Autumn in New York

My girlfriend Lela, our friend Susan and I are heading over to the US for a three week holiday in September.  We booked our flight to and from New York a couple of weeks ago, but it was only last night that we sat down to plan out what we are actually going to do and booked flights to and from various destination as well as hotels.  It finally feels real and now I am extremely excited!

Our itinerary is:

3rd September – 10th September – New York

10th September – 13th September – Boston

13th September – 15th September – Niagara Falls

15th September – 19th September – Washington DC

19th September – 22nd September – New Orleans

22nd September – 24th September – NYC

The things I want to do:

New York

  • Eat a hot dog and a pretzel brought from a street vendor
  • Run in Central Park
  • Do a WOD at CrossFit NYC
  • See a Broadway show
  • Go to the top of the Empire State Building at night
  • See a WNBA game
  • Go and visit the New York County Supreme Court House (used in Law & Order)


  • Go to Salem
  • Visit Harvard University and MIT
  • Walk the Freedom Trail
  • Bike tour of Boston
  • Go and see a Red Sox game (baseball)

Niagara Falls

  • Go and see the Falls (of course!)
  • Do the Maid of the Mist boat tour (also a given)
  • See the Cave of the Winds

Washington DC

  • Go to the Smithsonian Museum, especially the Forensic Anthropology Lab (be still my geeky science heart!)
  • Go see all the national monuments and see them again at night
  • Visit the White House and Capitol Hill
  • Visit the Arlington Cemetery
  • Visit the International Spy Museum
  • Visit Baltimore

New Orleans

  • Go to Bourbon Street
  • Visit a voodoo museum
  • Eat Cajun food
  • Visit a cemetery
  • Visit the French Quarter

If there is anything that I must do whilst there, please let me know as we are still planning everything we want to do and I don’t want to get back home and find out I have missed doing something awesome.


4 responses to “Autumn in New York

  1. Okay, I am TOTALLY jealous right now!!

  2. realityravings

    The city pass is good value for ticket to top of Empire State and other museums.

    Go to Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn for pizza and then walk back via the brooklyn bridge.

    All museums are great. You could hire bikes and ride all the way up the hudson.

    Just walking around Greenwich, East Village, Soho and Lower East Side is great.

    I would skip Canal St (like Paddy’s Market) and Chinatown.

    Where are you staying?

    • We are staying in Times Square, so nice and close to everything.
      Thanks for the tip about the city pass and about Grimaldi’s. We will definitely check it out.

  3. Looks like you have a great trip ahead of you! And a beautiful time to go too– expect excellent weather all along your route. (unless there is a hurricane! yipes!)

    In Boston– make sure to have some chowda! The Union Oyster House is right by freedom trail on Union st– very thick, but good.

    In DC- maybe skip spy museum if you don’t have time for it– oriented more for the kiddies.
    Don’t skip the FDR memorial– its my fave. Squeeze in a run or bike ride either around the tidal basin by the Jefferson memorial, or Rock Creek Park.
    Have a cocktail on the roof of the Hotel Washington– great views, esp near sunset.

    In NOLA- Coffee and beignet at Cafe du Monde. Muffaletta (they even have veggie) at Cafe Maspero

    In Baltimore– say Hi to my fair city…