Don't get lost on the subway or pay for an expensive taxi ride. Instead, explore Manhattan via comfortable SUV. Get picked up at your hotel and then hop in the automobile. With your trusty local guide by your side, get ready to see Lower Manhattan like never before.
Begin the tour in historic Greenwich Village, once home to the city's artsy bohemian crowd and future rockstars (Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Jimmie Hendrix). Today the brownstone-laden neighborhood is filled with the rich and famous. Drive down the area's leafy streets and feel free to get out to take a photo whenever you like. Then head south to the shopping mecca of SoHo and trendy TriBeCa, known for putting on an annual film festival.
Cruise along the Hudson River until you reach the Financial District, also known as FiDi. See the 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America. From there traverse the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most iconic bridges on the planet, and then come back to Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge.
Depending on traffic, drive through densely packed Chinatown and then shrinking Little Italy, home to more than 20 historical landmarks and a plethora of Italian-American restaurants.
When the tour concludes get dropped off at your hotel. If you’ve selected the half-day tour (see below in Itinerary), see the rest of the best of New York City.
Optional 5-Hour Tour (Lower, Upper and Mid-Manhattan)
After exploring Lower Manhattan, you’ll begin at Spuyten Duyvil, or Spouting Devil, at the northern tip of Manhattan Island, for amazing views. Then make your way down the city grid and view The Cloisters and Dyckman Farmhouse, the city’s sole remaining Dutch colonial farmhouse.
Reach Washington Heights and see Morris Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, the oldest house in the borough, as your guide sheds lights on its importance during the American Revolution. Drive by Yankee Stadium and Rucker Park before heading to Morningside Park and Columbia University. At the Gothic-Revival St John the Divine Cathedral, look at Peace Fountain, a 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) bronze sculpture.
Learn about New York’s affair with jazz as you drive by the Cotton Club, Duke Ellington’s statue, and travel along 125th Street, the ‘Main Street’ of Harlem. Maybe it’s time to grab a snack at Red Rooster, named after a Harlem speakeasy and popular with the locals.
Then head down the elegant, tree-lined Museum Mile, hugging 5th Avenue and home to top-notch museums and eye-catching mansions. Observe more classic New York architecture at Lincoln Center and the brownstones of the Upper West Side.
In Midtown, gaze at the Beaux-Arts-style Grand Central Terminal and the Art Deco lines and curves of the Chrysler Building. Wander through Central Park and pass by the Alice in Wonderland statue, the zoo and Strawberry Fields inspired by John Lennon.
A fan of Seinfeld, Sex in the City, Gossip Girl or Woody Allen flicks? During the tour, your guide points out popular filming locations. If you’re fashion-focused, get tips on where to shop along 5th Avenue, where you’ll also see St Patrick’s Cathedral, an impressive display of American Gothic Revival architecture.
Round out your tour at Rockefeller Center and check out Radio City Music Hall, 30 Rock and the Today Show studio, before being transported back to your hotel.