Posts Tagged ‘downtown’

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

Scoot Around Barcelona in a GoCar

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Why Wait 3 Months

Visiting Barcelona? If you are looking for a no-fuss way to spend your day, a GoCar rental is the thing to do.  GoCars are a sporty and fun alternative to renting a full-size vehicle, and with their built-in GPS feature, you have everything you need to enjoy a day of sightseeing in the city.

These bright yellow convertibles do more than just getting you from point A to point B.  The car itself provides audio directions as well as an entertaining commentary on each of the places you will visit.  You have the freedom of choosing the order of your trip, without the responsibility of having to be your own tour guide.  You can take all the time you need to make a photo stop or two and enjoy a meal.

Potential stops on the GoCar tour vary depending on whether you choose an All Day, Uptown, Downtown, or Highlights Express Tour.  The All Day Tour is the most economical in terms of the hourly cost, and it takes you uptown, downtown, and everywhere in between.  The Downtown Tour, which lasts between two and three hours, brings you to the core of the city where you can check out the remains of the city walls and several ancient buildings.  You also get the chance to visit the incredible Montjuic Mountain.

The Uptown Tour is also about two to three hours, and lets you explore the open roads outside the old town.  During this tour you can discover Gaudi’s most important creations.  If you are looking for a briefer tour, the Highlights Express Tour lasts about an hour with the option to stay on longer.  This compact tour takes you around to the main sights in Barcelona.

The easy-to-drive GoCars are street-ready and fully equipped.  Their size makes them especially easy to park, which is a plus since there are likely many places you will want to stop to take a look at.  For more on this tour, visit

Tour Across America

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

It is often hard to choose where to spend your vacation, but when you think about all the things you can do in each state and in each city, you really can’t go wrong.  United States Tours offers things for you to do in every state in the country, including Washington D.C.  There’s no way that you can’t have a great vacation with the vast array of activities and attractions that are at your disposal.  United States Tours and its affiliates are the largest tour operators in the world so there is no doubt that this year’s trip will be the best yet. 

One of the most popular packages that United States Tour provides, out of the 5,000+, is the Alcatraz Tour & San Francisco City Tour.  You will get a comprehensive tour, including bus and ferry transportation, of the beautiful city of San Francisco.  This is an excellent tour as you see all the world renowned sites through San Francisco including Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Union square as well as the notorious federal prison on Alcatraz Island.

Another wonderful option for a vacation activity that United States Tours offers is the New York Spirit Dinner Cruise.  This is a great way to spend an evening after a full day of sightseeing around New York.  You will eat a delicious dinner aboard a luxurious and chic ship.  Your night will be complete with the entertaining music and Broadway-quality performers.  For a break from the exciting festivities, you can stroll along the decks of the magnificent boat and view the best of New York drift by.

On the Nashville City Tour you will see all the major sights of Music City.  This fantastic tour is known for taking you to the best areas in the marvelous city.  You will ride by the historic downtown Nashville, Fort Nashboro, the Parthenon, Music Row, Studio B and beautiful Vanderbilt University.  The tour makes a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as well as the Ryman Auditorium – the Mother Church of Country Music.  This is a perfect tour for visitors to Nashville who want to see the greatest parts of the city.

An experience unlike any other is Boston Duck Tour and it all begins as you board your sightseeing vehicle, the “DUCK.”  The “DUCK” is an authentic WWII amphibious, meaning it can drive in land and water, vehicle that has been renovated for your comfort.  As Boston is the birthplace of freedom, it is only fitting that you see sights that reflect this while touring Boston.  The golden-domed State House, built on land owned by John Hancock, is highlighted during the tour.  Other locations that will be sighted are Bunker Hill, Boston Common – the oldest park in the country, and Copley Square.  Just when you think the tour has ended and you have seen all Boston has to offer, “SPLASHDOWN” hits.  The DUCK will splash right into the Charles River giving you the chance you receive an incredible view of Boston and Cambridge skylines.

United States Tours has tours, activities and attraction tickets in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  By using the services offered you will without a doubt have one of the best vacations of your life.  Reserve your tickets today at United States Tours website, 

See the ‘Pearl of the Danube’

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and home to over 1.5 million people.It is Hungary’s principal transportation, political, industrial, commercial, and cultural center.Budapest is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and brings in over 20 million visitors every year.It is no wonder, then, that there are so many ways to see the area.You can tour Budapest by bus, boat, cruise, on foot, and by Segway.There are a variety of other things to do in and around Budapest so there is something to meet everyone’s needs and interests.

One of the most popular – and most delicious – tours in Budapest is the Budapest Gourmet Tour in Hungary.You will learn how to make traditional Hungarian dishes and will dine on goulash soup and pancakes before taking a tour of Central Market Hall -an indoor market specializing in fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, and meat.For a tasty treat, take this tour, offered at 10:00 am Monday through Saturday.

To see gorgeous Budapest at night, take the Budapest by Night Tour in Hungary – with Dinner.On this tour you will stop at Heroes’ Square, Basilica, Parliament, Downtown, Elisabeth Bridge, and Gellért Hill.There are several opportunities for photos, specifically at Gellért Hill and Heroes’ Square.For dinner, you will travel to the Buda Castle District and dine in an Old World restaurant and listen to gipsy music.

For a peek into Budapest’s night life scene, take the Pub Crawl Walking Tour in Budapest Hungary.For three and a half hours you will hit three or more pubs for a chance to experience party time in Hungary.You will start the night with a shot of palinka and then do a ‘power hour’ with unlimited beer or wine before making your way to several area venues for shots and beer.The places you will visit are frequented by locals so you will get a feel for life outside the tourist circle.

More generalized tours of the area are also on offer, including the Budapest City Tour with Cabriolet Bus in Hungary.The bus takes you to Elisabeth Square, Opera House, Millennium Memorial, and Downtown, making many photo stops along the way.You will also pass by Margaret Bridge and Parliament.The views from Gellért Hill are amazing, as is the informative commentary you receive through your headphones.

For an incredible time in Budapest where you will not only have fun but learn a great deal, take one of these tours or check out what else is on offer at

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