Beth: Being a Tourist in My Own Hometown

Hi Blogland! My name is Beth and I am one of the New York City Travel Planners here at New York Guest. As a born-and-bred New Yorker I still feel like there are things I haven’t had a chance to do. With a city so wealthy in sites, attractions and activities one could easily spend a lifetime and not check everything off of their to-do list.  Taking time to explore New York City isn’t just fun, it also helps me better advise my guests on what they should see and do while visiting my favorite city in the world.

Recently my boyfriend and I decided to spend a weekend just being tourists in our hometown. Have you ever done that where you live? I highly recommend it! In the chilly January air, New York City is a spectacular city to walk around. We even decided to check out one of New York Guest’s most popular hotels, the Holiday Inn Madison Square Garden.  Staying there, I could immediately understand why this particular hotel is so popular with our guests. It has a great central location close to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Macy’s Herald Square, Madison Square Garden and so much more! Our room was very comfortable, fit with a king-sized bed. Rooms aren’t huge, but we didn’t feel cramped at all.  Best of all, I loved the free breakfast!

Standard King at Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden

Our first stop was at the Empire State Building, located very close to the Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden.  We rode up to the first observation deck on the 86th floor and took in some great views of the Financial District and Central Park.  Did you know on a clear day you can see as many as 5 states from the Observation deck? From each side of the building you can see all of Manhattan and its wonderful buildings, busy streets and surrounding districts. In my opinion, no stay in New York City is complete without a visit to the Empire State Building!

Even if a little blurry... What a view!

We also took time just to walk around and window shop around Herald Square and Times Square. The new pedestrian plazas in both areas make it so much nicer to walk around!

We also had plenty of time to see a good ol’ fashioned rivalry hockey game at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. We had great seats and saw a rough match-up between the #1 and #3 teams in their division.  New York Rangers fans are very passionate about their team which made for a really fun atmosphere! Although the Rangers ended up losing, we still had a blast with all the fans in our section. We even got to take a group photo next to a life-sized picture of Ranger’s famed goalie, Henrik Lunquist.

Taking a picture with Ranger's famed goalie, Henrik Lunquist.

Interested in catching a game while you’re in town? Knicks basketball and Rangers hockey seasons are in full swing and baseball season is right around the corner– Yankees tickets are now available for purchase online!

Contact me or any of the New York travel planners (212) 302-4019 or info@newyorkguest.com to learn more about how you can get great tickets to New York sporting events. I would also love to help you with a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden or any of our other excellent New York hotel deals!

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