We were well advised to purchase tickets for these tours so we bought the 72 hour pass. We managed to do the Uptown, Downtown and Brooklyn loops and whilst interesting I found the actual bus left a lot to be desired. Firstly we were travelling 3 weeks before Christmas and with outside temperatures reaching -3°C in the daytime, there was NO heating whatsoever. Seating downstairs is available but you can't see anything because the windows are dark and photography is impossible. Windows were really dirty so photography from the top deck was bad unless you were sitting out in the open but because of the extreme cold, you wouldn't last long in that position. Each tour takes approximately 2 hours so if you want to hop off somewhere and look around you can but don't expect to be able to do more than one tour per day comfortably (daylight hours are very short). Friendly enough staff and a special mention to Dennis and Jose who gave us the Brooklyn tour which was excellent.
If Grayline could provide heating and wash the windows DAILY, these trips would be value. Otherwise a trip in winter becomes a concentration in keeping warm instead of sightseeing and nothing in the way of photos to show for it.
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