This NYC Highlights tour Starts in Times Square and hits all the main attractions in Central Manhattan, including Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Grand Central Station. The highlight is the Empire State Building, where you’ll use pre-reserved tickets to skip most of the lines and head straight to the 86th floor for expansive views of the city.
Meet your expert guide and small group in Times Square, then dive right into the history of the area, from its early days as a theater district to its decline in the 70’s and rebirth as a global crossroads of entertainment and consumer culture.
Leaving Times Square, pass Rockefeller Center and get a crash course on the history of American show business while learning about some of the interesting lore behind the building, like how it won, then lost one of the world’s greatest murals. Next, head inside the jaw-dropping St. Patrick’s Cathedral and learn about the Irish immigrants who helped build the city and continue to shape its culture.
Then take a stroll down fifth avenue to see one of the world’s swankiest shopping streets and admire the elaborate decorations that adorn the windows of high-class boutiques. Along the way you’ll pass famous landmarks like the main branch of the New York Public Library.
Your destination is one of the most beloved buildings in New York, Grand Central Terminal. Explore this cavernous building - one of the most visited in the world - as your expert local guide tells you the story of how it was nearly demolished before being refurbished to its current splendor. Don’t forget to check out a few of its hidden corners, like the whispering wall, which has an acoustic trick you have to hear to believe.
Your last stop is the highlight of the tour: the Empire State Building, so we’ve saved it for last. Take a pre-reserved ticket, skip the entrance lines, and hop on an elevator straight to the viewing deck on the 86th floor, which gives you a panoramic vistas around the city and beyond into and Brooklyn and Queens.
The heart of the Big Apple can be overwhelming, but when you go with a Walks guide, they unlock the history and culture of the city for you so you can see and appreciate the city as they do. On this Highlights tour you won’t just see the most famous sight of NYC, you’ll experience them.
N.B.: We will not enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral if there is a service on during the tour.