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This is going to be a really fun week for the Southern Savers “office” (my toy room).  Tj Maxx is sending a very excited college student who helps me out with the site to Los Angeles for the Teen Choice Awards and I am going to New York City for the BlogHer Conference! Needless to say, we are all little excited about this.  However,  neither of us is familiar with the areas we are going.

Help us both find something fun to do!  Leave a comment below giving me some ideas on where to visit, eat etc., and I’ll pick two entries to win a FREE Laser printer!

Winners will be picked and notified from the airport Wednesday morning…

    • Jennifer

      I’ve never been to NYC and only flew into LAX before driving to Long Beach, so I can’t give specific suggestions. But. be sure to check out Plum District, Half Off Depot, and Restaurant.com for some dining and entertainment deals! We always do for our trips and it has worked out EXTREMELY well for us!

    • No matter where you are, it’s always important to save! I highly recommend the New York City Pass which allows you to visit 6 New York attractions for $79. I have purchased the City Pass when I have visited other cities and it was a great deal. If you purchased tickets to all the attractions seperately, it would cost you A LOT more. You can get a City Pass by going to http://www.citypass.com/new-york. Hope this information is helpful – I could sure use a new printer!

    • June

      For her: here is a website with top 100 places to visit http://www.garyisse.com/article-224.htm

      Foe you: You gotta go see Statue of Liberty of course and probably Radio City Music Hall

    • Here’s a great site for resturant deals in NYC. There is so many free ways to entertain yourself like the free walking tours that they have as well as the fun shopping. Have a great time! http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2008/11/recession_dining.html

    • Lynn

      http://www.foodsofny.com/chelseamarket.php hands down the best ever! also “rock of ages” is a great broadway show!

    • Steve

      For a HILARIOUS evening in New York City you have to go to see Chicago City Limits – it’s an improv comedy group. Here’s the review from Fodor’s: “This crew touts itself as performing in the longest-running improv show in the city. The shows, heavy on audience participation, take place Wednesday through Saturday and seldom fail to whip visitors into a laughing frenzy.”
      * Address: 318 W. 53rd St., between 8th and 9th Aves.
      * Phone: 212/888-5233
      * http://www.chicagocitylimits.com

    • April Patel

      In Los Angeles I found an article about a place called Abbot Kinney neighborhood that was built on canals like Venice. It’s a young, hip bohemian neighborhood that is very chic and intimate with shopping, dining, ambiance and an altogether wonderful stop while visiting. Here is the article: http://www.executivetravelmagazine.com/page/Los+Angeles

    • Take a Gondola Ride at the Central Park Boat House! It’s only $30 for a half hour for up to 6 people! Grab some buddies from BlogHer and it’s only $5 a piece! :) http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/sections/gondola.htm

    • Forangle

      Went to NY in March. Had wonderful food, watched a broadway, took a frightening taxi cab ride, visited Grand Central Station. But my most favorite memory was Central Park. There, we witnessed (and participated) a street dance party. ALL walks of life had gathered, literally formed a “party on the streets”, and everyone was dancing and having so much fun. I stood back and watched the smiles on peoples faces as they observed or participated. It was if no boundaries existed between races, ages, sexes. It was incredible! Of course, I joined in!!! I mean, how could u pass that up? Oh, yeah…and many of the peeps dancing were on skates–the old school kind–and could put any “so you think you can dance” contestants to shame! Such a blast! You gotta see what YOU can discover in the park! Here’s the video on my fb that we snapped w our cell phone: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=410857942430 Have a great time in the City!

    • Rita

      While in LA visit the Griffith Observatory see this link http://www.griffithobs.org/ AND there’s a cool hike there too. You’ve seen this locale in a number of movies and it has a great view !

    • Jennifer Crowell

      Well I’ve only been to the airport and Disneyland in LA so I couldn’t say, I would probably enjoy a movie studio tour.

      As for New York I’ve never been myself but my sister went this year and there is a restaurant that serves all kinds of Mac and Cheese. She went there and I thought that was pretty unique and fun. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/smac/

    • Lindyd1011

      You have got to go the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. It is such an amazing place. I think the website is http://www.tenement.org or something like that. GO! Also, I love Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate. Definitely not Weight Watcher’s friendly, but it is worth every point!

    • Jen

      L.A. is easy: Hollywood Sightseeing! She can go sightseeing mostly for free! Here’s a great link: http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=free-activities-hollywood
      Of course, the Big Apple truly has everything. Like others said, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are perfect, but have you heard of the New York Pass? This will really save you money, and Statue of Liberty is only one part of it! That link is: http://www.newyorkpass.com

    • April Hunt

      You MUST eat at The Burger Joint..inside the Le Parker Meridian Hotel! It’s a little bity JOINT inside of this amazingly beautiful hotel. It is behind this big brown/black curtain and you go down this hall an there is a tiny neon Cheeseburger sign! You can ask at the desk too..and they will show you were. They have amazing Cheeseburgers..and milkshakes!!! so fun! Lots of celebrities have written on the walls. They have VERY FEW items on the menu..and what’s there is all they have! haha.

      oh here is a link too.for the address… http://www.parkermeridien.com/eat4.php

      Also..Serendipity!!! such a fun kooky place! LOVE IT. Frozen Hot Chocolate!! so yummy!!

      Hope you have an amazing time!!!

    • Robin H.

      I used to live in Southern California and I think a great place to go is the Griffith Observatory. It’s on the mountain next to the infamous “Hollywood” sign. At night one can see all the lights of LA and it’s absolutely breathtaking! The observatory itself is amazing with a Richter scale, a larger telescope, a laser show and many interesting exhibits.Here’s a link: http://www.griffithobs.org/
      For New York, I’d recommend Broadway. If you go, as our friends there told us, to one of the afternoon shows, you might be able to get tickets cheap by waiting around at the theatre about 30 minutes before the show starts. You will find people whose parties have not shown up (due to traffice, etc.) and they are pressed for time as the doors are locked once the show starts so no late entries. Some people, having tickets in hand but not wanting to go in alone will sell you their tickets – start off at $20 and go from there and you might get half price tickets. I saw “Phantom of the Opera” very cheap this way. The play was so amazing and the special affects and music were awesome!!!

    • April

      In LA, (it may be more like Santa Monica) but try Venice Beach – and you must go to Pink’s Hot Dogs. In NYC – you must visit Central Park and try Lenny’s: http://www.lennysnyc.com/main.asp?page=1041 Take a stroll down 5th Avenue.

    • Rebecca

      In LA, eat at Koo Koo Roos! Fantastic, fresh food that is SO affordable. I couldn’t get enough of it while i was there. It’s downtown, but check out the website for locations: http://www.kookooroo.com/index2.php

      I’ve never been to NY so can’t help ya there :(

    • Happilin

      Pio Pio in NYC is a place you should eat at, especially if you are in the mood to eat some good peruvian food. Gina from Skinny Taste highly recommends it also. You can check out their website at http://www.piopionyc.com

    • Rachcharlton

      For those of you interested in the printer…I work at a place called Cartridge World and we remanufacture ink and toner cartridges. It is a great way to save money AND help recycle! This printer for instance takes a TN-360 cartridge and is priced at $49.99 at my particular store. http://www.cartridgeworldusa.com can help you find a store near you.

      As far as New York, I went a few years ago and went to the top of the Empire State Bldg at night time and it was simply breath-taking!

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    • Myra

      New York City: I would choose CONNEY ISLAND for a day, specially if you love the beach and an amusement park. A short trip to ATLANTIC CITY to do a little gambling (for you that are of correct age) Also the WORLD FAMOUS BOARD WALK has a whole lot of things to offer an out door person. Also BROADWAY is the place to go for a live musical stage play. I have to mention the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL. They have daily performances. And they also have live performances within CARNEGIE HALL. BUT if I ever get to NY City I would not miss the STATUE OF LIBERTY. Oh I almost forgot the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Connecticut. Now for Los Angeles: Most fun place to go is UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. You see awesome things. They will give you free
      tickets to a taping (usually Jay Leno) and after you head up city walk, they have a ton of good restaurants and cool stores to go to. VENICE BEACH is awesome to go and just walk the boardwalk. Santa Monica pier and 3rd St. promenade are both fun., endless things to do there. You might want to take one of those tours of the stars homes in Hollywood. A tour line called STAR LINE TOURS. The bus is small (around 12 seats ) and has large windows so everybody gets to see all. Last around 2 hours and you see many stars homes plus homes of producers, directors, and game show hosts. The driver keeps you entertained with trivia about many places and people as you drive around the hills. Site you can visit is http://www.starlinetours.com. Also I know you won’t forget to get all the local coupons for a cheaper
      trip. HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE TRIP

    • beth

      Save some money by thinking ahead & grab a restaurant.com certificate for Wicker Park (http://www.wickerparknyc.com/) in NYC. Great food… & affordable too :)
      Have a great trip!

    • Lana

      This is for Los Angeles:
      In-n-Out burger: get a burger animal style, and double-double animal style is the best.
      Hollywood is NOT a must-see — too much time will be taken up by just a quirky little area.
      L.A. Fashion District ( http://www.fashiondistrict.org/ )
      Redondo Beach
      The Getty

    • bsev

      Any chance I can, I check out a “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” restaurant recommendation. Here’s one in the Bronx– apparently well worth the 30 minute trip. :)
      http://www.mogridder.com

    • Dluke

      I guess I’m a kid at heart. I liked the Toys ‘R Us Store. It has a ferris wheel in it!!! It is huge!

      dluke@jeff-davis.k12.ga.us

    • A great place to visit in NYC is the Wax Museum in Times Square on 42nd Street! They have TONS of different celebrities in “wax” figures and I thought it was cool and fun to take pictures!

      Another place to check out – one you can never forget – is Central Park! Also if it’s rainy and your the “Museum” type be sure to visit the American Natural History Museum!

      If you plan on visiting all of these places – make sure to get the City Pass it’s a Savings of 50% – http://www.citypass.com/new-york Have Fun!

    • Bayne

      in New York do the Food on Foot tour- we went for free since we had bought the NYC Pass (www.newyorkpass.com can be a good deal if you plan to pack in a lot of museums) but you can purchase separately too. http://foodonfoottours.com/ We went to probably 10 different places to eat of ALL types, ate for about $15 max a person by splitting food and having tastes of everything (but were so full by the end!). It was a great way to see part of NYC with a local and get a taste of everything!!

    • Bayne

      in New York do the Food on Foot tour- we went for free since we had bought the NYC Pass (www.newyorkpass.com can be a good deal if you plan to pack in a lot of museums) but you can purchase separately too. http://foodonfoottours.com/ We went to probably 10 different places to eat of ALL types, ate for about $15 max a person by splitting food and having tastes of everything (but were so full by the end!). It was a great way to see part of NYC with a local and get a taste of everything!!

    • Dixie

      I used to live in NYC so I can give you the fun locals spots. Food wise: If you like Indian food the East Village has an area I call “Little India” because it is nothing but Indian restaurants. My favorite is Panna 2 and it is on E 1st Ave. Very cheap but fun and unique. I don’t know if it has changed but they don’t sell alcohol so their prices were great. You can BYOB.
      You have to go to Little Italy. My favorite place there is la Mela. It doesn’t look like much but it is entertaining and the food just keeps on coming.
      http://www.lamelarestaurant.com/
      When are you going? If you are there in Sept, the San Genero festival happens the 1st or 2nd weekend in Sept. Tons of fun but crowded!
      Chinatown is ok and there are always fun little chotchke shops. It’s pretty touristy though.
      Ground Zero: you have to go there to see the empiness left behind. It’s very humbling.

      I don’t know if you drink but even if you don’t, a visit to one of the nation’s oldest pubs in existance is still a fun thing to do, even with the kids in tow, if you bring them. Mcsorleys Ale House, also in the lower East Side.
      http://www.mcsorleysnewyork.com/

      If oyu want a real, authentic Jewish deli, Barney Greengrass on the upper West Side is my favorite place ever. Best chicken soup, lox, and bagels.
      http://www.barneygreengrass.com/welcome.php

      Try and be a member of a studio audience if you are there. It’s a pain in the ass but if you don’t mind waiting in line and are into that kind of thing, may be worth a try. Plus, it’s free. I saw Conan when he was still there and though the waiting sucked, it was free so what the heck, right? Is anyone still taping in NYC? I have no idea anymore.

      Speaking of free, Central Park has summer concerts throughout the season. The NYC Philharmonic plays very often. You can bring a blanket, a bottle of vino, some candles, very romantic, and free. I looked on line and it looks like the Phil may be done for the season. Still go to the Park website and you may luck out on something.
      http://www.centralpark.com/pages/activities/concerts.html
      Walking the park is beautiful and always makes me feel like I am in a Woody Allen movie. Love it.
      Walking through Times Square never did it for me but as a visitor, I will spank you if you don’t go and have a walk about. It is a magical place and the energy is outstanding.
      And be sure to ride the subways because it’s something you just have to do!

      Be prepared to spend some money because nothing is cheap there. But you should have plenty saved up for all of your couponing!

    • Motheroftacha

      Hi Jenny, thank you for all of your help with helping us get great deals and save $$$$.
      I am not going to give you alot of places to go in NY….instead, I am going to return the favor of frugality and tell you how to get around easily and very inexpensively!
      Check out the http://mta.info/ website. You can take any NY buses and metro and trains for $27 for a 7 day period. Airports have machines to purchase these (ask airport stewards, they are very helpful to get you to one). Notice on the website that you can choose any starting and ending location and it will map/instruct you where and when to take the next means of transport to get where you want to go! I did get a Barnes and Noble NY City map of streets to aid with finding things i wanted, but you will save OODLES on taxis. We took bus and metro from airport and that, in itself would have cost $50.
      One site I would rec, though, is Empire State Building…..we got tickets (“Fast Pass”) which were a little more expensive, but allowed us to bypass long lines………….this, IMHO best done in the evening, when you can see all the lights. Be sure to buy the $5 map of what you see from up there………..well worth the $ for it shows all of the landmarks. fabulous!!!
      have a blast timesquare at night is very cool, also!
      Mary Wall

    • Catherine

      In New York when you visit Ground Zero, visit St Paul’s Chapel http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/congregation/spc/ which is across the street from the towers and is a museum of sorts to the people who died and those who saved lives.
      South’s Restaurant at 273 Church Street is about 10 blocks north of Ground Zero and is fabulous!

      In LA visit the Santa Monica Pier area. It is a wonderful place to visit and stroll around and stick your toes (or more) in the Pacific Ocean. Also, Griffith Park is a wonderful park and home of the Hollywood sign. A wonderful place to picnic and see LA from above! From Santa Monica to Griffith Park you pass through much of Hollywood (Beverly hills, Kodak Theater, Rodeo Drive and more) and can stop and walk among the “stars” on the sidewalk!

      Enjoy both of your stays in fabulous cities!

    • Pachu77

      I do not live in California, but when I traveled to Chicago with my family, I used http://www.tripadvisor.com. I typed in “chicago” and then clicked on “things to do”. From there, I saw reviews of the top places that other traveler’s went too. They have a dining section there too amongst other things. The site had suggestions for family vacay to couples, etc. I hope this helps if you wanted to plan ahead.

    • Laura

      hmm- check out the Ralph Lauren main store- love the home section!!

      lpcinteriors@gmail.com

    • Wingsandall1

      I have a couple of ideas for L.A. and New York City.

      For L.A. there is Little Tokyo and The Friendship Bell (belloffriendship.org) which is said to have amazing views of the pacific.

      For New York City… There is the Time Warner Center (which is an amazing retail emporium!) and…if you are artsy, there is the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, which is near the Museum of Modern Art and is a school that was turned into a Museum for great artists of tomorrow!

    • Anonymous

      Go to the Today Show with a Southernsavers.com sign!! Then, go get a hot dog in Central Park – it’s so beautiful.

    • Kafrogers07

      I have never been to NYC, but have heard that the frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3 is to die for! Enjoy! ;)

      http://www.serendipity3.com/main.htm

    • Paris

      I wish I had the best place ever because my printer is only printing the coupons in color, and I am spending money on cartridges. So, I could use a new printer.

      Anyway, I can only say my favorite thing to do was to take the cruise around the island. Hope you have fun, and if you have a solution for my coupons printing in color, please let me know (Epson technical support says it is the way coupons.com has things set from their end).

    • Joanh319

      What a thrilling place to go!!!! Statue of Liberty would be 1st, Times Sq…. then from there i don’t know….A printer I certainly could use….thanks for the contest…
      joanh319@aol.com

    • Cmcgrew

      NYC Benihana restaurant.

      I forgot to mention that if you go to retailmenot.com and search for Benihana you can sign up for their chef’s table and receive a 30.00 birthday gift certificate.

    • Joanna

      http://www.nycgrace.org/
      Check out this new ministry. :)

    • Rita

      Let me suggest Lower Manhattan, in this area you will find Wall Street and specifically The New York Stock Exchange. You hear about the stock exchange almost everyday and you certainly feel the effect of what happens on wall street everyday too. Take a look at this wikipedia entry for info and a pic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street . You’ll also see this location in a number of movies and frequently on TV (ok, so I think it’s pretty cool when watching a movie and seeing a place I’ve visited).

      While in Lower Manhattan you can also see many other sites mentioned by others but please stay away from street vendors selling hot dogs as they are very unsanitary.

      I have always enjoyed seeing Times Square at night as the pictures do not do this area justice.

      You should look for a walking tour if possible and many can be found via google and you can also find books from the library on this topic (I suggest a tour though as I find it’s safer in a group peering at the sights).

      Be safe and have fun!

    • Coupons777

      For Los Angeles “100 Free Things to Do in LA” seems fitting! http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/activities-and-recreation/activities/100-free-things-to-do.html
      And for you Jenny “Free Events, Free Things to Do, Free Culture & free Entertainment
      in New York City!
      http://www.clubfreetime.com/free-events-things-to-do-in-new-york-city.asp
      Obviously, I have not been to either so had to resort to internet search but sure looks like a lot of things in both places that can be done for FREE!

    • Gold

      Best of Los Angeles: music, ethnic food, shopping, nightlife.
      1. check out a music venue (spaceland, hollywood bowl, see kcrw.com or flavorpill.com for listings)
      2. The biggest korean population outside korea, asian food is probably the best in US. (sa rit gol for korean food, and dan sung sa for korean bar food with a Kim Jong Il mural).
      3. Santa Monica pier and beach
      4. Shopping at Third and Fairfax, grazing the farmer’s market for food.
      5. J Paul Getty museum, great architecture, gardens and art)

      As for food, there’s too many ideas.
      Breakfast – apple pan (santa monica), fred62 (late nite breakfast)

    • Dana

      My favorite thing to do in NYC is see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. For LA, I'd definitely recommend taking a city tour of Hollywood and see where the stars live. That was so fascinating for me. Have fun!

    • Beckyhill216

      I've never been to New York City, but if I went I would HAVE to make a visit to the Statue of Liberty. She just fascinates me. Maybe you could go for me!

    • ASmith

      Have Fun I haven't been to either city as an adult. But if I went to New York I would try to go to the theater

    • Jerry Willis

      Visit Brooklyn Tabernacle (they also serve a delicious dinner on Tuesday nights but you have to get there before 6.

    • Bpinzer

      1st to comment?! wow! My husband would say check out the new Yankee's stadium, but I say go for a carraige ride in Central Park. A good rest for your feet after all the other touristy stuff to do! :) Enjoy!

    • Pinkandblackcrazy

      Serendipity 3 is the most amazing restaurant in the upper east side it is so good

    • Mia Taylor

      In New York, there is a 24 hour site seeing tour. You can get on and get off at any of the points of interest for a whole 24 hours. By far the coolest thing we did was take the tour at night, and on top of the double decker. Its amazing to see the buildings all lit up and the shadows. Have fun!

    • Rachel Raber

      wow< sounds like fun! You can try out lots of food with Restaurant Week Summer 2010!!!
      Hope you have a blast :)

      Restaurant Week Summer 2010
      One of New York City's greatest modern traditions, Restaurant Week allows locals and tourists alike to sample the fare of the city's many amazing eateries at great prix fixe prices! Extended through September 6th!

    • Fishnfools97

      I have never been to New York city, but I LOVE theater so Broadway would be my first stop!

    • Janalynn

      my son went toNYC when he was in middle school..he was able to go to Radio City Music Hall…said he would pick that as the one place he would re-visit!!!

    • Mary C

      I would have to say go see Central Park in New York City. I have not been there either but that is where I would go!

    • my3sons

      I would have to say to go see a broadway show in NYC! I have not been to LA before but would love to just go shopping (well window shopping) at all the neat and expensive stores!
      Have fun!

    • NeeNah

      Have never neen to New York, but I think it would be fascinating to see the Statue of Liberty.

    • Jen

      You have to try to make it to at least one Broadway show! Hope it's fun!

    • dj flamingo

      Definitely ride the Double Decker City Tour bus for at least 1 day. Great way to sightsee & it goes all over Manhattan. You can get off & on as many times as you want throughout the day. Saves you from the subway and/or taxis, plus the top floor is open which is wonderful for picture taking!

    • Veronicasmith77

      Ohhhhh pick me!!! I honestly have never been there before but honesty should count for something right?!!? I desperately need a printer!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!! :)

    • Jamierab

      I used to live near LA, and recommend visiting the studios in Burbank and doing the Hollywood walk of fame on Hollywood Blvd. You should also eat breakfast at Toast one morning!

    • sharpevicki

      In New York: shop for fabulous knock-off purses and Tiffany jewelery in China Town then walk a couple of blocks down Mulberry Street to Little Italy for lunch. Our favorite is Pesana's

      In Las Angeles Angeles: vist the Farmers Market for lunch then window shop on Rodeo Drive!

    • Jess

      I would love to go to New York to see the Statue of Liberty and eat at Bobby Flay's restaurant.

    • Stephanie Purse

      My daughter and I went to New York several years back and had a GREAT time! We stood in line in Time Square and got AWESOME tickets to see Beauty & The Beast. It was phenominal! I've heard that the set & costumes is one of the best and both my daughter and I really enjoyed it. Congrats & have fun!

    • cnydy

      For LA, i will recommend tour of Hollywood and offcourse i have loved universal studios and disneyland there too! :) its totally fun!

    • Jennifer Womack

      The battle of the pizzas! Go to Lombardi's and then to Ray's pizza. Both say they were the first to bring pizza to this country and are great pizzas! Then go to Times Square and take it all in. Maybe even hang out if you are an early riser and try to get in the background of GMA. :)

    • Michellelhs

      For your teen friend going to LA they might like to go to California Adventures (it is Disney owned and across from Disneyland) over in Anaheim. I am a huge Disney lover and that park has some amazing rides! Plus of course there is the BEACH! Also Pink's is a famous hot dog place.

    • Bethanyvaughn

      Get dressed up and see a show on Broadway!

    • Michele9775

      I have never been to LA so I can't suggest anything, but the Teen Choice Awards should be a load of fun!!! As for NYC you just gotta have a slice of pizza!! Ummmm!! I and from NJ and miss the pizza the most!!! Have a great time

    • Melodystanfield

      Statue of Liberty, and I think it would be interesting to see the 9-11 site. It's amazing how all of those people lost there love ones and family, but I hope you have fun!

    • Meghan MacInnis

      My first stop in NY would be Serendipity! Even though its hot outside, I'd order hot chocolate!

    • Showmom40

      definitely Broadway & Statue of Liberty.

    • Peggy

      Jenny, you must see a Broadway play, visit Chinatown, and eat in Little Italy

    • Brandi

      I'd have to say see a broadway show in NY.

    • Coupon Kelly

      NEW YORK??? WOW! Can I help you out too?

      You have to go to Tiffany's and try on expensive jewelry! With all the money you have saved with coupons, you are bound to have plenty for a new ring/necklace/bracelet… Think about it!

    • Snowski824

      You should take one of the bike tours of Central Park! We took one and it was really interesting. We also went to a Broadway show and that was really fun. A more somber place to visit would be the church near the 9/11 site. It was very interesting. You can take the Staten Island Ferry and see the Statue of Liberty for free (actually going to the statue is an all day event from what I hear)

    • Threnners

      In LA, go to Largo and Amoeba records. Note how their equivalent of “Free times” is five times the size of ours. Get a chilli cheeseburger and chilli cheese fries from Tommy's. Get a burger from In & Out. Stay away from Sushi Boy! Scarantino's in Burbank has the best Italian food. Damon's in Glendale has the best steak & twice baked potatoes. Go to Universal Studios. Stay off the 405 if you can help it!

    • Sharon

      The only thing I have ever seen in LA is the airport, so I'm not much help there….but while in New York, definitely eat at Tavern on the Green. Night time is best with the place all lit up in white lights. Have fun!

    • Sydney

      Most definitely visit Century 21 in the financial district. It's a great store that sells designer clothes, handbags, and other accessories for a great price. I went there in January and loved it. Also make a stop to eat in Hell's Kitchen. It has some of the most unique little restaurants I've ever been to. Hope you have fun; New York is amazing!

    • Modmia

      I think making a trip to the FAO Schwartz from “BIG” (if it's still there) would be fun but then I am an 80's baby.

    • Elizabeth

      I haven't been to LA, but while in NYC, make sure to see the Statue of Liberty!

    • Broadway, The Rock, Empire State Building, Depending on when your there ~~ take in a game or concert, Central park… theres nothing like the city.

      Studio Tours, Disneyland, Walk of Fame

      and of course Shopping in both Cities

      have fun = )

    • I've never been to either place but in NY I'd definitely have to see at least one Broadway show!

    • Beth

      If you make it down to Chinatown and don't know where to eat, Joe's Shanghai is awesome! Steamed dumplings are a must — oh so yummy! I love a stroll through Central Park, the free ferry to Staten Island has wonderful views of the statue and city skyline. Century 21 is a great discount clothing store, down near the WTC site. Can you tell I LOVE NYC?? Have a blast, my friend!

    • Pepesme

      Oh, if you are going to LA, you HAVE to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain! The roller coaster there are awesome! When my husband and I lived in LA, we were five miles from Magic Mountain, and went there several times a week. We never tired of it!

    • Dale

      Take a boat cruise at night around the Statue of Liberty, and look back at the Manhattan skyline. WOW! That is the ultimate. Of course, Broadway is a must, too!

    • Amber

      NYC – Go to Time's Square! Eat some cheesecake at Roxy's and then be on the lookout for limos – they'll often take you on a ride for just a few bucks before doing their theater runs.

    • Erin

      i love the broadway idea. i think that would be my choice. get dressed up, eat out at a five star restaurant, and see a show on broadway : )

    • Mdpt12

      the LaBrae Tar Pits are really neat in LA. It's historical if she likes that kind of thing. :-)

    • Tcoggin

      I have never been to either place, but if I went to New York I would have to see the Statue of Liberty, 911 site, the Today morning show and a broadway play.

    • Faith

      Definitely go see a Broadway show!!! =) I have always wanted to see the Blue Man Group!

    • Katie

      In New York, you should definitely check out Fluffy's bakery–they have delicious blue berry muffins.

    • Heather

      When I went to New York for a mission trip a few years ago we got a “play day”. My 2 favorite places were the FAO Swartz toy store great for any age and we also toured the studio where Saturday Night live is done. It was so much fun!

    • Sarah M.

      Your college student should go to the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens! :-) For your trip to NY, you've got to try and be in the audience for Good Morning America with a “Southern Savers” sign! :-) Have a great time!

    • jen

      You could always go to a taping of any of the numerous t.v shows that are out of New York. I think the tickets are even free.

    • Sarah C

      Go to Serendipity for some dessert :)

    • In NYC, venture away from Times Square and go off into other parts of the city. Manhattan is so diverse, so go where the locals go! There are so many wonderful parts of NYC that many people never get a chance to see because they are lured in by the lights and thrills! Visit Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Soho. This is where the locals hang out, and in my opinion, some of the BEST restaurants and shopping can be found here. The Sightseeing bus tours are AWESOME! Pay for admission for a day, and ride around all of Manhattan. You can get on and off as many times as you would like, and you can see the city from atop the double decker bus! Well worth it!

      Although I've never been to Los Angeles, I think I would have to do walk down Rodeo Drive a couple times and window shop! Then, I don't think I could leave without doing a tour of Stars' homes!

    • Kathy

      In NY the Top of the Rock Observatory on 49th Street offers a spectacular view from the 70th floor…AMAZING!
      In Los Angeles Disneyland for the adventurous or the Knott's Berry Farm is very interesting. Great sampling :)

    • crystalt

      Go see Letterman. A friend of mine did and ended up on the show!

    • Susan

      I've never been to NYC but I'd make sure to see the Statue of Liberty while there. Have Fun!

    • In New York City, you must eat at Carnegie Deli!

    • Kristin

      Central Park!!

    • esturm1

      Try to get in a Broadway show!

    • April Patel

      For New York, you should definitely go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and try and find a distant relative from your family tree and where they came over to America. That would be a wonderful way to make your trip personal!

    • Aschinc

      Visit Ground Zero. You will be moved beyond belief.

    • Claire

      A Broadway show in NY and Rodeo Drive in LA

    • Caseyfitzpatrick

      In true Southern Savers style, go by TKTS booth to get your discounted (and sometimes even half-price) theater tickets!! You can go in the morning on the day of the show for matinee tickets, or you can go in the afternoon for available shows that evening! Two locations – one behind the big red stairs in Times Square, the other by the seaport!

      Another thing – my favorite show is WICKED! And if you go in the morning the day of the show you have the chance to get 1st/2nd row seats for $40ish for that day (I think approx 30 folks can win the chance per show).

      Finally – go by the visitors center in Times Square (near McDonald's) if you want coupons or are in need of a quick bathroom break :o)

    • I’d love to win!! As for a cool thing to do in New York, definitely go to the Toys R Us with the carousel in it :). It doesn’t matter how old you are- a carousel is always awesome!

