We found these tours to be valuable in Europe to get a perspective of the city. Anyone recommend one for NYC?
GrayLine and CitySights are the two big ones. Most people seem to prefer GrayLine. I think they're fine, and good for an overview of the city, but since New York is so much more spread out than many European cities, in terms of where the "major sights" are, they're not good for transportation. Once you've done your loop, get off and use the subway to get around.
We walk a lot and take the subways and public busses to get around, but we still like the commercial “Hop-on Hop-off” double decker busses and (even though we live here in NYC) once or twice a year buy a pass and “do” the City as paying tourists. We started doing this years ago due to one of our friends becoming a tour guide/narrator for one of the “Hop-on Hop-off” operators following his retirement as a teacher (a linguist). He died some years back, and fondly remember him “singing” (great voice) to the tourists and us atop the open air busses.
Even since then, we still enjoy the rides and we have done both operators; the biggest difference is not which operator you choose, rather it is the guide/narrator that you happen to get, and whether he/she is engaging or knowledgeable. There are times when we hop-off one bus and hop-on another (but same operator) so that we have a different guide/narrator.
We think that the rides are fun and a great venue in which to meet visitors from around the planet.
We took a ride about 5 weeks ago and had a great time!!
Hope this helps. Your questions are always welcome.
Casa Hoffa (South), Bahia Chahue, Huatulco, MX
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