Our definitive guide to the best New York Tours is a great place to start whether you’re entertaining out-of-town guests or simply want to channel your inner tourist. The list is a compilation of our favorite Tour Contrasts of New York and spots in the city, including everything from great parks and art museums, to food markets and historical venues. The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are obviously must-see attractions, but we’ve also highlighted a few of our favorite hidden gems, such as one of NYC’s greatest flea markets, Hudson Yard’s Vessel, along with tours to Niagara Falls and Washington DC.
1. One World Observatory
During the interactive tour experience, guests walk through some of the bedrock on which the building is built before entering the elevators, which are fitted with floor-to-ceiling LED screens showing a video of the city and building’s history.
2. Niagara Falls
If you want to take a road trip to Niagara Falls from NYC, be aware that it’s 420 miles away, and the drive takes about 7.5 hours. The Niagara Falls Tour allows you to explore the American side of the falls. Travellers can also choose a 2 or 3-day trip to Niagara Falls from New York, so you can also go to the Canadian side.
3. Helicopter Tours
There’s arguably no better way to see New York City than flying high in the skies, right? Grab your camera – and your safety belt – sit back and relax as your pilot takes you over one of the most iconic skylines in the world.
4. Edge Observation Deck
The building’s outdoor terrace takes you 65-feet into the sky making it the highest public balcony in NYC. The deck not only features panoramic views of our city’s skyline but a killer vantage point below.
5. Washington Tour From New York
On this New York to Washington DC tour, check out the nation’s capital in a day with all logistics, transport, and entrance fees included so you’re totally free to focus on the sights. Traveling by comfortable minivan or bus with a guide for commentary—another advantage over an independent trip—view landmarks including the White House and Washington Monument. Plus, visit Arlington Cemetery and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations)
6. See a show on Broadway
From emotional dramas to belly-laughing comedies, there’s a show on broadway for everyone. Get your glad rags on and head on down to the theater district.
7. Westfield World Trade Center Oculus
Its central skylight fits this alignment and washes the Oculus floor with a beam of light. The new shopping center inside has stores like the Apple Store, Aesop, Kate Spade, John Varvatos and others. Dining includes Eataly, Gansevoort Market, Wasabi Sushi & Bento and more.