My last post about our first trip to the US before my next posts about Kenya will be dedicated strictly to practical purposes. Here I gathered all my advices for travellers which I wound useful to be read before your US trip.
1. My first advice for NYC visitors. Buy The NEW YORK Pass. The New York Pass grants you free admission to best attractions in NYC: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Circle Line River Cruise, Madame Tussaud’s, Food & Wall Street Tours, MET, MoMA & Guggenheim Museum. You can also enjoy Fast Track priority entry to some attractions. Together with the cards you will be given a guide with all the maps, opening hours and useful information about NY and major attractions. We have bought our Passes for 7 days and were very satisfied with them. All places we were to, were free for us to visit with the NY Pass.
3. As you know, we traveled to Washington D.C. from NY by train. Here is the site that we used to buy tickets. The funny thing was that we didn't print out our tickets, and noone checked them before the train moved, we just showed the approval of the buying tickets on our phones and thus our tickets were successfully scanned.
4. If you go to Washington D.C. I thing you would consider visiting the White House. We also wanted to do the same. Public tours of the White House are available. What we didn't planned in advance that if you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, you should contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request. Here is the site of the White House with full current information about tours.
5. The idea to write this post came to my mind after food-on-foot tour we made in NYC. We saw the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live and eat and traveled the way New Yorkers do, by Subway and foot.
It is recommended that you secure tickets before you start this tour, because tours do not run every day and have limited capacity. After you have secured tickets you will be given a meeting point inside Grand Central Terminal, Pennsylvania Station (like we did), or another special location.
If you have your New York Pass one of food-on-foot tours is free. One additional tour for pass holder use at 25$.
So the first destination of our tour was Azuri Cafe, where one can taste falafel or something else from Middle Eastern cuisine. I lived in Jordan for some time, visited Lebanon and tried falafel there. The taste was not the same I would say, may be because the owner of the Azuri Cafe is from Israel.
6. After Middle Eastern cuisine we proceded to Asian place called GO SUSHI. We liked it. Sushi were affordable and fresh. We ordered Golden Fried Shrimp Dumplings Appetizer.
6. New York has plenty of pizza places. We were taken to Brick Oven Pizza place Pasta Vino Mario. Pizza was mad in front of us. 2 slices of chosen pizza + little bottle of water costed 5$. Not bad? And pizza was really tasty, by the way.
7. For the dessert we came to Amy's bread.
8. After the first dessert, we proceded to the second one. Little Pie Company. There I tried THE BEST New York Cheesecake and unbelivable Sour Cream Apple Wallnut. Don't miss it!
9. Last stop of the tour was near Papaya Dog. This place is famous for its traditional New York Hot Dog. We were so full, so noone came in to try it. But you are always welcome.
10. Our food-on-foot tour has finished near Papaya Dog. So one of my last two last tips will consider Broadway shows and the possibility to buy the tickets with the 50% discount. This is possible if you come the same day before the show starts. More info about Broadway experience here.
11. If you decide to travel to NYC on Christmas holidays, and maybe even welcome New Year on times Square, you may find following info interesting. No matter where you celebrate New Year´s Eve, you can submit your own personal wish to the New Year´s Eve Wishing Wall. They will print your wish on a piece of confetti that will be displayed on the wall and then collected to be thrown from the rooftops at midnight.
Each year people from around the globe write their wishes for the New Year on pieces of official Times Square New Year’s Eve confetti. The wishes are collected at the end of the year, and added to the one ton of confetti that flutters down at midnight onto the crowd gathered in Times Square in celebration of the New Year.
Can’t make it to Times Square? No worries, your wishes can still fall from the sky this New Year’s. Just submit your wish, your dream, your first, online. We will print it onto a piece of confetti for you, so that no matter where you are on New Year's Eve, your wish will be part of the Times Square celebration.