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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about New York City

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

New York City skyscrapersNew York City is a beloved location for all kinds of people. It’s full of history, excitement, opportunity and adventure. Today, we’re taking a looks at a few things – well 10 things you probably didn’t know about New York City. That’s right, it’s time for a few fun facts! Let’s get started.

1. The static electricity is so strong on the top of the building that people on the observatory floor can see sparks when they kiss.

2. The lampposts in Central Park are numbered to help visitors know where they are. (more…)

New Goodies!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Spring is on it’s way and will (hopefully) bring some warmer weather to our side of the world, soon. We’ve been busy preparing new tours and activities to add to our catalog, and some of them are now available for reservations. Check out some of our new options below.

Chicago Favorites Food Tasting & Walking Tour

This one goes out to all the food lovers out there. If you’re interested in exploring the city of Chicago while satisfying your palate, here is the perfect 3-hour stroll through the city. his tour operates outside as much as possible, but will make use of Chicago’s unique underground Pedway system in extremely cold weather. During the warmer days, you’ll enjoy the large promenades of the Loop.Along the way, you’ll try some of the foods Chicago is best known for doing right, including pizza, brownies, hot dogs, and a couple of local brews (more…)

Holiday Daze

Friday, December 6th, 2013

christmasHave you been to a Christmas festival yet? Most tree-lighting parties have already occurred and Hanukkah started on November 28th, so gift-giving season is definitely in full swing. The weekends might start to get a little dreamy, and (hopefully) your days are getting more cheery. Enjoy it! The time will pass sooner than you expect, and you’ll be trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions in no time. Wherever you’ll be over the next few weeks, chances are there’s a sweet holiday activity waiting for you – even if you won’t be leaving your hometown. All of our festive options can be found here, and below are some of our picks.

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Lovely Lady Liberty

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

As so many of us know, it has been tough to see Lady Liberty except from a far. She was closed for a while and then re-opened for a day and THEN Sandy came to town.  Thankfully, the statue survived the storm well. But her surrounding structures and the island needed substantial clean up efforts. The docks for the ferries needed help as well. The reconstruction has gone well and it was announced recently that Lady Liberty will be ready for guests on this July4th! And she is going to be the talk of the town.

The conversation on how to keep the Statue of Liberty safe has been a heated one. Federal officials are still disagreeing about security.  The New York Times reported that the concerned warring parties are the National Park Service and the New York Police Department. It has been much like boarding an airplane with TSA like screenings. “The Park Service would prefer to move the screening operation to Ellis Island, where only those tourists who want to visit the statue would be screened. But the city police want the passengers screened for weapons and explosives before they board ferries in viagra uit india Battery Park.”

But all has been decided – basically when you go on tour the secruity check points will be now on the actual island. You will not need to be screened before boarding the ferries. Obviously, this worries some in the NYPD and you can draw your own conclusions!

The long and short of it is we can all start to enjoy our very special monument again. Hopefully, this will last a long time.

 

Empire State of Mind in NYC

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Double Decker Bus Tour

Double Decker Bus Tour

“In New York, concrete jungle
where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you
feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York,
New York, New York”

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I think that Alicia Keys and Jay-Z summed it up pretty well. New York really is like being on another planet; a great melting pot of culture, design, architecture, and attitude.

My brother and I visited NYC a few years ago, and had a great time sightseeing in the city and visiting the Empire State Building. For my first visit to New York, I decided to go with a classic – the New York Classic Double Decker Tour, to be precise – to gain a nice overview of New York City and Manhattan.

New York Classic Double Decker Tour

New York Classic Double Decker Tour

It’s easy to get lost in the endless sights and sounds and lights everywhere, and this tour covers the major sightseeing spots and landmarks of the city.

You will enjoy the best sights in Manhattan during the day and at night, with unlimited hop-on, hop-off service at over 40 stops on our double decker bus. There is an Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop, and The Night Loop, and your pass is good for 48 hours to use as you wish.

Plus, this fun-filled tour includes a ticket for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island AND admission ticket to either the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. What more could you ask for? Well, stopping for pizza along the way of course, if you’re like me. 8)

Scenic views at the top of the Empire State Building

Scenic views at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City

New York Skyscrapers, Central Park, and the Atlantic Ocean

New York Skyscrapers, Central Park, and the Atlantic Ocean

Sunset views of New York City and Liberty Island in the distance

Sunset views of New York City and Liberty Island in the distance

Broadway Show Tickets in NYC

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway… and George Benson got that right. There’s nothing better than getting ready to go to your favorite Broadway Show on a magical evening in New York City. The lights and innovative use of the stage, exciting plot twists & turns, and incredible vocal, athletic, & orchestrated symphonies combined are sure to be painted upon the canvas of your soul forever. Whatever your dramatic pleasure, you’ll find the best only at http://www.nytours.us!

