2 - 3 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the New York City Highlights Self-Guided Walking Tour
This comprehensive self-guided New York City Highlights walking tour of NYC covers top sights like Grand Central, Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, etc.
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About the Tour
This self-guided New York City Highlights Walking tour begins at the buzzing Columbus Circle, then heads to Carnegie Hall, where music legends have performed for over a century. Get the story behind the hall and its founder before moving on to the unbelievably ornate Russian Tea Room, a Manhattan staple since 1927.
Next, visit the city’s most famous hotels, the Ritz and the Plaza. These five-star digs aren’t just landmarks; they’re also packed with Manhattan history you’ll uncover during the tour.
After that, you’ll have the chance to snap a few photos of the famous Pulitzer Fountain before heading down Fifth Avenue, where New Yorkers come to get their high-end apparel from stores like Saks, Bergdorf, and Louis Vuitton.
Then on the Manhattan walking tour, head to the Saint Regis hotel and learn of the fierce legal dueling between the Astors and the Vanderbilts surrounding this gorgeous landmark.
The route continues to a place you’ve seen before Rockefeller Center is a must-see New York landmark from the iconic ice rink to the NBC studios in 30 Park. Afterward, it’s time to say hello to Broadway and get an inside glimpse at the city’s thriving theatre scene.
No tour of NYC would be complete without Times Square, so that’s up next! Tour this wild square and learn about its transformation from a criminal haven to a tourism hub.
If you’re ready to take a break from walking, the next stop is Bryant Park, a perfect little oasis that has also seen plenty of show biz magic over the years. When you’re ready to keep going, the following couple of sights are two of the city’s most astonishing architectural marvels: the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. Take in the stunning designs while learning how they came to be.
Then it’s on to the vast New York Public Library, which houses a staggering 125 miles of shelving and transports books from floor to floor using pneumatic tubes!
Finally, on the Manhattan walking tour, get the full, fascinating history behind the Empire State Building as you walk to New York’s most iconic skyscraper. This tour concludes at the Empire State Building.
Starting Point Address: Columbus Circle, 848 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, USA
Discover the Hidden Treasures of NYC
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What You'll See
Russian Tea Room
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Saks Fifth Ave and Christmas Display
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Radio City Music Hall
42nd and Broad
Grand Central Terminal
New York Public Library
Empire State Building
Preview the Tour
Welcome Audio Story
The Plaza Audio Story
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
The tour works offline, so you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we suggest you download the tour on WiFi at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc., before heading out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket to any of the attractions along the way.
Carry a Portable Phone Charger
We Recommend carrying a portable power bank to avoid running out of charge during your tour.
How many tours should I buy?
Since this is a walking tour, we suggest you buy one tour per person for the best experience.
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!