4-Day New York Itinerary: Experience The Best Of NYC In 2024

freedom tower in new york at sunset reflecting white light against a blue and pink sky

New York is an exciting city, with lots to see and do – let me show you how to experience the best of the city with this 4-day New York itinerary.

Sure, you won’t see and do everything there is to see and do in New York in four days – but it’s an expensive city and we don’t all have a huge amount of time and money to spend there. Many of us, myself included, might only have a few days to explore the Big Apple, so we need to make the most of that time. In fact, several of my trips to New York have either been 4 or 5-day trips, so I feel like I am well-practised at making the most of 4 days in New York!

This 4-day New York itinerary is based on my experience of all of my previous trips: what worked and didn’t work well. I wrote this with an NYC first-time visitor in mind, and as such, it covers the main sights that most visitors will have on their NYC bucket list, but I have also included a couple more unique NYC experiences. This itinerary would also work well for someone who hasn’t been to New York for a long time and wants to rediscover the city.  

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4-Day New York Itinerary – At A Glance

If you follow my 4-day New York itinerary, you’ll get to experience the following in NYC:

  • Day 1: Greenwich Village, Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, New York Public Library Fifth Avenue, The Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Top Of The Rock & Hudson Yards
  • Day 2: Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, 9/11 Memorial & One World Trade Centre, Financial District, Staten Island Ferry or the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Day 3: Central Park, the Upper West Side & Times Square or a Nighttime boat cruise
  • Day 4: Harlem, Museum Mile & cocktails in the Upper East Side

This 4-day New York itinerary assumes you’ll have four full days, so it could work for either a 4 days + 4 nights duration or 4 days + 5 nights. 

In order to maximise the time spent in the city, I’ve put quite a lot of activities into the first two days, but, mindful that it can be exhausting to explore all day for four days, the second two days have a slower pace.

At a couple of points, I’ve also suggest options – where you could choose to do either one of two things that I think are great, depending on your preferences.

NYC skyline with the empire state building in the centre
Manhattan skyline

4-Day New York Itinerary – In Detail

Here’s my 4-day New York itinerary in detail, with recommendations for places to eat lunch and dinner throughout.

Day 1 – Greenwich Village, Midtown & Fifth Avenue

Morning

Start your day by exploring perhaps the cutest neighbourhood of NYC: Greenwich Village. In the 1950s and 60s, Greenwich Village was the bohemian capital of New York City, the nucleus of art, counter-culture and the LGBT community. It has been increasingly gentrified over the last few decades and these days, the quiet, leafy streets of Greenwich Village feel somewhat sedate. It’s a very attractive place to start your NYC trip.

I suggest a good place to start is the quiet, pretty garden at St Luke’s In the Field church. You could then follow my free self-guided walking tour of Manhattan, which starts in the West Village and then heads westwards into Greenwich Village.

Things to do in Greenwich Village include:

  • Wander the pretty streets – this area has many attractive tree-lined streets, such as Perry Street and Christopher Street
  • Stonewall National Monument, which is The Stonewall Inn, where there was a significant protest against harassment of LGBT people in 1969.
  • Jefferson Market Library – once a courthouse and now a branch of the New York Public Library
  • Washington Square Park, a vibrant city park that contains the Washington Square Arch monument and is often buzzing with musicians
  • See the ‘Friends building’. The building that was used for the exterior shots of Monica & Rachel and Joey & Chandler’s apartments in the TV show is on the corner of Grove Street and Bedford Street
  • See Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex And The City. The exterior of her brownstone building was shot at 66 Perry Street (even though she is supposed to be living on the Upper East Side).

Lunch

For somewhere fancy, I really liked Gotham Restaurant on East 12th Street, but it’s on the smart side and is not low-cost. A cheaper, more casual alternative could be Joe’s Pizza, a classic NYC pizza joint that sells by the slice – on Carmine Street.

