Rivaling Bryant Park at the top of my list of best places to visit in the city, the High Line in Chelsea is the definition of a scenic route, offering stellar views of the city and the Hudson, beautiful works of art decorating the trail, and clusters of vendors offering a variety of foods (you have to try one of the amazing ice cream sandwiches offered by Melt Bakery). A unique attraction guaranteed to please both during the day and at night (although the final time of day that you can stay on the High Line varies by season; as of right now, you can go until 11 p.m.), the High Line is ideal for people who want to witness a vast scope of the Chelsea area without spending money (pets are, unfortunately, not welcome, though). I personally love people watching, and I genuinely can’t put into words how perfect this walk is for people like me; every type of person you could imagine is susceptible to being drawn to the High Line, and so the sightseeing at this historic location includes more than just views of the city. Are you someone who enjoys feeling close to nature? The High Line has countless flower beds, a vast (for Manhattan) lawn, and varieties of trees sure to fulfill that need to truly feel as though you are one with Mother Nature. Love the more leisurely forms of exercise? The High Line spans from Gansevoort Street (in the Meatpacking District) to West 34th Street (between 10th and 12th Avenues), ensuring that you reach your fitbit goals. Super into history? The High Line itself is built over abandoned railroads, and there are free tours offered each week led by individuals who can divulge all of the details regarding the history, design, and particular culture of the High Line. The art is scattered along the walk, so you always have something to look at, whether it be a work of art of the city (which, as we all know, is a unique form of art in itself). Be on the lookout for supposedly religious people attempting to solicit money from you, though, especially if you’re like me and somehow always find yourself being targeted by these types of people. Also keep your eyes open for the several benches provided throughout the High Line as a courtesy for those who need to take a break from the walk, or those who just want to soak it all in. Be sure to bring a camera (or a cell phone, honestly) to take advantage of the spectacular views and memorialize them for yourself, your family, and/or your friends (and social media, of course). Whether it’s for a cute day with friends or family or for a peaceful day/evening spent walking through an absolutely beautiful area alone with your thoughts, walking the High Line is a surefire way to help you appreciate the various sights of Chelsea and feel as though you are exploring a whole new city.
For more information: http://www.thehighline.org/visit