Short on time but long on get-up-and-go? This whirlwind two-day East Coast escape shuttles you around to Big Apple highlights and hotspots, including Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Wall Street and Chinatown! You’ll get face time with our lovely Lady of Liberty, visit historic Ellis Island and maybe even get a crack at reading the weather at NBC studios; could this two-day excursion deliver your biggest break, yet?
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NBC Studio Tour
You and your group will kick off your NYC adventure with a trip to NBC Studios! This sellout tour ushers lucky guests through those hallowed halls and right into the belly of their New York operations. You’ll have the opportunity to check out Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show and MSNBC, and you’ll drop by the NBC/Sharp Globe Theater and Broadcast Operations, tour the Makeup Room and visit the High Definition Mini-Control Studio. Feelin’ photogenic? Souvenir photos are taken at the news desk; extra-audacious types may even get a crack at reading the news and giving a weather demo in front of the “green screen”!
Top of the Rock
Rockefeller Center wants you and your group of intrepid itinerants to see the “City that Never Sleeps” from a beyond breathtaking vantage point! Hop inside a supersonic elevator and soar straight to the twinkling, LED-lit “Top of the Rock” for exhilarating and utterly matchless 360-degree views of Central Park and the iconic city skyline.
Huge digital billboards, brilliant neon lights and dazzling, show-stopping storefronts are just a few of the incredible sights, sounds, and attractions awaiting visitors to this world-famous intersection in the heart of the Theater District. Energetic Times Square, depicted time and again in popular cinema, is the home of the annual televised New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, the Paramount Building, the Good Morning America show and so much more highlights and hotspots it’s earned the nickname, “Center of the Universe”!
Put your heads together and select the Broadway production you’d like to see, then beat feet to the theater, find your seats and enjoy the show! It’s really that simple, and there’s nothing like catching a live performance on one of the world’s greatest stages. No visit to the Big Apple would be complete without a “Great White Way” experience; with 40 venues to choose from, there’s something for everyone – and absolutely no excuse to miss out on this time-honored entertainment tradition. P.S.: Don’t forget to hang out by the stage door for autographs!
Statue of Liberty
The 151-foot tall Statue of Liberty was a generous gift to our Nation from the good people of France and is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. She stands tall and proud on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, a breathtaking monument to freedom and democracy around the globe. Statue Cruises provide wonderful tours, ferrying you and your group out to meet our Lady – we’re talking stellar photo ops, here!
You’ve met and photographed our gracious Lady; now it’s on to a fascinating tour of the historic landmark Immigration Museum – and maybe even a little family tree research. The first Ellis Island Immigration Station officially opened on January 1, 1892, with three large ships waiting to land. Over the next five decades, more than 12 million people would pass through the island on their way into the United States in search of a better, brighter future.
In addition to stringent physical examinations to determine fitness for entry, as part of what was usually a two-to-five hour process applicants were posed a series of 29 questions on their way through lines; how many of us have heard, at one time or another, a parent or grandparent quip something along the lines of, “I’m not interested in playing 29 questions with you!”? Did your ancestors come to America through this National Gateway, once a pirate hanging ground? Were they pirates? Here’s your chance to find out!
Every NYC travel itinerary should include a tour of this absolutely stunning commemorative landmark. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as our country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the horrific events of 9/11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which it accomplishes through a series of moving and relevant exhibitions. Portraits of more than 3000 9/11 victims are displayed on the site and a section of the “Survivors’ Stairs”- the stairwell by which hundreds escaped with their lives after the 9/11 terrorist attacks – as well as portions of the twin towers’ structural columns remain, sobering reminders of this horrific act.
Wall Street Tour
Centuries ago, when Wall Street was declared NYC’s official slave market, there really was a wall – a wooden wall, built to keep out the British. Modern Wall Street is not only home to the New York Stock Exchange (which saw its rather humble beginnings with a group of businessmen working away under a Buttonwood tree) but a host of other famous landmarks. Groups exploring this notorious thoroughfare will see the ornate 19th century Trinity Church, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Hall National Memorial, the Financial District, the 70-story Trump Building and - if they’re lucky enough to get next to it - can have a fellow traveler snap a few photos with the legendary Charging Bull!
Your final stop on this short-but-sweet “get acquainted” junket deserves a place on every NYC agenda! The Big Apple’s historic Chinatown - located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan - boasts one of the largest Chinese populations outside of Asia and the largest in the city; you and your group will fall right in step with the “locals” as they go about their daily business here in this swarming and gritty mecca of captivating and exotic sights, sounds and smells.
It’s the place to go for a fine sampling of traditional and delicious fare including delectable delicacies and sweet treats, uniquely enchanting specialty and discount shops and interesting open – air markets; this is where you’ll find your square watermelons, soup turtles, live eels, egg tarts, pork buns and boatloads of knock-off designer goods. Keep a sharp eye peeled and you’ll come home with some true bargains and perfect souvenirs for the folks back home; there’s so much more to a tour of Chinatown than tea and fortune cookies!