If you’ve never visited the United States, or not had a chance to make it to the cultural capital, you’ve likely dreamt of the day (and night) you can visit New York City. Perhaps the most iconic destination in the western world, countless cinematic representations of the Big Apple have raised its gritty day-to-day lifestyle to a glamorous status. For not only are the buildings and monuments widely celebrated, but the very experience of being in the definitive metropolis makes it a bucket list essential for any eager traveler.
To fully take advantage of that sense of lifestyle, though, you really need to dedicate at least one full night of your trip to staying awake and enjoying the non-stop nightlife, vampire-style. It can begin as the sun sets, with a ticket to the live recording of Seth Meyers’ famous Late Night show. Afterwards, you can fill your shopping bags (or browse for free!) at late night market, the Brooklyn Bazaar. They’ll lay on karaoke, DJs and games to boot!
Once you’re warmed up, you can put those vocal cords to good effect at the live movie experience of The Rocky Horror Show, which will see you through the midnight hour in Manhattan. A drink at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club will soothe your throat and recharge you in time for some all-night bowling at Whitestone Lanes.
If you’re starting to flag by now, take it easy with a bit of pampering at Koreatown’s Juvenex Spa. You’ll be out in time to see the sun rise over the Statue of Liberty – you can find the perfect view on a free ferry to Staten Island from Manhattan’s Whitehall Street Station. What an epic way to finish your first all-nighter in Gotham!
For all the details and more ideas on how to fill those small hours between dusk and dawn, check out Expedia’s new infographic. You can’t say you’ve done in New York until you’ve pulled an all-nighter!
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