A Guide To Becoming The Ulimate NYC Tourist

A Guide To Becoming The Ulimate NYC Tourist

How to be NYC's most notorious tourist.

Aside from the gorgeous skyscrapers, the never-ending night life, and pushing the envelope for weird, New York City is also known to be the tourist capital of the world. Every corner you turn, you'll see someone flash a camera or a family trying to figure out which way is downtown. Here's the guide that will help you become NYC's most notorious tourist.

1. I Love NYC merchandise.

It's by far the most cliché thing to wear. Everyone, including tourists, knows that it's just that thing that you look at and say, "Really?"

Nevertheless, it remains a popular hit within the NYC tourist culture.

2. The selfie stick.

The selfie stick has become a hit in tourist culture. You're not an NYC tourist until you have a selfie stick and proceed to obnoxiously stick your hand out in front of people to snap that quick picture of you and Madame Tussauds' Morgan Freeman wax figure.

3. Abercrombie & Fitch.

Abercrombie & Fitch, A.K.A a European tourist's wet dream, is by far the most cheap, popular, and "cool" fashion in the eyes of NYC tourists. If you aren't wearing a "A&F 1995 Crew Champions" t-shirt or ripped jeans with flip flops, you're not a tourist.

4. Tourist wall.

This is a must if you want to be a NYC tourist. Every tourist feels the need to take up the entire sidewalk with their group of 10, in the most fast-moving cities of the world, while carrying bags of clothes (probably abercrombie and fitch) and pointing at buildings. If you don't piss off someone trying to catch the the subway or a bus back home, you're not a tourist.

5. Subway delirium.

"But this is supposed is taking us uptown not downtown, right?"

On the subway, the most touristy thing to do is to talk and laugh at the top of your lungs as your form of communication with other tourists. It's a rare language. You also have to pull out a gigantic subway map to annoy the living hell out of everyone around you. Most importantly, you have to try to fit in your school of fellow tourists in a jam-packed, oven, of a subway during rush hour.

6. Fanny packs.

The fanny pack has been the "day one" tourist feature. Fanny packs were most prominent in the 90's, so if you ever traveled as a kid, you probably used your fanny pack to stash your Nintendo and your games. However, it still is used by many tourists, mostly elderly and middle aged, but it's definitely a must have if you're looking to keep your subway map and event schedule in a secure location. You're not a tourist without one.

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One Place Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

South Dakota will leave you breathless.

South Dakota is a beautiful state that is located in the Midwest. The first time I went to South Dakota was when I was 16 with my family. I did not think I was going to enjoy it at all. However, after exploring around, and going to all the different touristy places, it is now my favorite place.

The scenery is gorgeous; you will see so many mountains. I even climbed up a few and almost fell off of one of the mountains. The walk was really long and hard, but I was glad to say that I made it to the top. On the way to the top, I saw a lot of wildlife such as coyotes, bears, and many squirrels.

I went and also saw one of our famous national landmarks, Mount Rushmore. Since it was my first time, I was really amazed to see how enormous the structure was. I felt super lucky to have the opportunity to see something that not many people are able to see.

My family and I also went to Bear Country U.S.A. I really enjoyed Bear Country U.S.A because we got to see bears roaming all around. To see a bear climb on top of my aunt's vehicle made me laugh, and I will forever remember that moment.

The friendly atmosphere made my trip even better. I got to meet a lot of really nice and friendly people. Learning the history of the Lakota tribe really fascinated me because the land is very sacred, and that was really special to get to experience it.

I think the state of South Dakota was one of my favorite trips I have ever taken. If you are looking to have a fun time hiking, exploring, and shopping, come and visit this gorgeous state.

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11 Of The Best Places To Visit In Columbus, Ohio

4. Buckeye Donuts

Being from out of state, I have enjoyed calling Columbus a second home. After spending nearly 2 years living here, I feel like I know a thing or two about most of Columbus. Here's my list of things everyone should experience when they come to Columbus whether it be your first time or your 55th time.


A great science museum that is perfect for all ages. I really enjoy this place, even being 20 years old.

2. Short North

A great place to get good food and shop local art galleries and other stores. Make sure to check out Jeni's if you're in the mood for something sweet.

3. Ohio Stadium

A historic stadium, it is definitely a sight to behold if you are near Ohio State's campus.

4. Buckeye Donuts

Personally one of my favorite places in Columbus, a local 24-hour donut shop. I highly recommend the blueberry cake donut.

5. Goodale Park

It has a great view of the Columbus skyline. Need I say more?

6. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you love animals, then you will love the zoo and aquarium. It is even nice in the winter when they put up Christmas lights to celebrate the holidays.

7. North Market

A great place to get local food and groceries of all kinds.

8. Nationwide Arena and District

Home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, it is a very nice stadium.

9. Franklin Park Conservatory

A beautiful botanical garden that would be perfect to go sightsee on a pretty day.

10. Easton

Another great, but HUGE shopping area. There is pretty much every store you can imagine in one convenient area.

11. German Village

Another cute little district with great lunch and brunch places as well as shopping. Make sure to check out the Book Loft while you're there.

I know this list seems like a lot, but I highly recommend all of these spots. Columbus is a very vibrant city, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

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