Visitors can get their bearings in New York by researching the options for City Tour perhaps a way to get a glimpse of the main attractions before deciding what the priorities are for the rest of the holiday.
If it is just a weekend visit, this is certainly the quickest way to see the landmarks made so famous on film and television.
The best tours are those using double decker buses where tourists can buy tickets with a certain validity and hop on and off at will; it is not possible to hop on and off in the same way with another means of transport that New York uses to introduce itself, the helicopter!
There is so much to see in New York that only the individual will know how he or she wishes to spend their time. The landmarks are perhaps the most straightforward of the attractions; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Grand Central, the United Nations and Central Park.
However when it comes to the cultural aspects of a visit, it is impossible to list the number and variety of museums that await the visitor to New York so that part of the trip may be best done individually. The Museum of Natural History is astonishing whether the section on prehistoric life, on current birds and mammals or the priceless collection of gemstones, one emerald a particular stunner.
For those of a nervous disposition there are two other tours to consider; a 15 minute helicopter ride above the City, going over the Bridges on the East River and viewing the famous landmarks of Manhattan is one of them. The helicopter ride of course can give its passengers a whole new perspective of the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty; the pilot takes the helicopter so close it is nearly possible to touch these landmarks.
The other is a virtual reality show within the Empire State building here the visitors sits in a theatre and is absorbed into a virtual reality flight over the City and under the Rivers of New York in a real flight of fancy.
Sometimes the basis for making a decision about a guided tour depends on the constraint of time. Tours can be a single day seeing the main sights or taken over a few days where passengers can jump on and off the buses at places which they want to see in more detail.
Companies also run tours at night time either to experience the attractions at night or perhaps link a tour with a visit to a theatre, a restaurant, or enjoy the general night life that New York has to offer. There are tours for every taste and flexible combinations to help tourists experience the atmosphere of New York at first hand.