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Experienced vacationers know a secret: every minute counts. Why not leave the driving to experts and let your eyes wander? New York’s motorcoach tours cover every angle with expeditions for garlic lovers, film buffs, leaf peepers, and diehard partiers. Forget the planning, driving and other hassles as you enjoy every minute of your journey aboard plush, climate-controlled buses where comforts abound and guides share stories and insights.
Motorcoach tour companies like One If By Land, Yankee Trails, and Trailways offer a trip for every taste. See the Thousand Islands in a Clayton Island Tours motorcoach outing custom-made for birdwatchers or lighthouse buffs. Step off your bus and onto a beautiful boat for a tour to get even closer to the beauty around you.
What’s your favorite New York State region? Hayfield Quality Tours lets you sample the glittering waters and endless wineries of the Finger Lakes, covered bridges of the Adirondacks, or palatial mansions of the Hudson Valley, while Bedore Tours shows you every angle of thundering Niagara Falls.
Take a motorcoach tour through New York’s finest wineries from Niagara to Long Island. The Little Wine Bus lets you sip some grape at top Hudson Valley wineries, while Rochester's Carpe Diem Travel takes you to four award-winning wineries along Seneca Lake.
Leaf peeping along a motorcoach tour lets you keep your eyes on the trees where they belong. Early color begins in the Adirondacks and Catskills in September and rolls through the regions like a Technicolor blanket, saving New York City and Long Island for last. NYC’s OnBoard Tours can show you the highlights, or choose pretty much any other bus tour outfit; they’ll all offer a foliage tour or two.
While walking tours are fun, you’ll cover more ground with a double-decker bus tour of New York City. The Gray Line and Levy's Unique New York sweep you from the Empire State Building to Lincoln Center and countless points between. Go on location to New York City’s famous film sites with On Location Tours and see if you can recognize scenes from Sex and the City, Moonstruck, Boardwalk Empire and Home Alone 2.
When you ride a party bus, getting there is all the fun. The Ride contains 49 stadium seats, IMAX sound, and 40 video screens, along with actors and comedians as guides who blur the line between tour and performance as you encounter sights like Times Square, Grand Central Station and Carnegie Hall.
So many ways to travel New York State—which one will you choose?