By Jessie on a Journey & Air Charter Service
It’s no secret I’m a New York local and enthusiast, which is why I jumped at the chance when Air Charter Service recently asked me to put my two-cents worth for their article, 48 Hours in New York. Although I’ll always recommend as much time as you can fit for this beautiful city, New York is frenetic and fast-paced, meaning 48 hours is enough time to take in its unique culture and atmosphere. I shied away from the cliché, so these are the insider tips you probably haven’t heard before:
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I also recommend pod-style hotels, particularly Pod 39, Pod 51 and YOTEL, because they’re all the space you need, are functional and have great design. Have a breather as you arrive; New York is a lot to take in!
A must see: Central Park. A relatively small part of the New York City metropolis, Central Park is no secret to tourists, but its charm really can’t be played down. It’s a great place to explore, or do some serious people-watching (and New Yorkers are interesting people!). I recommend a good three hours or more to really experience this global destination, or booking a photo safari to see the most scenic spots with a local and get great photos of your group to take home. If the world is your oyster and you really want to get the most out of it, a helicopter ride over this green hub gives you the most spectacular aerial view.
Go out of your way: Kerhonkson. Tourists will often get so caught up in the Big Apple that they might overlook the upstate areas. Don’t miss this opportunity, as it really is breathtaking. Kerhonkson is a small hamlet located within the Shawangunk Mountains, and its biodiversity is a sight to behold. This is a day’s trip, however, as it will take you four hours to travel there and back and I’d recommend two hours to do it justice. To get there, I recommend taking a train outside the city, say New Jersey, and renting a car for cheaper than NYC rates from Budget Rent-A-Car or taking the Short Line Bus from Manhattan.
If you only have 48 hours and you want to experience as much as you can in New York, go over to the article to read what I and other New York writers had to say!
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