      Amy Lauren
      proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo.com

    • Rachel Raber

      China Town is great! get authentic chinese food for good prices. my husband and I loved it!

    • Katrina Schneider

      Truly am addicted to this site I have finally cut my spending in third.

    • Definitely FAO Schwartz Toy Store and Good Morning America. It would be very cool to see “Southern Savers” while watching morning television. I would also visit Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo as well as the Statue of Libert and the church at Ground Zero that is mentioned in Karen Kingsbury's books!

    • I recommend Six Flags Magic Mountain (gosh I think that's the name!) and the zoo in LA and in NYC of course do the cruise around lady liberty at night. It is absolutely stunning to see the lights and buildings of the city skyline! I would also recommend checking out FAO Schwartz and Times Square – I have visited many many times, both are so much fun!! Of course if I were going back home I would go to the new Yankees stadium, but I'm a longtime fan! Used to go to games all the time when I still lived in NY state ;)

    • emilyc

      Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty are a must! Have fun! Wish I was going too! Don't forget the shopping in China Town! :0)

    • Rachel Raber

      Carriage ride in central park at dusk :)

    • Gladyskirkpatrick

      You must absolutely go to the Historic Farmers Market for Brazilian BBQ. You have never tasted anything so delicious! And the best part is that there is no entrance fee, you'll have to pay for the bbq of course :) It is located at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax. Have a great time!!!

    • Shopping

      You can find the kiosks, I think there is one right on Broadway and some in Central Park, and if you get there early in the morning when they open, you can snag some WONDERFUL deals for Broadway shows. You have to be flexible for times and you have to be willing to go that day, but the Broadway managers want the theaters filled so they sell all of the open seats the day of for discount prices. Have a wonderful time in NY!!!!

    • Carol

      China Town is a most. I don't know about LA. Hope you both have a great time.

    • Christian

      Well, in LA there is always Bobby McGee's in Burbank, Gordon Ramsey's Rest. in West Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe
      The Grauman's Chinese Theater, City Walk, Galleria, Olvera Street, China Town, just to name a few. Hope you find this helpful!

    • pal_joey1

      If you've never been to NYC before, then climbing the Statue of Liberty is a must. It will take some time if the crowd is large (likely), but well worth it. For other entertainment I would highly recommend paying for a double decker bus tour. You can get a pass for however many days you want and it drops you off/picks you up at all the major tourist spots. If you hit Broadway, then The Lion King (Miskoff Theater) is a must. I don't even like musicals and this show was fantastic. For dining I would highly recommend Mickey Mantle's restaurant in Manhattan. Also, get the Cheesecake at the Carnegie Deli. You won't regret it. If you're even remotely a sports fan or have one with you, then taking in a Yankees game at the new Yankee Stadium will be worth your time. And finally, I would suggest you go to the top of the Empire State Building. It really is pretty cool. Hope this helps and Enjoy! Take lots of pictures. When my wife and I went in 2000 we had our picture taken on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty with the Twin Towers framed in the background. There's a picture you couldn't buy from me regardless of price.

    • Cstreater

      Try John's Pizza across the street fromthe Majestic Theatre – great pizza – reasonable price

    • Mccreadymom

      You have to try the Statue of Liberty

    • Snieves0607

      I have never been to NYC, but have heard so many wonderful places to visit like Central Park, carriage ride, FAO Schwartz, SOHO District has amazing Food. In LA there is tons to do & see as I am originally from CA. Disneyland is a must, walking down Hollywood Blvd looking at all the Hollywood Stars, doing the Beverly Hills Celebrity Tours, going to the beach either Hunnington Beach or the OC. Also taking a drive down Highway 1 thru Malibu is breathtaking and then you can hit the Santa Monica Pier for some yummy food!:)

    • JessieC

      Koreatown for dinner! You must try.

    • Cathy

      In LA you have to do Disneyland, and in New York the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Chinatown for dinner. Have fun!

    • Anne

      Catch a broadway show like The Lion King or Wicked and grab something to eat at Serendipity! They have the best frozen hot chocolate!

    • judy

      Eat at BB Kings in NY, it is not as expensive as everywhere else and they use to have a great 2 for 1 deal, and there corn bread is great. Have fun!

    • Tracy

      Oh what fun for both of you!!! In LA if at all possible – consider Getty Museum and for NYC – SoHo is lots of fun. If you are there on the weekend be sure and stop by SkyView Pictures – awesome photography.

    • Lilypad12

      In NYC go to Carnegie Deli and have a piece of cheesecake.

    • Be

      Little Saigon, cheap, cheap, cheap food.

    • Campbellemily1

      Id would do a “celebrity home” tour or buy a map to the star's homes for Cali, and DEF would go to a dim sum type restaurant where they cart around the baskets of food..not sure if Im correct calling it Dim Sum..but I think its right!

    • Corrie

      In NYC you must eat a slice of cheesecake at the Roxy in Times Square! It's the best!

    • ed

      You could take a ride on The Staten Island Ferry. It is free and you can have a view of the harbour and the statue of liberty.

    • Bethanystover

      Serendipity in New York City is a quaint little eating place(not cheap) and you'll have to wait in line. They have iced hot chocolate, all sorts of yummy dessert stuff. As you go out of the store take a right and there is Dylan's candy shop about 2 blocks down on the corner-totally fun!

    • Julie

      You must take a NY taxi and bus at least once to experience the Real Big city life and of course the statue of Liberty , Times square, 911 site and well just ask the locals while your there and be open to their ideas since they live there and often know what is best! Have a great time!

      • Julie

        Oh! and as for LA. The student must see Sunset Boulevard. It is one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the “Sunset Strip” on its way. Must go to the Beaches, there are completely different than the East coast beaches.

    • Ashlee

      I recommend getting the New York Pass (not the city pass), it includes all sorts of things that you can do and lets you pass all the slow lines. It's definitely worth the money! I would suggest Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, the wax museum, The Lion King Broadway Play, Times Square, Serendipity (order the frozen hot chocolate, it's fabulous!), a bicycle tour through Central Park, FAO Schwartz if you have kids, Empire State Building (but Top of the Rock is actually better), Little Italy (has great places to eat)

    • Ashley M.

      You've got to hit up Chinatown!!! The sights, food, and shopping make it a really fun excursion!!

    • NYC Subway..a friend of mine spent the last two months there and she had awesome subway stories to share :-) Also, the statue of liberty.
      In LA, the shopping district and Knott's Berry Farm.

    • TStall

      You've gotta visit the M&M store in Times Square!

      AND definitely take a walk in Central Park. It's awesome to see how different life is in the big city. Between the bell hops and the fresh flower markets, it's awesome.

      AND last but not least, check out the small real estate firms in Central Park. Check out the prices of a small 800 sq ft condo. You'll be shocked!

    • Beck7472

      I am not really familiar with California, but N.Y. I would say make sure you visit ground zero.

    • Varsha

      There are a lot of must to see places in Newyork.

      You can buy a One day Subway / Bus pass for $7 or $8. Just keep this pass the whole day and can use it for unlimited rides throughout the day that includes both train and bus. You can buy a $110 pass that is valid for 2days . You can find this in http://www.newyorkpass.com.This will cover most of the places major places like Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, New York Skyride, Madame Tussaud’s, Circle Line River Cruise,Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck, NBC Studio Tours, New York Aquarium and more.With this pass first,try to cover most of the attractions where the tickets prices are high.

      Another option is the all day new york tour for $10 .You can check the details from http://www.tours4fun.com .This also includes many of the major locations.

      Apart from that Times square, Wall street and Bull are the other major places ..
      You can decide depending on your time and the places you would like to see…
      Have fun in Newyork.. Enjoy … :)

    • Fievetj

      For LA, you've just gotta drive through Beverly Hills…and maybe visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

    • Karen

      You need to check out the grounds/memorial area for the twin towers in NYC. Also, visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must!

    • In new york city make sure you go to the south street seaport and definitely chinatown!!!!!!

    • Lindseyforche

      NYC is such a huge place,easy to get lost in!! I suggest always having cash on hand for a cab ride and a map…Our fav place to eat when we visit is called Serindipity 225 East 60th Street
      between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
      Its super cute inside and has great desserts!! The frozen hot choc. is what its known for. Have fun

    • Tina19691

      La Brea tar pits in LA is really cool to see.. Not too often do you see bubling tar in the middle of a city. They also have a fantastic orchestra that plays in an outside ampitheatre and of course you gotta see rodeo drive. Grahman's theater was nice and if you can go into the Kodak theatre you can see where American Idol is filmed and something else is live there now too. It might be So you think you can dance. Malibu is fantastic at night. You can get on the ferris wheel and see the ocean and the beach. They also have fantastic attractions like mime's and bands playing for donations at night. It is fun, but go in a group.

    • Kim G

      OOOOH! I saw Wicked in Birmingham last year and I REALLY REALLY want to see it in New York!! It's so good!!!

      And I don't know about LA… I'm sure if you just walk down one of the main strips, you could find something easily!!

    • Sadonnabuchanan

      We were there in May. China Town is so much fun. Little Italy has great food! Horse and buggy ride thru Central Park, Ground Zero, The battery, A dinner cruise down the Hudson River…the statue of liberty at sunset and night from the boat is breathtaking….NYC is so much fun!

    • Tess

      Go to Central Park! It is huge–check out the beautiful sculptures! Also, I loved Ellis Island, so much history about out country! I liked it better than the Statue!

    • Jennifer Crowell

      oooo I know where you should go in NY! I already posted but just remembered this and it's prefect for a savvy shopper. Filene's Basement! Nothing like incredibly marked down designer clothes. =)

    • Michelle

      One of my favorite things about New York is the statue of Liberty! I got kissed inside by a boy I liked in the 12th
      grade! It was great! You got to go and let me know if you
      can feel the young love!

    • Dolface546

      I loved Chinatown when I visited NY! So interesting, and you can haggle!

    • Cathy

      When my husband and I went a few years ago, we took a food tour through Greenwich Village. They take you to the local places to eat and tell stories about the area. You get a sample of the food from each place you go to. The best thing we did when we were there!

    • nina k

      ive never been (but i wish to one day go) but i would suggest going to watch a show, something like The Lion King. how exiting! have fun!

    • Gina4ever0

      You must go see the Statue of Liberty and eat a hotdog! I hear New York has the best!

      Go to Central Park.

      You must go to the empire state building!
      Take lots of pictures!

      TJ, I hear the food is good out there… Visit a well know restuarant.
      The beach is fun and drive on 90210 road. Visit the star side walk.

    • malia basch

      i loved central park. such a fun place to spend an afternoon!

    • Sendmemailasap

      Central Park is great, take a carriage ride. Also there is a LOVE scupture a few blocks away from the park that is good for pictures!

    • BT

      In CA,visit Venice beach area with a good, fun Italian restaurant called C & O Trattoria. The staff and guests sing 'That's Amore' throughout the night. In either place, if you haven't seen the show Wicked, HIGHLY recommend it

    • toma

      I would go to the zoo in LA and visit some of the great museums in NY!!!

    • Jalonzo

      I would definitely hit up all those amazing shops in New York and spend some of the money you've saved! Have a great time!

    • Kam

      China Town!!

    • Elizabeth

      I've only been to NY once and it was only for a few short hours. My advice for something fun to do would be to go shopping while your there!

    • Denicsmith

      How about Newport Beach?

    • Bree

      While in New York, go to Dylan's Candy Bar- AMAZING!!!

    • Jenaeb24

      I have no idea. I'm a country bumpkin but I really hope you guys have a great time. Send the printer my way. kthxbye :)

    • Savermac

      Ride the subway its a must if you never have, take a walk in Central Park. For LA go to Disneyland or at least Downtown Disney and have a bite to eat.

    • Cidelli

      In L.A. Disney and the Hardock Awesome. In NY Times Square. Statue of Liberty, Lion King on Broadway is just great. Hope you both have a great time.

    • Tiffany

      I say you should see if there are any concerts where they do the nbc and abc news. They are always free and also see if you can get in the crowd and get on Tv holding your sign so we all can see you! =) That would be fun and I have always wanted to do that.

    • Soccerswimchick

      We had a ton of fun the last time we were there visiting here: http://www.10best.com/destinations/new-york/new-york/all/events/lincoln-center-out-of-doors/. Plus, lots of it is free.

    • Tricia

      I have never been to NYC but I would love to visit the Statue of Liberty and a Broadway show!

    • Courtney

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    • Lindas

      of course you need to go see the empire state bldg. and the statue of liberty. also go to times square and go to the leg go store (interesting). far too many good places to eat in nyc but try to get in a real ny pizza. have fun

    • Sgesselrn

      In NYC take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Grimaldi's for some of the best pizza you'll ever have. They make it in coal fired brick ovens and it is amazing! After lunch, head over to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory right under the bridge. Make sure to try their famous homemade hot fudge…it is sooo good! Then take your ice cream out by the water and enjoy the beautiful skyline. This is a really fun afternoon that definitely won't break the bank! :)

    • Heather S.

      Statue of Liberty in NYC and Disney Land in LA are good times!!

    • Esyke623

      Oh wow . . . I would love to win . . . I never win anything! haha. I hope you have a great trip! Definitely check out the Statue of Liberty and Broadway!

    • Jennifer C.

      You gotta have some Chinese food (for me) in Chinatown while you're in NY ~

    • griffins00

      See Ground Zero and get a hot dog!! :)

    • Candielynn

      we love disney world and knotts berry farm

    • sarahrosemac

      Go eat at Lombardi's Pizza and walk around little Italy! Yummy food!

    • Alevans85

      Although I have never been to either going to the Today Show would be on the top of my list!

    • Amccraw

      Check out Roxy's or Serendipity in NYC-great sweet treats! I've never been to LA, but hope you have a blast!

    • Jo

      I love the fabric stores and button stores in NYC. A whole shop with just buttons!

    • Sherilturner

      I know you girls like free, so these are my favorite FREE things to do in:

      L.A. – Walk around Venice Beach and see the street entertainers.
      N.Y.C – Take the FREE Staten Island Ferry for a terrific view by water of the city AND the Statue of Liberty.

      In both cities, contact ahead of time to get FREE tickets to be a part of the studio audience of some of your favorite TV and game shows!

    • Sharon

      I went to NYC last week for my bachelorette party and I would suggest the following:

      1. St. Paul's Cathedral by Ground Zero- the church near the towers where no damage was received. They have made the church into a memorial to the victims and the volunteers that helped in the days following.

      2. Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue- It really is right out of the movie! Amazing!

      3. Empire State Building at night- An awe-inspiring view

    • ann

      I love walking the streets of NYC……Times Square, Broadway, the fabulous shopping on 5th and Madison Avenue. Just soaking up the atmosphere of the city!!

    • Lacoltfan

      I would definitely visit Venice Beach! Great shops, great beach fare (the fish and chips are to die for!), and it is the BEST place in LA to people watch! Enjoy your trip!

    • Jenmason84

      I would say go to Serendipity in New York and try some of their yummy treats and your helper should go to Universal Studios!!!!

    • tiffany

      pie. pie. more pie.

    • Sadie423

      I've never been to either place….but central park, the statue of liberty, a show on Broadway….I'd be a classic tourist I think

    • Ambersweat

      I would say in LA definately some designer shops gucci and others, for NYC I would say times square and ground zero! Hope both of you have loads of fun! I really hope I win this printer cause mine just went out and we don't have the $ for a new one right now, so that means no printable q's for a while:(

    • mother-of-six

      See Phantom of the Opera for sure in NYC. I was just there in June and it was fabulous. Go online through discount tickets. The tickets were half price and the seats were great!!!

    • Butler

      I've never been to either place, but I think the Statue of Liberty would be my #1 pick for NY.

    • pattipate

      I have wanted to visit New York and go to the Brooklyn Tabernacle and hear their wonderful choir. If you have time, it would be a great thing to do. Of course, eating an egg custard, pizza, all the other yummy things is high on the list, too.

    • Church_lady15

      I think you need to check out CVS and Walgreens :) ha ha

    • Jmanley521

      In NYC I would do Central Park, and also Ground Zero. I've never been to NYC but if I had the chance, these are the two top places I'd go!

    • Jannamccoppin

      I have never been to either one but I must say the Statue of Liberty would be one of my first stops!

    • Angela

      Go to Chinatown and score some deals on 'off' brand name goodies!

    • Jenni

      If you are going to NYC, then you must visit 3 places: The Chip Shop (eatery specializing in British interpretations of fried food – YUM), MoMA (Museum of Modern Art – it's not ALL Miro and Warhol. Not all exhibits are kid-safe, though, fyi. Also, I just looked and they are having a summer sale in the store with up to 50% off their REALLY cool stuff) and Central Park (there is going to be a gospel music performance on the SummerStage from 3-7pm on Sat, btw). Those allow for you to visit when you can, pretty much, and still find something fun to do. And maybe walk around Times Square if you never have before, but really, I think it's overrated, personally. But if you want to find a great show to see, it'll probably be advertised there – it's just PRICEY.

      As for L.A. – I've never been, so I hope to learn some neat places from others' comments!

    • Hmcooke1282

      FAO Schwartz

    • Paratip

      The Statue of Liberty and Chinatown are must sees!

    • LauraBo

      My favorite thing I did in NYC was going to a broadway show! I highly recommend it!

    • Val

      Can't go wrong with the Statue of Liberty. I have never been, but maybe one day soon :)

    • Belinda Sherley

      Definately go to Central Park while you're there, plus its free to walk around and look. In L.A. how about seeing the walk of stars, it's free to walk down it, just remember to bring the camera to take all the pictures of you putting your hands where your favorite celebrity had theirs. Either way look for those bargains in either city, theres bound to be plenty!

    • Sush_tt

      you will be thrilled by visiting the Ellis Island can buy a pass combined to visit this along with the Empire state building and statue of Libarty.

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    • Eware

      You have to eat cheesecake everyday!!! Always make it at a different deli where you can sit at the window and watch people, its so fun to people watch in NYC! If you can score tickets to a show, do it!!! You will not be disappointed and last but not least, you have to eat a hot dog from a street vendor!

    • K5husband

      Go see “Stomp” or “Blue Man Group”….they are both off-Broadway. A little cheaper than the big name shows, but very entertaining and worth the money…

    • JCT

      Try to find the tatoo parlor that is on the show “L.A. Ink” and get a new coupon tatoo.
      While you are in New York stop by and check out the new Target. I saw their grand opening on TV last week.
      Good luck finding sweet tea!

    • Karen

      Budget friendly and fun – Central Park (Strawberry Fields is right across the street from the Dakota) and statues line the avenue, Chinatown – nothing is real, but it's all cheap. For a reverent moment – Ground Zero and the church right across the street that survived the impact of the collapse.

    • rena

      broadway show and chinatown

    • Ginny

      In LA – Phililppe the Orignal for a sandwich…. NYC – a Broadway show…. those would be my picks!

    • KAWilson

      Central Park and Ground Zero.

    • Jennifer

      The Apple Store!!!

    • Allyg24

      you have to go to serendipity in nyc! everything is so amazing. when the movie serendipity came out my best friend and i went to nyc just to eat there. and of course eat a street hot dog and lots of pizza.

    • Wendy Gray

      if she has enough time….she should visit disney…if not, try grauman's chinese theatre….you will have to visit the rockefeller. I NEED THE PRINTER! pleaseeeee lol

    • RHighsmith

      Definitely have to have a piece of NY pizza, check out Central Park, and visit the Statue of Liberty…and go all the way to the top. AWESOME view. Have fun!

    • Chacoyaguayo

      I am a college student and my printer just took a leap to it's death so now I am paying the college computer lab 50$ to get copies of my human anatomy papers;{
      Pink Berry Ice Cream in LA and when in NYC you must find time to see a show!
      Have fun, can I live through you just for one of those days??

    • Rtcvacar

      Central Park and a Broadway show! Thats my plan if I ever get there!

    • Bethmepps

      For New York shopping for deals in ChinaTown and H &M are a must and of course you have to buy a pocketbook off the street! You must see a Broadway play (Lion King is good if you are unsure), ride in a taxi and visit Central Park. My favorite thing to do is to wander the streets, people watch, take in all the sounds and get caught up in the energy of this great city! As for food there are so many great places to eat but you can not leave without trying real NY pizza! It is the best!!!! Serendipity is also a favorite for sweet treats!

    • alyjim

      I agree with everyone else, Broadway Shows are a must (and Wicked and Lion King are by far better on Broadway if you have already seen it). We went with a bunch youth a couple of years ago and we had a blast at FAO Schwartz. Of course if you can get into the Today Show is always fun, especially is there is a concert…but you got to get there early!

    • Patrick Whitecotton

      You didn't say when you were going. So I have several suggestions:
      1. If you will be there October 7-10 You need to go to the The third annual Food Network New York City wine & Food Festival.
      2. Restuaruant Suggestions: (a.)Ferdinando's (151 Union St
      Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 855-1545 It is the best italian you will ever have. (b.) Le Bernardin. Absolutely the best restuarant in NYC. They have been rated #1 several times. (c.) You have to have New York Style Pizza in which case you have to go the very first lisenced pizza place in the country LOMBARDI'S which opened in 1905.
      3. Attractions: If it were me, I would go to ground zero, to pay my respects. Then I would go to Battery Park, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge. There are many things to do including museums in Midtown that are free.
      Patrick Whitecotton, 692 Diamond Ridge Dr NE Cleveland TN 37312 (423)310-0019

    • Beth Hopper

      Get your walking shoes on, get you a “metrocard” and a NYC street map. Start with Breakfast @ H&H Bagels, then hit one of the many museums, then a walk through Central Park, of course. Lunch @ Lombardi's Coal Oven Pizza, then off to Greenwich Village. You can't go wrong with Chinese Food for dinner in Chinatown, then get “the view” from the Empire state building, stop off for a night cap at NYC's oldest operating Bar and Restuarant!!!! Hope you have a wonderful time there!!!! :)

    • Lucky LO

      In L.A. head to the Farmer's Market for some yummy baked goods and homemade ice cream and then while in New York you just HAVE to go to Canal Street for some inexpensive accessories- that's my first stop on every trip I take to the city :] Have fun!

    • Amysewell79

      Go to the top of Rockefeller Center rather than the top of the Empire State Bldg (if you plan to go to the top of something!). The wait is much shorter and there are 3 different levels to view the skyline from!

    • Nick

      You should go to Museum Mile. There are eleven museums in this mile-long stretch of 5th Avenue. The area is known as Carnegie Hill and is filled to overflowing with culture.

    • Jessica

      Modern Museum of Art!!

    • Bobannlong

      A cool place that someone recommended to us was Zabars…it is a grocery, deli, cooking supply store in NYC. We had a great time browsing around and sampling their goods! It is not a coupon haven but sure was fun for a foodie!

    • Mashkadg

      Statue of Liberty

    • Carmen

      Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefella Center, United Nations, Times Square, and Ground Zero

    • pietafan

      The John P Getty…it's FREE. You need to make a reservation on-line but you will spend the day looking at the greatest art of all time. The have Van Gogh's Irises, Degas, Cezanne and Michaelangelo. The family has built one of the largest collections in the world and they allow every person who desires to see it to do so at no cost. It is an experience that everyone should have.

    • Kmsa1234

      i love new york. just walking down the street is an adventure. seeing the sights and sounds of the big city.

    • Nthebank

      In New York go see Wicked on Broadway!

    • April

      You have GOT to go to Serendipity 3 and get their Frozen Hot Chocolate. It is to DIE for! They bring it out before the meal so you have time to enjoy it before your entree. 225 East 60th Street

    • Caroline

      Tiffany's! And Carnegie Hall. And a play on Broadway…

    • bkh5123

      Definitely go to Ellis Island. It is full of history and you can look to see if any of your ancestors came through Ellis Island when they came to America.

    • Sjwinkle

      I haven't been to either place, but would love to go so have fun!

    • Magscott31061

      My Mama says to visit the Statue of LIberty and the Rockafeller Center. Too bad Tvern on the gReen is not open- she loved that as well!

    • L.A. and NYC …..2 of my favorite places in the world!!! In NYC go to Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar (try the crack pie or the compost cookies)….in L.A. just get some good mexican food b/c it's so much better than anything the south tries to do!!!!

    • Amanda M

      You must visit Central Park and take a horse-carriage ride! It is really beautiful. Also, check out Times Square – look for the Naked Cowboy (he isn't totally naked, but it is a sight to behold…ha ha ha). Have fun and be safe!

    • Chelle2377

      The stage Deli after a broadway show is my favorite thing to do in NYC

    • Michelle

      Ground Zero, Empire State Building.

    • Adrienne

      In New York, my husband and I love to visit the Museum of Modern Art… and as for food, the best food is always found in random hole-in-the-wall places, but if you happen by Chinatown, there's a great Vietnamese place named Nam Sun (don't ask me the correct spelling, but if you ask someone you should find it).

    • Celie

      You MUST eat in Little Italy in NYC!!! MUST!!!!

    • kerri

      Definitely do a Broadway show and Modern Museum of Art!

    • Purple921

      Geddyes Museum in LA and Radio City music Hall in NYC. Have fun and be safe!

    • Lee Logue

      Definitely a Broadway show. TKTS have discount tickets in Times Square and South Street. Lines are much shorter at South Street.

    • Ojoemiller

      L.A.rodeo drive….stars in the side walk in hollywood…tar pits,sounds well not very exciting,but way cool. have a fun time, sleep when u get home..

    • AFlurry

      Never been to NYC but an awesome sushi place in LA is Koi & is a must!!! You're bound to spot some celebs there too!

    • Spoden6

      The Claim Jumper is a GREAT place to eat in Ca.
      Have a great trip,
      Nicole

    • denise

      Our favorites were the Statue of Liberty, Central Park (people watching) Time Square, Empire State Bilding and FAO Schwartz. FUN FUN FUN!!!

    • SusanStauffer

      I LOVE NYC! :) I haven't been there in about 7 years, and miss visiting. On my “to do” list would be: FAO Schwartz, which is an incredible toy store. It is in Trump Tower, which is near Central Park and the Plaza hotel. Central Park is beautiful; the horse-drawn carriages are ridiculously expensive, but would be a fun memory.

      If you're going to be there over a weekend and want to go to a church service, The Brooklyn Tabernacle is a must. The music is incredible, and so is the preaching.

      Toys R Us on Broadway in Times Square is amazing–huge! And has an indoor Ferris Wheel that is pretty awesome. The Museum of Natural History is a favorite, if you like museums. At 5th Ave and 89th street, Guggenheim museum too.

      You can score discount Broadway tickets at the TKTS booth. They go half price at noon, I believe. We got $90 front row mezzanine tickets for $45 that way! We went to the one on Broadway and 47th street. There is another booth, but you can search (thru Swagbucks! lolol) for the other location.

      South Street Seaport is pretty cool, too. It's almost under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side. Bargain with some street vendors and get some pretty (but fake designer) watches for 5-10 bucks. Chinatown is neat, but I like the one in Brooklyn better than Manhattan. I think Manhattan is overpriced. And for the best NYC pizza, Charlie's in the Bronx wins hands down. These are all places that would top my list to do there.

      Have fun, and of course you're going to have to blog about this adventure!

      • Tawanda

        Ms. Stauffer – do you live in Louisiana?

        • SusanStauffer

          Nope! :) Florida…never been to Louisiana!

          I forgot to mention Junior's! They are the home of the original New York City cheesecake! Go over the Brooklyn Bridge, and just a few blocks down on the right. Their Strawberry cheesecake is to die for! :)

    • Carrie

      Go see a Broadway show… there's nothing like it!!

    • Daveandcandace

      You can't visit NYC without visiting the Empire State Building and Lady Liberty! and Wall Street!

    • Antipasta123

      Phantom of the Opera (Broadway) and the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center!

    • Tawanda

      You have to go to the filming of the Price is Right in LA. Who knows, your teen might come back as a showcase winner. While in LA, a stop at Tommy Burger's is a must. It's a hot spot and a great place to grab a a REALLY GOOD burger. Have a great time.

      • Julie

        LOL! The Price is Right! Jenny would be great at this! I think we would all love to see her on there.

    • Suewithee

      TImes Square has a Toys R US w/ a ferris wheel inside, mega legos etc,even cool for an adult, from there walk over to Rockfeller Center, you can cut through the NBC building, go straight across street into St Patricks Cathedral, all free.

      • Suewithee

        Me again…if you don't have a ride in NYC, for $12 there is a clean shuttle bus that runs every half hour that takes you from the airports & drives you past Grand Central Station, past 42nd street, past Times Square to Port Authority.

        In LA, I'd drive through Bel-Air and then down to Mailbu & have lunch ar Moondoggies .

    • Jen

      The Pike in Long Beach (ride the metro from LA). They have lots of great places to eat and a pretty good aquarium, right on the beach!

      • Jen

        Also, while in Long Beach you have to go to La Creperie. They make the most amazing things out of crepes! Breakfast, dinner, dessert, you name it! I wish they had one here in the midwest!

    • Bholmes75

      empire state building and atlantic ave tunnel tour, statue of liberty, ellis island is cool museum of natural history

    • balta1701

      You have got to try some of the food trucks in L.A. The new gourmet food truck trend is awesome.

    • Melanie

      FAO Schwartz and Saint Patrick's Cathedral! Have a great time!

    • Sherylwalters1

      if you want something on the go the street vendors are great.

    • Denise

      In LA I would recommend a guided bus tour. It's the best way to see the most! Use the restroom at the Beverly Wilshire on Rodeo Drive – Pretty Woman's hotel. Eat at the Chophouse on Sunset Blvd. If you're daring enough try the mechanical bull there. Ride a couple of rides at the Sunset Pier. Hope you both have a blast!

    • Karen

      In LA, she should definitely ride through Hollywood and Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. In NY you will want to go to Central Park, of course, and you shouldn't miss St. Patrick's Cathederal. Have fun!

    • Bartontj909

      I say Central park, Empire state building, FAO Schwartz, Time Square, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. My son loves the Hot dogs from the street vender's!

