One Week in New York City - 7 Days in NYC Itinerary
One week in NYC gives you enough time to see all the popular attractions, visit historic sites, and really get to know the city. We put together an example of a popular 7 Days in New York City Itinerary to give you a little inspiration to start planning the perfect sightseeing itinerary. This 7-day New York City itinerary is just one of the many itineraries you could create with the over 90 included attractions to choose from—the possibilities are endless!
This Sample 7 Days in NYC Itinerary Includes:
- Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour
- Top of the Rock
- Carnegie Hall Tour
- Empire State Building Observation Deck
- American Museum of Natural History
- and more...
Save on Admission to Top NYC Attractions
With The New York Pass, you and your group can save a bundle on admission to more than 90 attractions amid the city. Experience the best of NYC and visit as many attractions as you want each day for one low price with this flexible pass. Simply put, you decide what to see and when you want to see it! Learn more about our available passes and attractions.
DAY 1 Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Head downtown on the Big Bus Hop-On Hop-On Tour and view New York’s greatest sights from a double-decker tour bus. The downtown tour will make stops at Bryant Park, the Empire State Building, Union Square, and the Statue of Liberty. Tip: your New York Pass is valid for a 1-Day Big Bus Ticket. Getting in: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour tickets are included on The New York Pass.
Shearwater Classic Schooner Cruise Tickets
Hop on board a historic yacht and cruise in vintage style around Manhattan’s tip–one of the most popular things to do in New York City for adults and couples. You’ll love the views of the iconic New York skyline, but the trip’s highlight has to be the waterfront, up-close-and-personal perspective of the Statue of Liberty. The Shearwater Classic Schooner has been plying the waters off Manhattan since 1929, making it a perfect couples activity. Getting in: Shearwater Classic Schooner Cruise tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.
The Skyscraper Museum
New York is known for its unique and beautiful architecture like the iconic skyscrapers that are synonymous with the city. At the Skyscraper Museum, you’ll get to see and learn about all of your favorite NYC architectural gems like the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and many more. Getting in: The Skyscraper Museum tickets are included with The New York Pass.
DAY 2 On Location Tours - Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour
Get your day started with a morning tour of Central Park. But not just any regular tour in the park - On Location Tours provides a unique journey that will show you famous areas in Central Park that have appeared on the big screen and well-known television shows. Getting in: Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
The Paley Center for Media
Immerse yourself in brand new technology and discover tomorrow’s forms of media when you visit the Paley Center for Media, located right in Midtown. Tip: when you visit on Thursdays, you can enjoy two extra hours to explore the center. Getting in: The Paley Center for Media tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Madame Tussauds New York
How would you like to meet Rihanna today? Or perhaps Lady Gaga? When you visit New York City’s beloved wax museum, Madame Tussauds, you will have the chance to see all of your favorite celebrities. The museum showcases wax figures of pop culture icons like movie stars, musicians, athletes, and politicians. Getting in: Madame Tussauds New York tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Top of the Rock
Enjoy an amazing panoramic view of New York City from the top of Rockefeller Center. There are 3 observatory floors at Top of the Rock that allow you to see as far as Central Park and well into downtown Manhattan. Tip: this is a great location for photos during the day or night as Top of the Rock is open until Midnight. Getting In: Top of the Rock tickets are included with the New York Pass.
DAY 3 The Ride
Explore NYC in style on this 75-minute exhilarating tour bus ride. You’ll be on the edge of your seat for the entire trip with a beautiful full view of the greatest landmarks in the city and exciting special performances along the way. Getting in: The Ride tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Food on Foot Tours
Become familiar with the native tastes of New York City when you take the Food on Foot Tours. You have the choice of what neighborhood and what type of food you want your tour to be catered to with Food on Foot’s wide selection of NYC tours. You’ll get to know the best restaurants in the city and all of the mouth-watering dishes within each neighborhood. Getting in: Food on Food Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
End the day viewing futuristic technology and innovative exhibits on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. You’ll see over 210,000 objects in the museum's collection related to creative design. Getting in: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum tickets are included with The New York Pass.
