops or grab something to eat.

Check out our Top 10 Best Places to eat for more suggestions.

Our Favourite vendor was Los Tacos No.1. It was simply some of the best tacos i have ever eaten (We haven’t been to Mexico!)

If nothing grabs your attention, across the road from Chelsea market is another unique Food Hall – Gansevoort Market Food Hall (Stop D)

Stop E – Magnolia Bakery (Sex and the City – TV Show)

Some of you might know it or some of you might be the biggest fans of the late 90’s TV series Sex and the City. But whether you are are fan or not, this is must try bakery for any sweet tooth. The hot favourite is the banana pudding, but really anything from this bakery is totally delicious.

Stop F – Carrie’s Apartment from “Sexy and the City” TV Show

Continuing with the “Sex and the city” theme just around corner from the Bleecker Street Magnolia Bakery is Carrie’s Apartment that was featured on the show. Please note its now a private residence so tourist aren’t encouraged to loiter around. But the official address is 66 Perry Street, New York

Stop G – F R I E N D S  TV Show Apartment

Another great TV show that was filmed in this great city, FRIENDS was the one of the most watched TV shows in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Most of the locations on the TV shows can be found around New York City. Follow the crowds and relive the 90’s.

Stop H – Washington Square Park

Described as the unofficial town square of the village, a photogenic quadrangle of park space that’s bursting with energy – impromptu music jams, spirited political debate and giddy student chatter.

Feel free to bring a picnic rug and enjoy the sunshine under the trees. Feel the energy of this amazing place.

Stop I – Shopping in SoHo

Most of us have heard of SoHo neighbourhood and to be there in real life to see the modernised apartments and high end shopping felt surreal. All the top designer brands can be found walking through the streets, but there are so many independent shops that offer some great items that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are like us, and just like the window shopping, well thats totally fine as well.

Sunset Helicopter Tour over New York City

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This was my WOW moment for the New York Trip! I think this picture taken from my Iphone X sums it up. I flew by myself as Kylie was happy to have her feet on the ground. There were two Sunset flights offered by FlyNeon a 20min fly by over lower manhattan and the 30min flight which not only takes the lower manhattan but goes all the way to central park, empire state building and Times Square. For me the best and the scariest bit was having the doors open on the helicopter. It does get cold but the experience was once in a life time for me.

I loved the Fly Neon experience, only negative was the 35min drive to Kearny, New Jersey as that departure point. There are few other companies that offer departure from Downtown Manhattan Helipad.

Approx. Pricing – USD $275 for 15-20min flight and USD $399 for 30min

Fly Neon – https://www.flynyon.com/new-york

Helicopter Flight Services – https://heliny.com/

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Day 2 – Times Square, Big Bus Tour, Top of the Rock & Empire state building

Option – Basketball game (in season)

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Day 3 – Chinatown, Financial District, 9/11 Memorial & Museum & World Trade Centre

Option – Broadway show and Times Square at night

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Day 4 – New York Library, 5th Avenue, Grand Central Station and Central Park 

Option – Baseball game

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Day 5 – Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge 

Option – Cityline Night Cruise

 

City Guide

Sri Lanka – Ella

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98 Acres Resort, Ella, Sri Lanka
Breakfast with a view at 98Acres Resort.

Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella, located in the up country between the beautiful slopes of the tea estates, has been ranked by travellers as MUST SEE. This sleepy village, first became a destination stop for backpackers 5-6 years ago. Now, little Ella town has become a thriving tourist hotspot for anyone that is lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka.

Ella is nestled in a valley at about 1000m elevation, surrounded by even higher mountains.

You can experience how the locals live from the tea plantations or farming in this beautiful part of the world.

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9 Arch Bridge, Ella, Sri Lanka
Nine Arch Train Bridge

Things to do in Ella:

Nine Arch Bridge

One of the best things we loved doing was taking a 20min walk from Little Adam’s Peak to see the world famous Nine Arch Bridge. You can catch a tuk tuk from the main town centre past the 98 acres resort through a small road that leads to a great vantage point, but you can take small steep path down towards the bridge. Kylie stayed up at the look out point with a local family who runs a small coffee/drink cafe. Go and say hello to Nihal and his gorgeous family, despite the small language barrier they will look after you so well.

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Mini Adam’s Peak, Ella, Sri Lanka
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Morning Sunset view from the Little Adam’s Peak

Little or Mini Adam’s Peak

We were lucky enough to stay at the 98 Acres Resort, which is the start of the track for the Little Adam’s peak. Its 15-20min walk up to the summit. I would classify this as beginner skill set. Do advice that there are loose stones and no handrails.