      You will enjoy no matter what you see!

    • Robin1017

      One of the top floors of the Empire State building has a glass floor so it feels like you are standing on air over the city. I have a massive fear of heights, but I still think this would be cool.

    • Kimberlywoods1

      Rodeo Drive for “looking” in LA and Rockefeller Plaza in NYC

    • Kate

      Eat at Junior's Cheesecake in Times Square. Really good food but save lots of room for the cheesecake…or just order cheesecake!

    • Jenny

      In New York City, you HAVE to go to Little Italy! There are no words to describe it – you just have to experience it!!

    • Ashley Burns

      You have to go to a Broadway play, they are amazing. The last one I saw there was Mama Mia! and it was wonderful.

    • Deshaine

      I've never been to either place, but I would love a new printer. :)

    • McKt

      I have never been to either place but have been looking at this exact printer for my homeschool needs! Y'all have enough fun for all of us. :)

    • Kim

      Eat at Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge for some delicious NY pizza!! Then head over to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for some yummy ice cream for a sweet treat. If you are wanting to try Vietnamese or already love it, go to Chinatown to Saigon Banh Mi Bakery for a sandwich that's packed full of flavor!!

    • lenore

      Hi Have a really fun trip – I am not familiar with Los Angeles but while in New York you can walk the manhattan bridge at dusk it is such a beautiful sight and it's free. Staten Island Ferry is also free. take the ride over and come right back you can see the Statue of Liberty from the ferry. Go to Serendipity for lunch it is located upper east side 225 east 60th street. Such a romantic and kitchy place (remember the movie?). Zabar's is a great deli on the upper west side at 79th and Broadway – If you can't find anything to eat their you are not a human – their is something for everyone and the lox are to die for. Oh the cheese is fabulous too. Homemade dinner's are ready to go. Sooo go and have a great time Lenore – oh and Elaine's Diner on Broadway around 60th St is a fun spot with waiter's and waitress singing show tunes and serving lunch.

    • Interstatej18

      Definitely, Rockefeller Plaza and Ground Zero. Both will leave an impression but for different reasons. Have fun and see everything u can.

    • Emydelsol

      must do in nyc is walk over the brooklyn bridge!! Go to Coney Island and have a Nathans hot dog and go on the cyclone. So much in NYC Go to China town have an authentic Chinese meal on Motts street. Free cool stuff: In Central park you can go to the John Lennon Memorial it is on W72nd . St. Peter's Cathedral 16 Barclay Street at Church Street VERY beautiful. At the outside of the Port Authority you can see the Wyland Mural which is always a favorite. You can see the one in Long beach which was the biggest mural in the world but i believe he just painted another one. I'll shut up now. You can email me privately for NYC stuff Have FUN!!!

    • Msuweather

      I went to LA about 4 years ago, Highly recommend checking out Rodeo drive. We had a friend who rented a limo for us one night and we had folks take our picture while driving down Rodeo. It was to funny.

      Went to NYC this past November. You will LOVE it! Take in all the touristy stuff, Statue, Central Park, Broadway, Times Square. I'm not an artsy person but my favorite place was the Metropolitan Museum. Its HUGE and you can't see it all but it was by far one of the coolest places I've ever seen. We just made it in time to go on the roof, it was closing the week we left, check it out if you can.

      HAVE FUN!!!

    • Lisa

      You must go see “Wicked” on broadway! Best musical EVER! Fabo!

    • Teresa

      Go for a walk in Cental Park and go to the Bronx zoo.

    • ladymoon0121

      For NYC: Statue of Liberty is a must see and Rockefeller Center. Take in a show or go to Radio City Music Hall. For Los Angeles, tell her to check out Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I hope you both have great trips and enjoy your time.

    • Bookbeth1011

      Check out Gabay's in the East Village, Housing Works in Chelsea and Ina in the East Village for cool designer clothes at a deep discount. Gabay's carries new designer clothing and shoes from Bloomingdales (you have to at least try on a pair of Louboutin or Jimmy Choo shoes!!). Housing works is a thrift shop with great buys and Ina carries high end designer items at huge discounts. Have fun!!

    • Donna Smith

      There's no place on earth like NYC! Times Square is absolutely amazing. Day or night. Toys R US in Times Square is very cool. Life size Lego models and a ferris wheel inside. Not sure where you're staying but there is a steakhouse called Frankie & Johnnies on 45th street. Delicious. Great place to eat especially if you can pick up a show on Broadway. Enjoy yourself!!!

    • Ree415

      Visit Madame Tussauds in Times Square then go grab a bite at Dallas BBQs in Times Square ,you can also enjoy a day one Ellis Island. Have a hot dog from on of the street vendors

    • Alicatbland

      I used to live in NYC- I liked the Metropolitan Museum of Art – on Friday nights they have a small ensemble playing in the center hall – with drinks on the balcony. I also liked the Frick museum – it used to be a private residence, but is now a small art museum and garden.

      Everyone has heard of Magnolia Bakery, of course. When I lived there I used to love Dojo's for their carrot dressing – they are by NYU and are totally cheap. Also, in alphabet city a place called Yaffa cafe. If you happen to be in Soho and need a caffine fix try Dean and Delucca's location there – it is really pretty inside.

      If you are going with children, definitely visit the Natural History museum and check out the dinosaurs.

      I could keep rambling, but if you have any questions, you can email me.

      P.S. Try to take the subway if you can – it is really the fastest way around

    • jennifer

      I would want to see as many Broadway shows as possible! Also the Sex and the City tour :)

    • NooraK

      LA? You HAVE to have In-N-Out!

    • Kendall

      In New York, you HAVE TO visit Central Park, Times Square, and see The Lion King on Broadway! You'll have a great time!

    • Leahsproullmiller

      In NY: for a fancy dinner try One if by Land, Two if by Sea. It is an old carriage house that they have turned into a restaurant. Everything is included (several courses) for one price. It's not a “southern savers” kind of price, but if you wanted to treat yourself to a really special experience…this is a great place to try! Hope you have fun!!

    • Stacy

      NYC must-do….visit Dylan's Candy Bar at 1011 Third Ave. It is the most phenomenal candy store ever…your kids will thank you for bringing them a surprise treat from there and you will be floored at the assortment and selections…great novelty items too including 3 foot lollipops!!! And for the BEST cheesecake in town…JUNIORS!!!! Go ahead and indulge this once, even though you are on WW, it's vacation trip and you should splurge a bit:-) Have fun!

    • Kmjones228

      In and Out!!!! 4 sure

    • Baskew1101

      It's almost impossible to see all New York has to offer, no matter how long your trip is. Everytime I go I try and cram it all in….so far this is what I have learned….

      Must Dos:
      Broadway Musical (classics are always great, but Wicked is my fav)
      China Town ( great experience and even better bargains)
      Central Park ( all of it is beautiful but impossible to see it all)
      Metropolitan Museum of Art

      Don't Bother with:
      Empire State Building (too expensive and many other building with great views)
      Statue of Liberty (smaller than you think)
      Eating in Time Square (almost all chain restaurants and over-priced)

    • Negirl24

      Pinks hot dog in LA. It's great for star sightings

    • In New York City, you must see either the Lion King or Wicked…both plays are awesome!

    • Sunny

      My fave things to do in NYC… I was there once for less than 16 hours and did the following: NBC studio tour, Rockefeller Center, walking around and taking a carriage ride through Central Park, Battery Park, paying my respects at Ground Zero, boat ride past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Times Square at night, going up to the top of the Empire State building… and lots of shopping, window viewing (at Christmas, with all their displays!), and eating! Have fun!

    • Valerie

      You have to check out CVS in Times Square hehe :)

    • Tammy

      I'm the only one in my family that hasn't been to N.Y. both my boys have been and my husband attended school there. My husband says going to see a show is a must and my boys loved all the shops around Times Square.
      I loved shopping on Rodeo drive in LA. and just people watching. That was entertainment all by itself. Enjoy your trip!

    • Silverstarly

      I've only visited New York, but my favorite place is definitely FAO Schwartz. It makes you feel like a kid again!!!!!!

    • Heathercmg

      Hi Congrats to both of you! Well if this is your first to NYC you have to do the traditional sites! Especially the Statue Of Liberty! Central Park, Grand Central Station, Ground Zero, the list goes on and on! Make sure you ride a subway and catch a crazy cab ride.BUT- you MUST stand in line to get 1/2 price theater tickets in Times Square- you 'll be catching a bargain while you see the sites!!!!!!!!!! You can get the info for times and exact address from any hote lNYC is the best place to see a show!

      As for LA for college student- wow where to begin. I would say start at the beach and work back to Hollywood and Melrose streets for shopping and people watching. Do Rodeo Drive to do some star spotting and then if time permits try some of the traditional sites- but if you can -Disney is even great for “big” kids!!!
      Have fun both of you- Heather

    • Christine

      Hate to be boring here but what I NEVER have is time to myself. I would pack a book and some bubble bath and hide from the world and just for this once–relax. Christine

    • Aatgreene

      Wow, congratulations. what an honor. When you go to ny you have got to visit central park. it is so beautiful. You will have the time of your life. Take lots of pictures and good luck!!!

    • Xiggie2

      Never been to NY – but def. find somewhere that takes coupons bc I hear it is expensive! Really would love a new computer.

    • Elizabeth

      NYC – Central Park is a must; also, a visit to the MET or MOMA is great too. Avra is a great greek restaurant near Rockafeller Center

    • Courtney

      Ought NYC so fun. Any place in little Italy spqr is amazing:/) have fun

    • Csoble1214

      If you have some time, take a trip to the Bronx zoo…. the kids will love it, I know I did!

    • Millesonc

      Hmm. go to central park…like everyone else said. Also, be sure to hit up Macy's & if you can, get tickets to the Today Show! It's fun to get to stand by Al Roker. :)

    • MBowman

      To be a southern gal, I <3 NYC!! I have only been twice, but enjoy it so much and ready to go back. You HAVE to go to Central Park…which you can walk for hours there and never get tired of it. Its beautiful! If you have time, rent a boat and go out on the pond/lake there in Central Park. You will get amazing pictures! Empire State Building is ok…so only go if you have a LOT of time. A must is Ground Zero…very moving. Go into the church across the street from it…its where they took care of all the workers…its really really neat to see how people came together at such a crucial time! You must eat at Johnny Utah's! Its an old bank thats underground..and the food is delish!! Its right down from Rockefeller Center. Stay away from the regular chain restaurants…way over priced and its the same stuff you get here! ha! Try a street vendor…some are pretty good! Hang out at night at Times Square!! So much to do..and never enough time!! Oh…I wish I were going!! Have fun!!!

    • NYC Library–with the big lions! Or the Museum of Natural History.

    • theeg

      Go to Broadway, go to Chinatown, visit CVS stores and stroll in Central Park. Enjoy your trip. I love New York!!!

    • Shannon

      Oh, and most importantly, have fun!

    • Momfia

      I've never been to New York, but I would definitely visit the Statue of Liberty.

    • Susan

      Central Park!!!

    • Ruth

      Ground Zero. Sad but such an important part of the American experience….

    • PM

      Very simple, one of you find the ocean and teh other a pizza place, for Ny style pizza.

      For those mentioning Central Park, havent you seen “The Out of Towners” :)

    • bt10

      I would LOVE to see central park so I would say go there. Have FUN!

    • Shelby

      My first trip to NYC – we did one of the Greyline tours that took us to all the different areas – so we got a quick view of everythng. You absolutely positively must go see a Broadway show – musicals are the best! I agree with others – check out Juniors at Times Square – one thing to remember – no refills on drinks in NYC (and you have to ask for water)! Go to the Today show and stand outside. Go to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center..get your picture taken – it's so cool.. There is sooo much to do – go to the M&M store at Times Square and the Hershey store right across the street…FAO Schwartz and play the piano like Tom Hanks did! You will have a wonderful time and will want to go back. Enjoy anything and everything you can do!

    • Michele

      We were given a trip to NYC in June. The best thing we did was take a bus tour right after we arrived. We got to see where everything is, the history, and gained a better idea of what we wanted to do with the rest of our time there. So I'd recommend that each of you tour your respective city.

    • Motheroftacha

      Oh yea, can't see ground zero right now except boards and a nice memorial store………good to walk but they are doing construction. Statue of Liberty is great but will take up entire day so plan for that if you go

    • Bskutch

      If you want to see a Broadway show stop by a TKTS booth in the morning to pick up HALF PRICE tickets to select Broadway and off-Broadway shows! (Tickets must be used the same day they are bought.) See http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56&%20do=v for more information.

      Also, we lived in NYC for 3 years and my favorite restaurant EVER is Nobu Next Door. It is definitely a splurge, but completely worth it in my opinion! (They do have a $35 Prix Fixe dinner.) It’s a Japanese restaurant in Tribeca and a companion restaurant to the more expensive Nobu (which is next door…hence the name!) The rock shrimp tempura is my favorite! I still have dreams about it…yum!
      http://www.noburestaurants.com/nextdoor/index.html

    • Carla

      I think going to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be neat. I went when I was a young child and have vague memories of it. These are the types of things I like to see when travelling, not so much a fan of all the glitz and glamour stuff. Of course Central Park and Times Square would be great as well. Hope you have safe travels and a great time!

    • Dawncdp

      FAO Schwartz–the kids will love you for it!

    • Amber

      I've never been to NYC but I'd love to visit the Empire State Building.
      Amber – anjspambox at gmail dot com

    • Lori

      Not sure what you're travel dates are but here are all the FREEEEE things to do – all compliments of Target..check their site for specific dates and times.

      While in L.A. – California African American Musuem, Japanese American National Musuem, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art

      I'm sure there are lots of other things to take in, but FREE is our favorite word isn't it?

      While in NY – Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Cooper Hewitt- National Design Musuem, Lincoln Center, and more.

    • Sheenabsb

      You have to eat at Bubba Gumps in New York !!
      Sheena Davis

    • Rthomas

      If you have never seen a broadway play, you need to do so. It is fun no matter your age.

    • Kaminer317

      If I were you, I'd try to see a show on Broadway. Have a great time!

    • Rebecca

      Central Park, Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty,

    • Pat DeLoach

      I've been to both New York and Los Angeles and loved both. In New York I'd go to Times Square and stand in line to buy a ticket for half price to see a Broadway show. I'd eat at the restaurants off the sidewalk that have a buffet. This is quick and less expensive. In Los Angeles I'd go see the Getty Museum where if you get close to anything, they tap you on the shoulder. These treasures are well-guarded. I kept my eye on the guards. They were everywhere.

    • Krumley

      Go the American Girl in NYC

    • Brittany

      NYC: The Circle Line Tour is great. I also love Serendipity for dessert. A great deal is the CityPass which gives you entrance into a bunch of places for a low, flat rate. Another of my fave places to eat is Fig and Olive. You can get good deals on Broadway tickets at a TKTS booth in Times Square. Bronx Zoo is wonderful! I would actually say no to Ground Zero but I have been twice. My all time favorite thing to do is the United Nations tour. I can give the tour by now :) Have fun!

    • Na

      I have always wanted to go to Serendipity in NYC.

    • Alyson

      While you are visiting ground zero, you have to go to Century 21 for some great discount shopping (it's right across the street). They have great designer labels at fabulous prices for everyone in the family. While in Time Square, go to the Broadway kiosk (in the middle of the square) and check out great discount tickets on a Broadway show! If you are with a few other people, Carmines in Time Square is a delicious family style Italian restaurant! TONS OF FOOD! L@@K IT UP!!!! Have fun! I love NY!

    • sassy

      Absolutely go to FAO Schwarz!

    • drdeblee

      NYC : Go see Mama Mia ! Have brunch at Sarabeth's ! Ride the subways (get the subway app on your iphone!).

    • Mulletavnger20

      CBGB's is an awesome music venue if you have time for such things. Oh and don't forget to look for the Naked Cowboy (this is a person who plays guitar and is only in his whitey tighties Ha!) I think he's usually near times square.

    • Knelson2500

      I think it would be neat to dip your feet in both oceans while you're in LA or NYC. Maybe bottle some and take it home!

    • Kim

      You can take the Staten Island Ferry for free, and it goes right past the Statue of Liberty, so if you just want to get a good view of the Statue and get some good pictures, that's a great way to do it. You can't go up into it since 9/11 anyway. For Broadway tickets, you can go to TKTS in Times Square for half price tickets – you go at 10:00 am for matinee tickets or 3:00 for evening tickets. The way it works is that some of the shows will send over their unsold tickets for that day's performance, so you get a deal. Two caveats: one is that you may spend precious time in a long line to get your tickets, and the other is that a lot of the hottest shows (like Wicked) don't generally participate since they tend to sell out. That being said, $60 beats $120 any time! Have a great time – wish I could be there, too!

    • Jessica

      You have to go to the park—it's frugal and fabulous!

    • Amy

      I've never been to NYC, but I'd love to see the Statue of Liberty.

    • Karen

      Chelsea Market is a must for any foodie!

    • Darcy Boothe

      You must go down to China town and get some “Designer” bags and also visit Little Italy and get some great Italian food.

    • Slosssweeps

      Definitely for the LA trip, your helper should visit the Tuesday Night Cafe Project (www.tuesdaynightproject.org), if that’s an option before they leave LA. OR…the typical sightseers love the Universal CityWalk. For less structure, the Santa Monica Pier is equipped with awesome rides, or it’s just great for people-watching.

      In NYC, you’ll be right across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and only blocks from Rockefeller Center (which is always full of activity). Shopping is a great option but I’m biased. ;) For a real treat, Broadway is only four blocks away from the Hilton.

      In any case, you two have a ball!!

    • Tkehrley

      See a broadway show! That's what I've always wanted to do! :)

    • Kellyfreams

      The Empire State Building has AMAZING views on a nice day!!! FAO Schwartz is a great place for young and big kids :)

    • I don’t know too much about NY, but I once saw an episode of Man Vs. Food that made me want to try out Katz’s Deli- http://www.katzdeli.com/

    • Denise

      Definitely go see a Broadway play and the Statue of Liberty!

    • Nanapuffin

      While in LA go to an In N Out Burger-meat never frozen, fries hand cut. Pink's Hot Dog stand is another great place that you never know who will be there

    • Christina

      In New York you must see, Wicked, Les Miserables, and the Phantom of the Opera! And in LA you must go to Disneyland!!

    • Merceclub

      I lived in New Jersey and we used to hop to NY just to eat their hot dogs on the streets. They are sooo good. You should visit the Soho area Little Italy, lots of nice restaurants and stores. Also visit China Town for authentic chinese food and atmosphere.
      Finally to to have the whole NY experience don't forget to take the subways, go to Times Square and eat NY pizza!! Have fun!

    • Sarah

      Need I say more….SHOP…SHOP….SHOP….Lots of great shopping in both places!!!!

    • Laura

      Even without kids in tow, FAO Schwarz is a must see in NY. It's awesome!!!

    • Kristin

      A great way to get an overview of NYC is to do a trolley tour first thing. You sit on a double decker trolley and can get on and off at any stop along the way!

    • Amym850

      Broadway! I saw Les Mes a few yrs ago and loved it.

    • Carrie

      Hi. I have family in New York and have been a couple times. There is a free ferry called Staten Island Ferry to go on if you want a good view of the Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building is so fun to go and see. The pizza around there all seemed to be delicious!! Have fun!!

    • Ginger

      How old is your college student?

      Good LA things:
      Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd (where all the famous people put their handprints and footprints in the cement stars) is cool
      Rodeo Drive is kinda cool, but maybe a bit intimidating, depending on the person
      Venice Beach
      Roosevelt Hotel is a cool old-Hollywood place, if interested in old style bldgs, Union Station is also cool, also Bradbury building is cool, but sort of out-of-the way.
      A drive along Pacific Coast Highway, probably north, is awesome.
      If your student is going to be at City Walk anyway (Gibson Amphitheatre), she might want to see Universal Studios, which is right there.

    • Christy

      I would want to check out Central Park!

    • Peggy

      Jenny…….Phantom of the Opera on Broadway is something you will cherish forever….indulge yourself…..you deserve it!

    • JW

      In NYC. seeing the Statue of Liberty is a must. But you should also take some time for yourself and take a stroll through Tiffanys! It's fun to look even if you don't buy. In terms of what to eat, definitely get a Black and White Cookie.

    • Whitequiet

      You must go to the Today Show and hold up a sign for all of your Southern Savers family to see! :)

    • Susan

      La Brea Tar Pits:
      Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      Urban Light – 200 Lit Lampposts:
      Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      Cake Museum:
      Address: 573 South Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles,

      Museum of Neon Art (MONA):
      Address: 501 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    • Angel

      Central Park and Broadway! Have fun!

    • Lydia

      For sure Sereditpity for a frozen hot choc! And Wicked on Broadway would be awesome!

    • lhood

      This is not a restaurant, but having little girls you know you must visit the American Girl Shop. you might want to save having lunch if your girls will not be with you.

    • Sarah

      Toys R Us and the huge ferris wheel inside!!

    • amy

      You have to visit a Ray's Pizza in NY. And you have to eat at Pink's in LA. Both are great!!

    • Must have = frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity on NYC's upper east side.

    • danellewest

      In NYC-Try Serendipity restaurant for a frozen hot chooclate. Make a reservation!

    • Beth

      Dylan's Candy Store is AMAZING!

    • Burns_jenifer

      pinks in la… lots of stars eat there…they have great hot dogs served more ways than you can imagine

    • angie

      FAO Schwarz or a Broadway show — you can't go wrong with a show, what an experience!

    • Michelle00r00

      Go see The Lion King on Broadway….. Best show out there!

    • Bamabobbie

      Statue of Liberty.

    • Amanda Y.

      New York: Best.Pizza.Ever.Anywhere. A place used to be called Love's Pizza next to the David Letterman show!!! (his show is at 1697 Broadway) I think it's the same people but different name of Angelo's now says google. Also, you have to go do Liberty Island and Ellis Island too if possible!

    • Ginger

      Broadway definately – This is something I would love to do –

    • Proctor0

      you can go on a tour of the nyc stock exchange.

    • ted 1

      Mine just died. Thanks for all u do.

    • Susan

      Mars 2112 – Sci-Fi Restaurant
      Address: 1633 Broadway, New York, NY
      Directions: Broadway at 51st St.
      Phone: 212-582-2112

    • Kathy

      Jenny – Sorry I posted in the wron place – Hope you get this – you're the BEST SHOPPER DEAL FINDER!!
      I would go to Times' Square and look for a sign that says “Tickets, Tickets, Tickets”. In their little office they sell tickets to all the Broadway shows at deep discount prices for the same day viewing (last minute available sale prices) You have to get there early (Might be a line) for matinees (cheaper) and you might be able to snag evening shows too if available. I'm so excited just looking at the shows like “A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters, and “Chicago” with John Hurley or “Momma Mia” Not unheard of to get a end seat ticket for $50 instead of $130+. Lots of siingle seats so might not sit together if a group but WHAT A DEAL! I LOVE THEATRE AND ESPECIALLY MUSICALS. ! This place sells them all. Have a wonderful time! Wish I were coming along! You can also go on line & get discount tickets, but they willl not be as low. The online places sell more to internet – what's left over go to places like tickets tickets tickets.

    • Allysonhage

      MOMA

    • gatorgirl

      in new york hit Joey Paesano (212)966-3337 136 mulberry st ny, ny. Italian resturant very good and take a horse and carriage ride through central park. Must go to the Today show and hold up a sign showing love to all the Southern Savers!

      In LA must hit Venice Beach and Santa Monica pier.

    • amy

      Have your college student go to South Pasedena for lunch. It is just outside of LA proper and there are lots of great shops and cafes, plus it is smaller than LA, but still has a lot of hip places. Thanks for the giveaway! Have fun!

    • gwen wolff

      Definitly take in Phantom of the Opera and The Rainbow Room for Dinner. It would also be a nice gesture to visit one of the many homeless shelters there. I imagine your “in person” couponing advice would come in handy to the less fortunate who don't have access to your online site. You could teach them how to get freebies and heavily discounted items to keep them going through hard times. How's that for an idea :)?

    • Fballmomof3

      Casa Bella in Little Italy — mozzerella sticks will literally melt in your mouth! The best I've EVER had.

    • Ksuttles

      St. Patricks Cathedral in Midtown. ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING

    • fussbudgethhi

      Love, love, love NYC. Grew up in NJ and worked on lower Broadway and also on 7th Ave. My thing is to walk. If you enjoy walking, DO walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, especially if you are downtown (Ground Zero, Chinatown, etc) or walk around Greenwich Village. Walk on Fifth Ave. Walk in Central Park or Battery Park. Just remember the crosstown blocks are much longer than the up/downtown blocks, so three blocks on 57th St will be much longer than three blocks on Madison Ave. A good map will help of course. Have fun!

    • Sara

      I've never been, but if I was going to NYC I would totally have to go to Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. It's the place from the show “Cake Boss” on TLC. I have a goal on my “bucket list” to go there and get a big box full of a variety of pastries. Mmmm!!

    • Kendra Brown

      Broadway show and Sardi's

    • Anne

      I had fun at the central park zoo. Hope I win the printer, mine is on it's last legs.

    • cb

      In New York you must see The Apple Store (Ipods!!), Jimmy”s Cheese Cakes (so wonderful!!),Times Square , Toys R US ( ride the Ferris Wheel !!) , The United Nations, If your husband is with you a carriage ride in central park, Seinfeld show's cafe, The Empire State
      building,Trump Towers,Macy's(shopping!!!), Rockefeller Center and Comedy shows(Letterman).
      In Los Angeles the Price is Right ,Universal Studios, DisneyLand , In and Out Burger,and the Pacific Ocean and eat at Wolfgang Puck's!!!!

    • Lisa

      Make sure you take the Ferry out to the Statue of Liberty – it's majestic!

    • Jess

      FAO Shwartz was a great time!

    • Thecokers

      You must eat pizza and visit Macy's. The penguin exhibit or an outdoor concert at Central Park would also be fun!

    • Suz1more

      Splurge…cheesecake at Roxy's Delicatessen is a must!

    • Angela

      In New York, everyone has to go to Serendipity for their scrumptious frozen hot chocolate. You can even bring a pack back to fix at home. Also, who does not wnat to be a kid again??? FAO Swartz should definately be on the list!

    • SCMel

      Jenny,

      My vote is for Central Park (weather permitting) and FAO Schwartz if not. Have a great time!

    • Ginamolsen

      I always think that the best places in big cities are little holes in the wall. In little italy there is an amazing, authentic restaurant called Sorrento. I went there when I was 16 and have been missing it ever since. I loved it so much that i visited the city of Sorrento when i studied abroad in italy 5 years later :) Enjoy!

    • ivegotcutekids

      We love Carmine's near Times Square. Great family-style Italian food!!!

    • thekouponking

      Go see a show on Broadway!! They are the best! I would recommend “Mary Poppins”…it is so good! Also…you have to see the Statue of Liberty. ;-)

    • Christal

      I've never been but I think going to Time Square, Central Park, Madison Square Gardens & seeing the Statue of Liberty are a must!!! Have a wonderful time!

    • stacey

      The Original food tour of Greenwich Village, NY includes history, food and wine. What more could you ask for. Its a walking tour so there are no calories in the food and wine!

    • kimc

      Do it up right and see the Statue of Liberty, see a Show and go to the American Girl Doll store….

    • Jennifer_1021

      I haven't been to NYC yet…maybe in a couple years! You'll have to tell us your favorite places! I would love to see a Broadway play and visit Central Park and maybe be like the crazy people and wait outside the Today show with a sign. You could go there with a Southern Savers sign!

    • KCook

      Times Square and Statue of Liberty are a must

    • Shenae

      Try going to the American Museum of Natural History!

    • new2couponing

      Picnic in Central Park :) Never been to LA!!

      i DO need a printer, mine has been doing funky things and my printed coupons are getting very close looks from my cashiers!

    • Cpanzer18

      Go to Chinatown in NY and try fish tacos in LA!

    • Stephanie

      Look out for the Taxi drivers they are 0 to 60 to 0 in a 30 sec time frame. It was so scary. I was in awwww of grand central station and all the trains that go through. Coupons are nothing to learn to do compared to learning what train to go on and when it comes and goes. The best part of my trip was on top of the rock at sunset. It was beautiful. Have a great time.

    • Janet

      Stop in one of the firehouses and thank them for all they do and bring them something from your hometown! It would be so heartwarming for you and them also and what better place than the heart of our country! Enjoy your trip!

    • Riley4600

      I haven't been to either place so I'm interested to see where you do visit. I really need a printer though, I've been secretly printing my coupons at work and don't want to get caught. Please pick me!

    • KA

      FO to local resturants hightlighted on Food Network and Central Park

    • Universal Studios Hollywood theme park – Los Angeles
      Top of the Rock Rockefeller Plaza – NYC

    • Jennifer Routh

      go get a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery in SoHo! yum!!!

    • Stephany

      Don't know a thing about LA, have only ever been in the airport which was TERRIBLE!!! But I do need a printer!!! :)

    • ScottK

      When I was in NYC last summer we ate at The Galaxy Diner it's 665 9th Ave, New York 10036 (At 46th St).

      Also, we took the NBC tour, it's like $12 but definitely worth it, lots of fun and very interesting.

    • Susan

      New York is great. The Statue of Liberty was one of my favorite places.

    • Janeausten1231

      I would definitely do some street shopping and get me a fake prada..lol.. with matching wallet… some shades, and definitely check out time square.

    • Deannemk

      Go eat a sweet treat at where Cake Boss is filmed!

    • Shelly

      Go see Wiked in NYC

    • Lori

      I've never been to either place, but could really use a printer! But if I went to New York, I'd like to go to Bobby Flay's restaurant.

    • Lecheek0308

      my absolute favorite spot is times square. something to see in every direction.

    • Gwen

      In NY go shopping for great faux purses, and in LA hit ALL the shops.

