7 days in New York: itinerary & tips | 1 week in NYC

Going to New York for 7 days or 1 week? Perfect! Discover our tips to make a great and unique trip! New York is not just Times Square and buildings, it’s much more. A beautiful 7-day itinerary in New York awaits you. You will see how to visit New York in 7 days: from must-sees to more authentic places to visit and unusual things to do in New York in 1 week.

Tips and visits for 1 week in New York

In this itinerary for 7 days in New York, you will find the great things to do in New York and other places and activities to experience there. Let’s go!

Before leaving. If you are going to stay 7 days in New York, your trip will certainly be less impacted by jet lag. This is one of the reasons why a 7-day trip is an ideal duration for visiting New York. However, before departure, if you are coming from Europe, try to go to bed later than usual.

Good to know. The New York CityPASS can be a good plan to visit New York in 7 days. Note in the visit itinerary below the places you absolutely want to visit. If they are part of the CityPASS, you can save money. There will be a summary at the end of the post.

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7 days in New York: Day 1

You have arrived in New York during 1 week of visits and discoveries! The first day can be quite short in visits and maybe a little tiring after your flight. Therefore, the best to do the heart of Manhattan without feeling the atmosphere of New York without rushing too much.

Discovering the heart of Manhattan

5 boroughs. New York is divided into 5 “boroughs”. The most populated and famous is Manhattan. It is also here that you will find the major must-sees to visit in New York in 7 days. Moreover, in order to spend 1 week in New York at the top, the best is to stay on the island of Manhattan. We’ll talk about that later in this post. Otherwise, go to our post: Best places to stay in New York.

Midtown Manhattan. This is the heart of Manhattan. This part of Manhattan is home to many New York skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building, as well as other iconic places such as Times Square and the MoMA Museum of Modern Art.

Times Square. One of the key symbols of New York! During these 7 days in New York, it is a place to visit absolutely to feel the effervescence of this impressive city. It is interesting to visit Times Square day and night. Do not miss famous stores such as M&M World, Disney Store, or Hershey’s Chocolate World in the area.

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Going to Bryant Park

At the foot of the Empire State Building (see below). This park is located in the heart of Manhattan. The atmosphere is friendly and very pleasant. Sometimes you can attend concerts or outdoor theatrical performances here. And in winter, you can even skate! It is a nice park to discover in New York from the first stays of your week in New York.

Visiting the New York Public Library in New York (optional)

In Bryant Park. During this first discovery of the heart of Manhattan, you can take a short detour to the New York Public Library. It is a beautiful and impressive place. It is part of our TOP 40 places to visit in New York. Free entry. Why not visit it?

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Empire State Building

Mythical skyscraper in New York. The Empire State Building is one of the most famous places in New York, thanks in particular to many films (eg King Kong). This skyscraper is built in the Art Deco style and is located in the heart of Manhattan. Opened in 1931, Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world for decades.

Better view? You can climb the Empire State Building (see ticket prices), or choose another viewing platform. In our opinion, one of the best alternatives is One Vanderbilt, which is not far from the Empire State Building and offers another advantage. We just talk about it below.

Good to know. The Empire State Building tour is part of the New York CityPASS.

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Visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York

Not to be missed in New York. When we think of New York, we certainly don’t think of Gothic cathedrals in the first place. In order to surprise you, during your walk in Midtown Manhattan, pass in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. A stone’s throw from the cathedral is the One Vanderbilt, on which you can go up at the end of the day for the sunset.

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Going to the top of One Vanderbilt: exceptional view + experience to live in New York

New York in front of you. If you are going to spend 1 week in New York, this place is another very good option to get to know New York from day one. Located in the One Vanderbilt skyscraper (427 meters high), this attraction is an observation platform with a spectacular view of New York, but also an interactive experience. The facilities are surprising and magical and will amaze you as soon as you arrive: see photos, prices and availability for the Summit One Vanderbilt experience.

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DAY 2: 7 days itinerary in New York

What to do on the second day in New York? Continue discovering the city’s major must-sees! Here is the rest of this itinerary to visit New York in 7 days.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty and going to Ellis Island

Understanding the history of New York. During your week in New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty is one of the must-do’s. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this statue was donated to New York City by France. Ellis Island is also home to the Immigration Museum. This is another very interesting place to visit in New York in 7 days.

