19 Things You Should Add To The Itinerary For Your First Trip To New York City

19 Things You Should Add To The Itinerary For Your First Trip To New York City

A few pointers to make the most out of your visit.

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From someone who has a passion for traveling, I couldn't wait to step foot in New York City for the first time. Getting to travel outside of my small hometown surrounded by corn fields was one thing, but have you walked through Times Square eating a pizza that is almost four times the size of your palm? Now that is something to cross off a bucket list.

Speaking of which, I create bucket lists for the times when I travel somewhere new and exciting, like the big apple, and I think you should too! Starting off with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and stretching all the way to the Statue of Liberty, the following list not only includes the must-see tourist attractions NYC has to offer, but also some of the best food finds along the way.

So whether you hope to visit New York City sometime in the future or are a local currently riding the subway trying to find somewhere new to eat for lunch, get out there and explore the unfamiliar.

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Location: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Price: Adult Admission: $25, Senior Admission: $17, Student Admission: $12

Favorite exhibit: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing

2. Central Park

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Location: Central Park, New York, NY

Hours: 6 a.m. through 1 a.m. everyday of the week

3. Tisserie

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Location: 870 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Hours: 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. everyday of the week

4. Bryant Park Grill

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Location: 25 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Hours: 11:30 a.m. through 11 p.m. everyday of the week

Price: $$$

5. Times Square

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Location: Times Square, Manhattan, NY 10036

6. Joe's Pizza

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Location: 1435 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

Hours: Thursday through Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. and Sunday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.

Price: $

Favorite pizza: Margherita

7. Grand Central Station

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Location: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

8. Empire State Building

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Location: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Hours for the 86th floor (main deck): 8 a.m. through 2 a.m. everyday of the week

Price to go to the 86th floor: $$$

9. Melt Shop

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Location: 55 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Hours: 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. everyday of the week

Price: $$

Favorite meal: The Burger Melt

10. Devocion

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Location: 69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Hours: Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Price: $$

11. Chelsea Market

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Location: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Hours: Monday through Saturday: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

12. Milk Bar

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Location: 220 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Price: $$

Favorite flavor: birthday cake shake

13. The High Line

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Location: The High Line, New York, NY 10011

Hours: 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. everyday of the week

14. Washington Square Park

Location: Washington Square Park, New York, NY 10012

Hours: 6 a.m. through 1 a.m. everyday of the week

15. 9/11 Memorial

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Location: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Hours: 9 a.m. through 8 p.m. everyday of the week

16. Neighbor's Cafe

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Location: 60 Furman St, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hours: 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. everyday of the week

Price: $

17. Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge

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Location: Front St and Washington St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

18. The Bagel Store

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Location: 754 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hours: 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. everyday of the week

Price: $

Most famous bagel: Original rainbow bagel

19. Statue of Liberty

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Location: Statue of Liberty, New York, NY 10004

Hours: 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. everyday of the week

Price: Free ferry ride

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9 Reasons Why Topsail Island is the Best Beach in NC

North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in North Carolina.
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1. The sunsets.

Topsail has the best sunsets out of any beach in North Carolina. Hands down.

2. The shark’s teeth and seashells.

You can always find a large amount of cool shells and shark’s teeth every beach trip. I have found that it is not like this at every beach, only at Topsail. Shell hunting tip: check out the point on the south end of the island every morning for the best shell selection. You might even come across a hidden mailbox with notes in it while shell hunting down there.

3. The food.

From Max’s pizza with the pepperoni under the cheese to the seafood at Breezeway and even having the experience of eating outside at Sears Landing, Topsail has some of the greatest restaurants any beach in NC has to offer. The best part about the food in Topsail is that the restaurants are all local. Also, there is a brand new doughnut shop in the Surf City part of the island...what could be better than doughnuts and the beach?

4. The Fourth of July.

Every year Topsail and neighboring town, Holly Ridge, rotate between who does fireworks on the fourth and who gets to do them on the fifth. Basically this means two whole days of celebrating our great nation at the beach. The Fourth is also fun in Topsail because the beach is full of people decked out in red, white, and blue, blaring country music, and playing cornhole and swimming all day. Some parts of the town even have mini Fourth of July block parties (okay maybe that's just my family and our neighbors but it’s still pretty fun).

