Do your homework people. This is a superb way to get a good overall view of the layout of NYC, it's neighborhoods and quirks, shopping, eating, nightlife etc. Don't expect limousine service and you'll be pretty content with this attraction. We are veteran NYC visitors, but decided to spend this weekend doing all the silly tourist attractions instead. Riding the tour bus allows you to soak up not only the layout of the land, so to speak, but for those of us who KNOW all of that ... the architecture and minute details .. amazing. Yes, I agree with MANY posters that a lot of the experience depends on your guide. Our Night Tour guide was ... to say the least ... illiterate. "More beautifuler" came out of her mouth so often, as a teacher I just died inside each time. But, this same tour (night lights tour) was worth every penny we paid as well as the shudders for grammar. Truly breathtaking and goose bump inducing! The 48 hour ticket got us downtown, uptown, Bronx and the night light tour, all in a 2 day window - with time to spare. There were lines to get on at the starting points of the loops, so allow yourself that grace period - but note that the lines pretty much move along quickly as busses arrived 2 or 3 at a time. Granted, we did not hop off to explore or shop, but still we agreed it was an excellent investment.
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