    • Smokymtnqueen1

      Don't miss a double decker bus tour in New York and the J Paul Getty Art Museum in LA is the best collection in the United States and it is FREE –

    • Kimmercan

      No LA thoughts, but in NYC remember that you can set your own price for admissions at some museums. They suggest an amount, but you can tell them what you want to pay, since the entrance fee is a donation. Did this myself at Met Mus of Art. Sony Experience is free, and is around the corner from Trump Tower, which is basically a gorgeous mall on the bottom floors. Hope you have fun.

    • Angrcooking

      If I ever get the opportunity to go to NY, I'll have to have a slice of Cheesecake, and if going to California, I guess it would be a fine Cheese (since Happy Cows live in California, HA)!
      I don't know. I'll be praying for both of you – I have never been to either place, I sure hope you have a safe and wonderful trip!

    • In LA go to Disneyland..

    • TraciM

      NYC — A show on Broadway
      LA — Disneyland or LegoLand (if it is in la?)

      Would love a laser printer — awesome !!!!!!
      Thanks so much for all you do !@!!@!@!@

    • Jenn

      You def need to go to Ground Zero and eat at Lombardi's Pizza!

    • Amymchone

      I have not been either, so I have no suggestions. I am sure any place you go with be wonderful and exciting. Please be careful. Yes I too could use a printer. Thank you.

    • sandy

      Jenny, the absolute best place to eat pizza in New York is John's Pizzeria. It is located near Broadway. The building is an old church and on the inside you can see the stain glassed windows and the balconies. The pizza is cooked in a real brick oven. It is so delicious!! Another stop is Junior's Cheesecake. The best one is in Grand Central Station. Have fun!!!

    • Stephenhearn

      Need to see a broadway show

    • Hmm.. Haven't been to LA in a long time but for NYC – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must see and of course, 5th avenue! Pretty much ALL of NYC is fun! Enjoy!!!

    • Jennifer I

      I have only been to NYC once and that was when I was in the 6th grade. However, I have to say that being atop the Empire State building was one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done. The cityscape at night is an amazing sight to see.

    • Cmcgrew

      NYC Benihana is a fun restaurant to go to. Its a hibachi place and the show they put on while fixing your dinner is absolutely fun to watch. Its like dinner and a show all in one.

    • Alliemanning

      Haven't been to either place. My husband went to a Dodger's game the last time we went to CA. Have fun!

    • colleen

      When you go to NYC, you have to eat at Carmine's Restaurant. It's Italian family style and it is the best! Have fun!

    • Melissa

      I have never been to either. In New York, I would say that a broadway play would be a must see. Have a great time

    • emily

      I think, since you are going to NYC, I would suggest going to Ground Zero and paying tribute to all those who died that day. All those who died so innocently, and those who died sacrificially…I can't imagine anywhere in NYC I'd want to go more. Have fun!!!

    • Jamie

      Definitely need to go see a broadway show!!!

    • Robin

      I went for the very first time a couple of years ago and thought I would dread it as I am a very small town kind of girl. I loved it! Walking everywhere and taking in a Broadway play would be such a fun think for you to do :)

    • sdshaw

      in LA stop and eat at Abbot's habit

    • Jacie Sytsma

      Katz' deli is wonderful – a quintessential New York Jewish deli with loads of atmosphere and people watching. The pastrami is amazing!

    • pharmSCgirl

      Serendipidy for a Frozen Hot Chocolate! Yummy!

    • Chrystalm

      You have to go to Sylvias soul food restaurant. Very Good Food!!

    • Connieb03

      The Statue of Liberty!

    • Cham S

      horse carriage ride in central park (mornings are the best)

    • Taffagarcia

      Something SIMPLE and FREE…the M&M store, its so cool to see all the different colors of M&Ms in the tubes (maybe you can even use the coupon from this Sunday's paper) to buy a bag while you're there!

    • Mimi

      I think everyone has submitted some great ideas but I'd go for something close to this website…make a shopping tour somewhere, use coupons, and see what your savings are!

    • Mwoods728

      We enjoyed visiting the American Girl store and we enjoyed the Bubba Gump restaurant at Times Square.

    • Lizel

      Toys R Us in Time Square, There's a real working Ferris Wheel you can ride, inside!

    • Bhflood

      I grew up in CT and had tons of field trips to NYC plus my aunt lived on Central Park West so here are some of my favs…Metropolitan Museum of Art is on 5th Avenue and so is Tiffany's! So much fun to fantasy shop at Tiffany's…Rockefeller Center is great and so is St. Patrick's Cathedral is across the street but if I could visit only one church it would have to be St. John the Divine in Harlem- an amazing architectural wonder and fills you with the awe cathedrals are meant to inspire. You absolutely must have a vendor pretzel with mustard and pick up a 20″ slice…that's right, 20 “slice, of pizza at just about any pizzeria. I would not visit NYC without eating either of those. Central Park is beautiful but I'm partial. If I had more time I would visit the Cloister Museum (a Met. Mus. of Art museum on the Hudson River- who knew you could experience a monks meditative environment in the city?) You know…I could always fit in your suitcase and be your guide!!!! :)

    • Davidandreab

      Ellis Island was powerful to see!

    • Cappi Gibbs

      Go see “Wicked” on Broadway – a great musical based on the Wizard of Oz. Eat at the restaurant for which the facade was used in the Seinfeld show: Broadway & 112th St. If you like Middle Eastern food, try Jerusalem Restaurant at 2715 Broadway
      (Btwn 103rd & 104th St). Have a great trip! New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world!!

    • There are tons of things to do in NYC! Must sees of course are Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Empire State Building!

    • -Central Park has the Alice in Wonderland Statue, Angle in the Water Fountain, you can have a picnic in the park, there is a free Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour.
      -Staten Island Ferry (the commuter ferry that runs from Battery Park to Statten Island has some amazing views of Lower Manhatten, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and NY Harbor)
      -Grand Central Terminal (built 1913)
      -New York Public Library (built 1911 very large marble building)
      -Federal Reserve Bank (need to make advance reservations)
      -Time Square
      -Rockefeller Center
      -Chrysler Building (to see the lobby ceiling mural)
      -St. Patrick's Cathedral (Gothic style Cathedral)
      -Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, will need to see the Peace Fountain and Bibical Garden)

      oh. and did I mention that all of these things are FREE.

    • SPA78

      You need go to see the show Wicked…loads of fun! It is Aug 6 at 8pm..the tickets are kind of expensive (and the more affordable seating is sold out that weekend), but I know you can find a discount somewhere. Also, 2 great shows off broadway are Stomp and Blue Man Group. Both are available the weekend of the conference

      Manhattan Muesum of Modern Art is a must see, if you want to be alone with your thoughts and be inspired!! Might inspire you to do great new things with your blog!!!!!!

      China town is a great place, they won't know what hit them when you show up. Half the fun is just haggling the price!!! (FYI-dont go in the back rooms..yikes)
      Hope this helps, have a great time at the conference.

    • Smikell8

      Go to see the Stars in Hollywood and Times Square in NYC~~~both free but still exciting :-)

    • T_melisha

      Staten Island Ferry is awesome. I also love all the subculture areas – Little Italy, Chinatown, etc. Great food!

    • Christie

      I have never been to NYC but I would think Ground Zero would be a must. I think you should splurge and eat at a great like at Bobby Flay's place!!! For San Francisco I went to a nursing conference years ago and we loved riding the trolley and Fisherman's Wharf, and all the great shopping….there are good deals there too!!!!

    • Allison

      Definitely go to Serendipity for a Frozen Hot Chocolate!!

    • Sfinley941

      Pink Store. It normally sells to licensed dealers but they WILL sell to people not buying in bulk. It's a store filled with accessories for hair, earring, anything jeweled and feathery at REALLY cheap prices. I think I got a whole set of 12 jeweled earrings for $4.00 You have to got China Town & stop by Pearl River to experience the Chinese Emporium of NYC pass by Little Italy get a pastry then scoop by Canal street for knock offs and cheap souvenirs. Best prices and all in lower Manhattan. I LOVE NYC wish I was there now!!!

    • Stephanie

      Well, theres nothing cheap in NYC from what I am hearing. This is why my family of 6 has never been. I say simply go and have a great time but make sure you check out some of the local grocery stores and find out who doubles coupons!!

    • GeorgesMom

      Just went there in June. We were on the 'keep it cheap' budget. This was our first trip, won't be our last!
      – Cheap pizza in Little Italy (best I have ever had!)
      – free Staten Island Ferry Ride
      – food from street vendor and lunch sitting on grass in shade in Central Park
      – MUST ride the carousel in Central Park, then get a popsicle, you will feel like a kid again!
      – hang out in Times Square = free
      – buy a day pass for the subway, it goes everywhere and is also good for the buses, but we could never figure out the buses!

      Have fun! Don't watch the traffic during the cab ride from the airport, it will give you a heart attack!

    • Relaxwithdiane

      i would love to help!

    • Nikkipel

      I saw get a coffee and walk around Time Square and live in the moment of all the people. :)

    • Emily

      I would take a segway tour of either city…I have heard that those are so much fun and a great way to sightsee. There is a cuban restaurant in NYC that is fabulous….but i also just loved walking around and seeing all the people. One time my friend and I asked a native for directions to a “cute little breakfast place”. Following the directions led us to Starbucks! haha

    • Juliea201

      HAVE to hit H&M for great clothes at REALLY reasonable prices! Oh yes, and Ellen's Stardust Diner in the Broadway area is a must. They are NOT particularly cheap but the food is good, desserts amazing, and it's a very fun 50s style diner with the servers singing at intervals (most of whom are trying to… you guessed it… get on Broadway).

    • Lmoore77

      I went to NYC for my 3rd time 1.5 yrs ago, but this time with my husband. He had planned a surprise trip for me. We loved ice skating in Central Park and horse and buggy ride. You can always go to the Today Show and hold up a sign for your blog! One thing NOT to do…don't end up at the hospital with a kidney stone and have to end your trip short :( That's where I ended up a day into our trip! You can't not have a great time in NYC though!

    • Megan D

      If you have time to take the Staten Island Ferry, don't miss it! Runs back and forth from Manhatten to Staten Island all day, it's free and the view is incredible.

    • Tracycook79

      in la- a must is laguna beach…….never been to nyc so i can't help there…..

    • Michele

      Will you be going alone or taking your children?
      Alone – Maybe a show, Times Square is Times Square – may be expensive but there are lines you can wait in to get a cheaper price. Also, eat at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
      With children – Central Park!!!!

    • Jamey

      If you've never seen the Lion King on Broadway, it is more than worth the cost of a ticket… The first song gave me chills and my friend actually cried!

    • Mickey

      New York is a fun place to visit. Make sure you taken in a Broadway Show. Visit the Today Show need to get there early for a good spot with a sign for your Southern Savers fans. In L.A. have fun at Disneyland and make your way to Hollywood.

    • keb2009

      2 words: YANKEE STADIUM! Boston is in town this weekend and those are always great games…well for me at least since im a guy :)

    • AudreyAlene

      Your college helper should check out the coffee shop Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. We don't have the stores here in the south, but I saw them everywhere in LA. I really enjoyed their Ice Blendeds (they were customizable way before Starbucks changed their approach to Frappuccinos this summer). There should be one walking distance from the TCA.

      As far as NYC in the summer, Central Park is beautiful! Also, if you have the chance, take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty (museum, exhibits, etc.), especially now that the statue and crown are back open!

    • Chris T

      Take a guided walking tour of NYC!

    • Lane

      Go to china town in NYC and little Italy!! Eat,eat and take in show on broadway. You can get cheap tix when you are there!

    • marylee

      I went to LA with my Dad when I was in college – loved Universal Studios, Hollywood Bowl, we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe and saw lots of SOAP stars, window shopping down Rodeo drive – that was very interesting back in my college days, Hollywood Walk of Fame …… and Chinatown. It was a bit of a culture shock for a little gal from Tennesee :). At the airport – I felt as if I had landed in another country as NO one was speaking English. Have a great time – lots of fun!

    • Bapennywise

      Go eat at Tavern on the Green. It's in Central Park. It's a fun girlie thing to do!

    • Mcleodsc

      A broadway show and staten island!! Take your walking shoes!!!!

    • Crystal

      the statue of liberty and ellis island

    • Elizabeth

      Go to a Broadway play and take a walking tour of NYC. Eat at many local restaurants!

    • Mamarea47

      A broadway show is a must!!! Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Ground Zero, American Girl … just take a city tour and see as much as you can.

    • Otsarah

      Statue of Liberty and a broadway show in NYC. LA-Universal Studios.

    • Elegantcandles

      I say take a booklet like “Two ways to Live” and make it a point to share the gospel with at least ONE person. PRAY for the Holy Spirit's leading and then obey when you feel that nudge. Life isn't about us after all, it's about God and HIS glory! Enjoy your time there!

    • Craftywife

      times square is a must!!!

    • MJ

      Definitely go to the garment district and score some deals!

    • Donna

      A Broadway Play has to be on the list. Take lots of pictures to post for us to share your trip.

    • Jennie

      Mesa Grill -a southwestern type place it sounds VERY Yummy!! Have never been to New York City but would def. try this place if I went!! And would def. attend a BROADWAY show!!! :-D

    • Cheryl

      Why choose just one place to see. Purchase a City Pass ticket to see 6 great attractions. It is the best value for your money. We did this in Atlanta and saved big. If you choose just one thing the Natural Museum of Natural History is great but be prepared to spend the day there. Enjoy your trip.

    • Pattycathey

      You have to plan an entire day to visit Central Park and also eat at the the Mesa Grill!

    • Lindsey

      Ellen's Stardust Diner in Times Square and Serendipity III!!

    • Binghams5

      I have neve3r been but that is one of my top three places I want to go!!

    • Lrae17

      For L.A….Go to the Gypsy Cafe in Westwood….and there's a yummy cookie place right next door!

    • Sarah

      I'd say Statue of Liberty for sure. I went to NY as well as Philadelphia and a few other historical towns when I was in High School. I entered a speech contest for a “United Nations Pilgramage for Youth” group tour and won. I was among 40 other high schoolers to make the bus trip from Nebraska back east and it was wonderful!!!

    • Melissa

      Iguana is a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Manhattan. They make fresh guacamole table-side. They also have numerous flavors of margaritas. I go there every time I visit the city!

    • linda

      Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty for sure we had a awesome time there!

    • Shauna

      One of my absolute favorite places in NYC is the High Line. My favorite neighborhoods are the West and East Village. NYC is so huge that I never know where to begin!

    • Allisonking77

      In LA take a drive down Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), a beautiful drive down the coast with great parts of LA.

    • Lisa

      Top 3 things to do in New York (1) Sunset Harbour Boat Tour, (2) see a play get tix at booth in Times Square and (3) stroll through Central Park

    • J_hawkgirl

      Take a stroll through central park. I loved it when we visited a couple years ago.

    • Eric Aliciax3

      We loved Little Italy in NYC. It was such a quaint little area and we were able to eat some awesome authentic Italian food-Yummm!

    • Leah

      You have to go on top of the Empire State building. What a view!

    • Brparker

      In NYC you have to go to Canal street! It's the cheapest place to buy purses.. and ANYthing else. Plus they will bargain with you like crazy. And when the cops drive by, a lot of shops close their gates. It is fun.

    • PaigeP

      Take a ferry to Staten Island and have some pizza from a local pizza joint. They swear the water there makes the pizza crust have a yummy, unique flavor. I can vouch for that — it's delicious!

    • Ednas8

      While you are in Los Angeles visit the Staples Center where Michael Jackson's memorial was held. It's also home to famous teams such as the Lakers and Clippers. While in New York, you must take a sight seeing cruise at night. The lights are mezmorizing of the Brooklyn bridge and George Washington Bridge.

    • 2 Ahouse

      In NYC, go eat at the Empire Schezuan Restuarant at 100th and Broadway. Yum- EEEE! (and you can even have it delivered)

    • Morgan

      I recommend Ellis Island, a boat tour, walking Chinatown, and eating at Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate.

    • Carnegie Deli in NY!

    • Mamath

      We spend a week in NYC last month. The temperature broke records set back in 1991. Hopefully it will be cooler for you. If you have to make a choice between Empire and Top of the Rock – choose Top of the Rock. Much less crowded and no lines. We bought the 7 day City Pass and found that to be an excellent choice. If your time is limited, at least go to Ellis Island.Be careful NOT to take the free ferry because it just passed by the island and does not stop.If the King Tut exhibit is still in top, well worth the time. One of our favorite dinner spots was the Playwright's Irish Pub. Have a wonderful time.

    • nipa

      Take the ferry to see Statue of Liberty, timesquare will be lot of fun too.

    • Tricia

      check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It will take a good bit of your day. Very cool!

    • Kblopez21

      You have to go to a Yankees game and maybe American Girl.

    • Stacey

      In NYC you have to check out FAO Schwarz! Even as an adult I love to play in there. Its also awesome to see the piano from BIG!

    • Conniemking

      You should eat at Alfredo of Rome at 4 West & 49th St Rockefeller Center….There are only two of these in the world. One in Rome and one in NYC. They used to have one at Epcot in Disney World. I visited the one at Epcot several times! BEST Fettuccino Alfredo I have ever had!!!! Also if you like Tea Rooms, Alice's Teacup is a unique experience.

    • Meganclaycohen

      i have never been to new york but i am betting time square would be awesome!!!!!!

    • Tfrost99

      I recommend China Town for street shopping! If I win the printer I will send it to my sister who is really struggling right now since her husband was just laid off. I've been trying to help her learn couponing and her printer just broke.

    • Ajcbagwell

      I recommend La Fonda Italian restarsaunt and you can always do Tao if you want to be like Carie Bradshaw. I liked visiting China Town too!

    • Marysc1000

      Empire State Building… touristy but a must!

    • kelli

      I've only been to NYC once and it was for less than 48 hours. One thing that I would suggest you do, if you've got time, is go to the MOMA. Seeing Starry Night in person was amazing.

    • couponmom

      Los Angeles – drive/walk around the Los Feliz area – very cool, cute little shops, good eats! Or get out of town a bit and either go west to Malibu – can't go wrong with the beautiful beach at Zuma (and might see a celebrity or two) – or go east to Pasadena – great artsy town with THE BEST Thai food at Saladang.

      New York – there is a great restaurant close to Times Square called Ellen's Stardust Diner. All of the waiters/waitresses are aspiring Broadway actors/actresses, and they sing and dance while they take your order, fill your drinks, bring your food, etc. If you are lucky, they might even pull you up on stage to sing along!!!

      HAVE FUN!!!!

      • Gold

        Great suggestions for LA! FYI for SS, Saladang is two restaurants side by side (Saladang and Saladang Song) , the one with cool decor and food is Saladang Song.

    • wendyc33

      Ive also heard carnegie deli is the place to eat… Never been there but have a great time.

    • Mindilong

      If I were going to LA I would check out the Walk of Fame at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. I would love to take a Foods of New York tour in NYC!

    • Kelley

      In New York go to Canal Street. A true shopper like yourself will LOVE all the bargains there!

    • Couponcrazy85

      Definitley Times Sqare! :)

    • Burke2010

      Oooooohhh!! Central Park is a must! Take a stroll during the day and find a comfy spot to read a book (or people watch!).

    • Miao

      China Town in both cities! Have some delicious food.

    • RebeccaFer

      If you are on the Upper East Side (my ol' neighborhood) and you're hungry, you must get the curry puffs from Sala Thai! My mouth waters thinking about them now. 1718 2nd Ave
      (between 88th St & 89th St) It's not the most impressive restaurant and it's totally away from most other areas of interest (although there are several museums, Guggenheim being the best) just a short taxi drive away. I think walking around on the Upper East Side at night is also very interesting since you can see into those majestic 3 story plus Brownstones that are millions of dollars. I love seeing the poshness of it all! :D

    • Rachel B.

      Whether you enjoy this will depend on if you love boats or not! I went a few years ago and rode a ferry from Manhattan around Lady Liberty. It was fabulous! Although it was freezing when I went, it was my FAVORITE part of the trip! Have fun! NYC is amazing!

    • You have to go to a Yankees game!

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    • Mcpw5

      Times square is a must!

    • cmccabe

      Empire State Building and visit Sylvia's for some real soul food.

    • Racheloburns

      Yankees stadium

    • Gena

      Some free things that i thought would be fun…in los angeles see all the street preformers on Venice ocean front…and in new york go to a free fitness class outdoors on the High Line!

    • Kgibson7600

      I would go to Time Square as soon as I got there.

    • Robingeorge6968

      Statue of Liberty or Word Trade Center would be great sites to visit. Have fun.

    • Conniemking

      Oh I forgot about LA….We went to LA several years ago and had a wonderful time walking and shopping down Rodeo Dr..I hit the clearance items on Rodeo Dr!!! I bought a watch from Guess for my husband, sunglasses for me, and a shirt for my daughter at BeBe!!! Walking down Hollywood Blvd is fun also! We also were part of the “live” on an episode of “Reba”. If you contact them ahead of time, you could watch several shows..

    • Jackie Owens

      Chinatown! Personally I feel that every chinatown in a city is very different

    • Melissa

      It's always fun to feel like a kid again and visit FAO Schwartz and the ToysRUs in Times Square. If you have time to catch a show, you can get discount tickets if you go to the box office right before the show starts. I saw Lion King for $10 – but it was standing room only. Never been to L.A.

    • ashley

      i've never been to nyc, but i'd definately see ellis island. now those are people who had to live on a budget!! and i heard that the soup nazi from sienfeld is opening a restaurant. i'd love to go there!!

    • Cmhughe2

      I think it would be fun to be on the Today show! Just to say you did it.

    • Katrina S

      When we lived in Southern California one of my favorite restaurants was Marie Callender's …. if she loves pie, this place is a must. They have the best pies ever!!!

    • Jennifer

      Times Square will blow your mind. It looks awesome in movies and on TV, but is spectacular in person. Also, take a tour atop a double-decker bus and stop by Ground Zero (World Trade Center). Have dinner in Little Italy. Have fun!

    • Michellekjenkins

      You could always both do hot dogs..not really what I think of for LA but Let's Be Frank is supposed to be a good hot dog booth in LA. Just google it for directions. As for New York, try the New York City Hot Dog Company. Have fun!

    • Ginger

      I have heard Times Square is a definite place to visit.

    • LL

      the Carnegie deli has very yummy sandwiches (plus it makes me think of Adam Sandler singing the Chanukah song) – but they are HUGE, so split with a friend – and you can't go wrong at most any pizza place :)

      • LL

        oh, that would be in NYC, not LA btw!

    • cammy

      We have t try In-n-Out for burgers and fries, THE best I have ever had, and the fries are fresh , I mean from a pealed there and potatoes, but I believe you will go back for more..when we lived in Orange County that was my favorite place to go , and just so you know I am not a burger person…have fun and be safe!!

    • Jesssjunk

      Yankee Stadium (that's what my husband would say, he's a big Yankee's fan) however, I would get tickets to a Broadway show for sure.

    • DKolsch

      The ferry to The Statue of Liberty is fun & you can walk up to her head and see out for a great view but I'd have to say that Central Park is my all time favorite spot when we visit family in NY. We love to walk thru' and take our daughter to the Carousel and feed the ducks. The horse & carriage rides look so romantic although we've never taken one. Have a ball and be prepared to see ALOT of yellow taxi cabs – they're everywhere!

    • Becky Lee

      Not sure about LA, but what about a food tasting in Chinatown? I think being able to experience the environment and enjoy the food would be phenomenal?

    • Ahealon

      Taste the Big Apple at its sweetest at the Union Square Green Market, where you can sample fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cider and much more! phone number….> (212-477-3220). OR
      Browse for bargains at the famous Sixth Avenue Antiques Market, between 24th and 27th Streets (free, weekends only)

      and Los Angeles…
      Hollywood walk of fame!
      The Walk of Fame runs east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and North South on Vine street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard

    • For LA you need to get to Burbank and see if you can get into any of the game shows to be in their audience. It's really fun and you might WIN something or see a star or two!!

    • Michelle

      Max Brenner Chocolate is a MUST if you are going to NYC!!
      If you love chocolate, you can't pass this place up! It is open for BREAKFAST (yes, a yummy chocolate filled breakfast!), lunch, and supper!
      841 Broadway (between 13th and 14th Streets)

      Also, don't leave NYC without seeing a Broadway show. Mary Poppins is fantastic!

    • Couponcrazy88

      New York has lots of fun things to do… the kids would love toys r us in times square.. it is three floors tall and has a ferris wheel inside, also has tons of great lego figurines in life size that are great for photo ops. in that same area is the m&m factory that has every color imaginable and great photo ops with huge m&m characters.. then there is the hershey store that lets you wear a hard hat, turn a big dial and the candy drops out of this cool machine and into your bucket… FAO shwartz, which is not in times square but worth the cab ride to has the BIG PIANO that was featured in the movie BIG with Tom Hanks…. i danced on it when i was about 7 and then it was a real treat to dance on it with my daughter when she was 7… more great photo ops! make sure you have lots of battery power and digital cards for your camera cause you cant stop taking pictures of the fun things to do! hope that helps and you have a great time!!!!

    • Amber R

      I'd have to say China Town is a great experience for NYC. Great place, excellent food, and an all around experience for the city. I was a missionary in Thailand for a year and experienced “China Town” type areas a lot, but nothing compares to NYC China Town. You'll love it–not expensive either!

    • Amyt

      Jenny,
      It is so hard to narrow down the “to do” list. Staten Island Ferry, Ground Zero, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway show with discount tickets from TKTS booth, Today show, ride the subway, Macy's, I even like shopping at Target and TJ Maxx when I go to a big city. Other fun foodie stores are Fishes Eddy, Broadway Panhandler, Zabar's and Kalustyan's. Restaurants — Grimaldi's pizza in Brooklyn (be prepared to wait), Katz Deli for pastrami and cheesecake, Babbo, Gotham Bar and Grill, Union Square Cafe, Craft – last 4 are pricey. Or pick your favorite celebrity chef and go to their restaurant. My husband would pick Morimoto's restaurant.
      Enjoy your trip!

    • Although I've never been to LA myself, I've repeatedly heard people say when your in LA you have to eat an IN n Out Burger. And when in NY, who can resist a walk through Central Park!

      Hope you both have fun!

    • Mlbwatz3

      I have never been either place, but my husband enjoyed Times Square.

    • Kay5414

      If you love cheesecake you have to go to Juniors. They have the best cheesecake. There is one in Times Square and one in Grand Central Station. New York City is one of my favorite places ever. Times Square is pretty awesome, just walking around there is so much fun. Seeing a Broadway show there is amazing too, Les Miserable was the best I have ever seen while there. Grand Central is pretty cool as well as Central Park.

    • Jackieknabusch

      Two MUST HAVES: grays papaya hot dog and a black and white cookie.
      Have fun!@

    • Envious S.

      I'd catch a show or check out the Metropolitan museum. Go to Groupon or Living Social and check out the deals for eating in New York (makes it half off or more). Word of advice checkout previous purchases quantity wise, and if what is currently being offered is being picked up at high numbers, it usually means it's a good place to eat. Enjoy.

    • Chantel31

      In LA there is Universal Studios, Catalina Island, and riding on a Glass Bottom Boat….the sea life is amazing! Check Catalina Island Tours for the boat tours.

    • Rsuttmiller

      Put on your walking shoes and go! The beach in LA and shopping in NY.

    • Becky

      I've never been to LA, but here are my “must-do's” for NYC — food from street vendors (you have to get a knish & a gyro!), a broadway show, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge — and if you have time, a horse carriage ride in Central Park!

    • Tjforeman

      Well, if you are in New York on a Sunday or Tuesday evening with free time, I would highly recommend you visit the Brooklyn Tabernacle. The worship and teaching is amazing. Tuesday evening is their prayer service.

    • Amym184

      Definitely hit the Magnolia Bakery in NYC.

    • KT

      NYC – ferry boats around Staten Island and Statue of Liberty are such a great way to see the city skyline! If you like authentic Italian pizza, then a REALLY great place to eat is Pizza Bollo (use a GPS, if you have one!) We were there last month and apparently sounded 'southern', so the owner changed the music station & played nothing but country music the whole time we were there. Heehee. Also, you have to visit F.A.O. Schwartz Toy Store (the one where Tom Hanks played piano in “Big”), which is just across from Central Park…a wonderful place for a quite stroll. :)

    • MJ

      Go down to the Today Show and stand outside with the crew and hold up a sign that says Hello Southern Savers!!

    • Kristie

      I have never been to either places, but if I went To Los Angeles I would go to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to see the stars with the celebrities names. In New York City, I would have to go spend some time in Central Park. I know you will both have a blast at your destinations!

    • Lisascraps34

      Take a carriage ride in Central Park.

    • Createn6

      You will see after reading this that I have a LOVE of food. ALL kinds of food and New York has it all. I spent two months there and fell in love with the food, the excitement, the hustle and bustle, and most of all the people.
      For exceptional fine dining experiences try BLUE FIN RESTAURANT at the W Hotel Times Square 1567 Broadway at 47th St. (wonderful seafood and sushi and beautiful ambiance) or PRIME HOUSE NEW YORK at 381 Park Avenue South
      at 27th Street ( USDA prime beef, dry-aged on premise in the restaurant's custom-built Himalayan rock salt-tiled aging room).
      If you are on the Upper East Side you gotta go to H & H MIDTOWN BAGELS East
      1551 Second Ave. Unbelievable!!
      Or for that New York Diner experience try EJ'S LUNCHEONETTE 1271 3rd Ave. Upper East Side
      Also on the Upper East Side try the GREEN KITCHEN for when everyone wants something different.
      ORWASHER'S BAKERY 308 E 78th St.(between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave) opened in 1916 with built-in brick ovens. The breads are fantastic
      While on the Upper East Side just get out and stroll around day or night, take it in and meet some of the nicest people you will ever meet!
      For fun and shopping (and something besides eating) take a walk down to Hell's Kitchen South (West 39th Street Subway: 42ND St – Port Authority) any Sat. or Sunday for the HELL'S KITCHEN FLEA MARKET.I loved it. Be sure to haggle with them!

