New York! - A journey to live the American dreams!!! #bestof2018

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27th May 2018
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My never ending lust for travel took me to different destinations around the world. This time its “New York” to fulfill my American dreams. It is the most populous city in the United States. This city is home to huge number of restaurants, museums and other attractions. NY is the city impossible to see in one visit.

New York has been the dream destination, since childhood. When dream and passion combine it’s a deadly combination. I finally managed to step into my dream land New York.

Walking on the streets, reading map, getting on to the metro, deciding a good place to eat, looking for Indian restaurants, looking for a direction on google, asking strangers for directions and conversing with strangers with nothing in common were the exciting things I had to deal with during my NYC-exploration mission.

How safe is to travel solo for a woman to NYC? Yes, it is absolutely safe! I believe that with the proper research about the place you visit and preparation, almost anywhere in the world can be safely traveled solo by a woman. It is a fantastic city and has something for every solo traveler.

Place to Stay

Whenever I travel solo I book my stay at backpacker’s hostels. It is fun staying at hostel where you can meet new people with one thing in common is never ending lust for travel. These are budget friendly accommodations and they are safe too. I usually book my stay with Booking.com and will always stay as near the downtown as possible, so that I could save time of travel.

Places to visit

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York. It is a universal symbol of freedom. Ferry service is available to reach the island. Ferries leave from two locations: Battery Park, Manhattan in New York and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Important to note that your sightseeing Pass is valid for ground only ticket to board the ferry and enter the Liberty and Ellis Island. If you want to climb the statue to crown level book the tickets well in advance, these are very limited. I missed!! climbing to the crown as tickets were sold! Still not to worry as we can enjoy walking around the island. You can get an audio guided tour for free.

Photo of Liberty Island, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

At Liberty Island with free Audio guide!

Photo of Liberty Island, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of Liberty Island, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

The ferry takes you to Ellis Island from Liberty. It has national museum of immigration, The American immigrant wall of honor and American family immigration center. Entry to the Ellis Island is included with Ground only ticket.

Photo of Ellis Island, NY, NJ, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of Ellis Island, NY, NJ, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

Departure point for ferry to Liberty and Ellis Island from New York

Closet Subway: Bowling Green Subway Station

Closet Bus Stop: Battery PK Vi Park

The 9/11 memorial and museum remembers and honors the 3000 people killed in the terrorist attack of twin towers of world trade center in 2001. Pools are constructed in the place of twin towers that destroyed during the terrorist attack. Names of the people who lost their life during the attack are inscribed on the walls of the pool. The memorial is free to visit and it will be pretty crowded no matter when you visit. The 9/11 museum require tickets to enter. It’s one of the important monument of American history.

9/11 memorial pool

Photo of World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

American Museum of Natural History located on the upper Manhattan, NYC, is one of the largest museum in the world. Museum consist specimens of plants, animal, fossils, rocks, minerals, Hayden planetarium, astronomy exhibits, and one of the largest collections of dinosaur’s skeletons in the world. You need one full day to complete the museum tour. One of the most important attraction of the museum is dinosaurs. Time spent to explore the museum is worth spending. You can buy tickets at the museum ticket counter. There is also a souvenir shop inside the museum! you can buy as much as you want.

Photo of American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

Souvenir shop at American Museum of Natural History

Photo of American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

The Brooklyn bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City. It’s a connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Many thanks to Bollywood for making this place so famous. Many films feature this bridge and many more location from New York. You could walk across the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and you can witness the spectacular skyline view.

Photo of Brooklyn, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of Brooklyn, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of Brooklyn, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

Time square is bright and unforgettable with flashing lights, giant digital boards, costumed characters, musicians what more? It is a top entertainment hub in the midtown Manhattan, NYC. Time square is easily accessible by subways and buses. One could spend hours in time square shopping, watching the crowed, digital display and with free entertainment. It’s best to visit time square after sun sets, you can witness some of the mesmerizing movements. Here in time square you have some of the amazing Indian restaurants, if you want to have a try.

Most crowded Time Square, Manhattan, New York!
Photo of Times Square, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of Times Square, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh
Photo of Times Square, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA by Ramya Shanivarsanthe Leelesh

Travel Tips

Travel Light!

Key to happy travelling is to know how to pack smart and travel light, especially if you are travelling solo. I always make sure to pack a cloths designed for travel, best travel cloths are lightweight, wrinkle free, packable and quick drying. Always wear a comfortable pair of shoes!

Carry backpack

I always carry a backpack during my day outing, which would contain wallet, passport, water bottle, selfie stick (must, since you travel alone) and other essential accessories.

Maps!

Carry offline maps, metro, bus route, and google map

This is the story of my New York days. Good luck for your next exploration!!

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