Day 1: Welcome to NYC
Morning: Dive right into the buzzing atmosphere of New York with breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Wannabe Broadway stars will give you their best show whilst serving up huge portions of American classics – expect stacks of pancakes, syrup-drenched French toast and waffles – washed down with a cup of Joe. It’s located just a short walk from Times Square. Pass through as you walk to Hudson Yards, popping into Macy’s or Bryant Park en route.
Afternoon: Inside Hudson Yards is the entrance to Edge, the western hemisphere’s tallest outdoor observation deck. Sip champagne at 100 stories high, and lean out over angled glass walls for a unique view of the city below. Afterwards, with your feet back firmly on solid ground, take a leisurely stroll down to Chelsea Market for a meander around an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. Walk on the High Line for a fresh perspective of the city. If you have time, keep heading south to eventually catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.
Evening: Choose between a Broadway show or a late-night visit up the Empire State Building. Or, for something a bit different, head to Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos for a night of music, cocktails and guaranteed fun.
Day 2: Back to nature
Morning: Grab a breakfast bagel to go and take respite from the concrete jungle with a stroll around Central Park. At 2.5 miles long, it can take around two hours to loop around the scenic route. For a speedier visit, rent a bike or take a romantic horse carriage tour. Families may also enjoy a visit to Central Park Zoo. After a morning spent exploring the park, stop off at The Loeb Boathouse for a lakeside lunch.
Afternoon: Soak up some culture at one of New York’s many museums and art galleries. With plenty of options near Central Park, you don’t need to stray far. For art lovers, the Guggenheim in itself is an architectural marvel, and this May opened a new exhibition called Young Picasso in Paris. A short walk away is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, home to some of the most recognisable pieces of art in the world. Cross over the park to the Upper West Side to visit the American Museum of Natural History, which currently has a special exhibition called Sharks running until September 2023.
Evening: Having spent the day exploring the city’s green spaces on ground level, head up to the Top of the Rock for a bird’s eye view. If possible, time a visit around sunset to see the iconic skyline at its best.
Book it with… Delta Air Lines and Virgin Hotels
Fly direct with Delta Air Lines from £403pp return from London Heathrow to JFK in September 2023. Both Delta and Virgin Atlantic fly from LHR, LGW, EDI and MAN. Stay at the new Virgin Hotels from $228 a night for a Chamber Room with breakfast. delta.com; virginhotels.com