Self-Guided Tours | Michael LuchenExcellent pizza, standout bagels, and glorious appetite-whetting food of Chinatown and the East Village are just some elements that set New York City apart from other cities, and those features are best experienced by foot. If you can only manage to visit NYC for a day, know that Tribeca, the Financial District, and the South Street Seaport, as well as few other areas, can all be visited in a single afternoon.

Journeying through the city can be made more accessible by the subway or the train, but nearly as wistful or lifting.  From tip to top, Manhattan is decorated with incredible landmarks, including the Central Park Zoo, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Times Square, The High Line, Webster Hall, Washington Square Park, and the Tenement Museum.

Walking shoes and bottles of water are definitely in order if you’re planning to tread the city.  Because technology has kept up with our thirst for Wanderlust, there are now  GPS-enabled audio tours of Lower Manhattan. Also, there are definitive guides published that highlight the charms and trends of the city that never sleeps.

According to Huffington Post, an individual by the name of Randy Olson calculated the ultimate NYC walking tour, identifying some of the city’s top attractions, using an algorithm he used for his road trips. Olson indicates on his blog that it’s possible to visit the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and much more endeavoring on a walk that involves 4.5 hours of walking. This 14-mile tour can be a bit strenuous, but you also have to consider hour-long museum tours, a pit stop for dollar slices, and long lines.

Find the link for the interactive map here and an organized, itemized list of attractions just below, as published on Olson’s website:

  1. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York, NY
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028
  3. The Frick Collection, East 70th Street, New York, NY
  4. Central Park, New York, NY
  5. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), West 53rd Street, New York, NY
  6. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
  7. Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
  8. Radio City Music Hall, Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
  9. Theater District, New York, NY
  10. Times Square, New York, NY
  11. Bryant Park, New York, NY
  12. New York Public Library, New York, NY
  13. Chrysler Building, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
  14. Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
  15. The Morgan Library & Museum, Madison Avenue, New York, NY
  16. Empire State Building Observation Deck, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
  17. Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
  18. The High Line, New York, NY 10011
  19. Chelsea Market, 9th Avenue, New York, NY
  20. Ground Zero Museum Workshop, West 14th Street, New York, NY
  21. Greenwich Village, New York, NY
  22. Washington Square Park, New York, NY
  23. SoHo, New York, NY
  24. Tenement Museum, Orchard Street, New York, NY
  25. St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway, New York, NY
  26. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York, NY 10006
  27. Statue of Liberty

GPS and Google Maps have powered the self-guided walking tours in a way that hasn’t been done before. If you have other insights to share about self-guided walking tours, be sure to share!

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