New York: Concrete Jungle and Pristine Nature – Road.Travel

New York: Concrete Jungle and Pristine Nature

Road Trip Route. Take the pulse of New York, Visit the top attractions, Explore underground locations, Discover the most appealing part of the city, Feel the contrast of the city and nature.

The trip is just for anyone, from children to adults. Explore the bustling New York with its rhythm and atmosphere. Check out all the main places of this city, which mean a lot not only for tourists, but also for Americans. Get ready to live in one of the coolest hotels, visit parks and locations that have been filmed on countless times and enjoy incredible panoramic views from observation decks. Coming here is an essential and unforgettable experience for every refined traveler.

Uninhabited Nature, History and Culture. From: New York

Anastasia Omelchuk. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: New York Symbol

The first day of your trip promises to be calm, you go up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building and then have dinner at a good city restaurant.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building design is said to be the result of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to find out who could build the taller skyscraper. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the brilliant 1,046-foot building in downtown Manhattan. Not to be surpassed, Raskob brought together a group of well-known investors, including the former Governor of New York Alfred E. Smith, as well as specialists in the field of construction and design, and began work on the project. There is a version that the creation of a skyscraper with a sharp spire of Raskob has inspired the appearance of a pencil.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House is famous for its amazing filet steak, cheese lobster and crab cakes. Take a delicious lemon cake, strawberry cheesecake, and lemon dessert for last. Order fine home-made wine, dry martini or bourbon here.

Day 2: Tall skyscrapers and a natural oasis

Today is going to be a day saturated with the atmosphere of New York. Enjoy a trip to the Statue of Liberty, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a walk through Central Park.

Arcade Bakery

Arcade Bakery is a fine pastry with a cozy atmosphere. It serves delicious pizza margherita, ham and pork sandwiches. Try crispy puffs, lemon brioche and chocolate croissants. This place is famous for aromatic coffee, black, with milk or ice, and a large selection of tea.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty has been created by the joint efforts of France and the United States, designed to perpetuate a strong friendship between the peoples of the two countries. The French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi created the statue from forged copper sheets, and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, most famous for what would become known as the Eiffel Tower, designed the steel frame of the statue. The Statue of Liberty was transferred to the United States and mounted on an American pedestal on a small island in Upper New York Bay, now known as Liberty Island, and was inaugurated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a huge variety of works of art from around the world so that every visitor can experience genuine delight and enjoy the work of the greatest masters. An interesting feature of the museum is that the exhibits are displayed in interiors corresponding to the countries and eras in which they were made. Theme areas offer exploring works of art from the ancient Egyptian sphinxes to the works of Picasso.

Kiki's

By entering Kiki's, you discover Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. This place is famous for its amazing grilled octopus, Greek salad and lamb dishes. Also, the restaurant offers delicious strawberry cheesecake, yogurt and baklava for dessert and an extensive selection of wines.

One World Trade Center

The famous Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were part of a vibrant financial district, a major tourist attraction and a symbol of New York and America's strong dedication to progress and the future. On September 11, 2001, the disaster radically changed the New York skyline, and the two towers of glass and steel, for many years embodied the aesthetics of the city itself, were destroyed. 1 World Trade Center today is New York tallest building and symbol. On its territory, there is also a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, it is two granite pools with waterfalls, the contour of which follows the outlines of the foundation of buildings.

Central Park - W 69th St Entrance Garden

Marea

Marea Restaurant offers Italian cuisine. Order amazing grilled octopus, creamy burrata and crab meat pasta. For dessert, try a delicious tiramisu, donuts or a type of ice cream. Here you can order good prosecco, amaretto or beer.

Day 3: Day in nature

Today you explore the nature of the New York State, walk through the forests, hike up the mountain, which offers incredible views of the open spaces, go down into the ice caves and walk along the railway tracks that have recently become a park.

Levain Bakery

Before a walk through the most beautiful places in New York, have a good breakfast. Enjoy amazing pizza, tartine's country bread and hamburgers. This place offers delicious chocolate chip cookies, moyale and biscotto. Many customers recommend fine iced latte, hot chocolate or coffee with cream. You spend most of the day away from the city, and there is nothing like a picnic in nature. Order some takeout for lunch in forest offering amazing scenes.

Slide Mountain Wilderness

This valley offers a relaxing day trip with stunning panoramic views. Slide Mountain is the largest and most popular wildlife area in the Catskill Forest Reserve. There are 3 trails with an average length of 9 to 23 km and 340 to 1272 meters above sea level.

