Everyone should visit NYC at least once in their life, so why not go with the person you enjoy the most – your best friend. You’ll have the trip of a lifetime exploring all the amazing things that NYC has to offer with your ride or die right by your side. Here are 10 reasons why you need to visit NYC with your best friend.
1. There are the best spots for Instagram worthy photoshoots
Whether you decide to take pictures in the middle of Times Square, in front of the fountain in Washington Square Park, under a bridge in Central Park, on the steps of The Met, or in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station, NYC proves to have some of the greatest locations for those aesthetically pleasing Instagram photoshoots.
Each of your camera rolls will be filled with a few weeks worth of Instagram worthy pictures, and you can show all of your followers what you got up to while on your bestie trip to the city.
2. All the amazing food!
NYC is known for being a melting pot of people, so you know there is also going to be a melting pot of foods to try while you’re there. From Little Italy to Chinatown, your visit to NYC is sure to be filled with yummy foods from all over the world. Try some of the popular restaurants that everyone frequents, or try to find those hidden gems that most tourists might not know about.
Head to Ninja for Japanese cuisine with a side of flying nunchucks, experience a cabaret-style restaurant that serves British meals at The Heath, and for dessert, stop at Max Brenner, NYC’s own mini chocolate factory.
3. Shopping, shopping, and more shopping!
Feel like sprucing up your wardrobe while you visit NYC? The city is full of various places to spend your days (and money) looking for clothes, shoes, and anything else to fill your closet. While 5th Avenue is known for having some of the most extravagant stores, like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, SoHo has some of the trendiest spots for thrifting and antiquing.
Of course, there are also popular stores and the best gift shops in Times Square and the largest Macy’s in Herald Square. No matter where you find yourself, you’re sure to find an outfit that fits both your styles and will make everyone wonder where you got your outfits from when you return home.
4. All the museums for the perfect meet-cute
Ever dream about meeting the love of your life while staring at an abstract painting in a museum? Well, when you visit NYC with your bestie, there are plenty of museums to hang out in and try to manifest that into happening.
The Met, MoMa, The Guggenheim, and the Museum of the Moving Image are just a few of the museums that you and your bestie can visit in the hopes of experiencing the perfect meet-cute. Wouldn’t that be quite the story to tell your future kids?
5. Amazing concert venues
We all love live music and no matter what kind of music you and your bestie listen to, there is a concert venue in NYC for each of you. Honestly, a NYC visit isn’t complete without attending a show at one of the city’s legendary venues.
For big shows, you can find yourself at Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall. For smaller shows, there’s the Bowery Ballroom, Irving Plaza, and Elsewhere in Brooklyn. See a show with your best friend at one of these venues to complete your trip.
6. You can live the day like Serena and Blair
If you’re a fan of the drama filled show, Gossip Girl then you have to stop and see some of the prominent filming locations all around NYC. Visit the Upper East Side and live a day like Serena, Blair, Dan, Chuck, and Nate during your visit.
Pretend your Serena and Blair as you enjoy breakfast on the steps of the Met, stop by the Empire Hotel and enjoy an array of Gossip Girl themed cocktails at the hotel’s bar, make your way to the top of the Empire State Building to wait for your Chuck to appear, and travel to Brooklyn and see the memorable Humphrey loft.
7. Coney Island
Travel to the subway’s end of the line to visit Coney Island. While there you can lounge on the beach, spend time at Luna Park riding rides and trying to win a stuffed animal at the various carnival inspired games, and try an authentic Nathan’s hot dog right on the pier.
8. Street art tours
When you visit NYC, you’ll notice that there is a lot of amazing street around the entire city. You can participate in a guided tour where you’ll find the most influential pieces of cultural street art.
Led by a local expert, the art you find around the city will add to the eclectic collection of Instagram worthy photos you’ll have by the end of your trip.
9. A hidden gem – Elevated Acre
One of NYC’s hidden gems, Elevated Acre is a park in the sky. Located between two skyscrapers in the Financial District, Elevated Acre is flooded with gardens and a massive lawn to hang out on.
Equipped with an amphitheater, summer beer garden, and spectacular views of the East River, Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Bridge, the park is the perfect place for you and your bestie to spend a relaxing day away from the busy city.
10. The ferry to the Statue of Liberty
Experience the Statue of Liberty from a far and then up close when you take a ferry to Liberty Island. After snapping photos of Lady Liberty in all her glory, you can continue the ferry ride to Ellis Island where you can learn about the immigrants who made the voyage to the island to create a life in America. Who knows, you or your bestie might discover you have a relative that made the journey.