One week in New York: The best 7 days itinerary

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7 Days in New York: The Best One Week Itinerary + Where to Stay

You’re planning to spend one week in New York and you’re looking for the best itinerary?

You’re in the right place!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this 7-day itinerary in New York.

During your trip, you will discover all must-see attractions of the city such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the district of Brooklyn and a lot more.

In addition to the best places to visit and activities for each stage of your itinerary, I will also give you all my best tips and accommodation suggestions depending on your budget.

So, how to spend 1 week in New York? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!

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How to avoid waiting in line (and save a lot of time!) at New York’s tourist attractions

With more than 56 million tourists every year, New York is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

Everyone wants to discover its skyscrapers as all the amazing museums and activities New York has to offer.

Unfortunately, this means huge waiting lines (and a lot of time wasted!) at all must-see attractions like the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center.

It’s as crowded as the Colosseum in Rome or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

But don’t worry: I have 2 solutions that will allow you to save a lot of time during your one week trip to New York.

1. The New York Go City Explorer Pass

One of the best solutions to avoid queuing for your one week itinerary in New York is to buy the “New York Go City Explorer Pass”.

With this pass, you will have access to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions.

If you have already visited other cities with a City Pass, you should note that the New York Explorer pass works according to the number of activities, and not in terms of duration (no 24h/48h/72h limit, like most other City Pass).

So that gives you plenty of time to do the selected activities during your 7 days itinerary in New York 😉.

And you know what: there are about 90 activities offered!

Of course, all the most famous attractions such as the Empire State Building, the ferry for the Statue of Liberty or the top of the Rock observation deck are included!

To book it, it’s very simple: you just need to click on the green button located a bit below. 

Once you have ordered your New York Explorer Pass, you will receive your pass by email.

The email also contains a digital guide with a lot of useful information to organize your visits to the attractions: opening hours, directions… as well as if you need to book a time slot (which is the case for the majority of New York’s sites).

Here is a summary of the most popular attractions included in the New York Explorer pass:

  • Empire State Building
  • The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry
  • Top of the Rock
  • 9/11 Museum and Memorial
  • MoMA
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • One World Observatory
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Circle Line Sightseeing
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral Tour
  • And many many more…

For a week in New York, you should book the New York Explorer Pass for 10 attractions as you will do a lot of activities and visits.

To purchase your New York Explorer Pass, simply click on the following green button:

There is another pass available to visit New York: the New York City Pass. But I don’t recommend it for 7 days as it only includes 5 attractions.

For a one week trip in New York, the New York Explorer Pass with 10 attractions is definitely the best one!

2. Fast track tickets for New York’s best tourist attractions

If you don’t want to buy the New York Explorer Pass to visit New York in 1 week, you can also buy skip-the-line tickets for each attraction separately.

You can purchase skip the line tickets for all the best places to visit and activities for New York.

You can also book all your guided visits in advance.

If you book your tickets and activities through the links I give you in this guide, you will avoid a lot of unnecessary waiting and save money.

Here is the list of the best skip-the-line tickets for your one-week stay in New York:

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you want to book other activities in New York, you should always use these 2 reliable and safe websites:

One Last Tip for a Perfect 7-Day Stay in New York

If you already know your travel dates (or as soon as you will have them!), you should really book your accommodation.

As New York is one of the most touristic cities in the world, the hotels offering the best value for money are often fully booked months in advance.

As a seasoned traveler, I can assure you that it’s always by planning as far in advance as possible that I’ve found the best hotels or apartments deals.

You agree that it would be a shame to somewhat ruin your stay in New York by ending up in a not-so-great hotel that costed you a fortune, right? 😅

So your best bet is to take 5 minutes now to have a look at traveler’s favorite hotels in New York.

And if you like one of the hotels you find, book it!

It’s fast, it’s easy and most accommodation offer free cancellation. That’s the best way to protect yourself from the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the best hotels deals in New York, simply click on the green button below:

After securing your dream stay, it’s time to continue reading this guide!

New York in 1 week: the best itinerary

Let’s now start your 7-day New York itinerary.

For each day, I will tell you everything you need to know about the places you will visit + give you a map that will help you visualize the itinerary a bit better.

I’m assuming you will be staying in New York for a full week, and that you have bought the New York Explorer Pass or Skip-the-Line Tickets.

It’s the best way to save time and see as many tourist attractions as possible during your one week stay!

