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  • Michelle Bucher | July 17, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    Our New York City Road Trip Adventure

    Our New York City Road Trip Adventure

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    Despite being famed for the endless traffic and sea of cabs along its grid, New York City is a hot road trip destination for summer travel. World-renowned attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park draw road trippers from all across America willing to fight for a parking space just to see them.

    We recently spent some time in New York City and have some great road trip tips for you.

    Let me first start off by saying; don’t attempt to see all of New York City in one day. It’s a big city, and there’s a lot to see. We were able to see a bit of the city in the one day that we were in town, but we were very tired and had sore feet afterwards.

    We opted to park our car for the day and walk to our destinations so we wouldn`t have to fight through traffic or worry about looking for parking all the time. For the most part, this worked out really well for us.

    Our New York City journey started off around 6 a.m. We just happened to arrive very early in the morning, and chose to hit the streets right away. Our first stop was of course for some coffee. We spent the morning walking Rockefeller Center, we did a huge lap around Central Park, watched some street performers in the park, made our way down to Battery Park, and eventually hopped on the ferry over to Liberty Island.

    Statue of Liberty Ferry tips: It goes without saying that Lady Liberty has immense drawing power, so you need to book tickets months in advance, especially during peak travel times.

    We booked our tickets for the ferry ride the day before arriving in New York City. We had no problem booking our tickets online, picking them up at the ticket window, and then hopping on the ferry during our departure time.

    The ferry ride over was beautiful. We were able to get a great view of the New York City skyline on the ferry, but also had great views from Liberty Island. Our first stop was at Ellis Island. I was able to search my family last name while at Ellis Island and found four families who traveled over to New York City from Switzerland. That was a really cool experience for me, and well worth the stop over.

    Liberty Island tip: I would have loved to have packed a picnic for Liberty Island. There is a small store on the island, but it`s mostly snack foods and tourist items.

    After our Liberty Island ferry trip, we spend the day walking around Times Square, shopping and just enjoying New York City.

    In the late afternoon, one of my road trip friends insisted on making our way over to Tom`s Restaurant where Seinfeld was filmed. We learned that it was actually quite far from where we were, about a 30-minute cab ride. This was something he really wanted to see, so off we went in a cab to the restaurant. My friend Tatiana and I were so tired from our day exploring the city that we actually fell asleep in the back of the cab.

    We woke up just as we arrived at Tom`s Restaurant and had a good laugh about our short nap in the back of the cab. It was a really fun experience walking into Tom’s Restaurant; having flashbacks to watching the show on our couch at home years ago. We posed for some pictures outside of the restaurant, then hoped in a cab and made our way back to the Central Park area.

    By the time we got back to Central Park, we could hardly walk. Our feet were so sore from our day of exploring, we actually hired a rickshaw to bring us back to our car. There were a few things we really wanted to see while in New York City – Little Italy, the zoo and the Empire State Building, but we were running out of time, and had to continue with our road trip. We will have to see these things on our next road trip to New York City.

    Road trip note: I’ve been in some bad traffic cities like San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver and Chicago. I personally think New York City takes the cake with bad traffic though. Keep this in mind if you plan to road trip through New York City. Come with patience and an open time schedule. 


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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