You’ve finally made it. All that planning, packing and preparation is done, and you’re in your carefully chosen, perfectly located hotel room. But how to do you get the most from your time in the Big Apple? Don’t panic, because we’ve put together a guide on which New York tours will make your trip exactly what you want it to be.
If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore, or don’t rate your skills at negotiating public transport, then a hop-on-hop-off tour is a great way to visit key sights.
What can I see?
Most of the companies offer one, two, or three-day passes. A one-day pass will give you a glimpse of iconic sights like Empire State, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, as well as giving you the chance to get off and explore any museums or neighbourhoods that spark your interest.
If you choose a two or three-day pass, you’ll find you can head out to Brooklyn and Harlem, and some tickets include a night tour or sightseeing cruise, giving you a perfect view of Lady Liberty.
There are several companies operating similar tours, online review sites will show which ones are making customers happiest and give exact details of their routes.
Traffic can mean journeys are slow, and peak season means buses can be crowded.
If you’re looking for something more focused, there’s loads of options and established sites like TimeOut or NYC Go are a great starting point for details of what’s on offer.
What could I see?
You could explore alternative street art in Williamsburg or discover knishes and pretzels on a foodie tour of the Lower East side. If you love to learn about the structure of a city, a walking tour of New York architecture is a great way to spend a few hours. Alternatively, you might prefer a ghost tour of Greenwich Village, taking in Hangman’s Elm and the home of the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. Another option is a film tour, spotting locations like the setting for Friends or Holly Golightly’s apartment. Whatever you’re into you can probably find it on a New York tour.
You’ll need to do a bit more research to find the perfect trip, and it’s always worth checking things like pick-up locations and duration to help plan your day.
The best things in life are free, they say, and while NYC is pricey, New York sightseeing doesn’t have to be. Joining a ‘pay what you wish’ walking or bike tour means you get to experience city in an informal and less expensive way, as well as enjoying the knowledge of a dedicated guide.
Not really. The only thing you’ll lose if you don’t enjoy the tour is a little time but delving into the details of each tour offers should mean you’re not disappointed.
New York City is spectacular, and it’s tempting to try to cram your days full. Taking a New York tour means you’ll get to see the highlights, and still have time to enjoy soaking up the unique vibe of this incredible city.