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Old 11-28-2012, 01:44 PM   #46
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Have you done this around the holidays? At a certain point, cabs don't even want to go near midtown some times in the day because it's so bad aboveground.

If it's not a crowded time of year, ... OP is coming during the holidays. I stand by that the tour buses are not a good idea at all.

Our last trip was last year from Sunday Nov 20-Wed Nov 23. We took the tour on Monday. Traffic was no different to us then it was on our prior trip in May. It was pretty cold though on the top deck! We did the downtown tour on that trip. In May we did the Brooklyn Tour and the trip prior in October 2011 we did the All Around Tour that was for 48 hours.

We are coming up again from Dec 26-30 and are thinking about doing another tour. We never book in advance, just walk over to TS and see if there are any busses empty and purchase tickets then. We all think it is a great way to see all the sites in the city without paying alot and minimum walking!
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #47
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Our last trip was last year from Sunday Nov 20-Wed Nov 23. We took the tour on Monday. Traffic was no different to us then it was on our prior trip in May. It was pretty cold though on the top deck! We did the downtown tour on that trip. In May we did the Brooklyn Tour and the trip prior in October 2011 we did the All Around Tour that was for 48 hours.

We are coming up again from Dec 26-30 and are thinking about doing another tour. We never book in advance, just walk over to TS and see if there are any busses empty and purchase tickets then. We all think it is a great way to see all the sites in the city without paying alot and minimum walking!
That was during the week and before Thanksgiving, so it wouldn't be holiday crowded.

Hey, if you enjoy it, more power to you.

During the holidays, I'd tell anyone to avoid that like the plague, because I think they'd be sitting and waiting for buses forever and a day. I also think it's expensive as heck for what it is.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:53 PM   #48
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That was during the week and before Thanksgiving, so it wouldn't be holiday crowded.

Hey, if you enjoy it, more power to you.

During the holidays, I'd tell anyone to avoid that like the plague, because I think they'd be sitting and waiting for buses forever and a day. I also think it's expensive as heck for what it is.
I don't know - I think maybe for people not familiar with the city who don't want to attempt to navigate the subways may enjoy and above ground tour. You can hop and off, right? It goes to all the major landmarks - for a person who isn't here often it may be a nice option.
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