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The “Roaring” success of The Lion King on Broadway has led to stampedes of people rushing to reserve their seats to witness the amazing puppetry, costumes and magic of the music. A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, The Lion King brings you “a pulsing spectacle driven by primal African rhythms, unforgettable tunes (including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”) and a jaw-dropping display of exotic African wildlife brought to life onstage.” Don’t miss Broadway’s Sixth Longest-Running Show.

Discover the power of the Music of the Night at a chilling and romantic performance of the famous Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpeice will seduce you with this enchanting story of love, darkness, music, and despair. Set at the Paris Opera House, a beautiful soprano becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. Why see it, you ask? It is the perfect mix of romance and suspense with timeless ballads that you will love “Past the Point of No Return.”

For all you Harry Potter fans out there, check out How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This Broadway hit stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man ambitious to ditch window washing to climb the corporate ladder – as fast and easily as possible. Time to trade in the old spellbook for a real guide to WINNING! But will he succeed in business (without really trying)? See for yourself on Broadway. Brilliant.

We offer a complete selection of Broadway Show Tickets. For even more incredibly popular shows such as Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mama Mia!, RENT, Jersey Boys, Chicago, Ghost the Musical, and more visit us at NYTours.us. Book your show tickets online and save or call us toll-free at 888-880-9108 for assistance with reservations and group bookings.

Fall in Love with Niagara Sightseeing Tours

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Enjoy fall foliage & fantastic views of Niagara

Enjoy fall foliage & fantastic views of Niagara

Nothing spells a Roaring Good Time like a visit to Niagara Falls. Now is the perfect time of year to see spectacular views of vibrant fall colors and one of the greatest Natural Wonders of the World. Explore the great outdoors, enjoy fun-filled fall festivals, and be sure to visit Old Fort Niagara to discover its haunted history!

Traffic has become increasingly insane at Niagara Falls over the years. Driving through stop-and-go traffic to then find no parking spaces can leave you stressed out and definitely not enjoying your visit. Do yourself a favor and take a stress-free tour from NYC or Toronto! My favorite is our Niagara Falls Wine Tasting & Waterfall Day Tour from Toronto. You will stop along the way to the Falls for a special visit to an award winning winery where you can enjoy a free sample of Ice Wine, a sweet treat made from local frozen grapes. You will then continue on to the charming village of Niagara-on-the-Lake and then on to the falls.

I would also highly recommend our Niagara Falls All American Illumination Tour. In addition to the spectacular and colorful night time Illumination of the Falls, this tour also includes a thrilling ride aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist Boat, Viewing the Falls atop the American Observation Tower, the adventurous Cave of the Winds Trip to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, Attraction Fees, Parking Fees, Road Tolls, Pick-up & Drop-off Service, and much more.

On the popular Cave of the Winds tour, you will find that vanity is not an option next to that magnitude of Mother Nature’s incredible power. At Bridal Veil Falls, approaching the “Hurricane Deck,” be sure to take off your hat and hold on tight to it, or it will no doubt be doomed to a watery grave. The Hurricane Deck is so named because tropical storm conditions are present when you are that close to the Falls. It’s wet, it’s windy, it’s cold, it’s scary, and yes – you will get soaked to the bone. And you will absolutely LOVE IT. ;)

Hurry if you want to take a boat tour! After October 24th, the Falls will close as the water begins to freeze during winter. Check out Niagara Falls Tours for all of the best things to do in Niagara Falls from both New York and Canada!

We pick our favorite tours for the Fall – Pt 2.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

TripMama

Photo by Ray Wise

Photo by Ray Wise

This is a continuation from our Favorite Falls blog post.

Honestly, any tour in Savannah in the fall would be great,  especially ghost tours.  Walking tours are fun and you can get a real feel for the city and its history.” – Michael

I couldn’t agree more. Savannah can get really hot, but it starts to cool down in late September – early October. Savannah is definitely a walking city, so walking tours are pretty common.