Sam's Point Preserve

This hike takes you through the Sam's Point Preserve, owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. The preserve is part of the Shawangunk Ridge, extending to Minnewaska SP. Pass through a rare and endangered ecosystem, one of the few remaining in the world. Go to the Ice Caves, which are formed from screes or boulders from the rocks, creating huge rock crevices or caves. The air in the caves falls into the trap, leaving the inside cold enough for the snow to remain until July.

High Line

High Line was built in 1930 to eliminate the dangers associated with transporting goods along the streets of Manhattan. This railway line delivered milk, meat, raw materials and industrial goods to the loading dock, where warehouses and factories were located, in the upper echelons. The last trains going to High Line passed in 1980 and carried cargo of frozen turkeys. The idea of creating a park on the railway site is by no means new; it came into being thanks to the Coulée Verte Park in Paris, which inspired the American public.

Covina

The restaurant menu features Mediterranean dishes. The waiters offer visitors a deliciously prepared pepperoni, hummus and ribeye. In Covina you should order fine caramel ice cream, pancakes and donuts for dessert, and here you can also try some good prosecco, beer or champagne.

Day 4: The contrast of city and nature

This day starts with an amazing place, a museum dedicated to art from medieval Europe. Then you visit unusual observation deck, recently inaugurated but already beloved by both tourists and residents.

Panera Bread

Panera bread is a bakery with a history of several decades. The cozy and authentic place, which opens its doors to the guests from early morning, is perfect for a relaxing breakfast before a busy day. Despite the fact that the place is known for its pastries, you can also order some good breakfast meals.

The Cloisters

The museum was inaugurated in 1938, it is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is home to an extraordinary collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe. The modern museum building, located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, on a stretch overlooking the Hudson River, is not similar to any particular medieval building. It houses nearly 2,000 works of art from medieval Europe, mostly dating from the 12th to 15th centuries, including exquisite illuminated manuscripts, stained glass windows, metal products, enamels, ivory and tapestries.

The New York Botanical Garden

Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden is distinguished by the beauty of the landscape, collections and gardens, as well as the scale and superiority of its programs in the field of horticulture, education and science. Today, the botanical garden is a national historical monument. In addition to the natural attributes that attracted the Brittons, the park contains 50 specialized gardens and collections, including more than a million plants, Nolen greenhouses for living collections and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is an outstanding Victorian conservatory.

Rucola

Rucola restaurant serves Italian cuisine. Many guests recommend ordering a good salad of arugula, pies and trout. In Rucola, be sure to try the delicious chocolate pudding, French toast and pancakes for dessert. It is worth ordering a wonderful wine, beer or liquor.

The Vessel

The extraordinary central part of the Hudson Yards is its spiral staircase, a new high landmark to climb. This immersive work of art was presented by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a center where people can enjoy new views of the city and each other from different heights, angles and points of view. This object consists of 154 intricately connected flights of stairs, where a vertical ascent offers a wonderful view of the city, the river and more.

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park is named after George Washington (1732-1799), the commander of the Continental Army, the first president of the United States elected in New York on April 30, 1789. The land that the park now occupies was once a swamp. In 1797, the city council bought land for use as a “pottery field” and for public executions, giving rise to the legend of the “hanging tree” in the northwestern corner of the park. Soon after the creation of the city department of public parks in 1870, the area was changed and improved, and the park was given it's present appearance.

Olea

At this restaurant you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine. It serves delicious artichokes with a falafel crust with broccoli and cauliflower casserole as an appetizer. Meat lovers can try steak or pasta. There is also very tasty paella. And for dessert you can take a chocolate cake.

Day 5: Nature as Art

Today you enjoy the scenery and beauties of New York State, go for a walk in amazing parks and visit this open-air museum.

Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon Bakery confectionery is notable for a large selection of unusual delicious cakes. Enjoy a cup of coffee and delicious pastries before a busy day. It also serves great toasts and bagels, and classic American breakfasts. If you get so much pleasure out of local delicacies that you want to buy some for the day, you can order takeout.

Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain is a 5205 acre state park located on the west side of the Hudson River. In the park you can enjoy cycling, boating, picnicking, swimming, jogging, and in winter skiing. The Perkins Memorial Tower on top of Bear Mountain offers breathtaking views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park.

