I was lucky enough to visit NYC twice in 2016, experiencing both its summer and winter. I realized there were similarities between both trips, the slight difference being the levels of foliage and layers of clothing. 😉 If you are trying to decide between a summer or winter holiday in the city that never sleeps, I hope the following comparison will help you decide!
Summer version: rooftop bar hopping
Featured bars: Le Bain and Wythe Hotel. Nothing shouts summer like drinking outdoors.
Winter version: Stone Street bar hopping
Featured Bars: Fraunces Tavern and random lovely bars of Stone Street. This was a highlight of my winter trip and might need its own dedicated post. I mean I drank at the same place George Washington did back in the day (and got a selfie with him hehe)! Nothing feels better in winter than drinking alcohol in cozy settings.
Summer version: views from the top of the Freedom Tower
Winter version: views from an office building in Times Square
You can’t visit NYC, arguably the most impressive city in the world, without marveling at its skyline from above. Doesn’t matter when you visit, it’s breathtaking every time and I love finding new viewpoints to take it all in.
Summer version: exploring the High Line
Winter version: exploring the festive streets around Fifth Ave
The energy in NYC is undeniable. There’s always something going on no matter how hot or cold it is–from markets to window displays to public art–it’s all worth exploring!
Summer version: picnics in Central Park
Winter version: walking past the frozen lakes and twiggy trees of Central Park as you make cover for somewhere warmer to eat
Central Park is quintessential NYC and is an important part of any summer or winter itinerary.
You might be wondering what made the cut on both trips?… Brunch at Jacob’s Pickle and drinks at Pier A overlooking the Statue of Liberty. Because some things do not change despite the weather–and that’s our love of carbs and freedom.
Moral of the story…NYC is amazing year round and you will be impressed any time you decide to visit! So book that ticket sooner rather than later 🙂