Where do you plan to hold up? Look up Liberty Harbor RV park. It is not cheap, but it is close to the public transportation. Even though you may have a vehicle, if you were not raised in the megopolis of the east coast, try to avoid driving in the cities.
As to must sees: You haven't said what you like, but the 9/11 memorial should be counted in. If you are museum people, Well.....
Natural History Museum,
Metropolitan Museum of Art
MOMA - Museum of Modern Art
Guggehiem and those are just the big names.
South Street Seaport is a passable maritime museum, you might be able to take a water taxi there from LHRV.
Times Square is sort of disappointing - I haven't been there in a decade, but it had not gotten any better. There are lots of crumby gift shops like those on the Strip.
As suggested the Circle Line is a good one, I haven't done in 40+yrs.
They offer a semi cruise now and that can't be all bad.
Lots of places I used to go as a student just aren't there anymore.
Matt & Mary Colie
A sailor, his bride and their black dog going to see some dry places that have Geocaches in a coach made the year we married.
A circle line cruise will take you around Manhatten. You will see "all the buildings" and the Statue of Liberty...
If you don't mind subways...
1. 911 memorial
2. Time Square
3. Rockafella Plaza
x2- Take the tour early and that will give you a good point of referance of what you want to revisit by foot or subway.
Last trip we toured the city through our stomachs.. we took the subway from one eatery to another of the food network eateries that we saw on the television.
NYC will not disappoint you! Go to Times Square in the morning and play the piano then return at night to marvel at the lights!
George and Ann
2012 Dodge 3500, SLT Big Horn,CC,DRW,Cummins HO,4x4,3:73, Dual Cam Hitch
2008 Keystone Springdale 291RK Retired Army, but still working....until 2015
We stayed north of the city at the KOA at Newburgh NY. Great park. They have a tour option in a large new tour bus that picks up at the campground and takes you into NYC to see all the highlights. Pricey but worth it. The tour info is on the KOA website for the Newburgh KOA. If you don't want to pay the tour price, another option is to drive over the Hudson River to Beacon NY and take the train into the city (about an hour ride), reasonable price. Just don't go at rush times. Once in the city you can use the subway and-or pick up a tour there.
Lonny & Diane
2004 Country Coach Allure 33' "Big Blue"
Towing 2008 Chev Colorado 4x4
TWO days in NYC? Staten Island free ferry, yes, the 911 Memorial, just pick ONE Museum and see that. Times Square at night is a kick, for sure. Empire State Building, but the line-up can be 2-3 hours. If you like photography, see B&H. You could do an Off Broadway play, in an afternoon. Go ride the subway..see Penn Station. Skip Chinatown for the knock-offs. Lots of good clothing bargains on Canal Street if that's your bag. Don't go to bed before 2 am and get up at 7 am....go go go...you can sleep when leave. Have fun.People watching. Do be aware of putting your wallet in a front pocket and don't flash stuff. Just use common sense.
I LOVE NYC.
I have a Blog..about stuff, some of which is RV'ing.
Empire State Building, Madame Toussaud's (sp?), Times Square, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity Church Wall Street, World Trade Center, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center (Rainbow Room - food is o.k. but the view is spectacular), and these are just a few. If you can't find it in NYC, it doesn't exist.
I agree with all above and would like to add Battery Park and Central Park including Stawberry Fields. Also the Museum of the American Indian and Statue of Liberty. And a show on Broadway. Window shopping .......
-- I would visit Grand Central Terminal (east at the Oyster Bar) instead of Penn Station. GCT is a marvel in architecture, people watching, and good shopping if the DW wants to shop. I like trains, so watching the trains on two levels is interesting too. Penn Station is a dump and completely utilitarian.
-- Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island.
-- Just about any Broadway play.
-- I liked the UN, but I'm a political junkie.
Those would be the four I would take a co-worker to when I used to tracheal with them.
Times Square is the typical tourist trap/cheesy shops/ nik-naks. If you hit a Boradway play, stop y, it's worth seeing, just not making it "the" destination.
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