Visit + return ferry. To get to Ellis Island, you have to take the ferry. In order to optimize the visit, opt for a ticket that combines the entrance tickets and the round trip by ferry. Discover the practical information: dates, availability and prices. We highly recommend visiting the Statue of Liberty, as well as the Immigration Museum. In total, allow a maximum of 4 hours for the visit and transport.

NYCity Pass. Visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are offered in the New York CityPASS. Other places are included as well. In general, this pass is interesting if you visit at least 3-4 must-see places.

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Having a lunch in a typical New York restaurant

Where to eat in New York? The Smith is a good typical place to eat in New York close to Central Park. It is a chain with several addresses in Manhattan. If you are going to visit Central Park afterwards, or just before your visit, this address is perfect. In any case, for this superb week in New York, do not miss this address and add to your 7-day itinerary in New York.

Strolling through Central Park (must-see during 7 days in New York)

Place to visit. In the afternoon, head to Central Park. This mythical place in New York will not leave you indifferent. Large and peaceful, this park is a perfect place to feel the New York spirit. It is 341 hectares in total. You can land here for a picnic, just to take a break or observe the life of the locals. If you are going to spend 1 week in New York, Central Park is a must-visit place.

Museums. Two world famous museums are right next to Central Park. Maybe you know them? The American Museum of Natural History and the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art). The first was known in part thanks to the film “A Night at the Museum“, and the second is one of the largest museums in the world. Choose the one that most interests you for the visit!

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Visiting the American Museum of Natural History

What a museum! If you are going to spend 7 days in New York with your family, this is certainly the museum you will choose first. The American Museum of Natural History is a place that can please everyone. The exhibits are impressive. A victim of its own success, this museum has become one of the most popular in New York. Therefore, we advise you to take the skip-the-line tickets in order to save time. This is a really cool visit to do in New York!

Good to know. In general, the American Museum of Natural History is included in the New York CityPASS. If you see that several visits are included in the pass, it may be worth it (40% savings on entrance tickets).


Visiting MET

More “classic” museum. At the MET in New York, you can see American art, European art or contemporary art, as well as objects from antiquity and ancient Egypt. If it is rather this type of museum that interests you, then do not hesitate. You will love the MET collections. You can find everything there!

Best time to visit MET. Wednesday and Thursday are the quietest days. Saturday is the busiest day.

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Having a drink on a New York rooftop

A good spot. Refinery Rooftop is a cool place in the heart of New York! Perfect for going out at night. The view is not completely clear for all the tables, but the atmosphere is very cool.

DAY 3: itinerary for the 3rd day of your trip to New York

A new day of visits begins! This time, you are going to discover the western part of Manhattan. If you are going to visit New York in 7 days, this part of the island is very interesting to visit to discover another dimension of New York. Lots of beautiful surprises and discoveries await you!

Discovering the surprising Vessel structure in New York

Not to miss. You can start the day by visiting this surprising structure in New York: The Vessel! Located at the northern end of High Line Park (see the rest of the day), you will be surprised to discover its architecture. The Vessel is 154 interconnected staircases and 80 observation platforms. The visit is free. Allow about 30-40 minutes to visit this place.

Walking in the High Line Park

New York from another angle. Do you know the Coulée verte in Paris? The principle of High Line Park is the same. It is an old unused railway line transformed into a park. Passing over the main avenues of New York, you will discover New York in a different way. Who said New York was all about buildings?

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Visiting Little Island (optional)

Park on the water. Built on stilts, this Little Island park is located not far from the High Line. If you enjoy walking, you can add this tour to your 7 Days in New York sightseeing itinerary. This is a place not to be missed in New York, if you need to get some fresh air. Alternatively, you can go straight to Chelsea Market.

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Lunch at Chelsea Market

Nice place to eat. Chelsea Market is near the south end of High Line Park. The atmosphere at Chelsea Market is warm and friendly. It is an interesting place to see another piece of local life. What to see at Chelsea Market? Small shops, bakeries or very nice restaurants to eat in New York. So, take the opportunity to have a lunch break at the top!

Visiting the Greenwich Village neighborhood (optional)

Calm and sweetness. It all depends on what time you will arrive at Chelsea Market, but if you still have time and energy ahead of you, you can take a short detour to Greenwich Village. Are you going to take a detour to see Friends’ apartment?

Visiting the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York

A poignant visit. Inside this memorial, we can discover the testimonies of this tragedy which took the lives of 3000 people. During the visit, there are comments that help to better understand the images, testimonies and exhibits.

