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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

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

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