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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

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.


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