Good to know. The 9/11 Memorial is one of the most visited places in New York. Thus, it is usually included in the New York CityPass. Allow at least 1h30 to visit the memorial. This is a must visit if you are going to spend 1 week in New York. Do not hesitate to take skip-the-line tickets to save your time.

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Going on the tallest skyscraper in New York City

The tallest skyscraper in NYC. Nicknamed Freedom Tower, this skyscraper bears the same name as the northern twin tower of the World Trade Center, destroyed during these attacks.

Breathtaking view! One World Observatory is one of New York’s best viewing platforms. Visitors from all over the world climb here to experience one of New York’s best views. From One World Observatory, you can see the Empire State Building, but also almost all of Manhattan Island. This visit is interesting day and night. Find all the information here: ticket prices for One World Observatory. One of the advantages of this tour, compared to other panoramas, is its Sky Portal glass platform that you can walk on!


DAY 4: 7 days itinerary in New York

Here is the rest of this itinerary to visit New York in 7 days, or 1 week.

Brooklyn. If you are going to New York for a week, Brooklyn is another New York neighborhood to visit. The atmosphere of Brooklyn is different from Manhattan, calmer and more authentic. Moreover, from Brooklyn, you can discover Manhattan from another angle.

Visiting Wall Street and the Financial District of New York

The largest stock exchange in the world. During this week in New York, come and visit the business district of New York. Wall Street is a mythical place in New York. In front of Wall Street, don’t miss two statues: the bull and the fearless little girl.

Rub the bull’s nose. Superstition? Certainly. Rubbing the Wall Street bull’s nose would bring fortune and abundance. So why not try?


Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York

How long does it take? The bridge is 2 km long. In order to cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, you can count at least 30 minutes, taking into account the photos and small breaks. It’s a very nice walk to do in New York. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the must-do activities if you are going to visit New York in 7 days.

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Lunch at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg Market

Off the beaten track. The open-air Smorgasburg market is located in Brooklyn. On your week-long trip to New York, you can experience a hipster side of New York here. In addition, the various stalls in the market are great for lunch with a view of Manhattan.

Exploring Bushwick’s street art

Still in Brooklyn. Go to the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn to discover street art. This area of New York is particularly known for its urban art. In recent years, this district has been reborn and changed its face. Today, Bushwick is a rather young and trendy neighborhood in New York.

Guided tour recommended. In order to discover the street art of Bushwick, the best is to take a 2 hour guided tour. Thanks to the guide you will discover the street art of Bushwick without getting lost. So add this tour to your 7-day New York itinerary.

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Going to Brooklyn Bridge Park

What a good time! After visiting Bushwick, you can have a good time in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Check out this New York green space right across from Manhattan! Just like crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, this park is a place not to be missed during your 7-day stay in New York.

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Seeing an NBA game at Madison Square Garden (optional)

Very popular. In the evening, one of the most interesting options is to go see an NBA game! Unfortunately, buying tickets at the last minute is not an option if you are sure to want to see an NBA game in New York. So, it is best to book tickets at least one to two weeks in advance.

DAY 5: itinerary for 7 days in New York

What to do on this 5th day of stay in New York? Discover other neighborhoods and interesting places in the city that will mark your trip to New York! Here is the continuation of the itinerary of visits to New York in 7 days.

Flatiron building and Madison Square

Iron? And yes! The term flatiron means iron. We thus better understand the link between the name and the astonishing triangular shape of this building. An unusual building not to be missed in New York!

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Discovering the Soho district and its Cast-iron Buildings

Crowded and calm? The Soho district is one of the most popular areas of Manhattan, and therefore of New York. Part of Soho is very much alive. It is in this part of Soho that there are many shops and luxury boutiques. However, one can also be surprised by discovering another part of Soho. This part is more residential, and therefore quieter.

Where to go? Cast-iron Buildings are legendary buildings in New York. You can see quite a few of them on many streets in Soho. For example, Green Street, Broome Street or Mercer Street. You can also take a guided tour of the SoHo neighborhood so you don’t miss a thing. It’s certain: your stroll through the streets of Sohho will remind you of scenes from American films!

Going to Little Italy and Chinatown

Change of scenery guaranteed! Discover the streets of Chinatown. Among the best known are: Mott Street, Canal Street, Doyer Street and Pell Street. The last two are more alleys. The Little Italy district has lost its authenticity over time, but is still interesting to visit.

Visiting MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

What to see? Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Van Gogh, or even Picasso! In addition to contemporary art, there are poor impressionists from Monnet and Matisse. It’s a nice visit to do in New York, if you appreciate art.

