Last year I went to New York City for a blogging conference. I had never been to NYC and I had always wanted to go so I was very excited.
I went alone and didn’t plan on doing any sightseeing because I’ve heard about how big and confusing New York can be and didn’t want to take any chances getting lost or missing any of the conference activities. As a result, I did not plan any tourist type excursions for myself and figured I would simply spend most of my time in the hotel or at the conference. I was still happy to be in the big city regardless and was thrilled with the bustling view outside my hotel room window.
However, my first day in I found myself with a few extra hours. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to take a walk. I had my smartphone and GPS and decided to just walk down the street to see what I could see. I stayed at the Sheraton New York on 7th Avenue which was a very busy area. I thought I just might see something of interest so made sure to grab my camera on the way out.
It was at that moment that I realized I was walking right toward Times Square! I couldn’t believe it. I fancy myself the ultimate travel planner and not knowing that I could walk to Times Square from my hotel had me stunned.
I got over it quickly checked the time and kept walking. It was only a minute or two more and I was there. In Times Square! I had my camera and phone with me and started snapping away. I couldn’t stop smiling, it was incredible!
These are just a fraction of the pictures I took. Once I was in Times Square everyone was taking photos and was just as enthralled as I was. It was wonderful to be there in such a historic, yet modern & bright place.
I was amazed to see that the middle of Times Square is actually blocked off from traffic. It’s an enormous area that is so fun to stand in the middle of in awe. I can’t wait to return one day and to bring my family. I think they’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
I was lucky enough to have one conference event where I walked through Times Square at night. It’s difficult to say whether I like it better during the day or night. It really is brilliant and breathtaking either way.
On my journey to Times Square I also was surprised to see a number of costume characters. I saw the Smurfs, Woody from Toy Story, and even Tinkerbell. It seemed an odd place to find them but people were excitedly taking pictures with each one. I also saw a person painted in silver face paint with silver sparkly clothes who was standing on a box moving like a robot. It was really pretty impressive but I’ll save all those photos and conversation for another post!
What about you? Have you ever been to Times Square or would you like to go one day?