When visiting New York City, you simply can’t do everything. I have lived her over 12 years now, and there are still so many things I haven’t done! The most important thing is to organize your tour geographically to save time and efficiently work your way through as many bucket list items as possible. The new Destination Midtown app makes planning your way through Midtown so easy! We joined Destination Manhattan for a 34th Street Walking Tour this Spring, and had so much fun! 34th Street is best known for the movie Miracle on 34th Street, but it is one of Manhattan’s liveliest streets and a major tourist destination. You’ll find history, shopping, food, sports, and culture! And if you forgot to prepare for your NYC trip by walking several miles a day, this tour doesn’t cover too much distance yet still packs in the sights!
State Grill & Bar
Our first stop was State Grill & Bar, located on the first floor of the Empire State Building. It’s a convenient place to grab a meal before of after your Empire State Building tour. We had a lovely breakfast (seriously, don’t miss out on the potatoes!) while we met the team of Destination Midtown and the Empire State Building.
Empire State Building
The Empire State building is on most NYC to-do lists. Of our 3 main observatories, the Empire State Building is my favorite because you can go outside AND it’s full of history! It gives you a wonderful view of downtown Manhattan, Central Park, and the rivers! Everyone visiting NYC should try to make it to the Empire State Building at least once. If you find yourself on a return visit you might want to try going at night or for the special sunrise tour. The least busy time to visit the Empire State Building is in the early morning from 8-11AM or from 8PM -2AM. Sunset is the busiest time, so either avoid it or be prepared for the crowds.
Madison Square Garden
This 130 year old world famous event space, is the home to the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, concerts, and other events. The building recently was renovated to include a beautiful new lobby and meeting point. In my time in NYC I’ve attended a Britney Spears concert, a Rangers game, and a Phish concert for New Year’s Eve. During our behind the scenes tour we visited the club, the storage space, and set foot on the Knicks court. They had just covered the ice rink in preparation for the upcoming Knicks game. This behind the scenes tour is perfect for a sports lover, but proved to be an interesting destination for the ladies as well. If you’re headed to MSG for a concert or sporting event, it might look a little different than the first picture below. But rest assured they have something for everyone to eat. The new options include Gluten Free, Kosher, and gourmet chefs like Jean Georges food!
All access tours available daily from 9:30AM to 3PM. You can also purchase tickets to various sporting and entertainment events.
B&H Photo is the largest technology superstore in the United States with over 300,000 gadgets. It’s great for technology buffs who want to experience the latest technology and accessories hands on. During our visit we tested our a number of drones. I’m thinking I need to up my photography skills a bit, but I’m still undecided on which drone would be best for me! B&H also offers FREE classes to guests, so be sure to check out their schedule online.
I’m embarrassed to say the Highline was open for years before I finally visited. Now I find myself there a few times a year, in all seasons. We’ve had some unusually warm winter days this year! The highline runs from 34th Street where you can overlook the train yards to 14th Street where it connects to the Whitney Museum. The highline was formerly an elevated railroad track that has been converted into a park, a favorite for locals and tourists alike. It can get quite crowded, so try to visit during the day!
Destination Midtown App
We decided to explore a few of the stops on the 34th Street Walking Tour from the app, but there are various walking tours available. You can try the First Timer, Architecture, 42nd Street, Night Out, Family Fun, Broadway, First in Fashion, Rainy Day, or 5th Avenue depending on what you want to see and how much time you have to explore NYC!
Other 34th Street Walking Tour Stops Include:
- Herald Square
- Penn Station
- James A. Farley Post Office
To download the Destination Midtown app, head over to Destination Midtown!
I was the guest of Destination Midtown on the 34th Street Walking Tour through midtown Manhattan. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.