More than 60 million tourists visited New York City in 2016, the highest ever annual figure, according to a statement released by the Mayor’s office. What makes the Big Apple so popular among tourists are its many iconic landmarks.

An article by USA Today lists the most famous tourist attractions in New York as:

  1. The Empire State Building: This is the second-tallest skyscraper in Manhattan.

  2. The Statue of Liberty: The regal bronze statue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  3. The Brooklyn Bridge: At the time of its completion in 1883, this was the longest suspension bridge.

  4. Central Park: It spans 50 blocks in the middle of Manhattan.

  5. The Chrysler Building: This Art Deco skyscraper was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

  6. Grand Central Terminal: Famous for its eateries, cocktail lounges and retail shopping.

  7. Staten Island Ferry: This runs between the southern tip of Manhattan and the northern tip of Staten Island, offering great views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline.

  8. Metropolitan Museum of Art: This is among the world's largest art galleries and is home to famous collections from Asia, ancient Egypt, the Netherlands and Spain.

  9. Times Square: This is famous for its massive digital billboards.

  10. 9/11 Memorial: This commemorates the lives lost in the 2001 terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center's twin towers.

How to Choose a Bus Charter Service

Here are some of the parameters to consider when choosing a bus charter service so you can see many of these attractions yourself:

Number of People Traveling: This is the first factor to consider. There are luxury motor coaches that seat from 49 to 57 passengers.

Facilities Available: Depending upon what you need, you can enquire about the facilities in the motor coaches, like restroom, wheelchair accessibility, climate control (air conditioning and heating), DVD/TV, public address system, GPS and emergency cell phone availability.

Comfort: Find out whether the charter service has buses with reclining seats, foot rests, large scenic windows and enough room for luggage storage (overhead and in bays below the bus).

Safety: One must check the bus charter service’s DOT (Department of Transportation) safety rating from the US Federal Safety Motor Carrier website, say professionals at Panorama Tours.

Security: Ensure that the bus charter service has all the necessary licensing and insurance mandated by the Federal and State laws. The company should be willing to show you a certificate of insurance upon request. You can be assured that the bus charter service is a company of good standing if it has memberships with the United Motorcoach Association, Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association and Better Business Bureau. 

A tour of New York promises to be an experience of a lifetime. If you’re planning a visit to New York, don’t miss out on the most important landmarks. Also, remember to check for these parameters when you choose a bus charter service. You want to make sure you have the most comfortable and reliable tour of the Big Apple possible.