5. The small town atmosphere.

Topsail is a small island which gives it a small town, everybody knows everybody kind of feel. It’s really easy to make life long beach friends here because you have the opportunity to see the same people out on the beach every summer.

6. The ice cream.

Growing up, we went out to get ice cream EVERY single night and admittedly we still do. It often feels like the whole island has the same idea because the lines are always out the door at every ice cream place on the island. Don’t let this discourage you though. It’s an unspoken rule to wait in the line no matter how long it may be because ice cream always tastes better at Topsail.

7. The best of both worlds.

Because Topsail is an island, in most cases you can see both the ocean and the sound from wherever you are staying. This is pretty awesome because you can watch the sunrise over the beach and the sunset over the sound without having to go too far. You also can go from playing cornhole on the beach to jet skiing in the sound without having to walk too far so you really do get the experience the best of both worlds.

8. Outdoor movies.

On certain nights of the week Topsail this has cool thing called “Summer Movies in the Park” where they play movies on a big blow up screen at a park that sits on the sound. The best part about this is that the movies are FREE. Tip: if you are vacationing at Topsail with bae, I highly suggest going to an outdoor movie together, even if it is Cinderella and even if you have seen it 100 times already you should still go. But, if outdoor movies aren’t your thing then I suggest going roller skating or playing a game of putt-putt.

9. The memories.

Whether you go for a week or a weekend, I promise that you will make some great memories with the people you love at Topsail Island. After spending 19 summers on the island, I know I sure have. From Fourth of July block parties, running into friends from all over NC, adventuring with cousins and swimming during hurricanes, I can honestly say that spending my summers at Topsail Island has been one of the best things ever.



North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in NC and I highly recommend planning your next beach vacation to Topsail Island.

Cover Image Credit: http://www.topsailnewsonline.com/?p=9478

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5 Things To Do In Columbia, South Carolina, To Keep You Entertained

It's bigger than you'd think.

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Growing up in the state of South Carolina, I'd been to Columbia lots of times but I never really got to experience the sights and sounds quite the way I do now that I'm in school here. That being said, I feel like I've gotten to check some cool things in the past three years and I'd like to recommend some to you!

1. Get Coffee!

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Obviously, we have a trillion Starbucks, but I mean try out some of the other, more localized coffee shops such as Drip, Immaculate Consumption, Cool Beans, Zombie Coffee and Donuts, and the list goes on. And again, while we all love Starbucks, it's good to try new things, especially locally based things that put money back into your economy and locally sourced coffees.

2. Catch Some Baseball!

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We have our lovely Gamecocks in action basically every weekend, and the SEC season is underway so there will be some talented teams rolling into Columbia in the next few weeks to take on the Gamecocks. We also have the Columbia Fireflies in action pretty soon, so go check them out as well. Don't forget your glove!

3. Brunch!

My friends introduced me to some really great places to have brunch. I definitely think Tazza Kitchen is my favorite but there are so many great restaurants to explore throughout the city that have brunch food and drink specials! Also, it's a nice way to kick off or end your weekend surrounded by food and people that you care about.

4. The Great Outdoors!

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There's always something to do outside! For the most part, we have great weather, so outdoor activities are a must! And we have various festivals that come and go throughout the year. We also have lots of parks and rivers for walking, running, kayaking, swimming and more!

5. Museums!

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I know everyone thinks museums are lame but I don't! So, we have plenty of things to look at and take in around Columbia! We have a children's museum for the younger crowd, in addition to the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum. I actually used to go to the state museum a lot as a kid with my parents. There are also other smaller places around Columbia and on campus to check out if you're into history like I am!

This is only a small list of the attractions in Columbia. For all the trash I talk about this state and about this city, it does have some pretty loveable things. You can eat your heart out, learn, cheer on your favorite team and that could only be day one.

If you have any other suggestions of things to do or would like to request me as your personal tour guide, let me know!

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