One of the trips we talked about for years was to NYC to see the Macy’s parade. We finally got a chance to do it, and it was wonderful. Highly recommended. We planned the trip a year in advance because hotels sell out early. We took the train out of Providence RI the night before the parade. We had booked 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza on Broadway and we arrived at the hotel around 11:00 pm.
We didn’t realize it at the time but we booked the hotel through a travel agent who provided us a voucher to present at the hotel. Bad idea. At first the hotel didn’t want to honor the voucher as the price we paid was $100 per night less than the rate on that day. Having worked all day and ridden the train for 4 hours my patience was thin, and after a brief discussion with the manager, they accepted the voucher. The hotel is great and we have stayed there many times since.
After that I booked all hotels directly through the hotel. Less hassle.
We set the alarm to get up early to find a good spot on the parade route. Our hotel is on the route, but our room did not have a view of the street.
So up at 7 and out searching for a good spot, which we found quickly as we were there early. The weather was cold, and we were feeling it, but we didnt want to give up our spot as the crowd was beginning to build.
Since the parade starts out from Central Park, we were able to see the entire parade from that corner. It was cold, at times too cold, but we stayed there and we were glad we did. It was wonderful!
We ate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at of all places, The ESPN Endzone in Times Square. The meal was actually quite good.
We enjoyed the rest of our day, and did some more sightseeing on Friday before we took the train home.
Life is about memories, and that is one trip we will always remember.