Will New York City be the perfect layover?
Finally, I’m going to take a bite out of the Big Apple!
Nearby Newark, New Jersey is the first stop on our round-the-world trip. Our 11 hour layover offers plenty of time to have a great jaunt in neighbouring New York City!
We’re thrilled to be partnering with On Location Tours to see the city. On Location offers movie and television themed tours by bus and by foot and we've been invited to be their guest on their signature New York Movie and Television tour. This will be a great way to see the highlights of the city with a neat twist.
To make the most of our time in the city, we've researched in advance the different transportation options to and from the airport, as well as our walking route from the train station to our meeting point. Montreal bagels were also sampled, all in the name of research, so we could issue a true comprehensive report on which city rules the bagel roost!
Leaving to Chance:
Due to the unpredictable nature of air travel, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when we’ll arrive in New York City. From our starting point of Penn Station, it’s a 30 minute to walk to our tour meetup. If all the stars align, we’ll have about 90 minutes to explore once we complete our walk, but it's more likely we’ll have 45-75 minutes of free time. We hope to grab breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Dinner (home of the singing wait staff and self-proclaimed “best free show on Broadway.) Hopefully I’ll get to try my first Egg Cream! Otherwise, we’ll be grabbing some classic NYC bagels on the run!
Being on a bus tour for the day also solves our biggest dilemma – what to do with our bags! While we travel with just one small backpack each, 11 hours is a long time to wear something on your back and there’s no luggage storage at the airport. Being on the bus will give us a place to park our bags (and our bottoms!) during the layover.
We’ll be taking the AirTrain and NJ Transit train into the city. After researching all the ground transportation options, this is both the most economical and the most time efficient. Sometimes the train is a better choice than the bus!
Splurges and Souvenirs:
No to both! We’re not planning on any treats, aside from grabbing some traditional New York pretzels or pizza if we have the chance.
The first day of our round the world trip was a resounding success! We arrived on time and sailed through Newark airport without a hitch. We were on the train to New York before 8:00 am, well ahead of my estimate.
Arriving in New York City so bright and early certainly had its advantages. Times Square was quiet and easy to navigate. Bryant Park, decorated so festively, was relaxing and mesmerizing as we watched ice skaters show off their finest skills. It was such a pretty scene and it felt like a real New York moment. Unfortunately, the nearby New York Public Library was still closed but it was still nice to see the exquisite exterior.
New York City was a perfect start to our round the world trip and I was so thrilled at the day went so smoothly. I can't wait to plan a longer visit soon!
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