Skyline of downtown New York — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
Follow this walking tour of New York City to view some of its most famous points of interest in a single trek.
A great place to start your walking tour is Astor Place. You will be at the top of the Bowery neighborhood, and if you walk south, then you can cruise through Chinatown and be at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.
Manhattan Bridge is somewhat of a well-kept secret; it is the bridge less traveled, but it boasts fantastic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. Walk across the bridge and when you get to the other side, a quick dash up the street will take you to the mouth of the Brooklyn Bridge; the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and is a structure that deserves to be admired.
View from Manhattan Bridge — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
You will arrive on the Manhattan side at City Hall and can take Broadway south into the Financial District, where there are several points of interest such as the “Charging Bull," Freedom Tower, The New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Follow Broadway all the way down into Battery Park, the largest public space in downtown Manhattan. The Park is nestled down by the waterfront. There are many points of interest in the area, including Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, Castle Clinton and the East Coast War Memorial.
Heading back north on Church Street, you will travel up through the Tribeca neighborhood and into Little Italy and Soho. There’s great shopping to be done if you’re in the mood to flash the cash. You can also check out the NYU buildings and Washington Square Park.
Freedom Tower — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
Walking north through the park will lead you into Greenwich Village, a fun part of New York City that is interesting to explore - with many tiny boutiques and cute cafes lining the pretty streets. Walking through this area will lead you into Chelsea, where the cobbled streets are packed with numerous art galleries that are open and free to the public.
If you’re not too tired, then keep going through Chelsea and onto 34th Street, where you will bump into the iconic Empire State Building. This is a must-see New York landmark and is quite remarkable. The observatory at the top is open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., with tickets at $27 a pop.
Head north on Broadway and hit Times Square. It’s a hectic hub of activity with street performers, tourists, lights and sound everywhere. One of the most visited places on the planet, Times Square may be the best finish to your New York walking tour.