Monday, September 16, 2013

New York City: Tips for the East Coast Traveler

Love in the Heart of the City

New York is the city of brotherly love. Love in the heart of the city is the platform for the city's population. Over time, the city of brotherly love has maintained is principle of community and friendliness. However, in such a bustling city, visitors and tourists are bound to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the typical New York citizens busy life! Travel tips and recommendations for travel in the city are paramount to successfully enjoy a great trip! Read on and find out more to get the best out of New York and keep the love in the heart of the city!

Drive and park it!

Driving into NYC is a pleasure, Driving in NYC is a pain.

Reason number 1 - There is no where to park. We all know someone who has a story of finding parking all over Manhattan, no problem. We are here to tell you that this is folklore.

Reason number 2 - Even if you find what you think is a legal parking spot, odds are you will return to your car and find a not so lovely ticket for a minimum of $50. And you may get towed and that is a nightmare.

Reason number 3 - Traffic, need we say more? Traffic in NYC is enough to give enough
the most mild mannered person a great test of patience and will. Bottom line - park the car
in a lot (there are thousands of them, now you know why) and leave it. Your wallet and
sanity will thank you.

The Metro Card

This is like a little credit card that you use to pay your fares. You just swipe it and get on the train. (Read more below).

Mass transit rules!

Whether you choose a taxi, the bus, or subway as your means of transportation - you cannot go wrong. The transit system in NYC is fantastic and easy. First let's clear up some misconceptions about transit in our great city.

Taxis are cheap! Not expensive as you may have thought. An average cab ride is around $5.00.
In fact, taxis may be one of the last cheap items in Manhattan - Except for our hotel rates that is.
There are literally thousands of taxis all around - very easy to spot; they are bright yellow. Rules for flagging a cab. Stand at a corner and stick out you arm. The taxi will stop. Very Simple. Note - for a $5.00 ride a standard tip would be about $1.00 to $1.50.

The Subways are Safe! Really. We all take them - all the time. And they are super fast
and easy to navigate. For the most part, the island of Manhattan is set up like a grid, so it is very easy to figure out which train to take. When you arrive at your hotel, simply ask the front desk for a Subway Map. They all have them. When you get to the subway station, go to the teller in the booth and tell them you want to buy a Metro Card. This is like a little credit card that you use to pay your fares. You just swipe it and get on the train.

One ride is $2.00 but they have special unlimited ride cards for 1, 3, 7 or more days and
they are extremely inexpensive. Ask the teller in the booth.

Bus rides are quite pleasant. A little slower than the subway but very nice and good for sightseeing. Bus routes are mainly up and down (North and South) the major avenues and on what we call main cross-town blocks. Cross-town is when you go from West to East or vice-versa. You can use your Metro Card on the Bus as well and there is literally a bus stop on every block. Bus Maps are available at the hotel as well. Some Rules for taking the bus. Let's say you are on Broadway and 58th and you want to go Downtown to Broadway and 34th street. Simply walk to corner, wait, (buses come about every 5 min) and hop on. Swipe your Metro Card and ride. Very easy. Hop on, Hop off - you get the idea.

You can wear jeans anywhere!

We receive so many calls from folks who are confused about the dress code here.

Basically, there isn't one.

Case in point. You wake up, throw on your jeans, tee shirt and sneakers and go out to have
Breakfast and do some shopping and sightseeing. While shopping, (and this is mostly for the ladies) you find a killer pair of sexy sling backs. You go back to your hotel, put on the sling backs, change the tee shirt to a camisole and jacket and your set for dinner and a Broadway show.

After the show, you whip off the jacket and with the camisole, jeans and heels - your set for even the hippest clubs. And always remember, when in doubt, black is always safe. Everyone, and I mean everyone, wears black - even in the summer.

So there you have it - jeans and black. But don't forget the sling backs! New York is definitely a "shoe" city. You ladies out there will know what I mean.

Eat where you want to!

New York is the culinary capital of America and you should experience it! Restaurants are not as pricey as you think. Well let's rephrase that a bit. The food is not as expensive as you think; it's the wine and drinks that really add up. So, if you want to have an amazing four star dinner, go for it - just only have one glass of wine.

The food at Four and Five Star restaurants is only marginally more expensive than everywhere else; again it's the wine and cocktails that are very pricey at these establishments. So eat up and save the cocktails for that charming Pub down the block.

You'll be dining like a movie star and with less consumption of alcohol, unlike the stars, you won't
have one of those embarrassing "Paparazzi" moments.

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Take an East Coast tour from New York

Save time trying to find things to do in New York by taking East Coast tours from New York and explore the entire region. Tour providers for the East Coast plan everything in advance, giving you leisure time to enjoy your vacation experience without worry and the trouble of pre-planning. Enjoy a hassle free trip at the cost of freedom. This isn't for everyone but if you're interested in seeing all the best spots without having to worry about mass-transit, security and more then an escorted tour may be the right way to travel to New York city and the surrounding area.