If you still have questions after reading this guide (or need help organizing your holiday), don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section located at the very end of this article.

So, what are the best places to visit in New York in 7 days?

Day 1: Exploring the Heart of Manhattan

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7-Day New York Itinerary – Day 1

Day 1 visits:

A. Central Park
B. Museums
C. Fifth Avenue
D. St Patrick’s Cathedral
E. Top of the Rock
F. Times Square

A. Central Park

Start your one-week itinerary in New York with a visit to the city’s famous Central Park.

This vast urban oasis is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a scenic walk amidst the city’s bustling pace.

Make sure to check out The Mall and Literary Walk, a beautifully lined path known for its row of statues of literary figures.

Also, pay a visit to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain – it’s one of the most photographed spots in the park, and for good reason!

You should also pass by:

  • The Strawberry Fields memorial dedicated to John Lennon
  • The Belvedere Castle
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • The Bow Bridge
  • Alice in Wonderland Statue

To reach Central Park, you can take the subway to 72 Street Station, 81 Street Station or 86 Street Station.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you want a change from the classic walking tour of Central Park, you can also choose to:

Central Park
Central Park

B. Visit 1 or 2 Must-See Museums

Close to Central Park, you’ll find some of the world’s most renowned museums.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose to visit the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Guggenheim Museum.

Each museum offers a unique experience.

The American Museum of Natural History is perfect for science enthusiasts, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases a vast collection of art from around the world.

If modern and contemporary art is your preference, then head straight to the Guggenheim Museum.

Both the American Museum and the Guggenheim are included with the New York Explorer Pass.

Entrance ticket for the MET has to be purchased on the official website and the guided tour by clicking here!

If you don’t have the pass, you need to book your tickets in advance by clicking on the button below:

  • The American Museum of Natural History:

If you’re spending these 7 days in New York with your family, you can be sure that everyone will love that visit!

  • The Guggenheim Museum:

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History

C. Fifth Avenue

Next, stroll down the iconic Fifth Avenue.

Known for its high-end boutiques and historic landmarks, it’s a great place to shop or just enjoy some window-shopping.

Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue

D. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Your next stop during your one week trip to New York will be the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture.

Entry to St. Patrick’s Cathedral is included in the New York Explorer Pass, which give you the perfect occasion to see the inside of the cathedral and the beautiful stained glass. 

Without the pass, you can directly buy your ticket by clicking here:

Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral NYC

E. Top of the Rock

To get an awe-inspiring view of the city, head to the Top of the Rock.

Located at the top of the Rockefeller Center, this observation deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view of New York City. Make sure to look out for the Empire State Building and Central Park – they look particularly majestic from here.

Entrance to Top of the Rock is included with the New York Go City Explorer Pass.

If you don’t have the pass, you have to buy your skip the line ticket here:

Rockfeller Center Top of The Rock
Rockefeller Center Top of The Rock

F. Times Square

Finish your first day in New York at Times Square.

This iconic square, filled with bright billboards, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

Times Square
Times Square

Day 2: Discovering Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan

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Visiter New York en une semaine – Jour 2

Day 2 visits:

A. Brooklyn district and DUMBO
B. Brooklyn Bridge
C. Statue of Liberty
D. Financial district
E. 9/11 Memorial and museum
F. One World Observatory
G. Little Italy and Chinatown

A. Brooklyn District and DUMBO

On the 2nd day of your one week trip to New York, wake up early and get ready to discover Brooklyn, one of New York’s most vibrant boroughs.

Start your day in the trendy neighborhood of DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

While in DUMBO, take the chance to snap that iconic picture with the Manhattan Bridge in the background.

If you want to visit the district with a local guide and learn everything about Brooklyn, you should book this walking tour (click here)

Voyage Tips - Advice

To get to Brooklyn, take the subway to York Street station.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

B. Brooklyn Bridge

Next on your itinerary during your 7 days in New York is a stroll on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

This stunning piece of architecture has stood tall since 1883, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. With its gothic arches and web-like cables, it’s one of the best photo spots in NYC.

As you walk the 1.3-mile span, you can enjoy panoramic vistas of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Freedom Tower.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Did you know the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge?

It was also the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened.

Brooklyn bridge
Brooklyn bridge

C. Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Make your way to Battery Park (if you want to take the subway, you can get off at Whitehall station or Bowling Green) and hop on a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

You have the choice to set foot on the islands or enjoy a one-hour cruise around them.

The New York Explorer Pass includes round trip ferry ticket for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

If you haven’t bought the pass and you want to disembark on the island, you need to book your tickets here:

If you prefer to take the one-hour cruise, click here:

Voyage Tips - Advice

For an other epic experience during your week in New York, you need to take an helicopter tour above the city!

The tour departs from Battery Park 200 metres away, which is very convenient. You can take your helicopter tour before or after going to the Statue of Liberty.

You’ll have the choice between the classic tour (click here for more info and booked it!) or the sensational version with the door open! 

To book this incredible activity to do in one week in New York, you just have to click on the button below:

Statue of Liberty NYC
Statue of Liberty NYC

D. Financial District / Wall Street / New York Stock Exchange / Charging Bull

Back on the mainland, make your way to the Financial District, the heart of New York’s commerce.

Take a stroll down Wall Street and visit the New York Stock Exchange.

And don’t forget to rub the nose (or on the other side, the private parts 😅) of the Charging Bull for good luck. You never know, it might just bring you some Wall Street fortune!

Wall Street
Wall Street

E. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Then, it’s time for a moment of reflection at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The two large pools, located where the Twin Towers once stood, serve as a powerful reminder of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

You can also visit the museum to learn more about that day and the aftermath.

Entrance to the National 9/11 memorial and museum is free with the New York Go City Explorer Pass.

A 90-minute guided walking tour around Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial is also available . You can book it here!

Otherwise skip the line tickets are available here:

National 9 11 Memorial & Museum
National 9 11 Memorial & Museum

F. One World Observatory

Finally, end your day with a visit to the One World Observatory.

Located at the top of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, it offers breathtaking views of the city.

And the ride in the elevator is an experience itself as you can see a short film showing the transformation of New York city over the years.

Entrance to One World Observatory is free with the New York Go City Explorer Pass.

Simply click on the green button to book your tickets if you don’t have a pass:

One World Observatory
One World Observatory

G. Dinner in Little Italy or Chinatown

By now, you must be starving. So, why not treat yourself to an authentic meal in Little Italy or Chinatown?

From delicious pasta to dim sum, these neighborhoods offer some of the best food in town. Bon appétit, or should I say, buon appetito!

In Little Italy, don’t miss the chance to try cannoli, a delicious Sicilian dessert.

And in Chinatown, go for the Peking Duck. They’re my personal favorites!

That concludes your second day in the city of dreams. You are doing great exploring New York in one week.

But remember, the city never sleeps, and there are still five more exciting days to come! Stay tuned for more of your 7 days in New York journey.

Chinatown New York
Chinatown New York

Day 3: What to do in New York?

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7 Days in New York – Day 3 itinerary

Day 3 visits:

A. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
B. Circle line Sightseeing cruise
C. Madame Tussauds
D. New York Public Library / Grand Central Terminal / Chrysler Building / United Nation Headquarters
E. Empire State Building
F. See a musical on Broadway

A. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Start your third day on your one week itinerary in New York at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

It’s not every day you get to tour a legendary aircraft carrier!

The museum houses a wide range of exhibits, including the space shuttle Enterprise. If you are a fan of history or technology, you’ll love this place.

Free access to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum with the New York Explorer Pass.

Without it, you need to book your ticket in advance by clicking here:

Voyage Tips - Advice

The nearest underground station to the museum is 50 Street Station, a 15-minute walk away.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

B. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

Next, take a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise for a refreshing perspective of New York.

You can soak in iconic sights like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the breathtaking skyline.

Even if you’ve already done the cruise around the Statue of Liberty, this one is much more complete and allows you to see other places as well.

And as it’s included in the New York Explorer Pass, it won’t cost you a thing.

If you don’t have a pass but want to take this cruise during your week in New York, you’ll need to book it in advance here:

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

C. Madame Tussauds New York

Ever dreamt of rubbing shoulders with celebrities? Well, at Madame Tussauds New York, you can do just that.

Okay, they might just be wax figures, but who’s checking?

Pose next to your favorite stars, and make your friends green with envy after posting pictures with Brad Pitt, Rihanna, Beyoncé or Georges Clooney.

And again: free entrance to Madame Tussauds is included with the New York Go City Explorer Pass.