    • In NY take a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park and go see a Broadway show, In LA, eat an In and Out burger. Both places have good food and great scenery, so enjoy!

    • Jenn

      Definitely go to Time Square…..

    • I've never been to NYC (except once when I was 2 yrs old) – so, I'll go with LA. Been there done that a few times while stationed out in San Diego. I really enjoyed the “touristy” stuff like the Walk of Fame, and seeing all the handprints @ the chinese theater. The Paramount & NBC Studios tours were very cool. I got to see the set for Leno (this was in early 2000) and then where Days of Our Lives is filmed. I sat in Stefano's chair! Have fun you two!!

    • michellecorvino

      Broadway all the way!

    • gina

      Buy a cheap ticket to a broadway show at the tickets booth in times square!

    • Jrsbus

      Hot dog in times square for nyc. and drive up the coast from LA to big sur!! just gorgeous!!!!

    • Isabelli3619

      NYC – Go to the Met., for sure. Also, if you're a Macy's fan, check out the 10+ story Macy's in Herald Square for shopping.

    • Yolanda

      Broadway in New York along with Time Square… As for LA maybe the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

    • Laurel

      serendipity in NYC is supposed to have great hot chocolate! Tour Universal Studios in LA.

    • rose

      Go out to the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island

    • Dana Stevenson

      In hoping to include you both…
      Not knowing the college lassie's interests – here's a few ideas…Cruise Sunset Blvd…visit Greystone Mansion- the largest home in Beverly Hills; The Avila Adobe – is the oldest home in LA. Visit the Griffith Observatory…Walk on Rodeo Drive – just to say you have! The Marine mammal care center – rehabs sea lions and seals. Go to see the hand/footprints of the 'stars' @ Graumans. Maddame Tussaud's and a picture of the Hollywood sign is a highlight too…

      New York City -the Roosevelt Tram if it's reopened… get a cup of coffee a Joes – the art of coffee. A Broadway show ON Broadway – if you have time is amazing; FAO Schwartz is also pretty wonderful – you'll feel just like a kid; Wander through Tiffanys…just to say you did =) The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governor's Island should be American staples; if you have time – go to NY trapeze school =) for a quieter moment – stroll through central park or the brooklyn botanic gardens would be a good choice. Scott's pizza tour is supposed to be fun! Have a somber remember moment at the WTC memorial….

      shall I go on??

    • Molliec

      I have never been to either, but have great fun and take lots of pictures!!

    • Pam

      The Brooklyn Tabernacle is a wonderful worship experience – and the ice cream shop near Grimaldis is marvelous – and the walk back to the city over Brooklyn Bridge is such a great thing to do. As mentioned, Times Square and just about any Broadway show are a must :-). Have fun.

    • Huffmama

      i can't make any recommendations, but i'd sure like to win this printer.

    • Starmnelson

      I love both places. For NYC I would have to say a broadway show and maybe some fun shopping downtown. And no LA trip is complete without a stop in the Fashion District. Love to go shopping down there. And to eat there, I would definately recommend Wahoos.

    • Katie

      If I were in NYC I would definently want to go to the top of the Empire State Building, and if I were going to LA I would walk the hall of fame. It looks so fun in all the movies! Have great trips where ever you go.

    • Sheila

      Gotta do the touristy stuff, if it;s your first time, right? Statue of Liberty, Empire State, etc. . .

    • Jenn

      Having never been to NYC myself (hopefully one day), I have had family go. My Dad said he wanted to go back just for the Brooklyn Tabernacle worship and my brother and sister loved the Apple store! Oh and get some pizza and let us know if it really is better….

    • Lydia

      I don't know anything about LA, but for your NYC trip, I would say go to one or two of the museums right next to central park–the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are nice. Also, it's neat to ride the Staten Island ferry just to pass by the Statue of Liberty. (Less time-consuming than actually visiting her.) And of course, go to the top of the Empire State Building!

    • Pam Strieter

      DEFINITELY take the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty. You can't go up in it anymore, but it's beautiful. You can do lunch out there and sit looking back toward the city. When you get back, go to the Empire State Building and go to the top! The views are worth waiting for. (Change them around if you don't want to wait in line at the Empire.. later in the day.)
      If you take a bus tour around the city and sit on top of the double decker, you can see a LOT of famous sites and it only a couple of hours.
      Eating is no problem anywhere! There are so many sandwich shops and small restaurants that you can pick whatever you're in the mood for: Greek, Italian, Thai, Chinese, American. (my hubby and I ate in Little Italy at a great little restaurant, and shopped the street in Chinatown walking back toward our hotel – all the knock off handbags, sunglasses, etc. FUN!!)
      Whatever you do you'll have a fantastic time! NYC is just like that. ENJOY!!!!

    • Pld7304

      Go to Olvera Street in Los Angeles. It is the birthplace of the city. It has a mexican style plaza with traditional food and handcrafted items. They also have free tours.

    • Tristangrl

      as lame as it seems you HAVE to go to central park if you are in new york… and in los angeles you have to go to the hollywood sign. Both are FREE!!!!

    • Kristi

      Say a prayer at “Ground Zero” ….LA…definitely check out the beach.

    • DixiePixie

      If you'd like something off the beaten path in New York, check out these places: “Earth Room” and “The Broken Kilometer” were both created by Walter De Maria. I believe both are FREE, so no entrance fees for them! I like gardens and nature, so I would also recommend Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Admission is only $8, so you're not breaking the bank there either. Lastly, at only $3 admission, Snug Harbor would be worth checking out as well. It's a blend of history, architecture, and visual and performing arts. Have a great time!

    • E16gardner

      You have to go to a show on Broadway or even a cheaper off Broadway show-so different than going to local theaters and enjoy the night out on the town.

    • Saeakinfannin

      FAO Shwartz in New York is a must!! Have you ever seen the Tom Hanks movie “BIG”?

    • amanda

      statue of liberty!

    • karen

      Make sure you go to the “Toys R US” store. It is fabulous. Don't forget to visit Canal Street, great prices on things and lots of souvenirs.

    • Leighann

      In LA…definitely the beach. In NY…window shopping at Macy's!! Have fun!

    • sam1099

      Go on the Staten Island Ferry (you will pass by and see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island) – it's free, less crowded and a longer ferry ride than for the Statue of Liberty. And, go to the top of the GE tower at the Rockafella Center – it's free and there are no line-ups (unlike Empire State Building) and incredible views at the top – including a view of the neighboring Empire State Building!! Also, St. Patrick's Cathedral on the other side of 5th Avenue from the Rockafella Center – is quite an experience and agan – free! Greenwich Village has a great atmosphere for walking around. LA – the Hollywood sign, walk on Rodeo Drive and the Walk of Fame – all free! Have fun and be safe!

    • flomama

      In New York, you must go to China Town to get some great pocketbooks! The street vendors are good, but see if you can get into one of the hidden “stores.” Just walk down canal street and look interested and one of them will let you follow them. It is wall-to-wall “designer” purses for a fraction of the real cost. You need to have cash for that.

      Also, be sure to go to Ellis Island if you have the time. It was redone several years ago and is very moving and educational.

      Another great thing to do is a dinner cruise in the New York Harbor. You go right past the Statue of Liberty. It's a breathtaking way to see her.

      Have fun!

    • Chofacker

      When you get to NY, don't miss Coney Island! Stroll the boardwalk, people watch, and eat at the ORIGINAL Nathans. If you have time, visit the NY Aquarium at Coney Island as well. It's the best!

    • Adamsdmd

      In NYC take some time to check out Central Park and also go see a show- get a discount ticket.

    • Lisawilsondavis

      Tao and Carmine's are my two favorite restaurants in NYC. Tao is asian, of course, and Carmine's is Italian. If you have seen Wicked yet, it's a must see! I think it's the best show on Broadway and I've seen most of them. I'm looking forward to my trip to NYC Labor Day weekend. Enjoy and have a wonderful time! Lisa Davis

    • Gimme My Coupons

      We wanted to go to NYC this summer but it cost more than our budget allowed for :( I was looking forward to seeing all there is to see in Central Park and going to the Natural Museum of History……maybe someday we'll make it there :) Hope you have a blast! Never been to LA so I can't help you much there, but again, someday I hope to see it as well.

    • Asheeesave

      Jenny for your trip to NYC, I recommend catching the Double Decker sightseeing tour bus at night. Sit on top of the bus. The nighttime tours are not as rigid as sometimes provide unique experiences. They leave from Time Square every 15 minutes or so. As far as eating, I recommend eating at the Blue Fin. It is also in Time Square.

    • Karebear7006

      Jenny, while you are in NYC, maybe you should sit in the audience of television show, say THE VIEW or Tyra Banks or something.

      For your assistant, I think in L.A. they should visit a favorite nearby taping of a gameshow.

    • savin4morefamily

      Of course the Statue of Liberty is a must, as well as Ellis Island. For a great tour of Manhattan, go on the Circle Line boat tour. We took the full 3-hr one, and that was a bit too long, but it takes you all around the island. They have other options, like sunset tour and short tours. For some fun, touristy-shopping, try the Warner Brothers store. You can follow the yellow brick road and have your picture taken as Dorothy or the Tin Man (at least you could years ago when I was there :). Have a great time! (And catch “Wicked,” too! We saw “Phantom” back then and it was amazing!

    • tygirl13

      My husband and I went last year. We did the double decker tour bus. The top deck makes for great pictures and makes sure you get in all those things that you are “supposed” to see in the city. The guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We ate at Carmines one night with some friends and it was amazing!! They serve “family style” basically one plate is intended to feed at least 2 -3 people. Great Italian food.

    • Michelle

      Statue of Liberty

    • Kalli Jean

      I'd say visiting the restaurant from Seinfeld and the Broncs Zoo if that's an option!

    • coupon74

      BAGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must eat a bagel and drink a cup of coffee from a street vendor to say that you have visited NYC!!!!!!!!! Either that or be locked in a back room and buy a “hot” purse from someone who doesn't speak English??? You can also pay $10 at the Hershey store on Broadway and they will put your name in lights – it's the coolest!! It would give you a great pic to publicize. Southern Savers would be in lights on Broadway!!!!!!

    • Ginny

      Take a stroll through Central Park. Also don't miss the Statue of Liberty.

    • Erin P Fielding

      In NYC (Gosh, I love that city!) you have to try:
      — Ellen's Stardust Diner. The waiters will give a performance to rival any show in the city!
      — If you want to take in a Broadway show and you're flexible, just try going into the theater about 10-20 minutes before the show begins and ask if they have any standing room only seats left. My friend and I got to see Mamma Mia for $10, even though we had to stand the whole time it was totally worth it!

      In Los Angeles, they should go to The Price is Right taping!

    • Carter97

      You have to see a Broadway show! Wicked is a must see and my first choice but if you've seen that, I LOVED Memphis — two weeks after we got great discounted seats from TKTS booth it won the Tony for Best New Musical. I highly recommend pizza from John's Pizzeria, drinks and appetizers at the The Rink, and dinner at Joe Allen's. My husband and had to go to FAO Schwartz and take pics for the kids of the amazing life sized lego creations and of course, the piano from Big. I wish I were there now. Have a great trip!

    • Kbo_1

      NYC
      – Carmines is a great Italian place
      – Peter Lugger's is the ultimate steak place (but it is expensive)
      – Visit Peanut Butter & Co. for all things peanut butter & Dylan's Candy Bar for any kind of candy you can imagine
      – FAO Schwartz is a store for both kids and adults to enjoy (the viewing area for the train sets is unbelievable)
      – You should definitely take a tour (the double decker busses are the best)
      – Jersey Boys is a great broadway play about Franki Valli and his amazing music (you can get cheap tickets from the booth located near Time Square)
      – Don't take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty (you can't go up it, you can see it from the shore, and the ferry ride is too long….you could be doing other things)

      LA
      – eat at In-N-Out Burger
      – catch a tour of the star's homes as well as the city
      – drive down to La Jolla and visit the Children's Cove to see seals on the beach
      – go to Venice Beach
      – Paradise Cove in Malibu is amazing
      – watch out for stars on the trendy Robertson Blvd. (also the home of the trendy store Kitson)
      – ride horses up to the Hollywood sign
      – eat a fro-yo at Pinkberry
      – go shopping (or window-shopping) on Rodeo Drive
      – go to Disneyland or Universal Hollywood
      – eat a hot dog from Pink's

      • Gold

        great suggestions! the only change i’d add is going to Extraordinary Desserts, if you’ve already driven south to La Jolla (1.5 to 2 hrs south of LA) then don’t pass up on one of the best dessert restaurants in the nation.

    • Zimmge

      If you'll be there Sunday, I'd recommend Times Square Church!

    • Southernsweet_heart

      I've never been to either place but you should def. visit all the major landmarks (statue of liberty, time square etc…) And since we all love beeing thrifty maybe figure out what attractions and places would be free to visit! I know this porbably doesnt help but I so NEED a new printer so it's worth a shot right?

    • Grins88

      I am going to be a little different here. When I visit a new place, I like to do some of the more “local” and off-the-beaten path things. I have not visited LA, but my recommendation is to ask the people you meet about some must-do things and some of the favorite restaurants that the locals love (generally less expensive and better food).
      In NYC, not that it is an off-the-beaten path thing, but definitely catch a Broadway show if time allows. Rather than going to the tkts booth in Times Square, though, go to the one at the South Street Seaport….they generally have a better selection, but get there when they open! Also, grab a deli lunch and have a picnic in Central Park. For food, ask the locals, and try out some of the nice little cafes and restaurants on the side streets. All restaurants have to post their menu outside the door, so you can check out menus before entering. The best restaurant I have ever eaten in was a tiny little Italian place that my husband and I just stumbled upon in New York. Also, DEFINITELY go to Serendipity for iced hot chocolate. It is so eclectic and interesting!

    • Cathy

      I can not give you any pointers as I have not been to either place. However, when I do go somewhere new I like to eat at somewhere I could never eat at home. I also like to find any special landmarks of interest for my photo journal. Have fun on your trip!

    • Laura

      Go to Roxie's in Time Square and have one of their sandwiches with over a pound of meat, and a dessert! I would also recommend 5th Ave, if only for the window shopping!

    • Laura

      And I agree with a poster below, in LA eat an In-N-Out Burger… And send one to NC for me!!!

    • Teresa F.

      NY is one place I havn't been….only JFK airport….But I really could use a new printer!!!! The printer to my laptop gave out last week, and now i can only print one set of q's :(

    • Jennifer

      I don't know if it's still showing, but there is a great Broadway show called Kiss Me Kate that's less well-known, but definately would be a great one to see!! Have fun!! :)

    • charmaines

      Having lived in NY for many years there's a lot that you could do, as so many have already mentioned. My all time favorite is having an inexpensive hot dog with all the trappings that is to die for at grays papaya on Broadway and 72nd Street. Just take the number 2 or 3 train to 72nd street and you can't miss it! If you want to dine outside on a sunny day I suggest Jackson Hole on Columbus Avenue and 85th Street. Their burgers are unbelievably big…GO HUNGRY!! You would need to take the number 1 or 9 train to Broadway and 86th Street, and walk south 1 block. Or you could always visit Trump Towers at Broadway and 59th Street to see the sights and sounds of Central Park West:) Many others have also suggested, if you're still in Town on a Tuesday or Sunday, having been a member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle also, the worship services are like no other!!! Have fun!!

    • micmck

      I've only been to NYC once (for New Year's Eve) so my only advice is Times Square… and keep cash on hand to tip everybody who tries to wash your windshield!

    • Jacquelynann

      NYC- Catch a Broadway show if possible!

    • Jacquelynann

      LA- El Cholo in Pasadena has wonderful food! Everything we have tried there has been great!

    • kancytc

      While in LA you have to eat at In and Out Burger. It looks like just another McDonald's on the outside but is soooo not. Limited menu but deLICious! Seeing Venice Beach is a m a z i n g. The lifeguard stands are little stilt houses and then there is this winding sidewalk with bikes, trikes, anything roller=blades, skates, boards, etc. then the most interesting people will be on the path…straight out of a movie or tv show.
      NYC Times Square, Fifth Ave, Central Park (which is REALLY huge), and a Broadway show are MUSTS!

    • Sarahcauusa

      Hey, so I have been to both places and there are some pretty amazing locations to visit. Let's see. In LA, there is the classic universal studios, the back lot tour is AMAZING and you can see sets from some familiar movies and shows. Of course the stars on hollywood BLVD and the Mann Chinese theatre are must see's. On Hollywood there is also a wax museum that I enjoyed a great deal. But here is the kicker, I took a bus from Hollywood Blvd to go up towards the hollywood sign. It dropped me a ways down a hill and I got to hike through beautiful neighborhoods to get a better look, suddenly I was walking next to a short cement wall that had lots of little toys and ceramics and bottle caps embedded in it with a plaque that said “The wall of toys in the garden of Eden”. I was thinking thats kinda of cool and then a few feet down there was a gate, I looked in and it was a huge terrace garden full of art made in similar fashion. There was a gardener there who let me in and it was amazing, I felt like a little kid discovering wonders. I don't think it is a known location or advertised and had I been on a 'tour' I would probably have missed it completely!

      For NY, If you have time to see a broadway that would be a great opportunity. The statue of liberty is really amazing to go to and when they boat you out there you also get to go to Ellis Island where all the immigrants used to be processed. You want to buy your tickets in advance of the website though and have them held at will call to reserve your spot on a boat. I would pick one of the first in the morning if I were you. Also the big toy store, its near time square, I can't remember exactly, it something like G.B toys or something. It's massive 2 stories, incredible displays, and a big metal teddy bear out front! Central park also has beautiful scenery and sidewalk artists to watch. I love seeing them do their art! Well anyhow hope some of this will be helpful!

    • Nelsonandamy

      There's a little place in NYC's Little Italy that has a 10 paget dessert menu. Yum! I spent several summers there as a poor college student so I loved the cheap but good slices of pizza you can get. If you run into a street carnival, go. you'll see some true culture here. It's fun to walk through the Plaza but don't try Sunday high tea – Expensive…as are the carriage rides through Central Park (and they are pretty short). There is a tile on the floor of the viewing deck of the Empire State Bldg. that says, “Harry loves Sally” from the movie. There are so many fun things to do. Have a great time.

    • Sarahcausa

      I just commented and read below another poster, the toy store was FAO Schwartz, as she said a MUST SEE

    • Michelle Young

      Definitely have to visit Ground Zero, I think that brings home the enormity of what happened.

    • Gail

      For the teen, a visit to the Los Angeles Tar Pits is a must. Fossils of prehistoric animals abound and the story is amazing…..as for yourself, a visit to Central Park with a stop at Strawberry Fields will surely be the highlight of your visit.

    • Medanielle1

      my favorite thing about Manhattan- food vendors on the street!! Buy a bagel with cream cheese from a street cart. Cheapest and best thing ever! (don't ask about calories…la la la la la…)

      Go to the TKTS booth in Time Square and score cheap tickets to a broadway play-these are a great value and are not just the nosebleed seats either!

      Take the subway into chinatown and walk the streets and find some great bargains, especially on handbags. These are knockoffs but seriously I put my $420 coach bag up against my $40 chinatown coach bag and could not tell the difference.

    • Cherise

      Just enjoy it and dont try to do everything but take in the moment. I haven't been there but lived in Hong Kong and it is a large city as well and KNOW that you will have a ball!! Good luck and Congratulations and you so deserve this. You have saved us all thousands. Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Tracey C in NC

      In New York…Gee So Many things…the Best Pizza is at Patsy's in Brooklyn. I love shopping at Century 21 near ground zero too.

    • Birmanpaws

      If you like Italian food and are willing to go to Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, my favorite restaurant is La Palina on Avenue O. I lived there for 12 years and it's truly authentic food, well worth the visit. My mom lives in LA and a tour at the MGM Studios is a fun thing to do. Have fun!

    • Karyn

      Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, New York Skyride, Madame Tussaud’s, Circle Line River Cruise, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden Tour, NBC Studio Tours, New York Aquarium, Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck, Uncle Sam's Hamilton Financial Tour & many others all have free entry!

    • Anonymous

      I love New York. I found some great restaurants on restaurant.com last time my husband and I went. One was for a restaurant called Walker’s. Try that. We love just walking around the city. Stop at the TKTS booth to find some discounted theater tickets. (The one at South Street Seaport has a shorter line everytime we have been.) Last time we were there, we scored awesome seats for “West Side Story” for 50% off.

    • Varsha

      There are a lot of must to see places in Newyork.
      You can buy a One day Subway / Bus pass for $7 or $8. Just keep this pass the whole day and can use it for unlimited rides throughout the day that includes both train and bus. You can buy a $110 pass for valid for 2days . You can find this in http://www.newyorkpass.com.This will cover most of the places major places like Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, New York Skyride, Madame Tussaud’s, Circle Line River Cruise,Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck, NBC Studio Tours, New York Aquarium and more.With this pass first,try to cover most of the attractions where the tickets prices are high.
      Another option is the all day new york tour for $10 .You can check the details from http://www.tours4fun.com .This also includes many of the major locations.
      You can decide depending on your time and the places you would like to see…

      Have fun in Newyork and enjoy :)

    • Joanne

      One of the best cheap eats in NYC (since we are all about finding a good deal) is Bereket (lower East Side- 187 E. Houston St at Orchard St.). It’s a 24/7 Middle Eastern diner that serves the best Turkish kebab I’ve ever had for like $6.

      Another fun food adventure is finding one of the gourmet food trucks around NYC. They usually have set times and locations, but you can keep track of their whereabouts in real-time on their Twitter pages. My personal favorite is the Schnizel Truck! Here is this week’s schedule for schnizel: http://schnitzelandthings.blogspot.com/

    • Cindy Abidi

      I always go to Tripadvisor.com when I am visiting a new place or going on vacation. They have yet to let me down regarding hotels, attractions, restaurants, etc. The #1 thing to do is http://www.realnewyorktours.com.

    • MC-bass

      In NYC my favorite place we visited was YANKEE STADIUM!! We were able to enjoy the first playoff game with the Twins. But you must visit Time Square and enjoy a Broadway play. The Lion King is awesome! I enjoy just walking around and taking in all of the different people. If you enjoy museums The Metropolitan is also a great place to visit. Of all the places we ate Big Daddy’s Diner was one of my favs!! It was fun and had very good food, the website is BIGDADDYSNYC.com

    • Joanne

      One of the best cheap eats in NYC (since we are all about finding a good deal) is Bereket (lower East Side- 187 E. Houston St at Orchard St.). It’s a 24/7 Middle Eastern diner that serves the best Turkish kebab I’ve ever had for like $6.

      Another fun food adventure is finding one of the gourmet food trucks around NYC. They usually have set times and locations, but you can keep track of their whereabouts in real-time on their Twitter pages. My personal favorite is the Schnizel Truck! Here is this week’s schedule for schnizel: http://schnitzelandthings.blogspot.com/

    • Rbgrenada

      While in LA, eat the Libra Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, but go hungry! Buy a $25 gift certificate on Restaurant.com for only $10 and save a little money while you’re out there :) Enjoy!

    • Rbgrenada

      While in LA, eat the Libra Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, but go hungry! Buy a $25 gift certificate on Restaurant.com for only $10 and save a little money while you’re out there :) Enjoy!

    • Tiffanyw1919

      First if you are going to New York you need to eat at Roxy’s. It’s this cool dinner were the waiters and waitresses sing musical numbers in between getting you your food. The adderess is 1565 Broadway in NY. Next you need to see a Broadway show for 50% off or more. In Time Square there is a TKTS booth. They sell tickets for the day of Broadway shows for half off or more. We saw Mama Mia for 65% off the retail price of the tickets!!! It was the best.
      TKTS Booth
      226 W 47th
      New York, NY 10036
      212-221-0013

    • Jillws

      In LA, In-and-Out Burger is an absolute MUST!

    • Jen

      You must, must, MUST do a double decker bus tour of downtown manhattan! I grew up 3 hours from NYC and although I went all the time, I never took one of these until last year. You really see ALL of the city, and you can buy combo tickets online (for the bus plus other attractions like admission to the top of th empire state building or the top of 30 rock) to save $$$! http://www.bestnycbustours.com/category/downtown-tours/

    • Jen

      You must, must, MUST do a double decker bus tour of downtown manhattan! I grew up 3 hours from NYC and although I went all the time, I never took one of these until last year. You really see ALL of the city, and you can buy combo tickets online (for the bus plus other attractions like admission to the top of th empire state building or the top of 30 rock) to save $$$! http://www.bestnycbustours.com/category/downtown-tours/

    • Jen

      You must, must, MUST do a double decker bus tour of downtown manhattan! I grew up 3 hours from NYC and although I went all the time, I never took one of these until last year. You really see ALL of the city, and you can buy combo tickets online (for the bus plus other attractions like admission to the top of th empire state building or the top of 30 rock) to save $$$! http://www.bestnycbustours.com/category/downtown-tours/

    • t-town lisa

      NYC – Today show with you Southernsavers.com poster!! Goto Chinatown for some great knock-off deals. Soho for art & shopping. Dinner at The River Cafe in Brooklyn for a fabulous view of the city. A broadway show – they are all great!!
      Have a wonderful trip!

    • JLGnewt

      As previously mentioned in NYC: Broadway!
      I went to three last time I was there, all on discount tickets. I'm a bit of a theatre nut.

    • Amybeard2007

      The very best sandwich and cheesecake in nyc is Carnegie Deli (www.carnegiedeli.com) on 7th Avenue…enjoy your trip!!!

    • Amybeard2007

      The very best sandwich and cheesecake in nyc is Carnegie Deli (www.carnegiedeli.com) on 7th Avenue…enjoy your trip!!!

    • Amybeard2007

      The very best sandwich and cheesecake in nyc is Carnegie Deli (www.carnegiedeli.com) on 7th Avenue…enjoy your trip!!!

    • jimmie

      Never have been but…Target Free Fridays at the Museum of Modern Art
      Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Target Free Friday Nights are not available in advance. Your Target Free Friday Night ticket permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films.

    • You have to go to Serendipity for dessert. You'll never be the same again!

    • Teresa

      I never tire of the view from the top of the Empire State Building, it’s fantastic! For an excellent meal (I actually ate here twice in one visit, including a Thanksgiving Day meal!) try http://www.fetchbarandgrill.com. If you have a doggie, bring a pic for them to hang on the wall! Have a wonderful trip!

    • Kristin

      I would recommend Central Park and the Central Park Zoo. Also try the NYC by Foot – Free Walking Tour. http://www.nycbyfoot.com/ It is free and you would be able to see some of NYC with a tour guide.

    • Johnchristym

      I would def. visit ground zero………..It's a must if you've never been.

    • Suegarrett

      Cafe Lalo, 201 W 83rd street, best pastries ever (where they filmed the meet-up scene in You’ve Got Mail. Also the meals are wonderful. Coffee and atmosphere off the charts. Nighttime is fun because of the lighting outside. Warning: Cash only. Favorite Italian restaurant, La Mela Ristorante, 167 Mulberry St. http://www.lamelarestaurant.com. Also, go to the place where they film the Food Network shows — name escapes me. It’s a marketplace downstairs and the food network is upstairs. The building is worth seeing, and so are the shops. suegarr@gmail.com.

    • Tonyleetonylee2000

      I just came back from NYC yesterday. A few places that I would recommend:
      Statute of Liberty: take the Staten Island ferry, and it is free.
      Metropolitan Museum of Art: get a pair of comfortable shoes, as you have to walk a lot.
      Time Square, I like the night scene there.
      Central Park,
      United Nation.

      Use this link to check all the NYC restaurants:
      http://www.menupages.com/

      Enjoy your trip!

      And by the way, it is said that you can get all kinds of coupon inserts free in some area.

    • Polarbyte

      Lower Manhattan to see Trinity Church. Eat at Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown, take in a play at Broadway. And if you have the children with you take them to Baby Loves Disco on Bleecker St. I hope you have a safe and fun trip.

    • Clairol2358

      You have your usual tourist attractions but I suggest to go to MoMA…the Museum of Modern Art. This is a funky and chic museum that celebrates everything modern…design, painting, furniture, etc. You can see original Andy Warhol paintings, weird sculptures in the sculpture garden, and shop for cool stuff in the museum store. MoMA is right down the street from the Hilton where the conference is being held…the address for MoMA is 11 West 53rd Street. Thursday night they have live music and the museum is open until 8:45 pm. The line to get tickets at MoMA can be long so you can go to http://www.moma.org to pre purchase a ticket. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets are only $12. HAve a great time in the Big Apple!

    • I agree with Ground Zero. Moving experience.

    • In LA, there's a bunch of El Pollo Loco restaurants – it's delicious, healthy fast food. It's not exactly a cultural experience, but you can't get it around here!

    • Kb

      hop on a tour boat to see the Statue of Liberty!

    • Jaybird65

      A few blocks from Broadway on West 44th street is an italian restaurant called Carmine's. BEST italian I have ever eaten, and the coolest people work there. Go right after you see a show (you can't go and not see a Broadway show!). There's also a little place called Jo Allen on 46h street that's good – a little pub type place with great food, and after a show you might just see a famous person or two. (My friend saw Al Pacino when she went, I wasn't so lucky). Have a great time!

    • Danielle

      Go see the Statue of Liberty – it is amazing!

    • mary

      serendipity for frozen hot chocolate in NYC

    • Monkeygirl362

      In Los Angeles you should definitly visit The Getty Center..its FREE to get in and only $7 for parking. Its got tons of beautifula nd unusual flowers and plants.. Lots of great artwork and a super yummy restaurant

    • momof3

      In NYC, go to Serendipity…A woman from Rock Hill, SC (just down the road from Charlotte), just purchased the world's most expensive hot dog for $69 there, and set a world record….Too cool!

