New York City Tours & Sightseeing

New York City Tours & Sightseeing
New York City, also known as the Big Apple, is one of the most heavily visited cities in the United States. Home to many famous businesses, landmarks and attractions, the city can be completely overwhelming for first-time tourists. There are a number of companies that specialize in taking people on guided tours of the city. With a city as large as New York City, obviously one tour could not possibly hope to cover the entire thing. This is why tours often take visitors to specific areas, oftentimes encompassing an overall theme.

Double Decker Bus Tours

A number of companies specialize in double decker bus tours of the city. Double decker buses have two levels of seating, making them much taller than a regular bus and able to carry more people. Oftentimes these double decker bus tours are accompanied by real-time information about the areas you're seeing by the tour's driver. Certain bus tours will take visitors through the more famous areas of Manhattan (Central Park, Chinatown, etc.) while others will take visitors out to one of the other boroughs, such as Brooklyn.

Bus tours are also available that stop at specific locations, allowing visitors to get off the bus and explore on their own for a bit. In the event that you take one of these tours it is important to remember to bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

Statue of Liberty Tours

A number of companies specialize in giving people guided tours of the Statue of Liberty. These can include helicopter tours in which visitors are flown over the statue itself as well as Ellis Island and Governors Island. People can also opt to go on a Statue of Liberty cruise that takes visitors all around Ellis Island. Finally, guided tours of the interior of the Statue of Liberty are also available. These tours are often informative, providing people will an idea of the history as well as the cultural significance surrounding the famous landmark.

Liberty Island itself has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts in that there are a number of gift shops and small museums located on the premises. Visitors can also walk the entire area of the island for a 360 degree view of the Manhattan skyline as well as the surrounding areas.


A number of companies also specialize in New York City sightseeing cruises. These cruises come with a hefty price tag--often costing upward of $100 or more per ticket--but generally feature dinner and entertainment as well as a tour of the Manhattan skyline. Many of these cruises also take visitors near (but not directly to) Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in addition to areas on both the upper and lower shorelines of Manhattan. Basic cruises that do not include dinner generally cost between $30 and $50 a person.

With a place as large and densely populated as Manhattan, it can be difficult for outdoor enthusiasts to feel satisfied during a visit to the Big Apple. Taking a cruise can be a great way to enjoy some fresh air and have some fun on the water while still taking in the sites and taking a thorough tour of the city.

Article Written By Stephen Lilley

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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