Awe New York; the sites, the smells (sometimes good, sometimes very bad), and just the overall incredible vibes are what make it such a classic tourist spot. When my family was deciding where we should go for vacation this summer, my dad thought it would be fun for each of us to put in a different location for where we’d like to go. I put in Disney World, my mom put Waco, Texas (thank the lord she didn’t win), my dad put the Oregon Coast, and my brother put New York City. Well, Carson was the winner and just a few short days after I returned home from France we were headed to New York!
We had the worst time getting there however! Our original flight out of Twin Falls was suppose to leave at 12:30, but ended being delayed by an hour. Which made us arrive 10 minutes before our connecting flight took off. We SPRINTED to our gate, arrived at 2:09, but our flight was already gone. So, we had to reschedule and weren’t able to leave till the following morning. We made the most of our time in Salt Lake though, and went to see Toy Story 4! I loved it!!
The next morning our flight departed on time, and we were about 50 minutes from New York City when they told us we would have to land in Pittsburgh due to a storm. One hour delay turned into three, which ended up being seven long hours!!! We finally got to our hotel in New York around 12 AM, and to say we were exhausted would be quite the under statement.
- Mets Game
- Exploring Queens
- Flushing Meadows Park
My dad is a huge baseball fan so we try to go to a game whenever we’re in a city with a team. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, but I really enjoy going to the games! The atmosphere is always fun, and I love the food! We tried Shake Shack for the first time here, and I am in LOVE!
After the game we went to Flushing Meadows, which is a park with the globe statue I above. My parents wanted to see it since it is featured in the opening credits of King of Queens, one of their favorite TV shows. After that we headed to an Italian place for dinner, which ended up being amazing, and was one of my favorite meals on the trip. It was called Magna, if you are ever there in the future!
Day two consisted of so much walking, I can’t even tell you where all we went! We started off visiting Macy’s on 34th street, walked to the Empire State’s Building, saw the Flat Iron Building, and did some shopping on 5th Avenue. We ended the day with pizza at John’s Pizza (one of my family’s favorites) and checked out Times Square. Of course I had to take photos in front of the venue of some of my favorite broadway shows!
- LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
- Chelsea Market
- Hudson Yards
- Mean Girls on Broadway
Tuesday had a very early wake up call, because we were going to LIVE with Kelly and Ryan! Even though I really didn’t want to get up at 5:30 AM, I ended up having such a great time at the show. We got to see Ingrid Michaelson perform, which was awesome since I adore her! After the show we went to Chelsea Market for lunch. I thought this was such a cool spot! It kind of reminded us of Pikes Place in Seattle. We then walked along the high line to Hudson Yards. I really suggest doing this since it is such a clean and beautiful area. That night we went to see Mean Girls on Broadway and we all loved it! It was hilarious and the music was great.
- The Today Show
- Ticket Tape Parade
- Statue of Liberty
- Washington Square Park
Our final day in New York! We had (another) early morning, but this time to see the Today Show. This was also a super fun experience, and this time we were actually sorta on TV! Al Rocker loved my sign, and gave me a shout out saying “Let’s go Idaho!” Afterwords, we went to the Ticker Tape parade for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team! They don’t have these ticker tape parades very often, so that was something cool to be apart of. We then walked to see the Statue of Liberty, however we didn’t take the ferry since we’ve seen it before. We then headed to Soho and Chinatown, both are super fun spots to explore. After that we went to see my close friend and one of my favorite photographers, Clara! I loved getting to see her and her adorable apartment. She then took us over to Washington Square Park. I have to say the Arch in Paris is way better than that one. But still cool to see! We ended our day back in Times Square, which is always one of my favorite spots in the city.
Well that is it for our New York City trip! Sorry I have been so MIA this summer, it has just been crazy busy! I hope to have more normal content starting this week, along with catching up on all my travels this summer. This weekend I had my best friend Maddie come visit, and we had such a fun time together! As always, make sure you are following my instagram to stay more up-to-date on all my adventures. Thanks for reading!