Posts Tagged ‘manhattan’

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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Fashion in the City

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Here’s a subject you probably didn’t think you’d find on a travel blog: fashion.

In my humble opinion, New Yorkers have the best street style out there, but if you’re looking for some haute couture (because, why wouldn’t you be?), apparently this is the city. We had to join the fun.

Admire New York City’s top runway models as they strut down an extravagant 60-foot catwalk. From influential boutique designers, stylists, fashion photographers, hair and makeup artists, each show is truly a memorable event.

Pioneering an exclusive opportunity, both New York locals and global visitors are invited to experience this season’s current fashion trends in a vibrant live fashion show!

The show produces live fashion shows showcasing the latest trends in the fashion industry. As the fashion capital of the world, Manhattan is where the most influential designers come to showcase their collections at exclusive invite-only fashion shows. However, at New York Fashion Shows, your host believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of attending a live fashion show.

There’s even a VIP option! Check it out, here.

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

Ride Around The Big Apple!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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If you want to “be a part of it” like the old Sinatra song says, I would recommend the New York Classic Double Decker Tour. Purchase the New York All Loops Tour, and you will be able to see all the major sights in New York. This tour includes a pass on our double decker buses that cover the major sightseeing spots in Manhattan PLUS 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. Having taken this tour myself, this is an excellent and reasonably priced 48-hour tour to introduce you to The Capital of the World.

New York City skyline

New York City skyline

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. You can see the sights at your leisure, then hop on the bus and head to the next location. There is an Uptown Loop, a Downtown Loop, a Brooklyn Loop, and a Night Loop.

For shopping enthusiasts, the Downtown Loop is a great way to scout out the best stores and restaurants. Since you will not be spending an arm and a leg on the tour, you will be able to save the major spending for your shopping spree! If you book online you will save $6 on each adult ticket.

Visit us online at New York Tours to see all of the fantastic things to do in The Big Apple. Experience the incredible architecture, including some of the world’s best-known buildings such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Reserve Airport Shuttles to and from Manhattan and JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports. We also offer a complete selection of Broadway Show Tickets. See the Statue of Liberty, enjoy a Movie or TV Locations Tour, a Harbor Cruise or a Dinner Cruise, see the sights from a Helicopter Tour, and much more!

In New York, the Sky is the Limit!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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Traveling with kids to the Big Apple sometimes requires creative planning, especially when looking for something unique to do that doesn’t involve endless hours of walking as tourist trips often do.  Since children are often easily bored, you will need something that can hold a child’s attention but that will not last all day.  Luckily, there are plenty of options in the city that can fit both your interests and your schedule. 

Tours run every half hour from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm so you are able to pick the time that works best for your group.  I will point out, however, that helicopter tours in New York book up fast.  It is best to plan well in advance of your trip so your dates of choice will not be sold out.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime experience!

Visit www.NYTours.us for more info on this tour and many amazing others.

 

Fabulous Brunch on the Water in NYC

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

If you are looking for something fun to do on a lazy Sunday, take the Brunch Cruise in New York. On board, you will dine on mouth-watering cuisine as you listen to the tunes spun by an area DJ. You can get comfortable and listen to the music as you dine, or get up and dance, dance, dance! The viewing decks allow you to see one of the most beautiful skylines as you cruise along the water. You will glide past the Statue of Liberty to a soundtrack of great musical selections so just pause and enjoy the moment.

This is a one of a kind dining experience that combines delicious food, entertainment, and fantastic sightseeing. The cruise lasts for 2 hours and runs on Sundays at 12:30 pm from May through December. You will be spoiled by the freshly prepared appetizers, entrees, and desserts which you will select tableside. The staff is very accommodating and it is easy to get comfortable and relax or get amped up for a dance or two.

