We enjoy taking a bus to New York for the day.
If you are located around Baltimore/Washington DC area as we are, there are some good deals with bus trips to the big Apple. It’s a wonderful way to explore New York without the hassle of driving. If you ever been to New York, you know the nightmare of traffic, cost of tolls and parking in the area. Taking a bus trip is ideal.
We have used Megabus in the past, but this time we used Gunther Charters. I purchased the tickets and set up everything for Saturday January 2, 2016, a month before. J and I were supposed to be picked up at one location and T (our daughter) would be picked up at the next stop. It did not work out that way and for a while we were wondering if T would even make it to New York. Our bus was not picking up at the next location as it was full, but the driver assured me that she was scheduled to be on the other bus they had running that day.
When T went to get on that bus her name was not on the list. After showing her ticket, they finally let her on the last seat on the bus. She texted us and let us know they were on their way.
We were dropped off at 46th and 8th at the Celtic Pub in New York and just waited for her bus to arrive. Due to all the problems that T’s bus encountered with the passenger list, (she was not the only passenger whose name was not on the list) they ended up getting into the city a half hour later, but evidentially she got there.
It was close to 11 before we all caught up with each other and we were getting hungry. We planned ahead of time to eat at the Halal Guys street carts on 6th Avenue at 53rd Street to maximize our time in the city, instead of eating at a restaurant. I was surprised to see there were no lines when we approached, as our last visit we waited in line for about 30 minutes. The smell was enticing.
We each ordered a different rice bowl. It was delicious. The servings were enough for two people, so we saved some of it for later in the day as we would be doing a lot of walking and I knew we would be hungry again. With only a little over six hours in the city we wanted to make the most of our time.
After filling our bellies, we made our way to Rockefeller Plaza. On our way we passed by many famous sites.
Before finally arriving at Rockefeller Plaza.
St Patrick Cathedral
Next stop was St Patrick Cathedral.
It’s beautiful inside, but most of the church was blocked off as they were getting ready for mass and would only allow the people that was partaking in the mass full access so we left.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue was across the street, and are known for the famous holiday windows.
This year’s theme was “Winter Palace”. There were lines as we made our way around to see the windows. Each window was more glittering than the last.
We left Fifth Avenue and walked to Time Square. We did not spend much time in Time Square as we decided to come back later when it was dark.
Heading to the High Line Trail
As we left Times Square as we headed to the High Line Trail. Along the way we saw the Empire State Building.
Madison Square Garden
It was very crowded on the High Line, especially considering how cold the day was.
We exited the trail at Chelsea Market and went inside. It was nice to get out of the cold. It was a busy day in the market. By this time we were getting hungry and wanted to just sit and rest. We found a place to finish eating our food while people watching.
When we were done, we walked around the different stores in the market before making our way to get dessert at Milk and Cookies at 19th Commerce Street.
We bought a selection of delicious cookies, sat and enjoyed them talking about our day. While we were in there, a Food Tour came in with about 25 people to sample the cookies before making their way to their next stop.
Making our way back to the bus pickup point
We had a full day in the city and it was getting late and we needed to make our way back to where we were to pick up the bus. It was dark outside and the lights came on, making the city come alive with color.
Empire State Building
Our buses were on time and we were glad to get out of the cold and be able to sit after walking almost 10 miles. It was nice to see New York during the Christmas holidays.
The cement jungle of the city surrounded by the water makes it a really cold time to visit. I prefer the warmer weather so we are making plans to return again when we don’t have to bundle up. We got to explore the heart of New York at minimum cost without the hassle of driving.