    • Lisa

      You should go to the Today Show in New York, with a poster advertising your website! And you could bring gift baskets/bags for each of the hosts, with goodies in it, and a card stating your total for everything in the goodie bag. They might be so impressed with your savings that they'll invite you on the show later!

    • In NYC, you've got to go see a Broadway show. There's nothing like it!!

    • Karenfarley33

      SouthernSavers goes to the Big Apple….looking for deals of course!! Go down to Wall Street and do some shopping at Century 21. You're then at Ground Zero. There is a little church there that was untouched, going there is lifechanging. What to eat?? Be sure to find some “street meat” or a slice…you can't beat the price! Head down to Battery Park and find the free ferry to Staten Island. Did you see that I said FREE? They are huge and orange and you cannot miss them. On your way to Staten Island you'll have a great view of The Statue of Liberty. You can go out and perhaps visit the Staten Island Farmers Market or the Botanical Gardens…or simply get back on the ferry and return to Manhattan. It's quite a view to return. It's fun to walk towards Times Square it's fun to get a sandwich at the Hello Deli. (Maybe you'll see Letterman.) In the evening why not get a reduced Broadway ticket at a TKTS booth OR go see Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium. Your options are endless, have fun!

      • Karenfarlely33

        Sorry, forgot the LA piece! I've never been but I've always wanted to go see the latest movie at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. May not be able to get a premiere ticket, but a matinee would do. There are plenty of shops around to get a cheesy t-shirt or two. I'm sure the prices are great! Then how can it get better than going to the beach and learning to surf??? I've heard that the free summer concerts at the Santa Monical pier are fantastic!

    • Kirstenmullis

      Never been to LA, but in NYC, the Playwright Tavern has awesome mashed potatoes! And not bad prices (for the lunch menu) considering that it was NYC and things can be pricey!

    • Selene

      In New York, take time to walk the streets and get the “big city” feel. Find a spot and do some “people watching”. That's free entertainment!

      kg4rmt at arrl dot net

    • carnahan6

      In NYC you must go to St. Pual's Chapel across the street from Ground Zero. It was built in 1766, and was used as a gathering place for workers and volunteers in the months during the rescue and clean-up stages. It's full of memorials from around the country. Also, try to take the time to go to Lombardi's Pizza in Little Italy. It was the first pizzeria in America and has incredible food!

    • Ycatslds

      Ellis Island for sure!

    • Tonya

      While in New York, you will more than likely be riding the trains at some point. Visit the Grand Central station – just to see the beautiful building on the inside. Then take a quick break to enjoy a piece of cheesecake, smoothies, coffee or a treat. Not far from there you will find Trump Towers. The building itself is georgous. We enjoy going by just for a restroom break ( I know that sounds funny, but ther are the nicest restrooms in NYC.) From the fanciest/ most expensive in NYC to the great bargains, take the train to Chinatown. My advice though, being a southern girl, be careful there. Do not go alone… take someone with you to enjoy some great shopping at great prices. NYC is a fabulous place to visit. ENJOY!

    • April Wall

      You should go visit Dylan's Candy Bar (1011 Third Ave 646-735-0078) it was created by Created by Dylan Lauren (daughter of designer Ralph Lauren) and is simply amazine. If you are not into sweet treats you should check out the Central Park Mute Swans and their cygnets (on the island in the Row Boat Lake which stretches from about 72nd Street to 79th Street). The Mute Swan is usually silent but hisses and sometimes utters puppy-like barking notes or loud high-pitched purring sounds. Their sounds are not far-reaching because their trachea is almost straight with no long convolutions as in the louder-voiced Trumpeter and Whistling swans. Their wingbeats make musical throbbing or humming sounds which can be heard from a long way off.

      Your intern should check out the La Brea Tar Pits at the LA County Natural History Museum (5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036). The Page Museum is located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles. Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, visitors can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured.

    • Katie B

      I've never been to either city, so I'd love to hear all about it when you get back! I do know that my sister had to buy new shoes when she visited New York because she needed a more comfortable pair to walk in, so comfy shoes is a MUST! Have a great time, you guys!

    • AMasci

      In LA I've heard Venice Beach is the place to visit. In NY Times Square is a fun place to see.

    • Crissy

      the rainbow room for dinner (that's where my husband proposed to me) and ground zero.

    • Teresa

      I've never had the pleasure of visiting either City but it looks like there are lots of suggestions posted. The local Chambers of Commerce should have a lot of ideas and coupons for many of the sites and restaurants, so be sure to check it out prior to heading out to any of the suggested sites.

    • Karina S.

      For LA this is a website that offers links to cheap eats, local coupons, attraction guides, shopping and even unique activities…it’s a great one stop shop for all things LA and all things discounts!!

      http://www.la4beginners.com/

      Have a great trip!

      Karina S.

    • For the LA area you have to eat at Pinks! It is just a hot dog stand but it is famous with all the stars!! It is a great place to just hang out and people watch. Being in Hollywood you get to see all different walks of life! It's GREAT!!

    • Kim

      You gotta go see the statue of liberty and ground zero . Also go to times square .

    • Mandy

      If you're up for a little night life, in NYC the Bitter End is a club where some big names played before they were so big.

    • Teresa-QOCD

      ride the Staton Island ferry

    • Ladyink

      All of these places sound amazing- However, as far as food is concerned, just make sure you get pizza- a hot dog from a street vendor and of course a bagel. White Castle and Friendly's (Patty Melt) are always on my list of places to eat when I visit!

    • Aubraer

      In NYC, the Frick Collection is outstanding. It's the perfect combination if you love art and also touring beautiful old homes. Plus, On Sundays, you pay what you wish–perfect for a deal lover!
      1 East 70th Street
      New York, NY 10021

    • Sarahcatherinepearson

      Central Park and shopping at H&M are a must!

    • Sarah

      You have to go to Macy's in NYC. It's amazing and has a great cafe in the basement.

    • Dyoung06

      LAX – what is there not to do. You have to go and visit the Hollywood sign. That is a must. What says more than LA than the sign. Everyone will ask you if you went, and then of course Rodeo Drive, of course no one in their right mind would pay that kind of money for items that are for sale, but think of the people watching. How fun!!! Plus just being there. Have fun and enjoy your trip!

    • kjmiller

      It's been 15 years since I was a graduate student at USC in L.A. Still dreaming about the Dim Sum in Chinatown (Chinese equivalent of Spanish tapas) and the carne asada from my favorite “roach coach” (taco truck).

    • Tina

      Go to a taping of Good Morning America. Make a nice sign for SouthernSavers website, and get free advertising!! There phone # is 212-580-5176. Have FUN!!

    • christy

      catch a broadway show, such as “Phantom of the Opera”~ Always one of my very favorite things in NYC. Also, go to little Italy and chinatown to catch a few meals and do a little shopping. VERY authentic food and good cheap shopping! LOVE NYC! Use to get to go monthly as a nanny, fresh out of college.

    • Sgower

      Certain days (not sure which ones) there are artists that line the streets in Soho with all of their handmade items for purchase. It is like checking out etsy online but it is in person!!

    • CouponingKate

      i've never been to NYC however, IF i was going i'd do two things for sure – the bronx zoo (b/c I'm a zoo fanatic) and i'd go to a taping of the today show. i'd especially try to go on friday while they're doing the summer concert series!

    • darkenmind1326

      indulge on any resturant you see that you really would like to try..you never know when you might get back up to that area:)

    • angela

      you must eat at carmine's!!

    • fishergirl

      In LA you have to eat Mexican food. It is the best out west. Cuidad is good. ALSO you have to stop and get some See's Candy. Now that you have energy you will want to go visit the Getty Center and check out some amazing art. It is also fun to hike to the Hollywood sign. Walk Rodeo Drive and see Disneyland. If you can check out Newport Beach. How much time do you have? In New York you will want hot dogs from the street stands. You will also want to eat at the Russian Tea Room, visit the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Chinatown, and Rockefeller Center. You will also want to stroll around Central Park also. Have fun!

    • Ceomishanks

      Whataburger and Rodeo Drive

    • jennifer_b3

      Haven't been to either city but from visiting other large cities I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and trying as much of the local food that you can find.

    • J

      You've got to stop and get a good pizza!

    • Lindsey

      My husband & I just went to NYC together last Labor Day weekend! It was amazing!! I loved just about everything we did there, but a MUST is Chinatown!! It's hectic & crowded, but there are great bargains on the streets & the best food I've ever had! Go to a dim sum restaurant & order steamed dumplings!! YUMMMYYY!!! The culture there is unbelievable & you're immediately immersed in it when you arrive! Have a blast!

    • JD Georgia

      In LA, gotta shop on Rodeo Drive, people watch on Manhattan Beach, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame and try to catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The Getty Museum is a bit out of town, but well worth the drive. New York, on the other hand, is for eating. Of course there's the re-opened Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building and unbelievable shopping, but the restaurants… oh my. Try to get in at Aureole or La Grenouille.

    • Deb

      LA – Disneyland!
      I haven't spent enough time in NYC to make any recommendation, but I'd like to see the Statue of Liberty.

    • Chandra

      If you like Italian eat at Piccolo Angolo.

    • Dylans Candy store, Central Park and Times Square in New York – All great stops!

      Stars at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Venice Beach Boardwalk In LA – One and Two are tourist have tos! :-D Hope you both have a great time!!!

    • Barker Tina

      You must eat Pizza at a local pizza place in NY – it is the best!

    • Bullhead0033

      make sure you go to times square

    • gail

      Take a FREE ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It takes you right past the Statue of Liberty!

    • Andipw247

      My husband and I have been to NYC several times, and we are HUGE fans of good food. The Village is a great place to find great food off of the tourists' beaten path. For some of the best Italian food I've ever had, try Pesce Pasta in the West Village–262 Bleecker Street
      (between Cornelia St & Morton St). For authentic Cuban food, Little Havana–30 Cornelia St. And Joe's Pizza (7 Carmine Street) has some of the best pizza in the city. Bit of trivia: it's where Peter Parker worked as a pizza delivery guy in the first Spiderman. Enjoy!!

    • Pdtskyprincess

      While there is a lot to do in NY, I will tell you a few things that I have enjoyed. The circle tour ( it is a water boat tour) of the Brooklynn Bridge is a nice way to see the city from the water. As far as food goes I would recommend Little Italy, you can finish a great meal with a pastry from the bakery shop(located in Little Italy, just ask someone). Who can resist mini cannolis and a cup of coffee while people watching. Now something that the kids have enjoyed seeing pictures of after I got home is the ferris wheel in Toy R Us along with pictures of the LEGO creations that they have on display. American Girl is another one that my daughter was tickled that I visited. Have a great time in NY and remember to wear good walking shoe. Thanks for your hard work

    • Amy A.

      Broadway, Times Square, eat local authentic pizza, Ground Zero, Ellis Island!

    • Ashawkins1

      You need to go to In-N-Out Burger. The lline will be lone to matter what time of day, but it goes really fast. It is the best!!

    • Lanavdixon

      If I ever get to go to NYC I want to see the Statue of Liberty. Go see it for me!

    • Jessica

      If I were able to go to NY I would visit Junior's Cheesecake! The birthplace of cheesecake!

    • Rainingteardrops

      Well, there's a super huge, Forever21 store that just opened up recently. If you like shopping, it's definitely one of the stores to hit. :) If you have the time, why not go see a Broadway show? Have fun!

    • Borntoscrapbook

      You've got to try cheesecake at Juniors. Delicious and it's not a slice of cheescake it's a wedge. Go around the corner and have pizza at John's Pizzaria. Just thinking about that pizza makes me want to get on a plane. My other favorite eating spot is Smac. It's mac and cheese any way you could want it and oh so good! My husband and I loved walking the Brooklyn Bridge. It's got quite a history. We also just enjoyed walking the streets and taking in the architecture – so much old smack right up against new. I would love to live right next to Central Park.

    • Beccabec

      One of the best places in LA is the Stinking Rose restaurant. Known for its garlic and I loved the atmosphere.

      I haven't been to NY in years but the Statue of Liberty is a definite stop as well as Katz's Deli! Always featured on the Food Network.

      Have fun!

    • Nan

      For the best view of the Hollywood sign do the following: From Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, go north on Beachwood Drive; turn left at Ledgewood Drive and twist and wind uphill. Then go right at the three-way intersection onto Deronda Drive. Then take the best picture ever!!!!!!!! Also, Emma Thompson is getting her “star” on the walk of fame on Friday Aug. 6th at 11:30 am at this address on the walk: 6714 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Pig ‘n Whistle British Pub. Pretty Cool! To get ready for the awards go to Sephora for a quick express makeover! It's free! Go to Sephora. com to find a close location. That's my 2 cents for the great FREE stuff to do! Have a blast!!!!!!!!!!

    • Shari

      Go to Carlos Bakery just outside the city in New Jersey! their lobster tails are amazing!

    • SabySmooth1

      In NY you have to go see a show! Go to times square on Wednesday, and you can buy tickets to broadway shows for half price! We did that to see Aida, and wow! (I'm a big broadway fan, so that's always my first suggestion for people in NY!)I was also going to suggest the cheesecake, but saw someone else did that too. :-) In LA, go to the Chinese Theater and look at the footprints and hand prints. It's a ton of fun to compare your feet to your favorite stars. It's fun to see how tiny some people's feet are. Also, if you go upstairs from there (There is an outdoor mall type thing next door), there is a really awesome view of the Hollywood sign. Makes for great pictures!

    • Valmartin

      The College student has to visit Hollywood Hills while there…There are beautiful old hotels and historic sites.

    • Faithshea

      My trip to NY was actually a trip THRU…didn't even get to eat there, but try to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. That was very cool!!

    • Heather R.

      Definitely Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate in NYC!

    • Jen

      You have to go to see the Statue of Liberty!

    • Letitia Shuman

      I've never been to LA. There are alot of places I haven't been but what I like to do when we visit some place new is try not to venture to far from the area, who wants a miserable long car ride… I get out and take a walk and check out the scenery be it city high-rises, beach oceanfront, lovely countryside, whatever. I always seem to find something small and interesting to appreciate when I slow down and take it in. Often things are over looked when you zoom by in a car and a lot of great interesting things are free to enjoy! We notice little things like the trees and bushes are different or the winds and weather feel so different, humidity and so forth. I am currently visiting Augusta, GA and when you look online there is not thing much listed but my kids and I are relaxing at the pool and enjoying all the nothingness, there is a lake and dam nearby that's interesting and well the shopping is actually awesomely convenient!

    • Michelle

      In New York you have to see the Statue of Liberty,Ellis Island, a broadway play and there's always shopping! Don't forget New York cheesecake!

    • Gramjackson

      Hardrock Cafe in ANY city is always different.

    • Jessica

      shopping is amazing in nyc!

    • Carla

      Visit Metropolitan museum of art and then take a stroll at Central Park. Central Park is beautiful!!

    • Ann

      There is so much to do in the Bronx. Like visiting the Bronx zoo!

    • Martha

      I'd say first you have to go to times square! have fun!!!

    • Blackwellamy

      For Los angeles You can go to Hollywood on Thursday or Friday and see an Hollywood walk of Fame inductions Ceremony. They are having two this week.

      WHO: Marco Antonio Solis
      Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
      WHAT: 2,415th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
      WHERE: 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
      WHEN: Thursday, August 5, at 11:30 a.m.
      WHO: Emma Thompson
      Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
      Guest speakers: Hugh Laurie and Maggie Gyllenhaal

      WHAT: 2,416th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

      WHERE: 6714 Hollywood Boulevard in front of
      The Pig ‘n Whistle British Pub

      WHEN: Friday, August 6, 2010, at 11:30 a.m.

      IN new York City…

      GO Visit FAO Schwarz
      Take a Horse and carriage ride through central Park
      See a Broadway Show.
      Go See a Yankess Game.

    • Hallie1200

      In LA go to Carmela: its yummy organic ice cream!

    • Erin

      Visiting the Hollywood sign is a must in LA. This may be a bit off the beaten track of the usual suggestions for New York, but see if you can take a tour of the Good Housekeeping test kitchens. Amazing.

    • Simpsonvillemomto2

      Shop, shop, shop, shop and shop!!!!! The Disney Store is awesome!!!

    • Kathryn

      You can't go to new York and not go to central park! Have fun!

    • Dgsheridan

      The la Brea Tar pits are always cool to look at. There are beautiful hills and mountains up north from LA. I always suggest taking Pacific Coast Highway up or down it winds thru the hills and is on the ocean which is beautiful. Eat at a beachside cafe.Take a walk on the sand and look at the cool looking homes along the beach. If you are into hollywood stuff do the walk of fame, wax museum etc. or go to the expensive shops in Beverly Hills and play with the rich people.

    • Aweitman

      A carriage ride through Central Park is a must! Then afterwards, lunch or dinner at Tavern on the Green. Have a wonderful trip!!

    • Beckymagic

      For sure visit the 911 Memorial.

    • Julie

      Planet Hollywood & Hard Rock Cafe in NYC Times Square is phenomenal. I said the word “fixin” at Hard Rock and the waiter had a blast with that. He knew I was Southern. I am sure the Planet Hollywood & Hard Rock must be amazing too!!

    • megan

      magnolia bakery! and don't forget the obligatory hotdog vendor lunch…

    • Megan

      You have to visit Central Park and see Wicked on Broadway!

    • momx2

      in NYC… If you have time, go to a broadway show. To save money you can ask your hotels conceirge to get you last minute tickets to a show, but you can't be picky. Or you can go to the theaters box office 2 hrs before showing and even to sold out shows there will be some left.

    • casie

      You have to have NY pizza!!

    • Shannon

      Statue of Liberty and NY Pizza! YUM!

    • Amanda

      Macy's department store in NY is incredible. We have Macy's in the South, but the NY location is fantastic for window shopping!

    • Lisa

      Statue of Liberty ….definitely!

    • Amandackesler

      American Museum of Natural History! It just is something you don't get to see everyday.

    • Linda

      When we visited New York City, we took a mini cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We also visited the Empire State Building, which gave us a wonderful view of surrounding places such as Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the water, bridges, etc. We didn't make it to Central Park, but it is on the list for next time. Our last stop was for some New York pizza, which was a have-to-do!!

      I haven't been to Los Angelas, so I'm not sure what there would be to do.

      Good luck, and have a wonderful time on your trip!!

    • Gina

      Where to begin. NYC is one of my FAVS!!! The true NYC Deli's are awesome, Central Park, Bloomingdales, a show, Radio City Music, Macy's, Statue of Liberty I could go on and on. The street vendors are a blast great, great deals. Make sure you get a lot of rest before you go. You don't want to miss anything in NYC!!!

    • Donnadbutler

      You have to go to Canal St. for AWESOME deals on purses and bags!

    • Lacey Estes

      NYC- Visit the Statue of Liberty, don't waste time at Ellis Island… it's history, but boring. You will have to wait in a VERY long line for the Empire State Building, but very beautiful. The Subway is pretty confusing, but after a day of it, you'll get the hang of it. Last but not least, you have to go to Hoboken, NJ to see the “Cake Boss” at Carlos' bakery!!! Have Fun!!

    • Pantherpaw327

      The one time I went to NYC I loved going up to the top of the Empire State building. The views of the city are fantastic from up there. Also, just down the street is Macy's, where I was facinated by the old wooden escalator.

    • B12mommy

      NYC – I would definitely visit Central Park. I've heard it's amazing to see in the midst of the huge city.

    • Sarah

      Definitely try to see Central Park!

    • Saraarwen

      You will have no shortage of things to do in NYC, but my recommendation is for a good lunch! Look up Carnegie Deli…it's a MUST. Plus it's a New York icon! The food is awesome and the whole experience is fun. Don't forget the homemade pickles with your sandwich! Then, brown bag it over to Central Park or down to Battery Park, pick out a nice bench and people watch for a while. It's a nice break for your feet, too. Enjoy!

    • Melissa L.

      You really can't go wrong in NYC! It's such an interesting city & one of my favorite places to visit. If you get a chance, the Delta Grill on 9th Avenue is a great restaurant. Their house salad dressing is to die for!

    • JDELIMA

      NYC- Ground Zero ofcourse to pay your respect, then off to Broadway Shows, Central Park, FAO Schwartz to buy your babies something, Ferry to Statue of Liberty and if you are up for a little bit of fun release your inner child by catching a cab to Coney Island ride the rides eat the famous Coney Island Dog, Oh and don't forget the Famous Salt Water Taffey.

      LA = WOW Hollywood Walk of Stars, Theatre, Tour of Stars Homes, Santa Monica Pier with the Ferris Wheel and Boardwalk Activities. Rodeo Drive, Melrose Place amazing shopping and many TV Shows and Movies were filmed on those streets….Pretty Woman & Melrose Place TV Show…

      So Much to Do in both places I just can't name them all and I am not sure how much time you will have to do all of your exploring…If you need more ideas please email me.

      Thanks

    • Lesli Morrison

      Go visit the 911 memorial. Have a great trip.

    • Nikki B.

      I say stop in a Miss Maude's, the best soul food restaurant in NYC! You'll get mounds of food so go hungry–fried chicken, home made mac & cheese, lemonade….yummm, yumm.

      I'd also say stop by the Apollo Theater. It's a very historic site that few put on their list of things to see.

    • I've never been but I'd want to check out Times Square.

    • Rgdintn

      Hard Rock cafe in NYC!! Fun times!

    • TTT

      Since I love pizza would recommend Lombardi's Pizzeria and as others recommended I would definitely go to the 911 memorial. Have a great time and thanks for all you do!

    • Ttrenta

      Take The Enthusiastic Gourmet Tour…everyone loves good food!

    • Palmerkendall

      Lombardi's pizza is the original brick oven pizza in NYC. It is the BEST! Ground Zero is a must as well as Century 21 (near Ground Zero, like a big TJ Maxx).

    • I'd see Wicked on Broadway! It was incredible here in Tampa and I wouldn't miss the chance if I could see it in New York!!!!

    • Slackmorris

      LA is wonderful! Your college student will have a ball! The must is the new Hard Rock Cafe. From the shopping area beside it you can see the HOLLYWOOD sign and get lots of great pictures. Also check with the hotel for any movie premiers, lots of star sightings at these!!!!! There is also a little Italian restaurant called Carmines – 10463 Santa Monica Blvd… It's hidden beside a McDonald's but the food is GREAT!! Our waitress – Stephanie was on the Amazing Race – How cool is that??????

    • Emily

      Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA. If you can drive a little bit or take a tour go down Hwy 1 to Newport Beach and take the ferry over to Balboa Island. It is beautiful and lots of fun!!

    • barb

      Take a food tour of Greenwich Village: http://www.zerve.com/FoodTours/GVTour We had a blast and even got hints on where to have some cheap meals!

    • KL

      I want to see you out in the crowd on the TODAY Show holding up a big SOUTHERNSAVERS.COM sign!!! That would be awesome!! Have fun Jenny!! :-)

    • Carrie

      For NYC, definitely go to Ground Zero, Central Park, Empire State Building, and shopping (or window shopping) on Fifth Ave. Definitely check out Tiffany, Macy's, and Prada. Street vendors are also a fun place to shop around at.
      For LA, your friend needs to go to Santa Monica to the Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier. Also, she should check out Malibu, go to Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood (definitely in the day time though).
      Y'all have fun!

    • Anon

      In LA go to Universal City Walk and Disney Land

    • Marianne

      Wicked on Broadway!

    • grisy

      I would definitely do the Museum of Natural History in NYC … and agree with the TODAY show too!! , and LA probably visiting the studios!!
      Have fun and enjoy!!

    • Tennessee Stacy

      Olivera street in LA, and, I've always wanted to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in NY.

    • Stacy

      Go to the celebrity home tours in LA. So much fun!

    • Christy

      NYC is great! One thing that I did that was fun was take a tour of a show or movie you watch. Like Suprano's and they show you where all the parts of the series were filmed. That was a lot of fun!

    • Shelly

      go see a Yankees game! :)

    • Lori

      Ferrara's bakery in Little Italy- a New York tradition for my family!

    • Susan A.

      My favorite place to eat in LA– In & Out Burger! Yum! :) Then visit Rodeo Drive and Hollywood.

      New York– Visit Ground Zero &the Statue of Liberty

    • kristy

      See if there is a Central Perk coffee shop like on Friends in NYC. Then of course, say silly Friends lines :) I've never been to LA or NYC, but I would love to go to either. Have a great time and let us know about fun stories!

    • Sue

      My #1 suggestion is to take the Staten Island Ferry which is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it “One of the world's greatest (and shortest) water voyages.”

      From the deck of the ferry you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You'll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return.

    • Jan Smoak

      NYC is my favorite city of all time. My fav thing to do is to simply be in Times Square, taking in the view, and eating a knish from a street vendor!

    • Mary_P

      Go see “South Pacific” in NYC. I just got finished playing Nellie in it at our local community theatre. Broadway would be awesome to see this musical! (BTW, my printer JUST died. I thought it only needed new ink, and replace the ink, it still does not work. I could really use a new printer. Sad for a couponer to have their printer not working when there are all kinds of coupons I could be printing! :( )

    • Rhoadesaa

      Go to the top of the Empire State building!

    • Stephj

      pinks hot dogs!

    • couponqueen06

      New York City is a beautiful place with very interesting things going on at all times. I would definitly check out Central Park and go down to Broadway. LA I have never been but I would want to see all the celebrities homes. Both of you should jump on one of those big red tour buses and have a ball!!!!

    • Sandra

      I love New York City. Any Broadway show is always AWESOME and you need to see Central Park and, of course, the Statue of Liberty.

    • Missy B.

      Cost of Plane Ticket – $350.00+
      Cost of nice Hotel – $100.00/night
      Cost of ticket to a Broadway Show – >75.00
      Cost of NY Pizza – $20.00
      Cost of slice of NY Cheesecake – >$5.00
      Cost of Stroll Through Central Park to remind you of the Beauty of Home – PRICELESS
      (P.S. — of course, these “prices” do not reflect savings in coupons!) – have a great time!!!

    • Jjohnson823

      Have a picnic at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ – right across the Hudson from Manhattan. You get the best views of the city and the Statue of Liberty, and it's free!

    • SM

      Unfortunately I can be of no help but I hope you both have an amazing trip.

    • flowergirl

      You must have a “dirty water dog” (hot dog from street car). Don't forget the hand sanitizer!! : )

    • megan

      walking on the highline is really fun! it is old elevated train tracks that were turned into a park/walking path. for more info check out http://www.thehighline.org

    • Su@The Intentional Home

      We just got back from a RV trip up the east coast. . and NY was one of our stops. We went to see The Lion King on Broadway. . .it made me cry .. really the beauty of the art of it. . those puppets are just magical. . .it was worth every penny. I also enjoyed a stroll thru Anthropologie. . did not buy anything. . but was indpired by the way they display their items. .it was very cool.

      What a great opportunity. . NY and BlogHer

      Su Soutter
      Raleigh, NC

    • kellib

      I LOVE LA!!! So exciting! Take a tour of Paramount Studios. So much history!

    • Barteau

      In LA is a much more diverse city than most people experience when they visit. Lots of people just go to Hollywood. Near Hollywood there is a hiking area called Runyon Canyon and if you want to see celebrities it is the place to go. Every time I go there I see someone who is on TV or in film. My big sighting was Orlando Bloom. Driving the Pacific Coast Highway at sunset is another great thing to do. Having grown up on the East coast I had never seen the sun set over the ocean and it is really beautiful.

    • Merrilyn

      Since you are a bargain hunter, you will love the Century 21 department store in NYC. It's right by the WTC site.

    • I have never got to go to either place but I would definitely want to go to Broadway and Times Square if in New York and LA I am not sure where I would want to go…I just want to GO!

    • epshopper

      If I were going to NY I would go to St Patrick's Cathedral I here it is beautiful! I think that would be my high point!

    • lesliew

      my husband and i were in NYC in may – the new york botanical gardens in the bronx are stunning!

    • Paulette

      The Frick museum (beautiful art and building from a glamorous bygone era) (can do in an hour), alot of museums are closed on Mon. and Tues.), Shake Shack for lunch (shackburger and a shake) located near parks (always a line but moves fast and is worth it), Museum of Modern Art (their gift shops and restaurant are unbelievable! as well), have a cocktail on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for one of the best views in the city, cute shops on Bleeker Street in the West Village as well as the Pearl Oyster bar (best lobster roll), for a touch of Chi natown go to the Oriental Garden on Elizabeth Street for good and inexpensive dim sum. There's so much more but some of these will give you a taste of New York that New Yorkers like.

    • epshopper

      I almost forgot for the College Student who helps you I think she should do the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

    • Jennifer H

      We got awesome seats at the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway a few years ago on our visit with a simple trick. I think this would work on any Broadway show. Usually premium seats are expensive and sold out, but if you walk up to the window a few hours before the show, then there will be tickets that have been returned at the last minute not used by corporations. And they are the same price as the basic seats! Hope you have a great trip to NYC!

    • Maribethkellenbenz

      NYC–visit all of the FREE amazing stores!!! the apple store, all of the toy stores!! it is amazing just to look around!!! and don't forget chinatown!!!

    • Trish

      I think you should go to Good Morning America. All of America needs to see you and hear about your wonderful site. Take a carriage ride in Central Park and don't forget to get a hot dog and pretzel on the street. Have an awesome trip. God grant you a safe trip.

    • Jfcoupon

      See a show on Broadway

    • MMichelle

      I would definitely want to drive the Pacific Coast Highway! New York City is full of shopping and I'm sure bargain hunting will be in sight for you! I would definitely want to see a Broadway show. Have FUN!

    • Brienorris

      Cupcakes! For your wonderful intern they could do a Cupcake Crawl through LA. Start at Sprinkles, then Crumbs, then the new Magnolia Bakery that just opened and end it by picking up a t-shirt at Johnny Cupcakes (a clothing not cupcake store) it's a lot of fun.

