The Travel Diaries: 24 Hours in NYC & Hamilton

Hey readers! If you didn’t know, I am obsessed with the musical Hamilton. Ever since I met my boyfriend, he and his family have been raving about it. We listen to the sound track on long car rides and we have entered the Hamilton lottery to win tickets about 1,000 times. Sadly, tickets are super expensive and a little too far out of the budget for me as a student. But, the stars must have aligned about a month ago because tickets for last night’s show basically just fell into our laps. Of course, we dropped everything and booked a quick 24-hour trip to NYC to see the show. Here are my recommendations if you have just 24 hours to spend in New York.


This truly may have been the happiest day of my life. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but Hamilton was seriously incredible. My eyes were glued to the stage the entire time, and I was completely enthralled by the show. If you ever have the opportunity to see Hamilton, you must take advantage of it. It is a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda following the life of Alexander Hamilton during the Revolution. The music almost has a hip-hop or rap feel to it, which is very unique for theater in my opinion. My favorite songs are definitely “Helpless” and “Satisfied” (I listen to them multiple times a week). I also had a few favorite scenes that I was surprised that I liked so much. Of course, I loved the scene where Alexander meets Eliza, but I also loved the scene of the battle of Yorktown and the final scene of the show. The king was also hilarious! I was surprised by all of the humor that I didn’t get from just listening to the soundtrack but was so apparent during the actual show. If you are in the area, you can also step into the Hamilton store across the street. I picked up a book of poems my Lin-Manuel Miranda and a Hamilton Christmas ornament. Check out more about Hamilton here!

Have you ever seen Hamilton? Tell me what you thought below!

Ryan & I outside the theater before Hamilton
Richard Rodgers Theater
Hamilton playbill
My souvenirs from Hamilton

The Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

This is always a must for Ryan and I! The Loopy Doopy is a rooftop bar on top of the Conrad Hotel, located near the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial. The reason we keep going back to this bar is because of the fun drinks. I love the rosecco (rosé prosecco) with the strawberry popsicle! The view is also amazing. Check it out here!

Ryan & I at the Loopy Doopy
Rosecco with a popsicle!
Ryan at the Loopy Doopy


One place that we keep going back to is Beyond Sushi, a vegan sushi restaurant. I am not vegan, but the sushi and dumplings are delicious!

We also went out to dinner at Thalia, which was really good.

How to Get There

We prefer taking Amtrak, but this time we chose to take a Peter Pan bus. The pricing from the Boston area is very reasonable by bus. The leg room is pretty good and there are outlets and free WiFi.

Where to Stay

We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton, which was great for our short trip. In the future, I would definitely prefer not to stay right in Times Square. I really like downtown New York, and Times Square is way too busy for Ryan and I. But, for such a short trip it was really nice to be right next to the bus station and a few blocks away from the theater.

What do you like to do in NYC? We go fairly often, so I am always taking recommendations of where to go! Comment below.

Me in downtown NYC
Ryan & I outside the theater
Ryan & I in front of the stage before Hamilton
Ryan & I

Thanks for reading!

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