Christmas in New York is a magical time. From November, the Big Apple transforms into a magical winter postcard, and Christmas decorations are scattered all over the city. From the lavish window displays in Fifth Avenue, to the buzzing Christmas Markets in Manhattan and stunning NYC Christmas trees, there’s no doubt: no other place does Christmas like New York.
If you’re planning on spending Christmas Day in New York, or are simply wondering what to do in NYC in December, be sure to put these recommendations on your New York Christmas itinerary! I’ll guarantee you’ll have the most wonderful time of the year. Here’s our magical guide to spending Christmas in New York.
Alcatraz. The Rock. The most famous high-security prison in the world located on Alcatraz Island, only a mile and a quarter away from San Francisco. We’ve read about Alcatraz prison in books, we’ve seen it in movies (Clint Eastwood’s Escape from Alcatraz is featured on our Best movies set in San Francisco post!) and we’ve heard endless stories about its famous inmates.
Almost everyone visiting San Francisco has Alcatraz prison on their bucket list. To make it easier for you, I’ve created a complete Alcatraz guide, including important information and everything you need to know to plan your trip to Alcatraz.
If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco, cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge is probably among the top things on your list. I’m assuming that because it was on mine! And maybe questions like “what are the best bike routes in San Francisco?” and “how long does it take to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge?” are popping up in your mind as well. I’ve been there too.
San Francisco is actually the fourth largest city in California so you can imagine there’s a lot to see. That’s why I’ve put together a little list of the best self guided bike tours of San Francisco with different areas for you to explore while biking across the Golden Gate Bridge. It also comes with points of interest, maps and other super important information that can hopefully inspire you to hop on a bike and get those wheels in motion!
Pick your favourite route to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge or around Golden Gate Park below!
There are a total of 62 national parks in the USA, each spectacular in their own way. In fact, the US is home to some of the best national parks in the world, and there’s a reason for that. The impressive wildlife and landscapes are unlike anywhere else on Earth. You can find deep canyons, sky-piercing sequoias, snow-capped peaks and vast deserts – all in one national park! Truly, there’s no better place to discover the unique natural wonders of the US.
Most of them are concentrated in California, Alaska, Utah and Colorado, and are a mandatory stop for outdoor lovers and anyone going on a road trip adventure. If you have limited time or are simply wondering which is the best US national park to visit first, fear not! We’ve shortened them down to the top 10 national parks in the USA you must visit at least once in your life, in no particular order.
Boston’s Black Heritage Trail takes us through the most significant landmarks of the Black Boston of the 1800s. Before the Civil War, Beacon Hill became home to immigrants and more than half of Boston’s 2,000 African Americans, just below the houses of wealthy white people.
The Black Heritage Trail explores schools, residences and churches of the free Black community that played a pivotal role in the fight for equal rights and abolition of slavery. Alongside the Freedom Trail, this is an equally important way to learn more about the precursors of the Civil War movement and history of Boston. Here’s everything you need to know about Boston’s Black Heritage Trail.
It’s no secret that you can eat some of the best food in the world in New York. From $1 pizza slices to gourmet dishes at renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, the Big Apple offers meals for all budgets in every corner. There is, however, a common misconception that better meals equal higher prices. As bizarre as it might sound, you don’t necessarily have to spend most of your budget to eat well in New York.
That’s right, you can find food markets in NYC filled with stall after stall of tasty meals. Not only do you get to sample great food from a variety of cuisines, this actually comes at the fraction of a price of a restaurant! Sounds good, right? Here’s a selection of some of the best food markets in New York City to grab a bite to eat. You (and your bank account) can thank me later.
Once we landed in JFK, I was on a mission to find the best pancakes in New York City and Bubby’s had exactly what we were looking for. Unlike Sam, this was my first time in New York and in the US itself. I must confess I found it extremely overwhelming at first. New York was way more than I have ever imagined. My usual trip planning and excitement that has always helped me with travelling wasn’t enough to mentally prepare me for the charm (and the size) of this glorious city.