In the fall, we went to see Hamilton and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. I have a lot to say about both experiences, so I’ve separated this trip diary into two separate blog posts. I have also provided pictures for reference. I hope you enjoy!
Morning: We took the train to NYC. This was my first time riding on the train, and I really enjoyed the experience. It was very laid back, and the seats were comfortable. There were also charging outlets which was helpful.
Afternoon: Once we arrived at Penn Station in the city, we walked to our hotel. We stayed at the Hampton Inn United Nations. The room was fine; it wasn’t anything to rave about but it was tolerable for our short stay. After putting our stuff at the hotel, we went to eat lunch. We walked to lunch, and ended up eating at an Irish Pub. After lunch, we went to the show. My feet were pretty sore by this point because we weren’t sure where we were going, so we probably ended up walking much further than we had to. The only shoes I packed were heels, which was also a very bad idea.
Hamilton Review: The show was amazing. I have been listening to the soundtrack for months, and memorized every lyric to every song. I wanted to see the show for a long time, but the tickets were outrageously expensive. This was the day before Thanksgiving and our seats were in the very last row at the top of the theater, so they weren’t as bad; however, they were still a bit pricey. I would highly recommend seeing this show if you are able. The cast is wonderful, and it is beautifully choreographed. The talent on the stage is unlike any other, and I would see it again in a heart beat. The only thing I would advise is to not use the restroom at intermission. I did, and missed the first part of the second act because the line was so long. The line for the women’s restroom looped all the way back to the stage; I was able to get a selfie standing right in front of the stage with the props while waiting for the restroom. They signaled the theater lights when intermission was over, but there was no signal in the restroom so many of us missed the first minute or so of the second act. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful show and I highly recommend seeing it. It was my favorite show I’ve seen on Broadway so far. After we got home, I also watched Hamilton’s America, a PBS special about the making of the musical. I do recommend watching that before you see the show if you are unfamiliar with the story; it is a very insightful special.
Evening: After the show, we went to Rockefeller Center for ice skating. This was very busy, and pretty expensive. I was the only one who ice skated, and it was super fun! We did hear that the rink at Central Park was less crowded and a little bit cheaper, so we might try that one if we go again. We took a Lyft back to our hotel and ordered Postmates for dinner. Overall, the day was amazing; I love New York City and I loved Hamilton so it was a perfect day for me.