You can see the city from your private table or get up and walk around the decks to see everything from a different angle. Get up and take a closer look at Lady Liberty and different buildings along the skyline as you pass by if you wish, or let the direction of the boat dictate while you kick back. This cruise is a great option for everyone, including those local to the area because it is a great way to spend part of your Sunday. So enjoy your trip to New York and don’t forget to check out this relaxing brunch cruise.

For more on this cruise and others, visit www.nytours.us.

A Unique Spin on Traditional Tours

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Ready to roll but tired of taking the same old wheels? Try out one of the many nontraditional tour offerings on your next trip to New York, San Diego, or Los Angeles.  Get out of the habit of the same old thing and start the new year off with a new mode of transportation.  With Reserve123, the options are endless.

On your next trip to New York, consider seeing the city in the comfort of a classic convertible.  You will be the talk of the town and will make heads turn as you cruise through the city streets with the top down.  On the Deluxe Private New York Tour, which runs from May through October and is taken in a classic convertible, your 1975 Chevrolet Caprice will take you to the historic West Village, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade where you can catch the perfect view of the Manhattan skyline.

Another convertible tour that is available is the Classic Car Tour from Los Angeles.  This is a great option for trips in the winter since temperatures in Los Angeles don’t often dip much lower than 50°F.  L.A. also enjoys about 263 sunny days a year and rain is less frequent than in other parts of the country.  You will ride in a classic Cadillac convertible as your tour guide makes sure you get to see all the right spots and learn more about the area to get the most out of your trip.

For a fancy twist on the limousine, take the Los Angeles Limo Tour and see all the best places inTinseltown.  Your vehicle, which is actually a 24-passenger super stretch Hummer, comes equipped with color TV and VCR, complimentary bar, stereo and CD player, wraparound leather seats, and a sun or moon  roof.  You can also request free champagne, a red carpet, fish tanks, smoke machines, and more so they are perfect for a special occasion or a typical day or night on the town.  Of course, with this tour your day will be anything but typical!

A unique spin on the limo ride concept is the VIP Street Rod Limo Grand Tour of Los Angeles.  Your tour will begin in a 1923 Ford T Roadster Limo, which will take you to the most exclusive shops in the area on the famous Rodeo Drive.  The tour also features celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air including those of Al Pacino, Madonna, and George Clooney.

When you are looking for your day to take a spooky turn, check out the Deluxe Haunted Ghost Tour in San Diego.  Your “Ghost Coach” will take you on a 90-minute night tour of haunted San Diego.  Of course it wouldn’t be much of a ghost tour if you stayed in the coach the whole time, so be prepared to get out and stretch your legs as you walk to documented haunted spots.  You will also gain admission to the William Heath Davis House, located in the Gaslamp Quarter.  The tour is completely guided, and as you can imagine it is packed with theatrics.

No matter what kind of nontraditional transportation you choose, your tour will be filled with excitement, incredible scenery, and priceless information.  Reserve your tickets online and save $5 on each adult ticket.

Spending a Night in ‘Gateway City’

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Newark is the most populated city in New Jersey.  At about 5 miles west of Manhattan and 2 miles north of Staten Island, it is centrally located and allows for easy access to the Tri-State area which consists of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Newark is a transportation hub, with its significant air, rail, road, and ship traffic, and it is a major gateway into the Northeastern portion of the United States as a whole.  Because of this, the city has become aptly known as ‘Gateway City.’ The city of Newark is in an optimal location for workday commuters to New York City and the Philadelphia area is easily accessible as well.  For that reason, many decide to dwell in the Newark area as a more cost-efficient alternative to living within the borders of New York City itself.

There have been a lot of rebuilding and revitalization efforts put forth in the Newark area.  The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has brought in an estimated 1.6 million people since its opening in 1997.  The facility, which cost $180 million, has helped to breathe new life into a city that was once on the decline.  The construction of the structure sparked a building spike in the area, including the creation of Riverfront Stadium, home of the Newark Bears, and the Prudential Center for the New Jersey Devils.  The Passaic River waterfront is also being redone so that it will soon provide direct access to the river.

