Hit Your Step Goal in the City that Never Sleeps


New Yorkers track more steps than those living in any other U.S. city, and when you’re visiting, it’s easy to do the same. The infamous eateries and shows can keep you on your toes well into the wee hours of morning—and the city lights make strolling from one site to the next even more unforgettable. The added bonus? You can make those evening steps really count.

Try this night-time walking tour, to enjoy some of the Big Apple’s best lights and sites—and score around 7,000 steps along the way.

Times Square

It wouldn’t be a proper visit to New York City—especially if it’s your first time—without a stop in Times Square, making this an ideal place to start your trek. Take a few moments to soak in the energy at the so-called “Crossroads of the World,” look around at the glowing billboards, and maybe even spot the Naked Cowboy, strumming his guitar.

Bryant Park & New York Public Library

From Times Square, head east along 41st Street and you’ll end up in Bryant Park—a European-like oasis amidst the city bustle. Stroll along the gravel-lined promenades, enjoying a grassy lawn the length of a football field, beautifully maintained gardens, and a carousel. Bryant Park is also home to the historical and palatial New York Public Library (you may remember it as the intended site for Carrie and Mr. Big’s wedding in the Sex and the City movie). Be sure to gaze up to see some of the city’s most notable skyscrapers including the Art-Deco-style Chrysler Building.
Distance: 1,400 steps (0.7 miles)

Empire State Building

As you exit the park, walk south along Fifth Avenue and window-shop some of the latest trends. Set your sights on the world-famous Empire State Building. There, visit the 102nd floor Observation Deck, which offers 360-degree views of New York City—lights and all—and beyond. It’s open until 2 a.m.
Distance:1,000 steps (0.5 miles)

The High Line

Continue walking south from the Empire State Building. Pass through Madison Square Park where you’ll catch a glimpse of folks lined up for burgers and milkshakes at the famed Shake Shack (while your step count continues to climb). Head West on 23rd Street until you arrive at The High Line. It’s a nearly 1.5-mile long elevated park on what used to be a section of the New York Central Railroad.
Distance: 3,200 steps (1.6 miles)

The Whitney Museum of American Art

Still have a little extra time and energy? Exit at the end of the High Line, and tour the new Whitney Museum of American Art, a state-of-the-art building, which houses modern and contemporary American art. Bonus: It’s open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Distance: 1,400 steps (0.7 miles)

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