      I have never been to NY but if I ever went I would visit the original Magnolia Bakery, try Butter Lane as I hear they have the best cupcakes ever and last I would find out where the famous Dessert Truck would be. Would probably costs about $10-$15 total and you could split your cupcakes with a buddy making it even less expensive but very fun. Hope you both have great trips!

    • alysruth

      See a show on broadway and go to central park

    • Valerie P

      Oh – NYC is gearing up for the US Tennis Open and it is right next to Met's stadium!! A 2 for 1 stop!! Lots of stuff to do around those 2 places – I always loved it down there this time of year and schools don't start until after Labor Day. Have fun in the BIG APPLE!

    • Melissa

      Never been to NY or LA, but NY is on my short list! I want to see a show on Broadway, stroll through Central Park, window shop, and visit Times Square. Have a blast!

    • Andersonlda

      nyc-white castle hamburgers/cheeseburgers!!!!!!!!!!!YUMMY
      juniors restaurant-downtown brooklyn…..great food
      pretzels from the street vendors in manhattan great!
      great cheap places to visit/ uss intrepid museum
      native american museum—wonderful
      central park in summer—beautiful
      a & S plaza mall………..best in the world
      fao schwartz toy store….expensive but great for looking
      have fun!

    • Ginger

      In NYC, take the guided tour of the Met-the guy who does it is fantastic.

    • Courtneyjoella

      Let's see…In L.A. Definitely the garment district – GREAT DEALS!!! And in NY, Chinatown of course!

    • Rebekah

      broadway show!

    • Summer

      Double Decker bus tour is the best! Take the Ferry to Ellis Island, see a broadway play, its incredible! Have Fun!

    • Reezy

      Visit Times Square, Broadway, and Central Park!

    • Icsparkes

      NYC….do NOT pass up Central Park. It is like a wonderland. I could have spent 2 days just meandering through there.

    • For NY: Statue of liberty is a must :) just walk on the streets and enjoy! broadway is not to be missed. there are a lot of nice restaurants, you could also visit botanical garden (i believe it's free on Wednesday) and zoo. take the ferry to staten island (free as well), go to battery park, see a show on or off broadway, visit the Chrysler bldg, see ny from the top of empire state bldg, visit metropolitan art museum and all the other museum on the 5th ave, enjoy a walk in central park. you also have to see times sq. and ground zero (there is also a store next to gr zero: century 21 – best kept secret in ny: designer clothes for less, shoes, anything to want). visit china town and little italy, check the stores on madison ave and 5th ave and don't forget to try ny cheese cake.
      For LA: i remember i liked china town, the theatre and Hollywood Walk of Stars. if you have time, santa monica is a must.
      enjoy!

    • April Vereb

      I've only been to NY a few times, but each time we couldn't leave without riding the boat out to see the statue of liberty! It's breathtaking! I hope you get a chance to visit! :)

      And thanks for the great giveaway! :)

    • Andy Domingo

      Rockafellow center is a great place, great food ~ but if really want to experience the life, get a dog from the street vendors. These are better than NATHAN's….or if pizza is your thing stop by the ORIGINAL RAY's on broadway. Then catch one of the many shows on the same strip. Enjoy your time in NY.

    • Theresa

      I would love to visit Central Park and see a Broadway Play.

    • jojoelse

      I would shop a sample sale (W Sample sale is currently going on and you can get $200 designer jeans for $40). I would also check out the Macys window it is always interesting and hip. I would have lunch at Dos Camino where you can star watch. I would go see Wicked on Broadway after dinner at Philip Marie (incredible seafood and fish) or Nobu. If you have a second day to sight see take a tour of Chinatown, a ferry Statue of Liberty, a carriage ride through Central Park and visit Times Square.

    • Madamjewel

      Never have been to either place but I would not go to NYC without taking in at least one broadway show and going to central park.

    • Taryn

      If you can, go see Wicked. It's amazing!!!

    • Kristin

      I echo those that said see Wicked. It's AMAZING!

    • Floydkathy

      I have been to NYC at least 10 times. I love NYC. Hopefully you will stay close to Times Square. If so I would consider it the middle of the action. You need to do Times Square. That is where you will find all those great stores, ABC studios, Planet Hollywood, M&M Store, etc. To the east you will find NBC Studios and can see where the Today show is filmed. If you are up early, early, you might even can stand outside and see them when they film. There is also the NBC Experince Store which is cool. Don't forget to go to 5th Ave. There you will find Trump Towers, Tiffany's and many more exclusive shops. To the north of there is Central Park. Once I asked a taxi driver to take me to 81st street, got our and walked all the way through Central Park where I saw several weddings and Jerry O'Connell having a photo shoot. Jerry played in Crossing Jordan and when a kid was in Stand By Me. There are just so many things not to miss: Little Italy and Chinatown, Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island. Have fun and sure wish I could go and be your tour guide.

    • Busybees7023

      Never been before, but would love to be on the Today Show. There are sooooo many great things that the others have recommended that it just makes me so jealous to not be able to go. Hope you have a great time!

    • Susan

      I haven't been, but I would love to see the Statue of Liberty!

    • melissa

      I've always wanted to go to the H&M store in NYC.

    • hy

      Try a broadway show!

    • Amanda Jame

      I have been to New York once, when I was little. We ate at the Original Hard Rock Cafe, visited Central Park (very nice) and saw an Opera. I have always heard that you should go to the big Macy's store and visit the Schwarts Toy store, and visit Time Square. When we went to Los Angeles my aunt was on the Price is Right, we whent to Universal Studios and of course we walked the Stars…that was very nice.

    • 2MayBoys

      Take a break from it all and visit FAO Schwartz! You'll feel like a little kid again. Have a safe trip!!!

    • Karen

      You should go to a broadway show!

    • Amber B.

      while in nyc try and go see regis and kelly!!!!

    • Alissa

      A broadway show, if you never been to one in NYC. It's an amazing experience!!

    • Wmllewis

      There are so many cool things to do in both places that it would be hard to choose! I would have to catch a baseball game in NY, and in LA the list of things I wouldn't want to do/see would be much shorter than the list of things that I would. :)

    • branmuffin

      never been to NYC but would love to go. I agree with the Broadway Show and then find a local hole-in-the-wall dive. They usually have the best food

    • Scogginshytwn

      Make sure to take time for a Broadway Musical while there and of course The Empire State Building!!! Just watched Sleepless in Seattle and always think of New York when I watch this movie. Have a great and exciting time.

    • Kari C

      Ground Zero :-)

    • Dwaynejenn46

      Definitely a Broadway Show!

    • Mharper

      I am not sure if this qualifies as “fun” but I would want to visit ground zero just to get a little perspective though I'd never be able to fully understand what happened Sept 11th. I think it would be a way to pay respect to those Americans affected that day. It would be neat to see what progress has been made in the last several years.

    • Allison J

      YOu could make your way to the ocean (Both places, I guess it would work!) ENjoy your trips

    • Take a tour of the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. It's a lot of fun to see where many of the TV shows have been made.

    • AmyH

      Since you save so much during the year I suggest a complete splurge on dinner at Artesinal Cheese in NY. If you are a fan of cheese at all it is a true experience. Something that you won't find anywhere else and something you will remember for a long time. Follow that up with a walk through Times Square and you will leave with great memories of NY.
      Another thing you can add to your list is to stop by the Today show with a huge Southern Savers sign.

    • Erin B

      In NY, you MUST get some Junior's cheesecake, YUMMY!!

    • Alane

      The NBS Studio tour is really cool and a great price for NYC. You have to buy the ticket in advance and show up 30 minutes early. You can go to The Today Show (make a sign)then do your tour. Another cheap and fun thing to do is go to Central Park, buy a hot dog, sit on a bench and people watch. The hot dogs are amazing and a must! Pizza is also a must in NYC. If you do not have much time and want to see a lot then do the bus tour. It's cheesy but you get to see a lot and understand what you are seeing. Also, it'sa nice break from walking so much. :-) You can also use it as transportation… they let you get on and off for the rest of the day. Oh… do NOT go inside the Statute of Liberty… just take the Ferry and ride around it. It takes up too much time to go on the island and wait in line to walk inside of Lady Liberty. Just riding around it in the Ferry is good enough! So… many things to see… you can't go wrong. Have fun!!

    • Lrhazel

      a broadway show and a tour of top of the rock!

    • Amanda W

      Definitely the Statute of Liberty and Central Park! It would be so cool if I won this as tomorrow is my BIRTHDAY! :-)

    • Laura

      I went to New York once when I was a kid and I loved the Statue of Liberty. We climbed the whole thing and looked out the crown. So fun!

    • Caroline

      I took DD at age nine for a NYC frugal trip. We stayed in a “bed and breakfast” (which in NYC is someone's extra bedroom in an apt with a basket of fruit and pastries in it. ) Went to a ballet at a dance school that was either free or very inexpensive, balcony seating, but exciting enough for us. Walked around China Town and got a giant bag of fortune cookie “seconds” from a street vendor and had fortunately bought an extra piece of wheeled luggage which held the books we found on the walk back for 80% off prices.

    • sam

      In LA…….you have to visit Hollywood & Vine, Mann's Chinese theater……take pictures of all your favorite stars' stars on the sidewalk out front, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive……Santa Monica Blvd………!!!! All of the fun touristy things!

    • Lizziewheat13

      In NYC, if it's still there, I loved Empanada Mama in Midtown! Cheap and good! I also love Vynl, which has multiple locations. Really good sort of trendy homecooking. And Dylan's Candy Bar would be a good place to stop for bringing back treat for the kids.

      In LA, you have to eat at an In N'Out Burger. It's classic west coast. For a nice meal, I liked Off Vine, which as the name implies is off Vine near the Arclight theater, which has one of only 3 cinerama theaters in the whole world if there's time to see a movie.

    • Allie

      If you have a chance to see the Lion King, you should! It is amazing!!!!!!

    • Billiejacobs

      If you have an hour to drive, Venice Beach is a really great place to go for looking at the less busy side of L.A. Very beautiful!

    • Merelaboone

      Bobby Flay's restaurant, Mesa Grill, would be on my list in NYC. Also, a ride up to the top of the Empire State building is an amazing experience.

    • Joanne N.

      One of the best cheap eats in NYC is Bereket– a 24/7 Middle Eastern diner on the Lower East Side. I've had the most amazing Turkish kebab of my life there for like $6.

      Also a fun food adventure- catch one of the mobile gourmet food trucks, particularly the Schnitzel truck. They have set days and times around the city, but their websites have real-time location updates as well.

    • Carolina girl

      If you are a chocoholic, you MUST visit Max Brenner's in Union Square for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just desserts! Dillon's Candy Bar (near FAO Schwarz and Central Park) is also fun and you might find something to take home to the kids. Dillon's is owned by Dillon Lauren ( as in Ralph Lauren's daughter). Have fun!

    • Millerset

      Grey's Papaya. Best bargain in town!

    • Racheal

      Of course climb Statue of Liberty and ride to the top of the Empire state building… even take in a show on broadway, but you have to grab some pizza at Grimaldi's. It is awesome!

    • Karen

      You can NOT go to NYC without seeing a Broadway (or off Broadway) show. One of my best memories of visiting there years ago was seeing A Chorus Line about two weeks before it's run ended – after like 11 years of shows. Priceless, IMO.

    • Dawkinslee

      To try and stay on the cheap side but take in the NY atmosphere. You need to visit one of the Hotdog Venders and get it all the way mmmmmmmm.

    • Pearl

      You can get a new york pass that will allow you to go on different tours even the food on foot tour (i.e do a chinatown food tour) then you can go to broadway city…. Hope you have a great time in New york!

    • Tuckfam01

      goto http://www.realnewyorktours.com/ don’t really know what you like doing but you’ll love this. New York tours are only as good as their tour guides. Real New York Tours gives people the opportunity to see the city through the eyes of real New Yorkers. No double decker buses or sitting in a traffic jam. We’ll ride the New York subway, pound the pavement, and meet the people who have become the fabric of this great city. Together we will feel the electricity that drives everyday New Yorkers
      and as for LA. I think there will be so many “after parties” that a young person could surelly keep busy just around the award show but goto the Hollywood sign, sounds dumb but pretty cool :)

    • Wendy

      If I were in your shoes, I would visit Chelsea Market.

    • andrea

      In NYC you must see a Broadway show if you have the time! Mary Poppins is actually pretty good… For eating you've got to visit Little Italy for the best Italian food ever! The Boathouse is great if you want to eat in a nicer atmosphere. Enjoy your trip!!!

    • Michele

      It has been years since I have been to NYC, but one of the things I remember the most was walking through Chinatown and picking a hole in the wall restaurant to eat at. When we saw everything written in Chinese, we knew we had found some real good food, and we were right! So, I suggest looking for a hole in the wall restaurant.

    • Linda G.

      Congratulations on the trips! I guess you would be remiss if you did not visit Ground Zero–a most sobering US historical event memorialized in the museum at the site. Have a great time–especially in the happier NYC attractions. :)

    • In L.A. there was a little place that me and my family ate at probably five times while there. It's called Jerry's famous deli I believe. We had an AWESOME waitress that we ended up requesting everytime we went in. Each time we were in there someone famous came in and she would point them out to us. I met Jeremy Sumpter from Peter Pan. We saw one R&B singer and whats his name from Major Pain. We also saw an old old country artist who was too big for his britches and wouldnt give my brother-n-law the time of day. My sister sat down in the booth with the R&B singer and just started chatting with he and his date lol – she's crazy tho. Also one day we came in and our waitress told us that the night before 3 guys from Nsync had sat in “Our booth” !!! We were very excited…and upset we weren't there! :D I believe that place is the best because other than one mcdonalds we didnt see any fast food or anything we even recognized.

      As for NEWYORK I haven't been since I was like 8 :( sorry.

    • I've never been to LA but in New york there are so many fun things to do!! statue of liberty, empire state building, wall street, broadway, rockefeller center, chinatown, ground zero, bike through central park… SO many things! we are planning a trip to NYC next summer! :)

    • Fgschofield

      In LA you need to eat an In/Out burger. They are iconic and the best. In NYC find a good local pizzeria. There are so many. The best pizza places exist there.

    • Julie

      Maggiano's Little Italy in LA is yummilicious italian food!

    • oh yeah and there is a bowling alley connected to the place that seemed to be very popular as well! Thats where I stocked…eeer, i mean ran into Jeremy Sumpter. Actually first he was in the booth next to us and kept looking over our way (our waitress said he was probably HOPING someone would recognize him :D ) and I didnt know who he was so i hid behind my menu. Then when she told us I went and found him :D I told him he looked like Aaron Carter and just wanted to let him know. I think I busted his bubble. lol great times! great times!

    • Try to get tickets to see a late night show like Dave Letterman in NY. They actually tape the shows during the day so you don't even have to stay up late for it.

    • Rocketgirl5678

      I haven't been to LA so I have not suggestions there, but I have been to NY. Go see a Broadway play (you will not regret it). Go to the Rockefeller Center, Of course go to the Statue of Liberty, Don't expect to find sweet tea anywhere! Go to Time Square at night. Go to see Good Morning America taping one morning. I hope this helps. Have a great trip!

      • Caritob40

        Now that you mentioned, that is right!…here you guys call it “sweet tea”…in NY is ieced tea…lol…

    • Jodielynn23

      My husband and I spent our honeymoon in NYC, and, of course, there's so many places to tour and eat at. Planet Hollywood is a very cool experience. I think it's right off Times Square. They have real memorabilia from all kinds of Blockbuster movies all over the restaurant. One of my favorite places was Central Park. It's just so pretty and relaxing. Try to see the Crystler building at night. It's so much prettier lit up in at night.

    • Caritob40

      Please if you go yo NYC make sure to eat some pizza. My husband and I recently moved to the south and haven't find a good slice of pizza. Also the pretzels and hot dogs are reaaally good…Enjoy it.
      NYC please visit needless to say, Times Square…especially at night time…its amazing….

    • Jodielynn23

      I think after 9/11, they don't let people climb up the Statue of Liberty. You just get to walk around the base. Unless they've reopened it in the last couple of years… That's how it was when we went in 2005, and I doubt it's changed because of security purposes.

    • Holdgate04

      I never got to go to NY before we had kids, but if I did I would go to Central Park and Times Square. AND I would eat lots of eclectic food. :)

    • Brandy

      Oh please try to go to one of the morning shows (ex. Good Morning America) with a sign so we can all see you while you are in New York! What fun it would be to turn on my T.V. in the morning and see you on one of the morning shows!

    • Melinda

      I wish I could suggest a great place for you and your student to enjoy in either New York City ot Los Angeles, but I've never been to either one. I do pray that you both have a fantastic and safe trip.

    • Kami

      You should go see something on Broadway. It looks like The Addams Family is playing while you’re going to be there! I’ve never seen it on broadway, but I can only imagine how funny and entertaining it would be! Also, you should go to the Soup Kitchen International. That’s the place that was made famous in Seinfeld. The Soup Nazi may just be there! I went there while I was visiting NYC and it was so good!!!! And lastly, go ice skating in Rockefeller Center! So fun! Have a great trip!

      http://broadwayworld.com/shows/The_Addams_Family_11338.html

      http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/New_York_State/New_York_City-841252/Restaurants-New_York_City-Soup_Kitchen_International-BR-1.html

    • annemarie73

      I would definitely go to Rockefeller Center in the morning to cactch some of the Today show!

    • tonyainsc

      Casellula Cheese and Wine Cafe. My friend, Allen, works there. It's worth a visit just to meet him! He's funny and charming and witty, and everything is better just because he's near. Try it!

      • tonyainsc

        That's in NYC, by the way. I got nothin' for LA.

    • Carla Meads

      The site of 9/11 what could be more memorable

    • SFLS

      Find a local, non-chain coffee shop or restaurant and ask the locals what they suggest!

      Have fun, enjoy, explore.

    • Ebelyeu

      Pier 1 Cafe is supposed to be yummy or Carmine's in Little Italy….stop by Peanut Butter & Co. in Greenich Village for a fun dessert….Soho for shopping and there are great flea markets throughout the city! Madame Tussead's is a FABULOUS wax museum (a must see) and bring your camera because you can touch the wax figures and they look sooo real!

    • Heathercmg

      Best bargain in NYC!!!! I thought posted last night but I can't find it? I wanted to give you more info on the TKTS half price Broadway tickets that I mentioned last night! I downloaded some info from their site!!! ENJOY

      Do you want a real New York bargain?

      If you love the theater but need a break from retail prices, visit Duffy Square, the center island of 47th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue for TKTS.

      Established in 1973 for the betterment of theatres and theatre- goers alike, TKTS sells unsold tickets on the day TKTS at night of performance for all Broadway shows for 25-50% off the box office price plus a $3.00 service charge per ticket.

      The electronic signs in front display what shows are available for that day. TKTS ONLY accepts cash and traveler's cheques. And get there early! Lines can get long very quickly – especially during good weather and the holiday season!

    • Ebelyeu

      ooh..also, Serendipity is great for their frozen hot chocolates, and sometimes celebs go there…call for a reservation or you may not get in. It is pretty inexpensive, too!

    • Robinseggs

      OH MY GOSH, you have got to go to China Town in NY. My friend and her daughter, my daughter and myself went to NY about three years ago and we had so much fun in China Town. I'm not sure what they are doing there is legal but we had a ton of fun. Check out some of the knock off purses. We really didn't buy to much but it was so exciting to go into the rooms they take you in to see them. It was kinda scary but that added to the excitement. I'm not a big traveller and I certainly don't live on the dangerous side so I suppose that is why this was so much fun. We did have dessert in Little Italy and it was wonderful and I can't remember the name of the place. Have fun and be safe!!!

    • Michele

      Because there is so much to see and do in NYC I think the best bang for your buck is the double decker bus tour. You can buy one or multiple day tickets and the bus gives you a tour of the city but also transportation throughout the city. The bus allows you to jump on and off through out the city. When you are ready to do a little shopping at Macy's just jump off and then when you're ready to see ground zero, statue of liberty or eat a slice of pizza just hop back on to get to your next destination. The bus takes takes you all over the city and is the best way to see a lot in short periods of time. Enjoy your trip!!

    • Ebelyeu

      In L.A….Mann Chinese Theater, Rodeo Drive, and the Promenade in Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier. Spago by Wolfgang Puck is a good eatery…you ca also see the Beverly Hills Hotel and get a map and view some of the star's homes…

    • Kendraardis

      You HAVE to go to FAO Shwartz! Grown-ups need some time to kick back and have fun, too! Plus, it's FREE!

    • brittnicole

      I can't suggest anything because I have never been there but I hope you have a good time!

    • Dolphyn362

      stop by pinky's the restaurant!

    • April

      I hope the winner is picked randomly because I don't know either areas but I hope to go to NYC some day.

    • Karen

      Visit the theatres!

    • Eandfmom

      You have to eat in Little Italy in NYC!! Super good Italian food!!

    • Julia

      Cafe Wha! In the village is so fun. Reserve seats if you go so you can sit up close. They have an amazing cover band… Amazing. It is a lot of fun! Have a great time!

    • Sarah Akus

      You need to go and walk around Times Square, and go up 42nd Street where all the broadway theatres are. Soho is also a fun district to walk around, in the southern part of the city. You can also visit the Trade Center site.

    • Dawn

      Never been either place, but I'd say Times Square and broadway shows.

    • Naomimoore

      New York: I would recommend heading to Jackson Heights area to get the feeling you are in another country!! Also, Little Italy is wonderful!
      Naomi Moore

    • Maurine

      I've never been to NYC, but I would definitely have to have a slice of some of that NYC pizza!

    • Speewee98

      well, never been to either place myself… hope you have fun!

    • Gt5801d

      Visit Grauman's Chinese Theater in LA. It's a touristy thing to go, but kind of neat and it kind of nostalgic about the old days in Hollywood.

    • Erin

      NYC has the best museums. I suggest the Metropolitan Museum of course. Right now they have an American Women exhibition that looks interesting, and a Picasso exhibition.
      And MoMA (modern art) has a Matisse exhibition that should be amazing,
      And my very favorite thing: FAO Schwartz!

    • Amanda

      I have been to NYC a few times and I would say go to dinner and then a Broadway show. I did that with a friend in 2001 and we had a great time. As far as LA, I have never been. I would want to look for stars, see their homes and go shopping.

    • lk

      I have never been to either place, but I'm sure you'll have a great trip!

    • Tricia

      Hi. Be sure to go to Ferrara's Bakery in Little Italy (there is one on Mulberry Street and one around the corner. The one around the corner is less crowded) for a Cannoli. I take trips into the city from CT when I am home just for those. Then go to the Doughnut Planet for a square Peanut Butter and Jelly doughnut. You won't be disappointed!

    • tricia

      One more thing, shop on Canal Street. It's an experience!

    • Jcaulk415

      I know its really cliche` but I promise there is really something magical about being at the top of the Empire State Building! The view is breathtaking and the feeling that you are “on top of the world” is so super neat too!

    • Marie

      NYC Go see Broadway play. Walk around and just window shop, or buy.

    • Lee Ann

      I have never been, but I am pregnant and some New York style pizza sounds good to me right now. LOL Have a fun and safe trip! :-)

    • Acmom

      Go check out the Naked Cowboy at Times Square.

    • Lovethatbetsy

      The world trade center site is interesting to see.

    • couponlove

      NYC: go to the Brooklyn Zoo, where my best friend works! Also, Central Park is AMAZING…just to walk through!

      LA: Gotta visit the beach! The beaches there are so different from ones in the south…and you'll get to relax a bit :)

    • Rjjjohnson

      If you want something to do in New York that is inexpensive yet will give you some history and some fun, then take the subway downtown and tour Trinity Church, Federal Hall (where George Washington was sworn in as president), Ground Zero and the African American Burial Ground and Museum. All are free and are within a few blocks of the subway stop near Trinity Church. From there it's a short walk to China Town, Little Italy and Soho. If you are in Midtown, there are some really good restaurants on 9th Avenue between 50th and 54th streets that have great food and great prices. From there it's a short walk to Central Park. Also, in Midtown is “30 Rock” where you can tour the NBC studios or take the elevator to the “Top of the Rock” for a spectacular view of New York. Finally, if you want to see a show, go by the TKTS booth in Time Square, where day of show tickets are sold for half price. Get there early for the best selection!

    • chela2002

      If you can, check on Chicago on Broadway. It's a great show

    • Bfv68

      I have been there only once for a brief period of time. Didn't get to see much. I would go to Little Italy and Chinatown to eat and shop and then check out a museum or two and Broadway show or an off Broadway show if there was time. Have a graet trip.

    • Bdance

      Gotta check out china town in NYC. you can find the most interesting things. As far as LA- i say go to venice beach!

    • Caritob40

      Last time I visit china town…it was changed…before you used to find all kid of stuff ,….a lot of it were like a “black market” so the police did a lot of raids and is not as much as it used to be…

    • SaverDawg

      So exciting! TKTS has the best deals for Broadway. I sat in the 2nd row aisle for $30 to the Lion King! What fun to save AND be spontaneous!

      Serendipity has amazing desserts and drinks, reasonable and delish! You'll feel like you are on the set of You've Got Mail! You might even see a celebrity.

      Super fun shopping on Canal St.

      I once flew up with some girlfriends for a last minute junket after our Florida trip was ruined due to a hurricane and no flights were going south of Atlanta. We knew the Braves were intown for the playoffs and I called the hotel they were staying at and asked to speak to the concierge to see if anyone had extra tickets to the game. He was so impressed how ballsy we were he put us in touch with a guest with the team who got us field seats and we got to meet the players! For FACE VALUE!!! Our detour turned into a better trip than we could have imagined!

      Have fun and see where the city takes you! :)

    • My2Kids

      First stop….New York City! Let's look at all the “free” stuff that you can do! You can take a free tour of The Grand Central Terminal every Wednesday at 12:30. Who wouldn't want to visit the busiest rail terminal in the World and it has been featured in many movies and TV shows. Why not also take a “free” tour on your own to Central Park and Times Square. You can enjoy some family time in Central Park. You can also do some “free” window shopping on Fifth Avenue. And lastly, you can take the “free” ferry to Staten Island and back all while getting some wonder views of the Statue of Liberty.

      Los Angeles….go see the Historic Agnel's Flight. Cost is only 25 cents to ride this cable car, it's the world's shortest railway! Also, the Restaurant at LAX, go, buy a coke to drink, and enjoy the view of the city! The “free” observation deck is open on the weekends!

      Enjoy!

    • Tammyla

      We were in LA a few years ago and enjoyed visiting Hollywood, seeing the stars handprints near the Kodak Theater, driving down Rodeo Drive and taking our picture with the Hollywood Sign. All of these are free except for gas for the car. I highly recommend having a GPS for driving around the Interstate can be very confusing. I have never been to New York, but would love to see the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero.

    • mhowardsaratoga

      Do as much as you can. Definately go to central park. Bring your walking shoes and walk as much as you can!

    • Mdlswest

      Make sure you go to ChinaTown in NYC to catch a great bargain on a new purse! :)

    • Sheliab

      I really don't think you can go to New York without visiting Ground Zero. It's such a part of our history now. As far as LA, the only place I've ever been that's even close is the Six Flags on the outskirts when we lived in San Diego. From my experience, there's probably plenty to gawk at and keep yourself busy while there. :)

    • Allthatglitters2009

      I've never been to either so I have no advice what to do! I will say bring comfortable walking shoes and take lots of pictures and show us! Have fun!

    • Mary Alice

      When I went to NYC a few years back I visited Central Park and did some ice skating. It was neat because so many movies were filmed in that area. Plus, I also strolled past the Plaza Hotel.

    • cathy

      In LA you have to see in beach!

    • Amy

      NYC – definitely go to Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Ctr and eat a hot dog from the infamous street vendors! I'd love to see a show and window shop at Tiffany's and run in FAO for the kid like joy!

      LA – I would definitely take a drive on the pacific hwy and enjoy lots of organic restaurants we don't have here in SC! Love the raw and fresh of it all!

    • Journey91

      I need ideas too for an upcoming trip!

    • Johnna

      If you are a seinfeld fan, like my husband and I are, you might enjoy going to Ray's Pizza or the Soup Kitchen (in honor of the Soup Nazi) or the famous Tom's Restaurant!

      I've never been to LA, but I'd say the beach sounds good, though I'm sure there is so much more to see there, too!

    • Beth

      Never been to either place…so have fun!

    • Katie

      Never been to LA, but in NYC, you MUST go to Serendipity and get frozen hot chocolate…it is HEAVENLY!!!!!!!! Also, you should really go see Jersey Boys if you can…it is fabulous!

    • Tamiluge

      I love NYC! Not a big shopper when I go, you can shop at home. However going to Little Italy on Mulbury Street is a fun shopping experience. My Hubby taught me how to shop there. Never pay first price-make an offer, don't let on how much you want it, keep going to next shop-you will find the same thing in the next booth. Another tip, to find a restaurant, ask a Police Man-they know the good places to eat:) Also Central Park is a great place to go for free. You can visit the statue of Balto(from the movie), visit Belvedere Castle, The Central Park Dairy, All Free!:)There is also a zoo in cetral Park-not free, but fun. Also a ride back and forth on the Staton Island Ferry(FREE) gives you a great view of the city and Staue of Liberty.FUn to do both day and night.

    • sarahb

      NYC or LA! sounds like fun! Maybe next giveaway you could send one of us… No?..oh well love the site and all of the giveaway you do! Have Fun!

    • Mesisson

      To tell you the truth – just walking down Hollywood Blvd in LA is a treat in itself. All the weirdo's are on that street. There are all types of people dressed in all sorts of costumes. It's really something for a Georgia/Tennessee girl to see. My son and his family live between LA and San Diego so we've been to LA several times. The west coast is beautiful. Wish I was going with her!

    • JS

      You definitely need to go shopping in SoHo, Greenwich Village, and of course Bloomingdale's and do a “New York Finals” entry to tell us if you were able to save money and find some “Frugal Steals” in New York City!