If you don’t have the explorer pass, don’t panic, you can buy your tickets for Madame Tussauds here:

Madame Tussaud New York
Madame Tussaud New York

D. New York Public Library / Grand Central Terminal / Chrysler Building / United Nation Headquarters

After that, make your way to a cluster of iconic landmarks.

Visit the New York Public Library to witness the stunning architecture and soak up some wisdom.

Stop by the Grand Central Terminal to admire its grandeur.

Take a quick look at the art deco Chrysler Building, and round off the sightseeing with the United Nation Headquarters.

Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station

E. Empire State Building

As the evening sets in, it’s time to head to the Empire State Building.

Trust me, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see New York light up from the 102nd floor. 

To visit the Empire State Building, you need to book your tickets in advance here:

But don’t forget that it’s already included with the New York Explorer Pass.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

F. See a Musical on Broadway

Finally, cap off the day with a musical on Broadway.

Whether you’re a theater aficionado or a casual fan, there’s something magical about seeing a story unfold on the Broadway stage.

Remember to book your Broadway tickets in advance. Some of the popular shows as the Lion King for example, sell out quickly.

You can see all Broadway shows tickets and book them by clicking here!

And just like that, your third day of your one week in New York comes to an end. Get a good night’s sleep because there’s much more to discover in your 7 days in New York adventure!

Lion king musical
Lion king musical

Day 4: Exploring Artistic Corners + The Best Rooftops of NYC

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7 Days in New York – Day 4 itinerary

Day 4 visits:

A. Greenwich Village
B. Chelsea Market
C. High Line
D. The Vessel
E. The Edge
F. Rooftop bars

A. Greenwich Village

On day four, brace yourself to dive into the hip and artistic side of the city.

Your first stop is Greenwich Village, where creative culture meets historical charm.

You can stroll around the leafy streets, find quirky shops, or even stop by a trendy cafe for a caffeine fix.

And if you don’t want to miss anything in Greenwich Village, you should book this 2-hour guided tour.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Fans of the famous TV series Friends will also be able to:

  • Pass by the iconic Friends apartment building (adress: on the corner of Grove Street and Bedford Street)
  • Visit the “Friend Experience” where you can take photos of yourself in the flats of Monica, Phoebe, Ross… It is essential to book your tickets well in advance as they go very quickly. Click here to book!
Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village

B. Luch break at Chelsea Market

When the hunger pangs kick in, head to Chelsea Market.

With over 35 vendors selling cuisines from all over the world, you can embark on a global culinary journey.

C. The High Line

After your culinary escapade, walk it off at The High Line. A little stroll is the perfect way to digest your meal!

It’s an elevated park built on a former railway track.

You’ll get fantastic views of the city and the Hudson River.

High Line Park
High Line Park

D. The Vessel – Hudson Yard

Next on your list is The Vessel at Hudson Yard.

It’s an interactive sculpture where you can climb 154 interconnecting flights of stairs. That’s around 2,500 steps. Who needs a gym, right?

As you ascend, make sure to take in the mesmerizing views.

Hudson Yards The Vessel
Hudson Yards The Vessel

E. Edge Observation Deck

As you continue your exciting one week in New York, your next stop is the newest kid on the block among New York’s observation decks – the Edge.

Standing proudly at an elevation of 1,131 feet, Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere!

Even the city’s skyscrapers will look like Lego blocks from up there.

Upon reaching the Edge, you’ll find yourself on a spacious outdoor viewing area, boasting 360-degree views of New York City’s skyline, the surrounding waters, and landmarks near and far.

But the real show-stopper here is the glass floor! A 225-square-foot portion of the deck has a see-through floor that allows you to look straight down to the streets below. 

Good news: visit the Edge for free with the New York Go City Explorer Pass (if you don’t have it, book your tickets here!).

Edge observation deck New York
Edge observation deck New York

F. Rooftop Bars in New York

As the day nears its end, it’s time for a well-deserved drink.

New York City is known for its fantastic rooftop bars. I’ve got a few personal favorites – the 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar NYC offers incredible Empire State Building views.

At Westlight in The William Vale, you get a panoramic view of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The Rooftop at The Standard, High Line and The Press Lounge also offer splendid city views and exquisite drinks.

Voyage Tips - Advice

These rooftop bars can get crowded, especially during sunset hours. Try to go early to secure a spot with the best view or book in advance if that’s possible.

