As part of the New York City Pass I had, it included a one day pass to the New York Big Bus Tour. This is a 2 route trip around New York City that takes you to all the tourist attractions whilst giving a live commentary. Below is a nice photo tour of the spots you see on the Big Bus.
We got on in Times Square where you are given headphones to be able to hear the commentary over the loud noises of New York traffic. The main "start" of route is by the M&M store one street behind main Times Square.
You go right through the middle of Times Square, giving you a great view of the red steps and all the screens.
Also in Times Square is the home of Good Morning America. Apparently this is a great place to spot celebrities or even get on TV!
Just outside of Times Square is a view of the top of the Empire State building. We can also see a view of this from our hotel room!
A little further on and you get a great view of the Chrysler building. This is definitely very pretty at night as well.
You then get to see the New York Public Library which is deceptively massive. You might also recognise this if you are a big Sex and the City fan as the place Carrie first attempted to marry Big.
Again, you get a great view of the Empire State. You can just see at the very top the viewing platforms that give you a brilliant view across New York.
You can also get a front on view of the famous Flatiron Building. I am sure you recognise this building from many movies and TV shows!
You get some views of some pretty impressive buildings and sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge!
One of the most popular stops is World Trade Centre, home of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. If you ever visit New York, I urge you to take some time out of your day and visit the museum and memorial. It is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives.
Standing just in front of World Trade One is St Paul's Chapel, otherwise referred to as the Little Church That Stood after it remained standing following the fall of the Twin Towers.
We then headed through the Financial District and Wall Street where you can see the Charging Bull. It is definitely busier here than I expected!
The view across the Hudson River is beautiful and really shows the architecture of the city.
They have some pretty extravagant wall art along the Hudson!
Finally, along the side of the Hudson River and into the City is the High Line. The High Line is a great walk with fantastic views.
We then returned to the main stop in Times Square. The Big Bus Tours are a great way to see the city without walking around it all; the live commentary is entertaining and provides you with all the fact you could want about the city and its landmarks! We used the Big Bus to get down to World Trade One and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and took it to get back to Times Square.
It is definitely worth it and I highly recommend at least a day pass.
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