Afternoon

Head into midtown and slowly up along Fifth Avenue. Midtown contains many famous landmarks in NYC, which you can see in this order if you head north from Greenwich Village sticking close to Fifth Avenue (an attraction in its own right for shopaholics):

  • Flatiron Building – the iconic 1902 tower with a narrow angled front that is just to the south of Madison Square Park. Surrounded by skyscrapers, this small park is a lovely spot to take a rest (and you have Eataly right next to it if you need some refreshment, or somewhere to seek shelter if it’s a rainy day in NYC)
  • Empire State Building – the enduring landmark of NYC dominate midtown
  • New York Public Library – the calm Beaux-Arts style building is a rare space of calm in the city. Bryant Park (behind the library) is also lovely
  • The Chrysler Building – an Art Deco showpiece and my favourite part of the New York skyline – visible from several of the surrounding streets and avenues.
  • Grand Central Terminal – has an impressive interior – even if you have no intention of catching a train, it’s worth checking out
  • SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is a new-ish viewing experience with an art installation as well as wonderful views across Manhattan
  • Rockefeller Centre & Top of the Rock – the best viewing platform in my opinion with both indoor and outdoor floors offering 360-degree views of NYC
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral – nestles between the skyscrapers, this catholic Cathedral is known for its Gothic Revival style steeples
  • Some of NYC’s high-end shops, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany’s.

Some of these are likely to be of more interest than others, so you can pick & choose which landmarks you spend time on vs simply taking a look and moving on. For example, the first time I walked this route, I had a brief look in the lobby of the Empire State Building, but didn’t go up to the observation deck, but I spent some time exploring the New York Public Library. And the last time I was there, I briefly went into the Library to enjoy the grandeur of Astor Hall, but I didn’t go beyond that.

archways and a staircase in a creamy-coloured stone concourse
Astor Hall, New York Public Library

To really enjoy them, I don’t think you could do more than one observation deck in one day, so I’d suggest you pick one. My personal recommendation is Top Of The Rock. While the top of the Empire State Building is a classic (and also one of the romantic things to do in NYC), I think the view from the Top of the Rock is better because it has the Empire State in it – slap bang in the middle of the southward view towards downtown. It also has views towards Central Park, which are also pretty epic.

top of the empire state building seen through a window
Empire State Building, seen from Top of the Rock‘s interior observation deck
aerial view of a large rectangular park surrounded by densely packed buildings
Central Park, seen from the Top of the Rock
Getting Around

I suggest day one of this itinerary is best done on foot (again, you can follow my Manhattan walking tour) – I think walking is the best way to really get the feel for a place. However, you could take the subway or buses if you prefer; and taxis if you have the budget. For example, once you’ve explored Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, you could get the N or R subway train up along Broadway to Madison Square Park, rather than walking all the way.

Tip: if you don’t know NYC public transport, try the Citymapper app, which can help you plot a route via subway, bus or train. I personally prefer it to Googlemaps for navigating cities.

Dinner

You’ll have worked up an appetite by the evening of day one, so why not reward yourself with a classic New York steak? Keens Steakhouse has quirky old décor and amazing cuts of meat. It’s the perfect place to relax and indulge in the evening.

Evening

If you have any energy after dinner, here are two options you could choose between…

Option One

Head west from Keen’s towards Hudson Yards where you’ll find a couple of the newest attractions in NYC:

  • The Vessel, an interactive artwork structure made of open-air stairways. It’s interior has been closed to alterations for a while, but is re-opening late 2024.
  • Edge, the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, with views across Manhattan, including the Empire State Building to the east and the Freedom Tower to the south. It is open until 10pm if you want to see the city lit up like Christmas. Best to check the weather forecast before booking tickets, though, as the open air platform closes in bad weather.
Option Two

Head east from Keen’s and for a few blocks to my favourite rooftop bar in NYC: Roof at 66 Park in The Prince Kitano Hotel, which has two terraces to choose from: one overlooked by the Empire State Building and the other by the Chrysler. You’re spoiled for choice here!

Day 2 – Lower Manhattan, Staten Island Ferry &/or Brooklyn Bridge

Morning

Today, you’ll explore the historic area of Lower Manhattan or downtown Manhattan.  It is one of the oldest areas of the city, dating from the 17th century. The land was originally inhabited by Indigenous Americans, but Dutch colonists built a city they called New Amsterdam (later renamed New York by the English). This area of NYC remains the financial and civic heart of the city. You can follow my self-guided walking tour of lower Manhattan on day 2 of this 4-day New York itinerary if you like.

Start your day in the Lower East Side, which was an area known for immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Katz' Deli from the street - with old neon signs and people walking by
Katz’s Deli

Katz’s Deli is an old lower east side favourite. It’s one of the many well-known movie locations in NYC, having been the setting for a memorable orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. Come early to avoid too much of a queue (and because we have a lot planned in the afternoon). And if you do have to queue, know that the hot sandwiches are worth it!