The Filling Station

Great burgers, sweet potatoes and salmon are cooked here. The restaurant offers delicious ice cream as well. According to the guest, craft beer is also fine. Try some good cappuccino, milkshakes or lemonade at the Filling Station. This place has a terrace for having a great time outdoors.

Storm King Art Center

In the Hudson Valley is an amazing place for walking - Storm King Art Center. Here, in the open air, you can enjoy amazing and sometimes shocking works of modern art. Sculptures and installations are located at a fairly large distance from each other, so if you want to see all the objects, you can move between them on a bicycle, the rental of which is available to every visitor.

Reel Seafood Company

Reel Seafood Co. offers amazing oysters, crab, cobb salad and bacon. Be sure to order a delicious raspberry cheesecake, panna cotta, or chocolate cake here. This place is known for a decent selection of drinks, here you can enjoy wine, draft beer or martini.

Day 6: Explore undeground locations and history

The day promises to be full of beauty and various impressions. Stand under massive stone arches, visit the family house with an unusual style of construction and the lighthouse, where you can now stay overnight, or take a tour of the facility.

Blue Ribbon Restaurant

This restaurant serves Greek and Italian cuisine, the restaurant menu presents a wide assortment of dishes. According to guests, an amazing pie with spinach, tuna and mushroom soup are the highlights of the menu. Regulars note that Blue Ribbon offers good cheesecake, pancakes and French toasts.

Howe Caverns

Howe Caverns is just one of New York's many landmarks to discover. Each tour of Howe Caves begins with a 156-foot descent underground. Your journey goes through limestone corridors, cave galleries under massive stone arches, until you discover the underground riverbed, carved for many millennia. Deep in the cave, the hard rock looks fluid, creating strange formations and dripping stalactites. Mysterious grottoes lead to distant, unexplored halls.

Olana State Historic Site

Frederic Church is well known as an artist, but he was also a world traveler, family man and self-taught architect, farmer and landscape designer. He and his wife Isabella raised four children on his estate overlooking the Hudson. Despite the fact that the couple were one of the poster New York citizens, the home to the family was Olana estate. Frederic Church used landscape painting to convey the optimistic worldview of America in the mid-19th century. His panoramic canvases look especially expressive, thanks to elaborate details. Spectators were delighted with the accuracy of the image of specific species of plants and birds, layers in the rocks and cloud formations.

New York Restaurant

New York Restaurant serves American cuisine with a Polish twist. Regulars note that the place offers amazing Polish dumplings, salmon and sausage. Take delicious pretzels, cheesecake and vanilla ice cream. According to visitors, good draft beer, wine or limoncello are the highlights of the restaurant menu.

Saugerties Lighthouse

Saugerties is the iconic lighthouse on the Hudson River and a venerable navigation assistant, built in 1869 at the mouth of Esopus Creek. Saugerties guards keep the lighthouse and surrounding land in excellent condition for the enjoyment of the public. Furnished at the beginning of the 20th century, the lighthouse houses a small museum, a souvenir shop, a living room, a kitchen, storage rooms and two guest bedrooms. The operational light tower offers panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains.

Lake Minnewaska

NY Minnewaska State Park is more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged rocky terrain. The park has numerous waterfalls, three crystal clear heavenly lakes, dense deciduous forests, hanging steep cliffs and ledges, offering beautiful views, and clear streams passing through the valleys.

The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn offers good spicy tuna, fried oysters and shrimp. Indulge in a fine chocolate pudding, chocolate mousse and brioche. Be sure to try a good Sauvignon Blanc, draft beer or gin.

Day 7: The vibrant heart of the city

Well, it's time to put an end to our journey, you've visited many attractions and got a lot of impressions, and today, before you go home, you have time to visit the most famous and popular New York place everyone wants to go, Times Square.

Little Collins

Little Collins has plenty of breakfast options, and local chefs are especially good at making avocado toast and egg sandwiches. According to guests, delicious croissants, French toasts and cupcakes are offered here. The cafe also serves aromatic latte, classic coffee, coffee with soya milk, strong espresso and flat white.

Times Square

Originally known as Long Acre, named after the district in London, Times Square housed William K. Vanderbilt's American Horse Exchange. In the late 1880s, Long Acre Square was a large open space surrounded by faded neighborhoods. However, the area soon started changing. Illuminated theatrical advertising and street lighting have turned public space into a safer, more vibrant and attractive place. Adolph S. Ochs, owning The New York Times from 1896 to 1935, chose a very prominent site for the Times Tower, which was the second tallest building in the city at that time. That's where Times Square got its name from.