    • SARA

      MUST SEE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN NEW YORK AND GO TO THE BEACHES IN LA! HAVE A GREAT TRIP

    • Christinemariew

      Never been to LA but in New York of course you have to visit the Statue of Liberty and Elis Island! Going to the top of the Empire State Building is pretty awesome too! I haven't been since 9/11 but don't think I would miss going to Ground Zero. Something fun and less educational is FAO Schwarz! Hope you both have a wonderful time and eat lots of good food!

    • Pauladeshazo

      Ordered my printer Monday afternoon and just installed app on my mac book! Great Service!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Srav

      Just take a walk in Manhattan downtown. Its a great feeling.

    • Andreajc11

      NYC-Central Park, see Wicked (enter the lottery 2-3 hours before the show to possibly score $25 tickets for great seats-check website for more info)-My husband and I won the drawing and we ended up sitting in the 2nd row! It was awesome! Carmine's for family style Italian food! Yummy!

      LA-take a drive to Malibu (beautiful) and stop for yummy fish tacos while there! Tour Universal Studios.

    • Jill Coffey

      In LA the most fun I had was people watching. That's completly FREE and makes for a wonderful good time. Take lots of pictures so you can remember all the weirdo things and people you saw.

    • Angelt1

      NYC – Broadway, Times Square, Ellis Island, Central Park is a must

      LA – Santa Monica Boardwalk, Long Beach, Malibu, Chinese District

    • Sebastian's Mommy

      You have got to try pizza anywhere in New York City. It doesn't matter what pizza joint, anyone will do. Just make sure to use the right lingo. “May I have a slice of cheese.” Or if ordering a whole pizza “May I have a whole cheese pie.” Yummy! Have fun!

    • Valerie

      My children and I just finished reading “The Great Squirrel Uprising,” so we would visit Central Park and feed the squirrels and pigeons.

    • Justgiada

      Statue of liberty is a must …. times square and cental park…

    • Samson6468

      you have to walk the brooklyn bridge at night and have to visit manhattan at night, both great exprience.

    • Rlhx2

      WOW!!! This is the best printer ever!!! I had lots of problems with the HP printer I had before & a nice man @ Ink to Go in Summerville SC told me about this brothe printer…he actualy went to a website and printed all the info for the printer out for me so I could just go in to the store and get what I needed. It has been a great printer especiallyh for printing coupons!!!!
      As for places to go in NYC DEFINATLY the Museum of Natural History!!!! You could spend a week in there and never see it all!!! Its actually the same museum potrayed in the movie “Night at the Museum”. Central Park is right across the street and it is huge, take walking shoes, a bottle water, and an umbrella!! Time Square is tremendously overwhelming at first onlyt because there is soooo much to take in but it is a great experience!! These are all with in walking distance of each other, and there is a 3 story Toys R Us on one corner @ Time Square just in caseyou are gonna have any children with you!!!

    • yardsalequeen71

      I have never been to New York but I have always wanted to see the statue of Liberty and shop at all the fancy stores and be part of the hussle and bussle on the streets. Hope you have a great time!!!

    • Redster16

      If you need time to unwind go to central park and just remember to take in all the beauty!

    • Rlhx2

      Oh, and just to let you know… Your GPS will not work in Manhattan, or where all the tall buildings are, just in case you are driving. You will however be able to get signal on your phone. Well, at least we did with Verizon. You will have a blast!! Cab fare is pretty reasonable….way better than parking prices, that are about $10-$15 an hour.

    • Thecastelfamily

      NYC South Street Seaport… Any disney Musical. Times Square… Eat anywhere :) Bagels for breakfast.

    • Remriwhite

      It is always nice to go to centrel park in New York city. It is fun to places from scenes in the movies there.

    • Julieuhroberts

      Free is good…and Free in NYC Is even better! Big Apple Greeters elp you see New York like a real New Yorker would. Eat soul food in Harlem – see the Statue of Liberty for free? This is the volunteer group for you. BAG's mission is to show that New York is a friendly city, and her citizens aren't bad either. By contacting them in advance, BAG will pair you with a knowledgeable “greeter” that suits the kind of experience you want to have in the city. In addition, these ambassadors of goodwill give you a free one-day subway pass and show you how to navigate the city's public transportation system. Your visit with BAG can be as long or as short as you wish, and the only requirement is that you have two or more in your group.

      So…if you have a guest going…or want to pair up with someone when you get there – look into this!

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    • Michelle

      Chinatown for some cheap knock off purses. What woman doesnt need more purses? And they have some awesome choices that you wont even know arent real! ;) lol

    • Erinfjohnson

      I wish I knew every nook and cranny of NYC so I could win a new laser printer! It's on my “wish I could but can't afford” list. :) I will say, though, that my husband lived in China for a couple years and I have visited twice…you really can't beat the Chinese restaurant called “Ollie's Noodle Shop” right off Times Square. It's SOOOOO yummy!

    • Ahnah8

      I've never been to NY except for the airport, but if I ever got the chance I would go and see the Statue of Liberty.

    • ash

      Honestly, I've never been to NYC…but what trip wouldn't be complete without the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building?? :)

    • redmuskan

      NYC has some good thrift stores. Also, great bargains at chinatown. You do have to bargain well. A really good italian restaurant called “emporio” is a must to visit. If you like rice pudding, “rice to riches” has world's best rice pudding.

    • Amy Knoxville

      When in New York, you MUST eat at Lombardi's Pizzeria (the original) and then at Katz's Deli (best Pastrami ever). LA demands that you try out Pink's Hot Dogs and Randy's Donuts! For fun, visit the museums in NYC…in LA, take a 'star tour' and see the sights!

    • Chinatown is really fun! I loved it! The Statue of liberty is very small :(
      I would highly suggest getting some REAL NY Style pizza while you're there!

    • Corrine R.

      In LA, I would recommend visiting Venice Beach. Walk the boardwalk, sit and just people watch. There is NO place like it on earth.

    • Jan

      Never have visited NYC….but I think one of the greatest landmarks to see would be the Statue of Liberty

    • flemishe

      I've never been to NYC, but I hear the food is just amazing and diverse! I would try out unique eateries if I went.

    • Christi

      Go see a broadway show-Wicked! It's definately worth the money.

    • A. Womack

      Go to Carnegie Deli in NYC! The sandwiches and desserts will amaze you!

    • Heather

      Congrats! I won a trip to NYC back in November and it was amazing! My very favorite part was just sitting in the middle of time square eating my bagel w/cream cheese and coffee that we got from a vendor cart and just trying to take it all in! Seeing the infamous New Year's Eve ball and all of the flashing signs in Times Square, walking through Central Park, trying out as much of the local food as we could stuff our faces with, just being there in general was incredible! I hope you have a wonderful time!!

    • Tracy W.

      The BEST pizza and lemon ice in NYC is just 3 stops from Manhattan in Brooklyn. Union Square – L train to Lorimer street – Sal's Pizza!!!! “Meemo” is the owner. It's a 2 minute walk from the train. Worth it – it's my old “hood”!! In the city, BellaDonna's has 3 locations, last I checked. AMAZING italian food!!!!! AH-MAZING!!!!! Lived in NYC for 3 years…..these are the best places!!! Have fun!!!! And the cinnamon peanuts, cashews, and walnuts from the street vendors really are quite good!!!!
      And lastly – Ellis Island is TOTALLY worth the visit!!! Statue of Liberty – not so much. They have done SO much with Ellis now. Even more than when I lived there. There is so much history – they have “living history” – people in character telling true stories. My favorite is the “Kissing Stairs” – it's where the families would reunite after the long voyage; there were 3 stairs – one meant you were being put back on the boat, one meant you were going to quarantine and the third – the “Kissing Stairs” meant you were cleared to come to America and that's where the family members already in the states were waiting for you….hence lots of kissing and welcome and tears….I just loved it…. definitely make time for ELLIS ISLAND. Have fun

    • Kelly

      FAO Swartz and Top of the Rock would be awesome in NYC.

    • Debbie

      go see a play on Broadway!

    • Natalie559

      The Santa Monica Pier in LA is great!

    • Valerie Parris

      Definitely hit the classic landmarks, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, etc…you will look back and wish you had. I went on a trip to NYC with a group in May 2001. We were supposed to go to the top of the World Trade Center but the group decided the night before to remove it from the itinerary. Now I wish we had gone.

    • Eileen

      Hope you have a blast in NY; go to Macys; take the escalators up-and-up-and-up. The further you ascend, the smaller and older the escalators get ! Of course, do some shopping while you are there :<)

    • Lth1223

      You must eat your way through New York. The food is fabulous and there is so much to see and to do, you can never see it all. Ground Zero is something you should see and Ellis Island is great. Broadway shows are always fun and shop til you drop…

    • Nato

      You must go to Canal Street in ChinaTown. It is so much fun. The “backrooms” are a little scary, but you will find amazing deals on Coach, Prada, Kate Spade, etc. handbags. It is an experience you won't forget and you'll love the savings!!

    • Nancycombs

      Want some cheap fun in Los Angeles? Try the La Brea Tar Pits – fascinating!! Plus the Museum of Modern Art is located right there at the park. Cheap eats that are fantastic? Try El Pollo Loco.

    • Allie

      So many fun things to do…where to start? Of course you need to visit the Statue of Liberty and Times Square and Central Park, etc. Also go to a Broadway Play or visit a taping of Regis and Kelly. And of course you might want to go to ground zero to pay respects for the thousand that lost their life there.

    • Wanda Rountree

      I have never been to New York. Act like a Tourist and visit everywhere and try all the places.

    • Pattylee338

      Have a great time in NY. Of course you must visit the Statue of Liberty. Also do a broadway production.

    • Barb Jolly

      Enjoy New York!

    • Dotrchau

      Why don't yall stop at the Empire State building and revisit Sleepless in Seattle =) and of course, get a hotdog from the hotdog vendor

    • Jessica C

      If you're a fan of Seinfield, I'd suggest hitting up Al's Soup Kitchen, which is the place that the Soup Nazi episode was based off of. Not only is it fun to visit because of that, the soup is delicious. (located 259 West 55th Street)

    • Tho127

      In New York, you MUST go to Levain Bakery near the Museum of Ntural History and indulge in one of their wonderful chocolate chip cookies! OMG! One will last you about 2 days. Be sure and get milk to go with it. There are no coupons for this place but it is definitely worth the splurge! They were featured on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay and won. Also, go to Serendipity and have frozen hot chocolate just like in the movie “Serendipity.”
      As far as LA, being the tourist I am, I HAD to see the Footprints and handprints outside the Chinese theater as well as find the names of all my favorite actors on the walk of fame (Judy Garland and other Oz favorites being first on my list!)
      Most of all, just enjoy each city. They are both wonders in themselves! Have fun and be safe!

    • Tommysfolks

      You have to go to the Cathedrals. They are breathtaking!

    • Amandas N

      I've never been there, but you should take lots of photos and share with us! :)

    • Lbkerns

      there is so much to do, but I think seeing a show on broadway would defintly be high up on my list and also to go to the serendipity cafe, I hear they have world famous hot chocolate! Hope this helps :)

    • Troybduncan

      i am assuming u will be staying at the hilton new york or will have some breaks in the conference to venture around…the 2 things around the hilton that i would do is to stroll through central park and maybe have your lunch there and/or go to edisons cafe @ 8th and broad or kodama for sushi…..both are reasonably priced for lunch……enjoy

    • Beth

      H&M! in NYC

    • Suthrngurl67

      I've never been, but can't wait to hear about it.

    • Crazy4coupons1975

      Can't go wrong with Broadway, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, Brooklyn Zoo or Delancy Street for shopping!

    • Stephanie

      In Los Angeles: Definitely go to Venice Beach and walk down Hollywood Boulevard (also, just a tip, Vivian's apartment from Pretty Woman is right off Hollywood Blvd-you can't miss it, it's still pink)

    • Mamaberry

      They actually have the world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses there. They offer free tours of the facilities. They don't have a whole lot of printing going on there anymore, since a lot of it has been moved to a new facility upstate. But, they offer a lot of history in the buildings they have restored, they let you ask any questions you want, and…hey it's free! I know, off the standard 'tour' but most don't realize it's open to the public and free. Either way, have a bagel and coffee for us here back home!!!

    • Ginnymckinney

      You must go to Lindy's for Cheesecake…it is wonderful! I highly recommend Cafe Des Artistes for a WONDERFUL meal. It is just a few blocks from the Lincoln Center and has incredibly beautiful wall murals. It was named because the buildings that surrounded it housed mostly artists and they would get together at the cafe. The food is delicious, and not terribly expensive. It is an experience that I remember vividly though it has been 12 years since I was last there! A feast for the senses!

    • cgunter

      I have never been but I bet that Time Square is AMAZING!!!

    • CouponCollins

      You gotta do the standard touristy New York things — Carnegie Deli and a Broadway show (Wicked or Avenue Q would be my picks)

    • Alabamashamrock

      Go to the Statue of Liberty (for educational purposes). Then, visit Coyote Ugly bar (for once-in-a-lifetime fun purposes).

    • April Mashburn

      Eat a burger at The Burger Joint on the bottom floor of Le Meridian!

    • Tannerbb

      Standing at the site of the Twin Towers is a very powerful experience. We visited the site later at night and it was a moving time.

    • Valerie S

      In LA I would visit Melrose Ave. to check out the shops! In New York I would want to see a Broadway show.

    • lisakohl

      I enjoyed getting a fresh bagel from one of the local bagel shops. You have to be ready with your order as you wait in line. They are quick!

    • Stefanie J.

      You must eat a Kennish (sp?) from a local street vendor…OH SO GOOD! I've also been to Time Square at night, you will never see that many lights in one place in your life. Just riding the subway is an experience. If you start feeling uncomfortable or if someone is staring at you on the train, just start mumbling to yourself…they'll leave you alone! :)

    • Alissa

      Take the Staten Island ferry – great, cheap way to see some sights.

    • Lominackkm

      Don't miss John's Pizzaria. It's right around Time's Square and is a brick oven pizza joint housed in an old church. Great atmosphere and very yummy!

    • Erinm147

      It's very cliche but hotdogs and a carriage ride in Central Park was on the top of my list!

    • steph

      TImes Square at night, the Lion King show, and central park

    • Beth

      NYC – Little MissMatch on Madison. Wednesdays at Bronx Zoo are donation day so you can get in for about $5 which is a great deal for an awesome zoo! (take a cab though if you go, the train/bus route is confusing).
      Shopping is so much fun in NYC, Greenwich Village has some awesome little stores – Puerto Rico Coffee and Tea is my all time favorite coffee shop! Amazing!
      Staten Island Ferry is the FREE way to see the Statue of Liberty without all the crowds
      Magnolia's Bakery has great cupcakes!
      and for some great bargain deals try Century 21 (big names low prices) and Daffy's (its like NYCs version of a TJ Maxx).
      and… The Corner Bakery has great food, coffee in the AM.
      Have FUN!!!!!! its a great city with lots to experience!

    • Haddis08

      at least visit Times Square

    • April C

      Hands down the best way to see the city is to jump on one of the double decker tour buses. Yes, it is touristy but I always do it if I have limited time in the city. Do it the first day and then you can go back to spend more time at the best sites the next time. You can typically save a few dollars if you book in advance. ps – I really need a printer. Missing out on many deals right without one. :(

    • swagmom

      Go to In and Out Burger in LA, you won't regret it!

      • Couponer

        I totally agree! After living in LA for 20 years and then moving to Florida In n Out is the one thing I MUST HAVE within 10 minutes of leaving the airport when I go back for visits!

    • Collinsbrad

      I suggest the Hard Rock Cafe–good food and all the nostalgia. Decent pricing. May seem cheesy but we have good memories of HRC all around the world.

    • Raniah

      Times Square for sure

    • renamac

      Oh my Time Warner is where you want to go for sure. Lots of entertainment and plenty of places to eat no mater what time of day you go. Great view of Centeral Park while your eating. Plus 50 stores to shop at. Whatever you decide to do I'm sure you'll have fun and want to go back for another vistit.

    • Kristi

      Visit the Statue of Liberty, then walk from there to The World Trade Center site. On your walk, approx 2 blocks up on your way you will pass a hole in the wall pizza joint. Whether your hungrey or not, you have to stop, BEST PIZZA IN NYC. Visit Times Square, definatly at night. I would sooo recommend the Broadway show “Chicago”. A carriage ride through Central Park is the best way to see the park, you need to get a hotdog and pretzel from the street vendors, THE BEST. Have Fun!!!!

    • lc77

      Carmine's is the best before-Broadway dinner…it's Italian and SCRUMPTIOUS! Located within walking distance of theaters….also Ellen's Stardust Diner in Times Square is so much fun.. Singing waiters and waitresses entertain you while you eat 50's fare…they take requests and are quite amazing.

    • Central Park! But don''t do the carriage rides – some of the horses are treated very inhumanely! Have fun!

    • Sabatycki

      Empire State Building at night- amazing! Enjoy NYC, it's beautiful (and I'm jealous)! :)

    • Jennifer Campbell

      While I was at USC I took a Maymester Advertising/Public Relations class and got to tour a lot of cool places, including the Good Houskeeping Institute and the NBC studio tour, where we got to go on the set of Dateline. I'm not sure if the average person who walked in off the street could get in, but with your creditials I'm sure you could…

    • Jbstransport

      This would be for the student visiting Los Angeles – BK (before kids!) my husband accompanied me on a business trip to “LA” and we took in a Dodgers game one night. They were playing the Pittsburg Pirates. Being from TN, we didn't care for either team, really, but the ambiance was so fun, it was a really great night, a fun way to meet “locals,” and was really not all that expensive. I would also highly recommend visiting the boardwalk on Venis Beach just to people watch… it will make you say “we're not in Kansas (or the SOUTH) anymore, Toto!”

    • redteapot

      Hi Jenny,
      I have never been there yet, but I hear it has a lot to do. I wish I had something to tell you so I could qualify to be in the drawing. I really like the printer.
      sincerely,
      Felicia

    • MJohnson

      The outdoor markets in NY are AMAZING :)

    • Alison

      I would recommend the double decker city tour. We went at night and it was great.

    • Suewise2

      Mama Leone's Italian Restaurant is awesome – they have any kind of Italian food you would want!

    • V W

      I lived in PA all my life until 9 years ago and regret never going to NYC. I had a chance my senior year and did not go. I heard ABC has a real nice Disney store in their building (My cousin's husband works there at ABC). I would love to go to ground zero and pay my respects and go to the Statue of Liberty. I have a feeling I will end up visiting LA before NY. I entered your last contest and have been looking for a better printer than I have. The reasons you gave for liking this one leads me to Laser instead of ink. I am tired of ink cartridges. They are costing me too much vs saving.
      Have a great time both of you!!
      Thanks for all you do.

    • Sharpevicki

      New York City – so much to do so little time!! We visit almost every December and there are coupons in New York City! Check out Duane Reed's which is somewhat like a CVS or Rite Aid and they are on nearly every block. The coupons will usually be in their weekly flyer which is always around the front of the stores.

    • Carrie_C

      Just got back from NYC and pack an extra ziploc to hold a wet washcloth that you can carry in your purse. It's HOT there and it's an instant cooler! We go every year and Grand Central Station is just a cool melting pot where you can people watch and see locals and tourists come and go while you wait for the laser show on the ceiling. And eat lots of cheap junk from the street vendors – candied nuts, hot dogs, pretzels and tastee freeze. When you go back the next time, then you can get into finding the cool little places to eat.

    • Melanie

      I have never been to either place, but just the places in and of themselves have got to be exciting. At New York City, I would love to see the Statue of Liberty. In LA, I would like to see some of the stars on the sidewalk.

    • Patsy

      RIDE THE SUBWAY!!! Definately an experience you will never forget!

    • Jaclyn

      Go to a show on Broadway if you can. I saw Lion King 5 yrs ago and it was amazing! We are going back this fall for the NY marathon and I want to go shopping at H&M! :)

    • Dana

      Make sure you see central park! It's a lovely oasis in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of sightseeing.

    • For NY go to one of the little restaurants in Little Italy, the food there is good and authentic.

      I just love walking around in the city when I am there because it seems so unreal to me. I also did a dinner cruise while I was there and that was fun.

    • Jennleath

      I would love a printer for homeschooling!!!!!!!!

    • Stephanie

      In New York, some must-sees are (1) Statue of Liberty, (2) Central Park, (3) Ground Zero, (4) Rockefeller Plaza. Hope you have a fabulous time and stay cool!

    • SSheila

      I love NYC! Ride the subway, eat a meal in Little Italy (and order calamari!), visit central park, eat hotdogs and ice cream from a street vender. It's so much fun!

    • Adpharr

      If you can go to a Broadway show while you are in NYC that is the best. I did that when I visited and it was wonderful!

    • Hannah

      Yay for you! Hope you have a great time in nyc, how about trying a food on foot tour for a little sight seeing and great food at the same time.

    • JenRuegger

      Congrats!! You have to see Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero. We saw David Letterman and Regis and Kelly shows. Also, saw some broadway shows–Wicked, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera…Visit Little Italy, ride on the Subway, star gaze, visit Rockerfiller Center,,,just to name a few things :)

    • Shamatkatlin

      I have yet to go to either location, but my 12 year old daughter visited my sister in LA twice (I had to stay home with my other two younger daughters). They did many fun things while they were there, but the thing that she mentions the most is visiting the Santa Monica Pier. Every time it shows up in a movie or show, she talks about how she rode that, has been there, etc. There are a lot of restaurants near it from hole in the wall shops to PF Changs, and many street vendors. There are some vintage clothing shops there, too. Jsut beware that the water is COLD compared to the water on the east coast, in case you decide to take a dip!
      She also mentions this HUGE mall in the area…she says it was like 8 stories (maybe an exaggeration), but she talks about how it had EVERYTHING!!! It is called the Beverly Center (in Beverly Hills). You should definitely check it out…and you may even see some famous people. :)
      They also took a ride (about 45 min – 1 hr)to Disneyland and California Adventures…which they all LOVED! And right now, Disneyland has a new water show going set to Disney Classic music, such as the Lion King, Pochantas, Aladdin, etc. Looks fantastic on the Disney Channel…..would love to go there myself.
      For NYC, again, I have not been, but many of my friends and family have….here are a few of the recommended locales. 1-Macy's….HUGE and wonderful! 2-American Girl (has a hospital there for AG Dolls!), FAO Swartz, and other shops near Time Square. 3-Empire State Building…you can go back at night for around $15, once you buy a daytime ticket….heard that it i worth it, even though it is pricey. 4-Broadway show (Wicked and Jersey Boys, or anything Disney) or Radio City Music Hall (Rockettes)…hear that both are great! 5-Chinatown! Need I say more?!?!?
      Wish you all the best….ENJOY the trips! And please consider my family for this awesome printer!

    • AWS

      In NYC you have to do some great bargain shopping at Century 21, which is across from Ground Zero and you'll probably want to see anyway.

    • Dma2233

      Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island- lots of history.

    • Rachel

      The Statue of Liberty is breathtaking and Ground Zero is very humbling.

    • Trishjuiceplus

      Empire State Building- great view from way up there.

    • ajccow

      Just went to NYC with my family of 5 in the fall on a TIGHT budget…for discounted tickets go to the theater of your choice an hour or two before the show and you can get some great deals. Got $90 seats for $30, and my my whole family of 5 got to see Mary Poppins for $150! It was awesome…and i have also heard that Wicked is a great show! For shopping high end clothing at discount prices in NYC…Filene's Basement. Enjoy the city and Times Square!

    • Rebecca

      Okay, the important thing to remember about NYC is that it's YOUR visit. Do/get anything that YOU think you'll like, and it'll be your own personal love affair, because other than there being too many people (for me) it's awesome in every sense of the word. I loved the cheesecake, the street vendor tacos, loved looking in the little mom&pop stores along my route. I loved all the hotels I've stayed with there (although some seemed older than dirt, which just adds some interest, really). Madison Square Garden is immense. Lady Liberty was smaller than I imagined, which was surprising, but you MUST see her. The empire state building was WOW, and take a peek at Times Square so you can see where all the fuss is on New Years Eve. And, even if you're not Catholic, light a candle for someone in the entrance of one of the huge cathedrals (they're open all day), and sit in a pew and say a prayer if you're in to that. You can feel the history. It's amazing. Seems like I went to a huge library there, too, but it was a long time ago, and I can't remember the name of it. HAVE FUN!!!

    • redteapot

      I haven't been to either place. But I still would like to go for the printer.
      Thanks for great giveaways Jenny.
      Felicia

    • Lkrueger68

      The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park would be a start. Hope you have a wonderful time. You deserve a break!!!

    • Reebeck

      In LA – you MUST go see the whales at Newport Landing
      In NYC – you MUST go to the Cupcake Cafe in Manhattan

    • Sandy

      I've never been to either location, so I can't help you out on where to go but I'm sure you'll have a blast no matter what. I'm looking forward to going to the class you're holding on 08/21 in Myrtle Beach and getting the scoop on anything new and exciting that you learn from your trip. Have fun!!!!

    • FRIZZYJD

      I LOVE NY!! WHAT EVER YOU DO WILL BE SO MEMORABLE AS YOU SEE FROM ALL THE COMMENTS. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES, AND TAKE IN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. YOU GIVE SO MUCH–YOUR TURN TO ENJOY-YOU GO GIRL!!!

    • Valerie

      Broadway!! Wicked was AMAZING. You can get discounted tickets at the box office the day of the show (if it's not sold out). Also, the best cheesecake can be found in some of the small locally-owned bakeries.

      She must walk down Rodeo Drive! It was a lot of fun when I visited years ago when in HS. I enjoyed the conservatory. We also did a guided city tour that included lots of neat places and facts… we stood under the balcony from Pretty Woman!

    • billy

      CONGRATS! EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, CENTRAL PARK, WTC SITE, AND BROADWAY.

    • Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, open 9 AM – 6 PM every Saturday and Sunday

    • kim

      Praying I am not too late to enter. I have never been to either of those places, so not much help in places to visit. Sorry.

    • Christa

      See Lion King on Broadway! AMAZING! & check out Central Park.

    • Go see Mama Mia! Go over to China Town and check that out. Also Hell's Kitchen Flea Market! If you're up early go over to Rockefella (sp) Center and smile and wave on NBC News Live! Don't forget to try a NY Bagel and NY pizza. Soo delicioso!

    • Debra

      I'm a kid at heart so I would go to the Bronx Zoo. It's the best I've ever visited. Debbie

    • grace

      pick me, please, please, thank you. I would suggest that you see one of the broadway plays, you will never go wrong with those

    • Leah_in_SC

      I really enjoyed the staten island ferry ride – we did it late in the day and got to see the statue of liberty at sunset. Fabulous…and cheap! =)

    • Bekimore

      Go see the play My First Time.

    • Susan

      Stay away from the famous eateries, we were disappointed and they were pricey. We loved the little mom & pop deli shops we found on side streets for sandwiches, salads, & everything else. The subways were very safe & easy way to move around. Walk Central Park & visit Lady Liberty if possible!

    • Kathy

      Central Park
      Statue of Liberty
      Delmonico's Restaraunt
      New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

    • Shelly M

      If you get a chance do a helicopter tour/ride. I think they leave from around 12th St, but I am sure that you can find the details. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever done, you will not regret it. Have fun!!

    • Ruth

      Wear comfortable shoes and definitely take in the Empire State building!!

    • Annahamby

      I have never been but know some teachers who took students to the Empire State building and said it was awesome!!! Would love the printer to print MORE COUPONS!!!! ;) Thanks SO much for all you do!

    • Lee

      Visit some hotdog stands for somewhat cheap food and then spend your money on things like Empire State Building, Cheap ferry ride around Statue of Liberty because you don't want to fight the crowds at the Statue. And most of all just have a lot of fun looking round the city.

    • Jennifer

      pick me pick me!
      in NY we had good food at just small little hole in the wall places. or hot dog stands on wall street

    • Susan

      I would say eat at that restaurant that looks out on the Empire State Bldg like they do in Sleepless in Seattle!

    • Heather

      Lindy's at the Rockefeller center (I think it's at that building, or nearby). They have good cheesecake:) I haven't been to NYC in years but it was the one good place we had a decent meal!

    • Cara Fowler

      I would love to win a free printer, but I have never been to LA or NYC so I am no help with fun things to do.

    • Faith

      Love the theatre and Rockefeller Center!

    • Justgiada

      Visit the statue of liberty,Rockefeller center, Madame tussads.. Don't forget the Times square … Have fun and enjoy.

    • Abby

      Ferrarro's in Little Italy. You gotta try their daquoise; it's the most amazing chocolate cake ever!

    • Ladyd

      were winners picked?

    • MariahT

      Just in case you're still looking for something to do in LA area…take a drive southward to the “South Bay” past Manhattan Beach, then Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and finally to the cliffs of Palos Verdes. Get a map and follow the streets that hug the coast. Its a beautiful drive with great scenery. Enjoy!!

    • Beth Hopper

      Did you ever pick winners???

    • Stefanie J.

      Excited to see who won the printer!!!

    • Laura Z

      Just so you know, the Metropolitan Museum of Art price is a “suggested donation.” You can pay $1 and get in. Locals know this, but not a lot of tourists!

    • Sfkiefer5821

      When you are in NYC be sure to take the Staten Island Ferry (free) and visit the 9/11 memorial at the parking lot on the Staten Island side. You will truly be touched and moved.

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    • Missy B.

      just curious if you've chosen winners yet? Hope you're having a blast!

    • Muffinstuff1

      Hope you're having a great time. When my daughter was in NYC with a Master's Commission group. she visited some old mission houses there and was very moved by her experience.

    • Tasha

      I have never been to NYC but I would love to see Ground Zero.

    • Emily

      You HAVE to see a Broadway show in NYC! That is my dream!!

    • Robin

      I've never been to either place but I hope you both have a great time!!