5 Reasons to Join Guided Bus Tours to Discover New York

In a city as big as NYC, it could take up to several weeks to uncover all the famous and captivating locations. That’s why taking a guided bus tour can prove to be a good option to structure or make the most of your first visit to New York City. It will allow you to discover large parts of the city in a limited time frame, giving you a nice overview as well as an exciting, comprehensive, and meaningful experience.

1- You’ll be comfortable and safe

Times Square

(Photo by Sam V.)

The City can be intimidating to new travelers who aren’t familiar with street patterns or public transportation schedules and routes. Your first time here might leave you feeling unsure of where to go, especially if the English language isn’t your native tongue. The Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions tours will give you the best experience because the Big Apple is our City that we know and love. Whether it’s raining or burning hot, our buses are all comfortable, feature large windows, air-conditioning or heat, and multi-lingual tour guides. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy.

2- You’ll gain insider knowledge

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With a local tour guide, you’ll hit all of the highlights as well as some hidden gems in New York City that you otherwise would not hear about. Our guides often share stories and bits of history about attractions to create a deeper understanding of the area that you are in. Save your tourist guidebook for another time and come to listen to your guide personally tell you the stories of one the world’s most exciting cities!

3- You can spot what you like, then go back

Kobra painting from the High Line

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Exploring New York City on your own is a fantastic option if you already have your itinerary in mind. If this is your first time in the Big Apple and you don’t know where to start, a guided tour is a nice way to get a great perspective of the city before going out there on your own. Consider our High Line and Chelsea Market Walking Tour through Chelsea, the High Line, Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market and Soho. Then, you can spot the neighborhoods, streets, shops, and restaurants that catch your eye to return on your own!

4- You will discover larger parts of the city

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

Our New York, New York City tour takes you to Manhattan’s most exciting neighborhoods from Midtown to SoHo, Little Italy, the Village and the Financial District.  The Brooklyn tour shows you all the diversity of the most populated borough of New York, from its ethnic and residential neighborhoods to its trendiest parts. To discover Harlem from a unique point of view, take the Harlem Gospel or the Soul Food and Jazz tours. You’ll get to ride through the neighborhood and see its most famous landmarks, attend an authentic Gospel concert, or dance at a local Jazz club. If you want to get a taste of Soul Food, some of our tours will even take you to one of Harlem’s most iconic Soul Food restaurants. To see the best of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, come along on our Triboro Tour for a fun filled day with other travelers from around the globe.

5- You’ll make some friends!

Group in front of the Apollo Theater New York

Joining a guided tour will give you the opportunity to mingle with other fellow travelers visiting New York City. Better yet, you’ll all speak the same language in the bus, so there is a chance that you will share some impressions or maybe exchange some advice. Additionally, your guide will also be there to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction if you’re looking for anything in particular.


There are several benefits to using tours as long as you choose a company that not only cares about the local environment but respects the local culture as well. If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.

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