For a night out with the family, catch a show at Medieval Times.  This show provides fun for all ages and is a great activity to do whether you are new to the area or have lived there for most of your life.  Another nighttime option is to make your way into Manhattan for a Broadway show or catch the City Lights Dance Party Cruise from New York.  This is a very popular option for many, as the balanced combination of music and sights makes for a very pleasant cruising experience.

As you can see, there is a lot more on offer in Newark than perhaps anyone would have initially thought.  To see a complete list of activities and tours available in the area, check out www.newarktours.net.

Cruising in the Big Apple

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

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If you are in New York and are looking for a wonderful way to spend a few hours, consider taking a New York Circle Line Cruise.  These cruises provide an excellent opportunity to sit back and relax as you tour some of the most gorgeous sights in the city.  The New York skyline’s beauty is unparalleled, and it is one of the most recognizable in the world.  Just think of all the amazing structures you can name that are in New York: the Empire State Building, Trump Towers, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty…The list goes on and on.

There are several options to choose from when picking a Circle Line Cruise, so select the one that fits your schedule best.  You can take the 2-Hour Semicircle cruise, which runs twice daily, for an incredible view of the New York City skyline and a trip down the Hudson River.  The ship also sails around the Battery and up the East River before moving under the famous Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges on the way to the United Nations.  This cruise offers a thorough overview of the city’s highlights in the least amount of time.

Another option is the 3-Hour Full Island cruise.  In addition to the landmarks visited on the 2-hour cruise, you will see the other 2 rivers in New York as well as 4 other major bridges and all 5 boroughs.  Over 25 well-known landmarks are shown as well as an up close and personal view of the Statue of Liberty.  Food and drinks are offered on board for a fee, as are souvenirs of your trip.  This cruise departs from Pier 83 at 42nd street on the Hudson.

If a night tour is what you are looking for, the 2-Hour Harbor Lights Cruise is a perfect choice.  These cruises depart at 6 or 7 pm depending on the day, so they are early enough in the evening that they will not end too late but late enough so that you can see the magnificent city of New York under the setting sun.  The city is breathtaking especially at night when its lights are shining brightly.  This can be a romantic night out under the stars or simply an evening of enjoyable sightseeing for family and friends.

Cruises are also offered on the 4th of July as a unique way to celebrate.  These last between 5 and 5 and a half hours and provide an incredible display of fireworks, a DJ, dancing, and food and drinks for purchase.  What an amazing way to see the city as you celebrate American independence.  This cruise boards at 4:30 pm and runs on the 4th of July only.

All in all, a cruise around the city of New York, no matter which one you take, is a great way to orient yourself to the city if you have never visited before, or just to appreciate it in all its splendor.  Cruises are family-friendly and present an opportunity to take many gorgeous pictures to remember your trip.  To reserve your spot, and take advantage of convenient e-ticketing, visit www.nytours.us and select the cruise that most interests you.

New York Bateaux Dinner Cruise Experience

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

If you are looking for something really unique and entertaining to do in New York City, look no further than the New York Bateaux Dinner Cruise.  These boat tours around Manhattan are available for lunch cruises, dinner cruises, and holiday cruises.

Bateaux Cruises

We enjoyed this dinner cruise last month during our visit to NYC.  The food was great and the view was simply amazing everywhere you looked.  Overall, I would rate the experience a 9.5 (a highlight of our holiday) because of the attention to detail provided by the staff.  They were excellent!

The ship cruised along the Hudson River and East River.  We were able to see all of Manhattan from the deck, including the Empire State Building.  We also saw the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the site of the World Trade Center, Battery Park City, South Street Seaport, and a number of other famous landarks around the city.

Statue of Liberty

Since we saw the Statue of Liberty at night, we decided that we wanted to go back during the day.  We got our Statue of Liberty Tickets online and that was another highlight of our vacation.  I highly recommend that you experience both tours since they provided two completely different perspecives of Ellis Island and the Statue.


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