A relatively untouristy spot that is one of the unique things to do in NYC is Freeman Alley, a small alleyway transformed by street art. You could also visit the Tenement Museum to learn about the experience of working-class immigrants living in cramped conditions in tenement buildings. and

Continue on foot into some of the other neighbourhoods of Lower Manhattan, including:

  • Little Italy, named for the Italian immigrants who formed a community around Mulberry Street here in the late 19th century. This area centres on Mulberry Street. It does feel rather touristy these days, but is still work a quick look, I think.
  • Chinatown – a buzzy community. My favourite spots are colourful Pell Street and Columbus Park, where you might see people playing Mahjong or Xiangqi (Chinese chess)
group of men playing Xiangqi in Columbus Park in NYC
Columbus Park

Lunch

You could grab something from one of the many many Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, of course. There are so many!

However, another option, if you book ahead, is to get a table at one of the most attractive-looking and photogenic restaurants in NYC: Delmonico’s. Located in the heart of the financial district, the iconic corner building is dwarfed by the sky scrapers that surround it.

narrow-fronted red brick building surrounded by taller buildings

Afternoon

After lunch, head to the 9/11 Memorial and the Freedom Tower. The 9/11 Memorial is comprised of two square pools that are on the footprint of the two towers of the World Trade Centre, which fell on September 9, 2001. The names of the 2,977 victims are engraved on marble around the edges. There’s also Survivor Tree, a pear tree that survived the terror attacks and was re-planted in the Memorial in 2010.

square water feature surrounded by tall glass buildings
9/11 Memorial Pools

One World Trade Centre opened in 2014, with the One World Observatory at the top (although time-wise, you might have to skip this one). In this area, you should also check out Liberty Park, which overlooks the 9/11 Memorial and contains the Sphere sculpture; and Oculus, a shppping centre with a dramatic central atrium.

After the 9/11 Memorial, go deeper into the financial district to check out:

  • Wall Street (with a nice view of Trinity Church)
  • New York Stock Exchange, with the statue of The Fearless Girl outside it
  • Charging Bull – the bronze statue where people, inexplicably, post next to its testicles

At the end of the afternoon, there are two final options – both with classic views of Manhattan and both free to do.

Option One

From Battery Park, you could catch the free Staten Island ferry to Staten Island and back again.  It’s a nice ride, and you get a view (from a distance) of the Statue of Liberty (for a better view, you’d have to book a boat tour to Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty).

The Staten Island ferry ride itself takes about 25 minutes each way, but you can’t simply go there and back on the same boat – you have to disembark and wait for the next one, which can be between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the day and time. So a round trip could easily take around 1.5 hours. For more info on the schedules, check out the Staten Island Ferry site.

cluster of tall buildings on an island with birds flying overhead
Manhattan, seen from the Staten Island Ferry
Option Two

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The brick towers are iconic and walking along the bridge will give you plenty of opportunities to look backwards and take in the skyline of lower Manhattan as you get further away from it.

brich towers and suspension cables on the Brooklyn Bridge from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge

There’s also plenty to see and do on the other side, including views of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the rooftop of the Time Out Market. There’s also a classic view of the Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building framed in the middle of it, from Washington Street.

Dinner

There’s a really special place for dinner just under the Brooklyn Bridge. The River Café is a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves amazing food with a view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn bridge – it a wonderful at sunset as the sky goes pink and the lights come on. It’s perfect for a special meal.

three images: a skyscraper in a pink sky, the skyline at night and a plate of dessert with a 'happy anniversary' chocolate sign
The River Cafe

However, it is pricey, and you need to be smartly dressed, so if that doesn’t sound like you, consider one of the other places in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn, including Juliana’s Pizza, the TimeOut Market, or even yummy lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster.

Evening

You could spend the evening in the Dumbo area enjoying the view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

If you want to see even more, of the skyline, jump on the subway or get a taxi to Westlight, the rooftop bar on top of the William Vale Hotel in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The cocktails are great, and the view of midtown Manhattan is breathtaking! It’s one of the best things to do in New York at night.

midtown manhattan skyline lit up at night
View from Westlight

Day 3 – Central Park, Upper West Side & Times Square

Morning

On the third day of this 4-day New York itinerary, your schedule will be less busy – and if you’ve been walking as much as I recommend, your feet might thank you for going slower today.

black statue surrounded by pink cherry blossoms
Central Park in April

Start by exploring Central Park at a leisurely pace. It’s a big park (843 acres!), with a variety of landscapes, including trees, boulders, meadows, ponds, a lake and a reservoir. It’s especially gorgeous in spring when the cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers paint the park with splashes of pretty pale pink.

