New York City is a destination of the adventurous. If you love the hum of a busy, bustling city NYC is just the destination for you. Once you arrive in the Big Apple, you may find the landscape a bit overwhelming. How do you even begin to navigate a city that is both the most populous city in America, and which houses some of the largest buildings in the country? Well, there are a few great ways of getting around: all of which will provide you with a unique viewing experience. There are three that are quite popular: pedestrian touring, hop on hop off buses, and a helicopter tour in New York. All three of the options allow you to engage with this vibrant city in very different ways. Let’s look at their unique features:
Touring NYC City by foot certainly has its advantages. If you are the kind of traveler who likes to experience a foreign location like a local, then this option may be for you. However keep in mind: NYC is a vast body of land that also happens to be incredibly populated. So if you do decide that you want to explore the city by foot, make sure that you carve out a solid route beforehand. Whether you want to peruse the seemingly endless books at the Strand bookstore, or would rather observe the elite that stride down 5th avenue, set out equipped with a map and a cell phone. By foot, you will be able to engage with locals and the more minute details of the city that are lost on other forms of touring.
New York’s Quintessential Hop on Hop Off Busses
Hop on Hop Off Buses are found everywhere in NYC. In fact, these busses are so pervasive as to almost blend in with the landscape. The advantage of these busses is that you have the authority to determine your route. Most busses will hit the main landmarks-Wall Street, the Empire State Building—but you can certainly choose a tour that will focus on other boroughs outside of Manhattan. Being on a guided tour is nice as you will be fed information while you take in the sights. And being atop an elevated bus allows you a more abstracted view of the beautiful city.
Touring By Helicopter
A helicopter tour in New York is really like nothing else you have, or ever will, experience. Getting to hover over one of the world’s most beautiful cities, architecturally speaking, allows you to notice things about the buildings that you just cannot up close. Additionally, riding in a helicopter is an incredibly invigorating and enlivening experience.