 

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Ravana Falls – 20mins drive from Ella City Centre

Ravana Falls

20 min drive by car from the city centre of Ella, is the beautiful Ravana Falls. This a favourite with the locals and tourist alike. You can jump into the lower parts of Ravana Falls and have swim with the locals. Be careful it can be very slippery, so please take care.

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How to get there:

What could only be described as one of the best train journey’s in the world the Colombo to Ella train is a once in life time moment where you will get to experience not only local culture but breath taking views of the up country tea plantations. It can be long 6hr journey so i recommend to catch the 5-6am train leaving the busy colombo fort station.

We had a car and driver, the last time we went. So we decided to go the Ella Station and catch the train to Demodara Station (next stop) to see the world famous nine arch bridge and Demodara railway loop. The ticket will cost you USD $1, best dollar value.

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Where to stay:

Hands down the best experience for us was at 98 Acres Resort & Spa. This tea plantation has been converted into luxury accommodation with villas spanning the property. It is high in demand and you are looking at USD $250 – $300 per night and will need to book well in advance (4-6months). The food to the jaw dropping views, this was one of the best places to stay in whole of Sri Lanka. Well worth it.

Find out the latest prices & availability

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Budget

Hotel Laura – Family owned small hotel will set you back USD $70 per night with stunning views of the valley from the balcony.

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Resources:

We found the best website for the latest travel information for Ella was the local Ella tourism website.

Ella Tourism Website.

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City Guide

Sri Lanka – Galle

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Galle, Mirissa, Unawatuna and South Coast Beaches. (Dec 2017)

This was our second time together to Sri Lanka but it as Arosh’s 5th visit after migrating to Melbourne in 1995. We wanted to a place to relax and thought we should try resort in the old Dutch port city of Galle. We just fell in love with this place!

Travel

We flew from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo with Emirates via Singapore. Its relatively a short flight with 1hr layover in Singapore to stretch your legs and arms out. There are direct flights to Colombo from all major cities in Australia with Sri Lankan Airlines. This is the shortest flight at around 10hrs from MEL. Other airlines include Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Qantas with transit in Singapore as well.

Busy season is from December till middle of February. In offseason tickets can be cheap as AUD$695 return. (May 2018). We paid around AUD$1500 per ticket and 10% for the baby, who got 10kg luggage allowance and dedicated bassinet, which was travelling in the busy christmas rush.

Stay

We saw a special on booking.com for Amari Resort, a new resort that opened in Galle in Oct 2017. It wasn’t cheap as we booked it last minute and we wanted a bigger room so the baby had enough space to play. We paid AUD$1200 for 4nights. We gave it 7 out of 10 for the hotel. It had a beautiful lobby and entrance but the rest of the resort had this finish feel to it.

There are lots of new hotels popping up along the coast near Galle, and if you book early enough you should get a good deal around USD$150 – USD$250 in the off season.The Sri Lankan service is amazing so any hotel or resort you stay at will be a great experience.

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Far Horizons Villa, Unawatuna

If you are travelling as a family this 5 bedroom villa on top of the Unawatuna hill is the perfect place to stay. With stunning view of the beach and 15min walk down the hill you can easily reach Sri Lanka’s best beaches. The villa is equipped with chef, a daily tuk tuk ride and 50ft infinity pool to enjoy the perfect sunset on the beach.

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Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

Jetwing Lighthouse is one of the best Galle hotels that boasts of splendid architecture and location, with 5-10min tuk tuk ride to the centre of Galle and Galle Fort.

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Galle Fort – MUST SEE

Located 10mins drive from Amari Resort is the UNESCO Heritage listed old Dutch Fort. This is now one of the busiest tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. Built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance.

Lighthouse, is one picturesque parts located on the tip of the Fort. You can walk along the wall around the fort on the small walking tracks. *We found it hard with pram as there was no disable access ramps. But once we got onto the path it was a lot easier.

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There are a lot of places to eat and drink within the fort. As with most tourist attractions the prices are expensive. If you are a vegetarian or want a cheap all you can eat meal, we found this little hut just on the main Church Street called Coconut Sambol. All you can of tradition not so spicy Sri Lankan food for Rs850 per person. (AUD $8)

Jungle Beach

Jungle Beach Unawatuna, is a small isolated beach close to Galle and Unawatuna Beach in Sri Lanka. You can get there with a tuk-tuk, on a narrow and steep path through the jungle. The start is very crowded with tourist but as you keep following the track the crowds disappear.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is one of the famous tourist beaches in Sri Lanka. It’s popular with locals and tourist alike. beware of the street vendors that come and sell you hand made items. You can have beautiful view from up the hilltop of the entire beach.

Be sure to visit Temple on the edge of beach, Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.