Some of my favourite spots to check out include:

  • The skyline view from the Sheep Meadow
  • The Mall and Literary Walk
  • Naumburg Bandshell
  • Bethesda Terrace & Bethesda Fountain
  • Views of the iconic apartment buildings on the Upper West Side, including the Dakota, Beresford and the San Remo buildngs
  • The Lake, on which you can go row-boating (another one of the romantic things to do in NYC)
lake with row-boats on it and a tall building with two towers
Rowboating on the lake in Central Park

Lunch

You could of course bring your own lunch in the form of a picnic that you eat in Central Park. The Sheep Meadow is a popular spot for picnics.

If you prefer a sit-down meal, why not go for a classic central park restaurant: Tavern On the Green (which features in the movie Ghostbusters, if you’re interested in movie locations in NYC).

Afternoon

After lunch, have a mooch around the affluent Upper West Side and admire some of the iconic apartment buildings that line the park, including The San Remo, whose residents have included Rita Hayworth, Bruce Willis and Bono, and The Dakota, where John Lennon lived and was killed in 1980.

If you’re a history fan, why not visit the American Museum of Natural History, which has a pretty broad mission to ‘to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe’. I feel like we all know it for the dinosaur exhibits, though!

Other things to do in the Upper West Side are:

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Levain Bakery, renowned for their thick, gooey cookies
  • Check out another landmark NYC building: The Ansonia
  • Catch a performance at Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts
  • Shop for delicacies at Zabar’s, a gourmet food emporium

Dinner

I’m a fan of Jean-Georges, an upscale restaurant just off Columbus Circle on the SW corner of Central Park. Their salmon sashimi ribbons are incredible – I had them on one trip to NYC and then I couldn’t resist returning for them the next time I was in the city!

vase of pink flowers and a chocolate dessert with an edible sign saying happy birthday
Jean-Georges did a special dessert for my friend’s birthday

However, it’s rather expensive, so might not be for everyone. There are some lower-cost alternatives in this area, including Bareburger and Joe G Pizza.

Evening

Again, I think there are two good options for the night.

Option One

With the night lights on, why not have a quick wander through flashy Times Square. There are few places quite like it and it’s and hard to resist seeing the dazzling lights of the billboards. It can feel frenetic and a bit stressy, though – it’s not somewhere I tend to linger long!

NB. If you wanted to do a Broadway show (such as The Lion King) while you’re in this area of NYC, you’d have to either have an early dinner or a late one, to work around the show time.

buildings with neon-lit sugns and billboards lit up at night
Times Square
Option Two

My preferred option for the evening of day 3, over Times Square, is to do a Harbor Lights boat tour with Circle Line. The views are amazing and it’s undoubtedly one of the best things to do in NYC at night. Boats depart from Pier 83 in the Hudson river and the tour takes two hours, going around Lower Manhattan, up to Roosevelt Island and then back the way it came, hovering around the Statue of Liberty on the way back.

Day 4 – Harlem & The Upper East Side

Morning

On the last day of your 4-day New York itinerary, head to Harlem, in Upper Manhattan

Harlem is named for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands because the first European settlers here were Dutch. In the 20th Century, its African-American community grew and the area is known for the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual and cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theatre and politics in the 1920s and 1930s.

You might want to check out:

  • Martin Luther King Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard, named after the civil rights activists
  • The Apollo Theater, a former burlesque theatre and music hall on 125th Street
  • El Museo del Barrio, which documents Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures
  • Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem
vintage 70s car rusting in a lot
An old car I spotted in Harlem

Brunch

Try to get a table at the Red Rooster (you’ll need to book well in advance). The Red Rooster is known for its American comfort food and its live music. The Sunday Gospel Brunch involves a full-on gospel choir performance. I was blown away by the performance when I visited – I’d never heard anything like it live. It is definitely one of the more unique things to do in NYC.

Afternoon

After lunch, saunter on down into the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I quite like to wander around here, admiring the handsome streets and smart apartment buildings of this elite neighbourhood, imagining what it might be like to live here.