New York by night
New York by night

Day 5: More places to visit in New York

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One week in New York – Day 5 itinerary

Day 5 visits:

A. MoMA
B. Summit One Vanderbilt
C. Shopping in New York
D. Speakeasy or Michelin-starred restaurants

A. MoMA

Day five of your one week in New York starts at the iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

This is the place to be if you’re a lover of modern and contemporary art. Or even if you’re not, you might just become one after this.

From Van Gogh’s Starry Night to Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, you’ll see it all.

Entry to the MoMA is included in the New York Explorer Pass.

Alternatively, you can buy your tickets here:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

B. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

After your artsy morning, make your way to SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.

This place takes observation decks to a whole new level, literally and figuratively.

The glass floor terraces and mirrored rooms will give you a unique perspective of the city.

As this visit is not included in a pass now, you have to book your skip the line directly by clicking here: 

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt New York
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt New York

C. Shopping in New York

It’s now time for a different kind of art – the art of shopping!

Whether it’s the luxurious 5th Avenue or the trendy boutiques of Soho, New York has got you covered.

Don’t forget to swing by the iconic Macy’s. Who knows? You might find that perfect New York souvenir. Or an entire new wardrobe, no judgment here.

Soho New York
Soho New York

D. Speakeasy or Michelin-starred Restaurants

As the day winds down, why not take a step back in time with a drink in a speakeasy?

These secret bars will transport you to the 1920s, minus the prohibition part.

Here’s a list of some popular speakeasies in New York City:

  • Please Don’t Tell (PDT) – Situated in the East Village
  • Employees Only – Found in the West Village
  • The Back Room – Tucked away on the Lower East Side
  • Attaboy – Located in the Lower East Side,

Or, if you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself to a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant. After all, you’re in the culinary capital of the world. You might as well eat like it!

Speakeasy New York
Speakeasy New York

Day 6: Exploring Staten Island

On day six, it’s time to venture out of Manhattan and explore Staten Island.

This often-overlooked borough is a gem just waiting to be discovered. But first, how do you get there?

The easiest way to reach Staten Island is via the Staten Island Ferry. It’s free, it operates 24/7, and it offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Not bad for a commute, right?

Once on Staten Island, you can visit the beautiful Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the intriguing Staten Island Museum, the Botanical garden or take a leisurely stroll in the Staten Island Greenbelt.

And if you didn’t do enough shopping the day before, head to the Empire Outlet.

Voyage Tips - Advice

I recommend timing your ferry ride back at sunset. The view of the Statue of Liberty with the sun setting behind the skyline is a sight you won’t forget.

Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry

Day 7: Coney Island or Harlem? Tough Choice!

Finally, the seventh day of your one week in New York has arrived.

But no tears, please. We’ve got a whole day of fun ahead.

And here’s the best part: you get to choose your own adventure for the day! So, what’s it going to be – the vibrant vibes of Coney Island or the soulful energy of Harlem? Let’s see what each option has to offer.

Option 1: Coney Island

A trip to Coney Island if you are visiting New York in 7 days with kids.

This iconic amusement park on the southern tip of Brooklyn is home to the famous Cyclone roller coaster, the Wonder Wheel, and of course, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs.

You can also take a dip in the ocean, or just kick back on the beach.

If you’re looking to let loose and have some good old-fashioned fun on your last day in New York, Coney Island is the place to be.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Remember, Coney Island is seasonal. It’s at its best from late spring to early fall. So, plan accordingly.

You need to buy your tickets for Luna Park in Coney Island here.

Coney island
Coney island

Option 2: Visit Harlem district / Gospel Concert

On the other hand, if you’re more in the mood for a cultural experience, consider heading up north to Harlem.

This historic neighborhood is the heart of African-American culture in New York.

Visit the Apollo Theater, take a stroll along Malcolm X Boulevard, and enjoy some soul food at a local restaurant.

And the cherry on top? A gospel concert. The powerful voices and infectious energy will leave you moved and inspired.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To attend the concert, the easiest is to book a Harlem tour. The best one includes:

  • Pickup and drop off from Times Square
  • Exploring the best places to visit in Harlem with your guide
  • The highlight of the tour: the gospel concert!

The tour takes place only 2 days a week. You need to book the Wednesday tour by clicking here, and the Sunday tour by clicking there.

Harlem Gospel
Harlem Gospel

Where to stay in New York?

Now that you know everything about the best things to do in New York in 7 days, there is just one thing left to do: booking your hotel!

