START IN STYLE: MANHATTAN AND LONG ISLAND
We could tell you about the views from the Empire State, the shops on Fifth Avenue, the vastness of the Met. But you’ve been there, done that. So this itinerary takes a different look at New York, both city and state.
Get your bearings in Lower Manhattan by walking the High Line, a converted railway line that’s part garden, part boardwalk. Take a bus up the spine of Manhattan to the Cloisters, an art museum in a French monastery. Travel by cable car to Roosevelt Island, a haven of tranquillity under the Queensboro Bridge. Visit the Children’s Center at the Public Library and meet the original Winnie-the-Pooh, plus his friends Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet.
If you truly want to go off the tourist map, a train from Penn Station takes you to Long Island, where you can head out to the deep Atlantic by boat for some whale watching. And if you’re feeling like taking a dip yourself, head to the Hamptons for glorious Gatsby-era beaches and some of the best surfing spots on Long Island.