Scary Ghost Walking Tour
Walking Martini Tour

“My favorite fall tour would have to be the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London because I love monsters, theatrics, food, and boos. :)  We have a bunch of Fall tours that may tickle your fancy, whether you like celebrating the season or Halloween!” – Lauren

“My recommendation for the PERFECT Fall tour is definitely the Fall Foliage Tour by Bus from Boston. It’s only available for about 6 weeks, but it’s always been a favorite of our customers. There isn’t anything prettier than New England when the leaves change. I have personally been in Vermont and New Hampshire during this time and the colors are spectacular!” – Barbara

I always book the Open Top Hop On/Off Tour when I am visiting New York.  I normally stay in Manhattan so my guests and I walk to Gray Line New York’s office and pick up our boarding passes.  The tour picks up and drops off at all the popular attractions (Empire State Building, Chinatown, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, etc.).  With a map in hand (available at the Gray Line office), we plan our stops.  When we are done, we simply go back to the drop off site and wait for the next bus to come by.  It’s never more than 15 minutes.  The guides are very knowledgeable and you can tell they are proud of their city.  It’s a great way to see a large city in a short amount of time.” – Sacki

“My favorite tour would have to be the “Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Guided Tour in Nashville”. I got to go backstage when I went to the Opry with Michelle and Barbara and it was great! The dressing rooms are AMAZING and you get to see where the stars hang out.   A must for country music fans!” – Allison

- Kris
www.reserve123.com

We pick our favorite Fall tours – Pt 1.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

TripMama

FallThe first day of Fall is September 23 (it’s so close, but so far away) and with that comes different scenery, cooler temperatures, and less crowds in all of your favorite or soon-to-be-favorite cities. Take advantage everything that comes with Fall by traveling! And boy, do we have the tours for you!

I asked the office what tours would they recommend for Fall traveling.

The Boston Tour by Bus is awesome in the Fall. You get to see the Fall changing of the leaves, the scenic area of Boston, and all the wonderful history the city has to offer. We can even see the Fanueli Hall and Quincy Marketplace.” – Janice

“I loved the Savannah Foody Walking Tour which is a great tour in the fall. There is a lot of Savannah history given by your tour operator and then you get to sample some great foods from the various restaurants and eateries in the area. Some of the locations even give you samples to take home! The samples are good portions and you’re full after your done. So you get great food, history and exercise all in one!” – Theresa

“For this time of year, the New England Seacoast is the best place to be. In only the months of September & October, there are fall foliage tours from Boston to the Cape or up the New England seacoast to Kennebunkport. I always arrange private tours for my groups every year for their Boston Experience. I say the Fall Foliage tours are the best tours for the fall. My groups always love them.” – Amber

Emerald Necklace and Fall Foliage Bicycle Tour in Boston
Bear Mountain Fall Foliag Cruise from New York City

“Italy and Tuscany in particular is spectacular at this time of year…the weather is beautiful, the summer rush is over and Italy is magical in as the evening begins. There is just something that soothes your soul to watch a sunset in Tuscany.” – Carolyn

Private Tour of Pompeii, Positano, & Almalfi Coast from Naples Italy
Chianti, Tuscany Excursion from Florence, Italy
Medieval & Renaissance Walking Tour in Florence, Italy

Look for Part 2!

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten and where? – A Coney Dog

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Camping World

Photo by stevendepolo

Photo by stevendepolo on flickr

Reservations Agent Chae said that the best thing she’s ever eaten was a coney dog, specifically with chili fries and, yes, with ketchup on the side.

It was during a family summer vacation in Detroit, Michigan whens she got her hands on this street food delicacy. After a long, lazy summer day, they had a family outing and ended up on the famous 8 Mile Road where Chae remembers grabbing a coney dog at the Omega Coney Island No. 3 diner. What she remembers most about this meal was the steam rising up from a fresh, hot coney dog; and how how hungry she was when she got it.

“It was begging for me to eat it,”  said Chae. For her, it’s the late night street food that strikes her fancy.

It’s kind of  funny how hard it is to find an attractive picture of a coney dog.  It’s one of those ugly-delicious foods that you have to be in the mood for to enjoy, but Chae definitely put me in the mood for a coney dog. I am also a street food aficionado and can’t wait to get myself a New York hot dog… or even a pretzel.

If you’re traveling to Detroit, we offer the The D You Must See Tour in Detroit and Detroit’s Rise, Fall & Renewal Tour.

If you’re like me and look for any opportunities to eat, we have so many food tours to offer! Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Home Cooked Delhi Food Tour
Old Pasadena Food Walking Tour in Los Angeles (we’re twitter friends with them! @meltingpottours
Best of Brooklyn Ethnic Food Tasting & Multicultural Bus Tour in New York Phew, that was a mouthful! (yes, that pun was intended.)

Of course you can see all of them in their delicious glory  on our website under ‘Food Tours’.

Have you ever had a coney dog? Where and when? Did you like it? Do you need a side of ketchup? Or is that heresy?

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/


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