NYC Getaway: Walking the High Line

I visited New York this summer, and I spent my days there the way those who know me would probably expect me to: I walked the High Line park, spent almost two full weekend afternoons investigating Central Park, walked along the Hudson, and toured the Museum of Natural History. It was such a fabulous getaway, and one of my happiest memories of our time in Manhattan was an evening walk in one of my favorite New York parks: the High Line.

Located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the High Line is a one-mile long city park built on top of abandoned elevated train tracks. It is such a unique experience and a well-needed outdoor escape after a long day in the city. The day we visited it had rained earlier in the day and the clouds cleared just in time for us to walk the park. We climbed up to the High Line from its starting point at Gansevoort and walked the tracks until nightfall. The city views were stunning and the view of the sun setting over Manhattan was unbelievable.

It’s amazing how different Manhattan seems from these old train tracks. The building tops captured the reflection of the sunset’s glow, the headlights from the busy streets shined bright, and the hustle and bustle of the city suddenly looked so beautiful. The High Line is certainly a gift to NYC and one I will definitely indulge in every time I visit.

Here’s a sneak peek of the stunning views the High Line served up that night:

Walking the High Line that night was exactly what I needed after a day in the city. It’s such a unique combination of city and nature, and I will always remember it. It was enough to make this Californian feel a little more at home. If you should ever find yourself in NYC, I definitely recommend walking the High Line. It’s a different way to take in Manhattan and an experience you won’t forget.

Looking for more to see and do while you are in New York? These were a few of my favorite places during my stay:

Where to stay: I stayed in a couple hotels during my visit, but The Westin New York Grand Central hotel was a stunner. We arrived late at night and received a complimentary upgrade to a beautiful, large room with a view of the Chrysler Building. This may have been one of my all-time favorite hotel stays.

Where to eat: I mostly went for grab-and-go meals since I was sightseeing on a tight schedule during my stay. I loved the ready-made sandwiches at Pret A Manger and Pax Wholesome Foods. If you have time for a sit-down lunch and are near the Chelsea Market Building, Ronnybrook Milk Bar has over-the-top sandwiches. I went with the chicken and avocado sandwich and savored every bite.

Where to explore: Definitely visit Central Park (my favorite part of NYC), tour the American Museum of Natural History, and walk the High Line. I have photos from each of these destinations and hope to post them soon.

The High Line
What: The High Line
Where: Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Why:To experience one of the most unique park experiences in New York. To take a welcome break from the busy city streets, peer over the deep green trees and grass that unexpectedly grow through the old train tracks, and indulge in the breathtaking views of the city.

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