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Gossip Girl Guide to NYC

These iconic spots from the show are no secret!

If you're a fan of the classic high school teen drama series "Gossip Girl," you've definitely wanted to visit New York City. The glamorous settings of the Upper East Side helped bring this Manhattan neighborhood's style to life in every episode. Fans will be excited to know that most of the show was filmed on location in the city so that you can visit some of the most iconic spots in person! Step into Serena and Blair's shoes and recreate some of your favorite "Gossip Girl" scenes when you visit the city.

New York City in “Gossip Girl”

Grand Central Terminal

Any "Gossip Girl" fan will recognize Grand Central Terminal from the moment they step inside. This Midtown location is where the pilot episode of the original series was shot, allowing viewers to get their first glimpse of Serena when she came home to the city. It's located near landmarks like the Chrysler Building and Bryant Park, making it a hotspot for activity. While it's been an active train station since 1913, you'll find plenty of things to do here besides catching a ride. Grand Central is home to over 60 shops and 35 restaurants, so you have options at your fingertips if you want your Serena moment to last just a little longer.

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Grand Central Terminal (©Eric Hsu/NYC & Company)

Lotte New York Palace Hotel

You've probably been jealous of the van der Woodsens' home while watching the show, but did you know that you can stay there as well? Serena's home was filmed at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, which sits on Madison Avenue in Midtown East. It's a popular spot for significant events in the city like weddings, business meetings and stylish galas. While you're staying in their suites fit for a king, you can stop by their fine dining restaurants to taste a farmhouse breakfast or their specialty cocktails at night. They also have entertainment on the weekends, so visit the Madison Room to get a glimpse of magic tricks from magician Steve Cohen. When you stay at Lotte New York Palace, you'll know why Serena called it home sweet home. 

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(Courtesy Lotte New York Palace Hotel)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

While The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a long-time staple of New York City, "Gossip Girl" fans will know it the best once they see it from outside. This Fifth Avenue hotspot was popular with Blair and her friends, as they often sat on the front steps to eat lunch. While there may have been teen drama happening on the outside, there are lots to see on the inside too. Since 1870, the museum has hosted artwork from around the world like Europe, Africa and right here in the U.S. Their exhibitions are constantly changing, and they also host events to get people of every age involved in art. When you visit the Met, make sure to take a selfie on the front steps so you can feel like you're a part of Blair's friend group too.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Bethesda Fountain

Central Park is a popular spot to be featured in front of the camera. Any movie or TV show set in New York City is bound to have a scene there, including "Gossip Girl." Many iconic moments from the show were filmed on the grounds, most being at Bethesda Fountain. This giant fountain topped with an angel statue was where Serena and Blair called a truce and where Blair and Chuck later got married, making it the perfect place for special occasions. But don't let this fountain be your only stop in Central Park. There's plenty to see in every corner, from extensive gardens filled with every flower you can think of to city skyscrapers towering over the treetops. 

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Bethesda Terrace and Fountain (©Christopher Postlewaite/NYC & Company)

Museum of the City of New York

The Met isn't the only museum on Fifth Avenue featured on "Gossip Girl." You might recognize the Museum of the City of New York as another frequent spot in the series. The exterior of this Upper East Side museum was used as the entrance for Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude's School for Boys, where the main characters studied throughout the original "Gossip Girl" series. Like the Met, there's much more inside its walls than the drama you'll find onscreen. The museum has exhibits that showcase the city's incredible history through photography and items you can see up close. You can witness how the city changed over time through the eyes of real people and their culture in ways you would never have thought before. While it may not be a school in real life, this museum will still make sure visitors are learning once they step inside.

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Museum of the City of New York (Courtesy Mahsa T.)

Empire Hotel

Blair and Chuck's romance was one of the highlights of the series, and many of their best scenes took place at the Empire Hotel. This hotel in Lincoln Square is the one that Chuck Bass owned later in the series, and several scenes with him and Blair were filmed on location. It's the perfect place to stay when you want to find some city-style, as their rooms blend modern chic with Bohemian flair. They also have two bars inside, so you have your choice of sipping a cocktail on the ground or above the city on the rooftop. The best part is it's located in the heart of the city, so you have plenty of other popular spots to see after you check-in. Chuck and Blair fans will want to make sure they visit this classic spot on their trip to New York City.

Empire Hotel Sign New York | WhereTraveler
Empire Hotel Sign (Courtesy Jenn P.)