Mixing with the natives is optional as you take an elevated, rolling safari through the streets of New York City..
Sitting above the fray provides a new perspective on the Big Apple. After passengers settle in and relax, they can safely gawk at pedestrians or take snapshots of architecture without having to navigate through the aggressive crowds. And since your ticket allows you to hop on and off the bus at will (and lasts 48 hours), you can stop to explore any of the sights on foot.
Looping through Brooklyn, downtown, midtown and uptown, visitors will glimpse many of the city's major landmarks, such as Museum Mile, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A non-stop loop circling the theater district and Brooklyn Heights offers a sparkling nighttime view. Throughout, a knowledgeable, good-humored tour guide is on hand to point out sites and explain their fascinating histories--while periodically informing you of insider info, like when's the best time to visit the Empire State Building.
worst tour ever. Uptown tour - The first guide was 15 minutes late and told us little about the city, its history - mainly Seinfeld references and rental prices. The second guide (once the bus showed half an hour late) was rude, took us off the tour (we missed the second half of it, and ended up at Bloomingdale's instead) and refused to answer questions like: what is the next stop? The driver got off the bus and was gone for 15 minutes, and thought leaving a bus full of tourists to deliver a pie to her mother was a commendable thing to do. To top it off, I have yet to receive a response from Customer Service.
Very good tour.
Took the downtown tour. Guide was very knowledgable and had interesting things to say. Definitely sit on top; you can't see anything from below.
Last couple of miles (i.e. past Chinatown on the way back north) is not very interesting, so you could skip that part if you're pressed for time.
The hop on - hop off is good, but buses are full late in the day, so you may not be able to hop back on then. And you may wait 30 minutes to catch a bus late in the day, versus 5-10 minutes earlier in the day.
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