DAY 4 Fashion Windows Walking Tour
Begin your day discovering the elite fashion boutiques of New York on the Fashion Windows Walking Tour. This is your chance to see the most decorative store windows in the city and learn about how icons like Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen started their careers. Getting in: Fashion Windows Walking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours
Nothing beats cruising in New York City at your own pace. Treat yourself to a comfortable and convenient bicycle rental or join a group tour on which you can venture to Brooklyn Bridge or ride through Central Park. Getting in: Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Carnegie Hall Tour
Learn about a historic New York City performance venue when you take the Carnegie Hall Tour. This guided tour will take you to the concert halls that once hosted shows for The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and more. You'll also get a chance to see Carnegie Hall’s high profile memorabilia with artifacts from some of your favorite performers. Getting in: Carnegie Hall Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
DAY 5 Bronx's Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Walking Tour
Tour the Bronx and visit the restaurant hotspot where some of NYC's best culinary dishes can be found. You'll learn all about the evolution of the Bronx neighborhood and how important Little Italy is to its infrastructure. Getting in: Bronx's Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Walking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
In the afternoon, take a self-guided audio tour in Grand Central Terminal and learn the history behind one of the world’s busiest transportation stations. Look up and you can marvel at the beautiful design of Grand Central’s astronomical ceiling. Getting in: Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Empire State Building Observation Deck
Visiting the Empire State Building is a perfect way to end the night and get views in every direction from the observation deck. Tip: the Empire State Building is open late, with final admission at midnight, you’ll be able to enjoy the sights of New York until 2 in the morning. Getting In: Empire State Building tickets are included with the New York Pass.
DAY 6 Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in NYC
Walk some of the most decorated blocks in New York City as you admire the vibrant street art created by local artists. The Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour takes you to both Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn where you are sure to see some amazing visual creations. Getting in: Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn tickets are included with The New York Pass.
International Center of Photography Museum
Everyone loves a great photograph. You’ll find tons on display at the International Center of Photography where installations showcase photography techniques as well as the development of camera and photography equipment. Getting in: International Center of Photography Museum tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Museum at Eldridge Street
Make your way downtown and discover the beautiful interior design of the Museum at Eldridge Street. While exploring the museum, you’ll learn about its long history and significance to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Getting in: Museum at Eldridge St. tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Dave & Busters Times Square
After a long day of traveling to popular attractions in the city, there’s nothing better than unwinding and letting loose. You can enjoy $20 worth of free gameplay when you spend $20 on gaming at Dave & Busters. There are games and activities for everyone in the family as well as mouth-watering dishes and sports broadcasts. Tip: New York Pass holders can get $20 in gameplay at Dave & Buster's Times Square when you spend $20 of gameplay.
DAY 7 American Museum of Natural History
Explore the many halls at the American Museum of Natural History where you can find exhibits on the development of species over time including mammals, insects, and dinosaurs. You’ll be sure to find something new and exciting in each hall of the museum. Getting in: American Museum of Natural History tickets are included with The New York Pass.
New York Water Taxi
Head toward Midtown on the New York Water Taxi which makes scheduled stops along the waterfront and gives you the option to decide where you want to get off. You can also use your ticket to hop back on another NY Water Taxi and travel to your next destination. Getting in: New York Water Taxi: All Day Access Pass tickets are included with The New York Pass.
High Line – Chelsea – Meatpacking Tour
Walk along the path of perhaps the most unique park in New York City, the High Line. You’ll enjoy peering down at the city from the elevated park walkway and discover the many gems of the Meatpacking district. Getting in: High Line-Chelsea-Meatpacking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.
Remember to Save on Admission
There’s practically no limit to the number of things to do when you have a full week in NYC. If you don't quite have that much time, check our our suggestions for a shorter trip. A lot of the activities and attractions mentioned in this post are included on The New York Pass--save money on admission to dozens of the most popular attractions in NYC is included for one low price. Save anywhere up to 70% off of the city’s most sought-after attractions with the pass versus regular gate admission prices. Learn more about The New York Pass here.