There are hundreds of hotels in New York, and choosing the best for your stay can be a bit complicated.

In order to help you out, I have selected for you the best hotels in New York depending on your budget.

As always, to get the best prices, you should book your hotel as early as possible!

Here is my selection of the best hotels to stay when visiting New York in one week (around Times Square / Empire State Building / Central Park).

  • HI New York City Hostel: Youth hostel located right next to Central Park. Dormitory beds from €50 per night. An excellent choice for cheap accommodation in New York City Center!
  • Club Wyndham Midtown 45: Located next to Grand Central Station. Bright and spacious double room from €200 per night. Strong Points: the rooftop and the location.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square South: Located 1 km from Times Square. Cosy, comfortable double rooms from €330 per night, including breakfast. Strong points: friendly staff, view, peace and quiet.
  • Hyatt Place New York City/Times Square: Located next to Madame Tussauds. Double room with impeccable cleanliness and comfortable bedding from €350, breakfast included. Strong points: central location for visiting New York on foot, very generous breakfast, very friendly staff.
  • The Iroquois New York: Located less than 500 metres from Times Square, this 5-star hotel offers superb rooms with very chic decor, from €410 including breakfast. Strong points: ideal, quiet location, attentive staff.
  • Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square: Located next to the Rockfeller Center. Very comfortable, noise-isolated room from €450, breakfast €23. Strong points: very professional staff, varied breakfast, very easy to visit the centre of New York on foot.
  • Hard Rock Hotel New York: Located next to the Rockfeller Center, this luxury hotel offers elegant, contemporary rooms from €500, breakfast €47. Strong points: the rooftop, the comfort, the classy design. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in New York!
Hard Rock Hotel New York
Hard Rock Hotel New York

If you don’t mind being a bit further from the centre (don’t worry, it’s still very easily accessible by public transport), here is my list of the best hotels in Wall Street.

It’s a bit quieter than the hotels in Times Square and also slightly less expensive for equivalent quality.

  • Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown: Located 160 metres from Battery Park. Comfortable, modern rooms from €225, breakfast €23. Strong points: the location close to the metro, very comfortable, practical for going to the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island.
  • The Washington by LuxUrban: Located 200 metres from the 9/11 Memorial and museum. Stylish rooms from €240, breakfast included. Strong points: metro stations right next to the hotel – perfect for sightseeing, view of the One World Trade Center, quality of bedding, peace and quiet.
  • Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center: Located next to Ground Zero. Spacious and cosy double room from €330. Strong points: location next to several metro stations, views from the rooftop and some rooms, free unlimited water and coffee/tea, in-room fridge.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To help you find the perfect accommodation, I have also written a guide of the best areas and places to stay in New York depending on your budget.

You can find it here: Where to stay in New York?

Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center New York
Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center New York

One week in New York with your family

You can easily do this suggested one week itinerary in New York with your kids.

You can take the metro to move around and walk.

Here are some fun and family-friendly activities that should definitely be on your itinerary for a kid-approved one week in New York:

  • Central Park Zoo: from snow leopards to grizzly bears, this zoo is brimming with creatures that will keep the little ones entertained for hours.
  • American Museum of Natural History: dinosaur fossils, a giant blue whale model, a planetarium – your kids won’t know where to look first.
  • The iconic toy store, FAO Schwarz, is an absolute must-visit. With its giant floor piano and aisles overflowing with toys, it’s sure to bring out the inner child in everyone. 
  • Pass by the M&M and Disney’s stores in Times Square and the Lego’s store on Fifth Avenue
  • Take a Ferry to the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit Coney Island
  • Broadway Show: many shows like ‘The Lion King’, ‘Frozen’, and ‘Aladdin’ are perfect for kids.

With so many kid-friendly activities, your one week in New York will be a blast for the whole family.

The New York Explorer Pass are available for children (prices depends on their age).

More ideas of things to do during your 7-day stay in New York

To get even more information about the best places to visit in New York you should also read my other article: The 57 best things to do in New York.

Map of your 7-day itinerary in New York

To help you visualize your daily itineraries during your 7 days in New York, I have created this map with all the places to visit day by day. You can view the map’s legend by clicking on the top left button, the one with a little arrow.

You can thus see the suggested itineraries for each day.

Flight prices to New York

As always, you should book your plane tickets as early as possible to get the best prices.

To check the rates and schedules for flights to New York, you can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner:

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