NYC Sightseeing Tips for Busy Business Travelers


New York City offers so much to see that it can be overwhelming for business travelers. If you are in Midtown Manhattan for work, you may only have a few minutes here and there between appointments to visit the sights. That's ok. With a little planning you can do some sightseeing and still make it to your next meeting on time. Here's how:

Visit the Empire State Building Lobby
You may not have time to wait in the long lines that are typically required to see the amazing views from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, but you should still take a couple of moments to stop in and get a look at this Art Deco building's magnificent lobby, which features murals covered in 24-karat gold leaf.

Admire Grand Central Station's Ceiling
Even if you can't afford the 75 minutes it takes for a docent-led tour, if you are passing through Grand Central Station, make sure you look up and admire the zodiac ceiling—revealed after a thorough cleaning to remove decades of soot.

People-watch in Times Square
While your busy schedule may prevent you from enjoying a Broadway show, Times Square is open all day and all night, so you can easily squeeze in a little time to enjoy some people-watching amidst all of the neon lights—I guarantee you'll be entertained!

Take a Self-Guided Tour of Rockefeller Center
No need to battle the crowds trying to get on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Instead, take a self-guided tour and discover the plethora of art-deco masterpieces this 19-building complex contains.

Have Breakfast at Tiffany's
As a business traveler, you are likely to be tied-up with work during the prime shopping hours, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy all the retail delights the Big Apple offers. Just take a hint from Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's and enjoy your coffee and croissant while you window-shop at Tiffany & Co. (and Bergdorf Goodman, Cartier, and all the other great shops in the area).

Victoria Otto Franzese is a proud New Yorker who owned, operated, and wrote for a successful online travel guide for 15 years. Now, thankfully, all of her travel is purely for fun. See where she'll be going next at @VOFranzese.