There are lots of famous NYC streets and establishments here, including Madison Avenue, which lent its name to the ‘Mad Men’ nickname for advertising execs in the 1960s, and of course Park Avenue, a sought-after address. On 60th street, you’ll find the high-end department store, Bloomingdales.

The stretch of Fifth Avenue between the Upper East Side and Central Park is known as Museum Mile. As touristy as this area is, the museums and galleries are world-class, so I do recommend considering at least one to visit, such as:

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a uniquely shaped building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Its main exhibitions of modern art are shown for a season and then change. You can check what’s coming up online. I didn’t love the collection I saw when I went, but I did love the interior of the building – I’d go back just for that, to be frank
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or, simply, the Met) is a major museum with a huge collection of art from ancient times to contemporary works. It is also known worldwide for its glamourous Met Gala.
  • The Frick Collection is an art collection known for its Old Master paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts. The museum is temporarily closed at the time of writing, but it is expected to reopen in late 2024.
  • Neue Galerie – I only recently discovered this place, and I really like it. It’s much smaller that some of the other better-known galleries, but it’s an elegant pocket of Viennese-style in the middle of Manhattan. Klimt’s Woman in Gold painting is the centrepiece to their collection of German and Austrian art – and it’s simply spectacular.
curved balconies inside a white circular building
Guggenheim Museum

Evening

On your last night in NYC, have a drink in Bemelmans Bar, possibly my favourite cocktail bar in the world (and I’ve been to a few!). Stepping inside feels like going back in time: it has intimate tables with leather banquettes and low lights. Exquisite cocktails are served by immaculately-dressed waiters; a jazz pianist plays live music.

Bemelmans is part of the stylish Carlyle Hotel on 76th Street and Madison Avenue. It gets its name from the artist whose illustrations decorate the walls and lamps: Ludwig Bemelmans.

As you’d expect in a luxury hotel like this, the drinks are not cheap (priced in the $20s and $30s) and there are cover charges which kick in from 5:30 pm and increase at 9/9:30 pm when a jazz trio plays. So, this is why I suggest you go early, then go on to dinner later in the evening.

low-lit table with cocktails and an illustrated lamp at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan
Bemelman’s Bar

Dinner

How about Italian for dinner? Caravaggio is an elegant Italian restaurant on 74th and Madison Avenue. I loved the food and attractive dining room here. it’s special, but still feels intimate – perfect for a final dinner in NYC.

restaurant interior with large arrangement of pink cherry blossoms
Caravaggio

Map: 4-Day New York Itinerary Things To Do

Here’s a map showing all the things to do for each day of this New York itinerary for 4 days.

How To Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left-hand corner of the map to view the layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each one.  If you click the star next to the map’s title, it will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu, go to ‘Your Places’ or ‘Saved’, then click Maps and you will see this map in your list.

FAQs – New York Itinerary 4 Days

Is 4 Days Long Enough In New York? / How Many Days Is Ideal In New York?

There’s no correct answer to these questions. New York is a big city, so you could definitely spend more than 4 days there and not get bored. And you could also have a great time with only 1, 2 or 3 days in New York. However, I think four days is a decent amount of time to get to know the city Centre, focussing on Manhattan. And it’s especially good if it’s a 5-night trip so that you have four full calendar days in between arriving and departing.

I’ve done several 4-day trips to New York and had a great time on all of them. This itinerary is based on my experience across 4x 4-day/-night trips to New York, learning from what worked and didn’t work on those trips.

What Should I Pack For A 4-Day Trip To New York?

The most important thing for an itinerary like the one I have laid out above is comfortable shoes because it involved a lot of walking around New York City.

In terms of clothes, it’s going to depend heavily on what season you go in. The winters can be very cold (with lows of 26-27 degrees F / -3 degrees C in January and February), so you’ll want layers, a good coat, scarf and gloves.

And the summers can be super-hot (average highs of 85 degrees F / 29 degrees C in July), so you’ll want clothes to help keep you cool (and also sunscreen).

I most prefer NYC in Spring (eg April-May) and early Autumn (Fall), especially September. There’s a chance of rain in these shoulder seasons, but generally, the milder temperatures make it far more comfortable to explore the city, whether on foot or using public transport.  In these seasons, light layers are good, so you can adjust to the weather, plus a waterproof if you get caught out with showers.

woman holding an umbrella in the street, surrounde dby apartment buildings with fire escape ladders on the outside
NYC in the rain

How Much Does It Cost To Go To New York For 4 Days?