Visiting advice. It is the weekend that there are the most visitors. For example, Saturday is the day when there are, in general, the most people. Otherwise, on weekdays, except Friday, visitors are less numerous after 4 p.m. You can buy tickets on site, or in advance: book tickets with audio guide. Visiting MoMA in the afternoon is quite a good option.

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Having a drink in a speakeasy in Manhattan

Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, the manufacture and sale of alcohol was prohibited in the United States. Speakeasies bars emerged to circumvent this law. On the other hand, it was very difficult to locate these bars, because the entrances were hidden. This same principle of bars still exists, and not only in New York. Please Don’t Tell is a very good speakeasy in New York. Reserve your table in advance.

Seeing a musical in Broadway (optional)

A beautiful evening! To mark your week-long trip to New York, catch a musical on Broadway. The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King or Alladin are the great classics. Just like for the basketball game, it is best to book tickets in advance, even before leaving for New York.

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DAY 6 : itinerary for 7 days in New York

The trip is nearing its end, but there are still places and activities to add to the 7-day New York sightseeing itinerary. Among the best activities to do in New York in a week of travel, you have the helicopter tour!

Flying over New York in a helicopter

Unforgettable! What an amazing activity! You can fly over Manhattan in a helicopter. These memories have remained etched in your memories, that’s for sure. New York City simply looks even more impressive from the sky. You will love!

How? Helicopter tours last 15 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes. The longer the tour, the higher the price: discover the prices and dates for a tour of Manhattan Island by helicopter. This activity is considered one of New York’s most unusual activities.

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Visiting the West Village neighborhood in NYC

Charming and quiet neighborhood. Walk the streets of the West Village! Do you know the famous series, and later movies “Sex and the City“? Then you will recognize the atmosphere of This Village. If you come to spend 1 week in New York with friends, this guided tour around the series could really suit you.

Going on a cruise with dinner

An almost last goodbye. For this last evening of your 7-day trip to New York, you can take a cruise! It’s a great opportunity to rediscover Manhattan and all its lights. A beautiful evening that will end your stay.

Dinner cruise. The cruise with dinner lasts between 2 and 3 hours. Magnificent views of New York, refined cuisine, live music: only beautiful things for this last evening in New York. Find out more: discover information on departures and fares. It’s a great way to end your week in New York!

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DAY 7: what to do on the last day of your week in New York?

It all depends on what your flight is. But, if you have time, you can do a whole thing on Roosevelt Island. Or else, just take a trip to the part of New York that will have marked you the most during this week in New York.

Visiting Roosevelt Island by cable car (optional)

How to get there? This cable car is part of New York public transport. If you have taken a transport card for the week, you can still use it for this last discovery.

Best accommodations for 7 days in New York

Where to sleep in New York? Manhattan is the perfect place where to stay for New York in 7 days, or even less. On the other hand, the northern part of Manhattan is not the most interesting. We recommend that you choose the middle and the south of the island instead.

Getaway: 1 week in New York. Among the best addresses, you have the Luxury Studios Lower East Side and citizenM New York Bowery. The first address offers lower rates and studios with kitchenette totally in the New York atmosphere. The decoration of the apartments is ideal for a romantic stay in New York. It feels like home there.

7 days in New York with family. The Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel is a very good plan to stay 1 week in New York with family. The rooms are modern with a sublime view of New York. Here, we sleep in peace, while enjoying the view of Manhattan. Alternatively, just 4 minutes from the subway, there is also The Wall Street Inn. It is an excellent solution to stay in New York without breaking the bank too much.

Alternative: cheap and central. Leo House can be a very good place to sleep in New York as a couple or with family. Prices are pretty decent for New York. There are double rooms, but also family rooms. A nice and cheap hotel to visit New York in 7 days!

CityPASS for 7 days (1 week) in New York

See if the New York CityPASS interests you. How many tours would you like to take? Are they part of the pass?

Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, American Museum of Natural History are part of the pass.

Find all the information on this link: price and places to visit with the pass.

In general, the New York CityPASS is worth it. Especially for a week-long trip to New York. The pass allows you to save 40% on average. In addition, the other big plus is the saving of time.

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1 week in New York: what a great trip awaits you! Visiting New York in 7 days is often considered the ideal time to discover the Big Apple. The itinerary for visiting New York in 7 days lets you to discover the essentials of the city, as well as more unusual and less touristy places.

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