Travelling the West Coast of America in style

The Mauiva AirCruise's Private Plane Tours provide a luxurious and convenient way of seeing the most amazing places along America's West Coast on the Western Wonder Experience: a 7-Day, 6-Night West Coast Tour package from Los Angeles. The AirCruise vacation tour travels to destinations including Monterey, San Francisco, Fresno and Las Vegas in just six nights and seven days. Along the way the passengers are fed well, taken to amazing attractions and excursions, then transported in style by very friendly and professional tour hosts. Here is an outline of all the goodies that this tour typically provides.

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Day One: Monterey, Carmel
All the Mauiva air cruise passengers meet in the plush lobby of the Sheraton in downtown LA and are given a sticker for luggage, a thermal coffee cup and a Mauiva bag that is great for carrying around any essentials.

Once settled into their chartered plane en route to Monterey, they are treated to a tasty breakfast from Panera Bakery.

In Monterey there is a scenic drive to the Fisherman's Wharf. There is free time to wander around and grab a spot of lunch, including freshly made chowder. Then it is off to explore the open seas on a whale watching tour. Even if there aren't any whales, there are lots of other wildlife to spot and beautiful scenery to enjoy, but take a coat, as it can get nippy!

There is the chance to warm up as the coach takes you on a tour of the stunning California Highway 1 stopping of at various points, such as the Lone Cyprus tree and a golfer's highlight - Pebble Beach.

Before dinner there is the chance to explore Carmel By The Sea and, if you're lucky, there may even be a jazz concert in the square. Then it is off to a lovely Italian restaurant before returning to the hotel.

Day Two: San Francisco
After a fantastic breakfast it is back on the Mauiva coach and a short trip to the airport to go to San Francisco. The passengers barely have time to read a magazine before arriving in this fantastic city and being taken on a sight seeing tour that includes the historic Chinatown whilst following in the tracks of the famous cable cars.

The Fisherman's Wharf is a good place to grab some lunch as there is a fantastic array of seafood dishes and a lovely bakery called Boudin which is well worth a visit.

Then it is all aboard the ferry to the infamous Alcatraz where there is an informative audio tour and even a chance to experience being locked in a cell!

After a jam-packed day it is time to relax at the hotel before eating at a tasty local Greek restaurant. The evening offers the opportunity to explore the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day Three: San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods, and Sonoma
Time to climb aboard the coach, after a superb breakfast, and explore some of San Francisco's beautiful parks then enjoy fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

There's a quick stop in the boutique-filled Sausalito. Then it is time to stretch your legs with a stroll through the breathtaking redwood tree filled Muir Woods.

Once again it is back to civilization with a stop in Sonoma County. It has some great spots for lunch including a treat from the local barbecue, handmade cheeses or fudges at the Cheese Factory.

With stomachs fully lined, it is off to the local Sebastiani Winery for a tour and a tasting session. All wines can be purchased afterwards.

Then it is dinnertime, which is in a bustling American restaurant.

Day Four: Fresno, Yosemite
In the morning it is off to the airport to catch the flight to Fresno. Once there it is a long stunning drive to Yosemite, with a brief stop for lunch in-between. In Yosemite there is the chance to amble up to the breathtakingly grand Grisly Giant.

There are more wondrous sights to behold including El Capitan, Dome Mountain and the Yosemite Falls, which are the largest in North America.

After many visual delights, Mauiva guides you to a very hearty dinner at an authentic ranch just outside the park. There may even be a surprise after dinner!

Then the coach takes the sleepy, yet contented, travelers to their hotel.

Day Five: Las Vegas, Hoover Dam
All aboard the Mauiva coach to be taken to the plane that will transport the passengers to Las Vegas, or more affectionately referred to as the 'Adult Playground'.

There is time to glimpse a few wonders within this city before heading to take a tour around the spectacular Hoover Dam.

The day is topped off with a lovely dinner and an evening show. Then it is up to the passengers how they choose to spend the rest of their evening in this vibrant place.

Day Six: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon
After the first night in Las Vegas there is a chance to have a lie in and then it is off to see Fairmont Road. This is before catching a plane over the Grand Canyon, which then meets a waiting bus. The bus drives to various viewing points that highlight the canyon's beauty and size.

It is back to Las Vegas for the last meal together as a group. After this the evening is yours to explore the rest of Las Vegas. This could involve going to see the famous fountain, pirate and volcano shows.

Day Seven: Las Vegas
The last day of the Mauiva air cruise offers the chance to explore Las Vegas during the daytime. This means time to go to local exhibitions, such as Bodies or Titanic. There's also time for shopping, catching up on sleep or relaxing by the pool before heading back to Los Angeles, where the air cruise starts and finishes. The passengers say goodbye and depart with some fantastic memories of all the amazing places that have been visited within the short space of a week.