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Grayline New York Sightseeing Buses

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The heart of Grayline New York tour operation in the big city is its world-famous bright red double-decker bus system. These buses operate year-round all over the most parts of Manhattan and selected areas in Brooklyn, and give travelers a convenient way to ride around town directly to featured tourist attractions, while getting tour information from a live person. Some visitors from the UK feel right at home getting on the bus, although beyond the double deck aspect the vehicles are very different from the coaches in London, which are actually part of London’s mass transit.

The “All Loops Tour” ride package allows you to hop on or hop off the tour buses and various locations for 48 hours without limit, as you see various sites and events within NYC. The roofless upper level of the bus makes it easier for tourists to take unencumbered pictures of the sites while en route. It is the ideal solution for people who want the peace of mind knowing they can resume a sightseeing ride at any time across those two days, yet stop at any point to shop, browse, picnic and otherwise fool around in the Big Apple. These Grayline New York buses in turn reduce time spent getting to the attractions, clearing up more time for travelers to enjoy the spots they want to hit on their trip.

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Grayline New York has 21 sightseeing loop buses in their system, that are modern, clean, and even energy-efficient or “green.” They also operate nighttime buses and special coaches, but these vehicles do not have the double-decker or the hop on, hop off element about them. This gives more choices to tourists, some of whom want a dedicated bus tour without interruptions, and others who may want amenities (such as air conditioning close) that the open air double-decker buses do not have. This last element has been the cause of some riders giving mixed reviews regarding the loop buses, saying the upper level of the bus can be uncomfortable on super hot summer days, or during the winter months.

The hard-working tour guides on the Grayline New York sightseeing buses provide interactive experience to travelers in both explaining the sites and to some extent being able to take questions from travelers. These guides try to stay abreast of recent changes and circumstances at the attractions, and are therefore better “on the ground” experts to trust in providing visitors with reliable information about the city. They are the equivalent of wait staff who know or can suggest to you the best deal on the menu (or in this case, the traveler menu), and so deserve to be tipped for their services.

Overall, as an iconic image of sightseeing in the city, the red Grayline New York buses are such a well known brand that they have taken on the status of a tour traction in of themselves as for some travelers are concerned. While some wonder whether using local mass transit would be a cheaper way of getting around, think of the (typical) $45 cost of the sightseeing bus as a better bargain in terms of giving you the ability to hop off up to 20 times across two days to enjoy different aspects of the New York experience. That is equal to 20 fares using the regular train or bus, which may not even get you to the exact location of each tourist attraction.

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August 29, 2010 at 1:32 am

New York – from Times Square to Broadway

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Tourists to New York will find in Times Square one of the most memorable moments of their trip to the Big Apple. Whether they’re taking in a Broadway show or riding the Gray Line sightseeing bus to see the high spots street by street, visitors will find most of the biggest punch of their trip to midtown packed into that half-mile of cultural landmarks. As a hub for just about everything from transportation to travel directions to popular dining and shopping, Times Square is almost impossible to avoid, anyway, and can act as an appropriate starting point for one’s journey to other points in the big city. To get you started, have a look at this 10 Minute Tour of New York:

One of the great international highlights along the strip is Madame Tussauds wax exhibits along 42nd St. at Times Square. As part of the worldwide chain of the great wax museum, you’ll find entertaining replicas of some of the major celebrities, Hollywood stars and other public figures right at street level. Some travelers have been startled to almost bump into what they thought was Morgan Freeman or Angelina Jolie, only to find it was a life-size wax model replica of those stars situated right in front of Tussauds. The many interactive exhibits go beyond the simple wax figures, and extend to presentations of an entire simulated setting, such as Superman’s Metropolis, or a mini version of a famous New York disco.

In addition to the world-famous theater district that hosts New York’s top Broadway, as in musicals, a number of nearby studios transmit TV programs to the nation, including the David Letterman show (housed in the old Ed Sullivan theater), Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock (broadcast from 30 Rockefeller Center) and other TV shows. The visitor who is really on his or her toes can secure advance tickets to be in the studio audience when these programs are aired live or recorded, giving one the unique delight of witnessing the TV hosts and performers in a theatrical experience.

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New York Tours

Some of the most interesting stores in New York are conveniently situated right along Times Square, including the very famous Virgin super store. This mega store features an almost museumlike design with multiple divisions for different types of music, videos, books, electronic equipment and other valuable souvenirs for travelers seeking a fascinating shopping experience. We can spend many hours in the middle of one of the most famous tourist traps on earth, just enjoying the gift shops along Times Square, without even seeing the actual attractions!

Front and center to the visitor’s Times Square experience are the shows along Broadway, ranging from Disney’s the Lion King and Mary Poppins, to the Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and other leading the award-winning productions. Here, as with witnessing Jimmy Fallon was David Letterman live as part of a studio audience, is a chance to see Oscar-winning actors and world-class dancers and singers in their natural setting. Tercel often also astonished that the amount of expensive production values that come with a world-class musical or dramatic play on the Broadway stage. The Broadway experience is one of the most unforgettable aspects of any tour of New York.

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August 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Welcome to the New York Sightseeing Guide

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This is the guide you have all been waiting for. Before long there will be some top notch stuff here, promise! Check back soon before you enjoy the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.

New York Sightseeing

New York Sightseeing

New York may be imposing, but the friendliness is well renowned, and you’ll be happy as Larry David in no time at all after you visit one of the friendly bars..

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August 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm