By Anderson tour director Martie
What a wonderful trip to New York, the city that never sleeps. We left early on Friday morning with 48 passengers, many of whom had never been to NYC. Of course that made the trip that much more fun because it is always interesting to see the reaction of people who are there for the first time.
We had a hearty lunch at Country Cupboard in Lewisburg, PA with a little time afterward for some shopping before heading to NY. On the way, we talked about the city and the dos and don’ts for those newbies. We arrived in the city at the beautiful Hotel Edison around 5:30 PM. and passengers were on their own for dinner. Our hotel is only ½ block from Times Square so the location was perfect with lots of options for dinner.
On Saturday, we met our step-on guide, Carlos, for a day of touring. Our first stop was the Empire State Building. We rode the elevators up to the observation deck, which gave us panoramic views of the city and the opportunity for lots of photos. From there, we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was stunningly beautiful. The stained glass windows throughout the cathedral was breathtaking and once again, gave us the opportunity for photos.
Our next adventure took us into the NYC subway system, where we boarded the subway and rode it all the way to Grand Central Station. Grand Central is massive, with lots of shops and restaurants, as well as beautiful architecture in the huge grand entrance room.
Next stop was Little Italy with lunch at Puglia’s restaurant. The food was amazing starting with huge plates of garlic bread, platters of salad, eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken parmesan, followed with cannoli. We were entertained with Italian music and singing with everyone singing along.
Stuffed with delicious food, we then walked to the bus and headed to Wall Street for a walking tour beginning with Trinity Church, Wall Street, the Wall Street Bull, the Federal Hall, and ending up at the 911 Memorial. So much history and amazing facts were imparted to us by Carlos.
Next and final stop was the Statue of Liberty. We took the ferry over to Lady Liberty and had access to the pedestal, which gave us beautiful views for taking photos. We left the Statue and took the ferry back to the bus, which then dropped everyone off for a Saturday night of fun on their own.
Sunday morning, passengers were on their own to do as they please since we were not leaving the city until 1:00 pm. It was an amazing trip and everyone had lots of stories to share on the ride home, with many wanting to come back again to see more of this fabulous city.
Anderson Coach & Travel has been providing Superior Travel Experiences since 1937. In celebration of our 80th Anniversary, college student McKenzie Caldwell will be traveling with Anderson. McKenzie, our tour directors and guests will share their stories from on the road here!