Five Great New York Tours
Nearly 47 million tourists visit New York City every year. The Big Apple is an authentic mecca of fashion, entertainment, business and banking, shopping, art and cuisine. Whether looking to visit the city´s most emblematic sites like Times Square, get to know the art scene, see locations where famous televisions shows or movies were filmed, sample the city´s varied gastronomy, or hear a gospel choir sing in Harlem, visitors can find organized visits to introduce them to many different elements of New York City. Here are five New York tours to go on:
1. For first time visitors to New York City, a hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the ideal way for them to get their bearings and see some of the city´s must-see icons. The Grey Line bus tour, for example, offers a double-decker hop-on, hop-off bus tour with itineraries including the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, and Brooklyn Loop. For visitors looking to see as much as possible in a short visit, the bus loops will take them past dozens of New York icons and the on-going tour guide commentary on the bus will provide interesting and practical information.
2. Artmuse offers guided visits of the major art museums, auction houses, and galleries in New York. These visits cover all different types of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary, and include both temporary exhibits and permanent collections. Programs organized for children include a themed art project that participants can complete right on the premises of the gallery or museum. With the wide range of art on display and for sale in the Big Apple, Artmuse makes New York´s art culture and art history accessible for everyone.
3. Many organized tours in New York take visitors to sites they will recognize from television and movies, including filming locations from shows like Gossip Girl, Friends, and Sex and the City, and movies like Spiderman, The Devil Wears Prada, and I am Legend. The movie and television tour offered by On Location Tours is actually led by actors and actresses, who entertain visitors with fun tidbits like movie and TV theme song trivia and give tips on how to get tickets to the filming of TV shows like The Today Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
4. On the Harlem and Gospel Sunday Service Tour, visitors travel on a bus, listening to a narration explaining the history of Harlem while viewing Harlem´s famous landmarks. Sites include the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Morningside Heights, Columbia University, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and the Apollo Theater. Visitors will also have the chance to attend a Sunday morning church service and hear the powerful gospel music live.
5. The Melting Pot Food Tour is a creative and delicious way to get to know the ethnic neighborhoods in lower Manhattan. The tour visits bakeries and ethnic food stores in Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. Chinese pastries, kosher pickles, and Italian antipasto bring to life the history of lower Manhattan as a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures.