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One week in New York, New York City and Montauk (Long Island), perfect combination of city and beach!

Enjoy big city life in New York City´s hustle and bustle and spend a relaxing weekend by the beach in Montauk, this trip is perfect combination of both!

by petrahellmanAbout Me:Hey! Im 25-year-old woman, originally from Finland, and I love traveling more than anything. I would say I am a full time traveler now, nomad, always chasing the sun. I have been living abroad for 5 years now and 2020 we bought a piece of ... read more

North AmericaUnited States7 days / August 2019

Highs & Lows

Drive from New York City to Montauk is gorgeous!

Expensive destinations. Not the best budget trip.

Itinerary Overview

After about half an hour of questioning at the airport I finally got to America! (The tight security check system in to America is not a joke, get ready to spend a long time in the customs, if you are unlucky.

My flight landed in Philadelphia, and the first destination was New York what was just like its reputation. I freaked out a bit when we got out of the train station to this great city, in the middle of all the people and tall buildings. Beautiful skyscrapers jumped across the sky and yellow taxis drove all over. The different architecture of different sized buildings was interesting and beautiful, new and old. The first idea was that the place is just like in movies, and yes, it is.

We walked a lot of around the city, of course... a few times we used an underground train, subway, but I think walking in the fabulous scenery was a much better option. When we got to Times Square all the people, buildings full of advertisements and skyscrapers surround us. People were taking pictures everywhere and walking in human masses. Everyone was in a hurry.

New York's hustle and bustle was a really intense experience. The city had so many different faces that it surprised me. At night the city also looked slightly different. It was nice to follow people in the streets.

There is endless amount of things to do in New York City. Make sure you have good shoes on!

Montauk is a great destination after the big city. Drive from City to Montauk is stunning. Long Island is so different, full of beautiful wine yards and small cute towns. Montauk is in the end of the island and in my opinion its the place to go!


  • 4 Nights: New York
    Beautiful architecture, good food
  • 3 Nights: Montauk
    Beach, fishing, lighthouse, nightlife

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I dont think I ever have enough time to see everything in the city, there is so many things to do! So have as much time as you can!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We were struggling to find a parking spot in the city.

  • How was the food?

    New York City is a gigantic city with thousands and thousands of restaurants. You can find anything from there! We fell in love with Le Bernardin. Le Bernardin is a French seafood restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Montauk: Two my favorite restaurants in Montauk was The Dock and Montauket. the Dock had the best seafood and environment and you can catch the best sunset in the Montauket.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Have a good shoes for walking. First time i made this mistake and took my fancy shoes which were terrible after 10km walking.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Take the train from New York City to Montauk. Its fast and easy!


  • Staying in the city is expensive but were lucky to have friends there who offered us a place to stay. That saved us maybe half of our budget. I would highly recommend to book a room from Airbnb because hotels are sometimes overpriced. Remember to look up where your room is located because location is very important in the city. Good hotel option: the Tribeca Grand Hotel is one of the most chic hotels in New York City.

  • Montauk Manor Hotel is building with a lot of history. It is little bit more expensive but the view from the hill is stunning. Surf Club Montauk: Montauk Beachfront Resort if you are looking for a place by the beach. Also Airbnb is a good place to find a room.