Culture Loop One of the best, least expensive, most relaxed ways to sightsee in New York is aboard a Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Culture Bus. With one ticket, you can hop on one of these special buses and be driven around to the city’s major museums, tourist attractions and historical sites. You can get off at any of the stops, catch a later bus, or simply stay on for the entire loop. The buses operate on weekends and most holidays at 20 to 30-minute intervals.
Actually there are two Culture Loops: No. 1 (the M41) runs through Midtown and Uptown Manhattan (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) making 22 stops. The key sights on this tour include Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and Empire State Building. You can also get a free transfer to the Cloisters. Culture Loop No. 2 (B88) takes in Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Museum, making 32 stops in all.
You can start the tour at any of the designated stops. When you purchase your ticket, you receive an illustrated booklet with maps and the main attractions of each area. If you want to plan your trip ahead of time, the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau can give you information. Vermeer.
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