Sorry to keep saying ‘it depends’, but of course, it does depend on lots of things including the kind of accommodation you like and the kinds of activities you want to do. If you want to try several of the amazing observation decks and tours in NYC, you could be looking at around $40-50 each. Add some meals out and the costs will start adding up.

As a very rough guide, if I was trying to go to New York on a low budget, while still doing some activities and eating out at modest places, I would probably plan for the following:

  • $200 a night minimum for a budget hotel
  • $75 a day for food, excursions and getting around

But I feel like there’s no upper limit on what you could spend in NYC!

close up of a reflective glass-fronted buidling seen from above in New York City
Manhattan skyscrapers

How To Get To New York

New York has three airports you can fly into:

  • John F. Kennedy International (JFK) is the main international airport for NYC and is based in Queens. You can connect via the AirTrain to the subway, but you can also get a taxi for a flat rate to anywhere in Manhattan.
  • Newark Liberty International (EWR) – although this airport is in New Jersey, it is relatively easy to get to and from if you’re staying in Manhattan. Trains go to and from Penn Station and Newark Airport Express buses from mid-town 
  • LaGuardia (LGA) – more popular for domestic flights, and based in Queens, LaGuardia connects to the central parts of NYC by bus  

I use Skyscanner to find well-priced flights.

blur of a subway train passing underground
New York Subway

Where To Stay In NYC

I have recently stayed at the following NYC hotels that I recommend:

Wall Street Hotel (5-star). I really enjoyed staying at this swanky hotel in the financial district. Don’t worry – it’s not a business hotel. It’s everything you want in luxury accommodation: a comfortable, spacious, calm-feeling room; huge bathroom with all the accessories and toiletries; amazing staff who help whenever you need it; a good room service menu; and an attractive lobby bar that serves cocktails. Can’t recommend it highly enough!

Nolitan (4-star): this cool Nolita hotel feels very urban with steel, concrete and velvet textures in the decor. I had a good-sized room with a small balcony and a very nice bathroom. They have a restaurant on site, but I opted to eat out in the neighbourhood – there are several good choices on the north part of Mulberry Street.  There’s also lots to explore in the surrounding area, including the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho – and Nolita itself.

Pod 39 (3-star) is definitely the best budget hotel I’ve stayed in on Manhattan (some previous ones have been very small and/or with shared bathrooms). I stayed in a single room with a private bathroom. It was clean and space-efficient, but not so tiny that I was knocking into things all the time. There was free coffee in the mornings and they gave me a discount card for the rooftop bar, The Allerton. It was great!

You could also check out this guide to the best places to stay from a fellow travel blogger.

The Last Word

I hope this itinerary for 4 days in New York has been helpful in showing you how you can maximise your time in this exciting city!

If you’d like to get a little more off the beaten path, do check out my post on unusual and unique things to do in NYC. And, if you’re going to be in New York as a couple, you might want to read my guide to the most romantic things to do in NYC.

Finally, if the forecast is bad, you might need my ideas for things to do in NYC on rainy days.

Enjoy your four days in NYC!

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4 thoughts on “4-Day New York Itinerary: Experience The Best Of NYC In 2024”

  1. Wow what a packed and exciting itinerary you’ve put together. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge of the city with us and making an excellent selection on activities for a New York Itinerary covering 4 Days. New York strikes me as one of those places that will keep on giving no matter how often you come back to it. Of course as a first time visitor you want to see all the popular sights and have some downtime to take all the impressions in. I agree with you, walking is the best way to explore and make your own mental map of a new destination.

    Carolin | Solo Travel Story

    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Carolin! Days 1 & 2 are definitely packed! And when I did the day 1 route, I went further and carried on into the Upper East side – but my feet didn’t thank me the next day, so I thought it would be too much to recommend to anyone else, ha ha

  2. What a fun trip. You saw so much during this 4 day stretch. Well done. Central Park itself is like a small city when you walk the entire park. I sometimes walk the sidewalk perimeter outside of the park but also do the path-track-road too. Big time workout. Plus you have the seemingly endless fields, mini-parks and woods on the interior. My favorite experience: running on the quiet north end in Harlem one late evening with 10 degree F temperatures. I saw no humans for virtually the entire workout but ample raccoons and other wildlife. Special evening, that was.

    Ryan

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