Enlightened Sightseeing on Free NYC Walking Tours
If you love traveling, you know how much a little knowledge can enrich sightseeing. The problem is, tours in NYC and other major cities are all too often impersonal, trapping guests on buses or boats for hours on end. No, the way to explore New York is like a New Yorker - on foot. That's what makes these two weekly walking tours so amazing, immersing you in the scene, guided by locals who love the places they take you. That and they're totally FREE (tips are welcome, though, and often quite deserved). Bear in mind that both these treks take place on Saturdays. If you want to do both, just let your Greenwich Village guide know the plan so they can help make sure you're on time for the High Line.
The Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Waverly Place & 6th Avenue
One of NYC's most iconic stomping grounds, Greenwich Village is vibrant crossroads of American art, culture, and history. This two-hour, 1.5-mile walk travels back in time to haunts loved by everyone from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mark Twain, Walt Witman, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Bette Midler, and Bob Dylan. Of course, no tour of "The Village" is complete without visiting Washington Square Park, and the nation's foremost LGBTQ+ landmark, Stonewall National Monument. Reservations are required.
High Line History - "From Freight to Flowers"
Gansevoort & Washington St.
Since its first phase opened in 2009, The High Line has quickly become a favorite place for locals and visitors alike to while away the day, soaking in stunning views of the Hudson River, New Jersey, and Midtown Manhattan. This weekly tour treats guests to insider tidbits about the elevated railway's transition from neglected eyesore to beloved park space.