Visit New York in 10 Days

A longer stay in the city where anything is possible

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This 10-day itinerary of New York City will help you see the Big Apple from every angle and has stops in every neighbourhood.  On foot, by ferry, by bike and by helicopter… well, why not?

Tell us what you want to do and we will help you put together the perfect itinerary!Offbeat New York guides will be very happy to help you on your unforgettable vacation.

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Day 1

view of the Empire State Building from Top of the Rock with an orange filter.

Our Offbeat New York tour for the day: the Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown, 4 historic neighborhooods of Manhattan.

To get your day off to a good start, climb to the top of the Empire State Building and marvel at its panoramic view. Then on to Madison Square Park for a look at the Flatiron Building and lastly Gramercy Park. In Union Square you can stop off for an organic lunch at Farmer’s Market. Recharge your batteries before exploring the East Village for a bit of shopping. Grab a game of chess in Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village) and if your poor legs can take it, go to High Line for a beautiful sunset over the Hudson River.

Our pick:

With your City Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to go up to the top of the Empire twice. Our advice is to do it during the day and at sunset for a view you shouldn’t miss out on!

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Day 2

Start your day with a walk in Central Park when only joggers are out before making your way over to the opening of the MET (Metropolitan of Museum Art) so you can avoid the crowds. If you’re tempted to do other museums, the Guggenheim and the Natural History Museum are not that far away. Otherwise, go up West 67th St to take a look at the early 20th century red brick buildings. Take a break at Café Luxembourg and then enjoy a show at the Lincoln Center in the evening.

Top tip:

Don’t forget to take your CityPass with you every day of your trip as you’ll get reduced rates on tickets and face fewer queues!


View of Central park in fall / autumn with buildings behind.

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Day 3

View of the main course in Grand Central Terminal. Click on photo for link to our Offbeat Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Our Offbeat New York tour for the day: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal.

Your day in Manhattan begins with the must-see Midtown sites – Grand Central Terminal, The Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue and finally the Plaza Hotel Park for a lunch. Then MoMA, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, and as night falls, Times Square. A Broadway show will add a bit of pizazz to your evening.

Our pick:

With your City Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to go up to the top of the Empire twice. Our advice is to do it during the day and at sunset for a view you shouldn’t miss out on!

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Day 4

Our Offbeat New York tour for the day: Lower Manhattan and Wall Street

It’s day four and there are still so many famous sites to see. This time we’re in Lower Manhattan where you’ll get on the early ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Plan a picnic on the Western Waterfront before heading to Ground Zero where the 9/11 Memorial and the One World Trade Center Observatory await you. Take a late afternoon stroll in the South Street Seaport Historic neighborhood or go window-shopping in Soho. For dinner, TriBeCa or Chinatown will satisfy any appetite.

Top tip:

Round off this amazing day on the rooftops and get breathtaking views of Manhattan from the Standard Hotel’s rooftop bar, Le Bain !

view of the Statue of Liberty from Behind, with Manhattan at the back, at the end of the afternoon.

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Day 5

view of a street corner in lower east side in early morning light, with yellow cab passing by.

Our Offbeat New York tour for the day: Explore Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn.


To the Lower East Side and Brooklyn ! To get off to a good start, there’s nothing better than diving straight into the heart of New York’s history as a melting pot. This is just one of the neighborhoods created by the different waves of immigration to the city over the years. Delicious food delights can also be found here! In the afternoon, cross the river to explore Brooklyn and its many neighborhoods you’ll no doubt fall in love with.

Our pick:

Take the ferry from Williamsburg to Dumbo at the end of the day and enjoy an uninhibited view of the Skyline. And for the most intrepid of explorers, cross the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset!!

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Day 6

Our Offbeat New York tours for the day: Explore Harlem and Columbia University.

Another neighborhood, a different ambiance. This time we’re in Harlem, a neighborhood marked by New York City’s African-American history . It was still considered as a ghetto in the 1970s when the crime rate was very high. Today, Harlem is undergoing a major urban transformation to become one of the attractive places in New York. Known as the cradle of jazz music, we’ll discover the legendary Harlem clubs where huge artists such as Ella Fitzerald and Louis Amstrong played.

Top tip:

It’s possible to attend a gospel mass on Wednesday evening after touring Harlem and Colombia University or you can go on Sunday morning!

View of mural on the history of Harlem and the Apollo Theater. Click on the photo for a link to our Offbeat New York tour of Harlem and Columbia University.

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Day 7

mural under a bridge reading " welcome to the South Bronx"


The Bronx was once very dangerous. Today it’s safer, if a little off-the-wall, and will pleasantly surprise you. Start the day with a  tour of Mott Haven and Grand Concourse. Spend rest of the day sightseeing at the Zoo or the Yankees baseball stadium.

Our pick:

Little Italy in the Bronx will fill you up with delicious Italian food at very affordable prices.

Day 8

Another neighborhood, a different ambiance in Queens. Take the metro and line 7 and start exploring this neighborhood where 150 languages are spoken. Stroll through the Flushing area and 2nd Chinatown, then spend the afternoon in the Astoria – once the capital of US cinema. Offbeat New York will take you on a whistle stop world tour!

Top tip:

In the evening, enjoy a craft beer and grab dinner from one of the many food trucks.

Line 7 train leaving a station in Queens and going towards the sunset.

Day 9

View of Manhattan bridge from Dumbo in Brooklyn. Click on the picture for more information on our Offbeat New York tour of Brooklyn.

Our Offbeat New York tours for the day: Biking from Williamsburg bridge to Brooklyn Bridge, then stay in Brooklyn and discover Street art in Bushwick.


Today, we’ll dive right into one of New York’s 5 boroughs – Brooklyn. We’ll kick the day off in the right way with a bit of sport! To explore every nook and cranny of this New York City neighborhood, get on your bike and ride along the banks of the East River between the Williamsburg and Brooklyn bridges. It’s then on to Street Art in Bushwick and the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg.

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Day 10

On the last day, grab the chance to go on a shopping spree and bring back some nice souvenirs for you, your family and friends. New York is full of good places to enjoy yourself, just as much as places to lavish gifts on others!

Quick reminder:

Taxes are never included in the United States and they will be calculated at the checkout. VAT is 8.875% in New York. Top tip: shoes and clothing under $110 are not taxed.

people crossing a street in Soho, carrying shopping bags. In the background the street is in full light.

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Museums: New Museum, Guggenheim, Whitney, Ellis Island.

Art and architecture: an outdoor film screening, Chelsea Art Galleries, the Chrysler Building, the Flatiron Building, and St. John the Divine Cathedral.

Food: a hot dog on Broadway, a bagel at H&H, a pizza at Lombardi’s, a lobster roll at Chelsea Market, a cheesecake at Junior’s, brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup, and a cookie delivery at 3 a.m.

Going out: a drink in a speakeasy, a Broadway show, a cocktail on a rooftop bar, theater in Central Park, and a beer at a microbrewery.

Shopping: food at Chelsea Market, gifts from the MoMA boutique, fashion at Century 21.

The unusual: a night in a tent, a walk in a hidden park, and search for an abandoned metro station, a treasure hunt with the kids.

Sportsa bike ride with Offbeat New York between Williamsburg and Dumbo, and a tai chi class in the park, or go jogging in a group.

Beaches: Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Fire Island, Rockaway Beach.

Up in the air: a helicopter ride !


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