NYC: 5 reasons you should take a tour with a local

City Tales

NYC: 5 reasons you should take a tour with a local

City Tales

30 May, 2018

There is so much to see and do in New York City. While this is definitely a good thing, it can overwhelm some people keen to get the most out of their experience. That’s where City Tales Sightseeing comes in! We know all of the best parts of the city and we offer great-value tours run by New York locals. We think that the knowledge, passion, and inside scoop of a local New Yorker makes them the best guides for our New York tours and we’d like to give you five reasons why!

Yellow taxi cabs in New York City

1) Ask questions you’ll never find in the guidebooks

Anyone truly interested in experiencing the real New York simply won’t find out everything they want to know from a guidebook. Taking a tour with a local will give you access to their unique perspective and it will allow you to ask them questions about the different buildings, landmarks, and attractions. If you were to take our full-day guided New York tour, for example, you could ask the guide anything you want to know about the various places you explore, including the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, and the One World Observatory.

2) Meeting New Yorkers is the most immersive way to get to know the city

We think this is true of any city you visit: meeting the people and learning a little about them is an integral part of having a truly immersive experience. Only by talking to the locals can you get a true flavor of New York, and we think that having a dedicated tour guide provides visitors with a great opportunity to listen to and talk to a local. 

New York City meeting people

3) Get recommendations for the best food, culture, and nightlife 

Most people visiting New York for the first time know they’re going to take a Statue of Liberty tour or a tour of the One World Observatory, but it’s the smaller activities and locations that can be a little harder to choose and plan. Where should you go for some New York–style pizza? Which art gallery or museum is the best? Which nightclubs are the best? Of course, there are countless online guides about these various sectors, but there’s nothing quite like getting a recommendation straight from a local. If you want to find at least some of the best-kept secrets New York has to offer, then we highly recommend talking to one of the local guides on any of our New York tours. However, if you’d like a more intimate chat, then you may like to opt for one of our private New York tours instead.

4) Taking a tour with a local saves time

If you don’t have enough time to see everything in New York (which no one does!) then you’re going to need to make a few decisions that save time and help you find the best, most interesting, parts of the city. This argument supports any well-managed tour, but we think that ensuring our tour guides are local New Yorkers means they know all of the best ways to get through the city and reach the best spots faster. Getting caught in traffic or stuck on a busy sidewalk just isn’t going to happen if you’re following a local guide with the inside scoop. 


5) Learn about time-sensitive events happening while you’re there

Lastly, another great advantage to taking a tour with a local New Yorker is that they may even know about some special event happening during your stay. Not every big event makes its way to the tourist magazines and guides, so it always helps to ask a guide if there is anything special happening nearby. This is a great way to ensure your stay is as unique as possible, finding one or two surprises along the way!

We hope we’ve convinced you that taking a tour with a local New Yorker can offer lots of advantages to any visitor eager to get the most out of their trip! If you have any questions about our range of tours, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can help you plan your next big New York adventure today!

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