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Landmark Explorer – Grand Central to Rockefeller Center Midtown “Must See” Tour

Atlas at Rockefeller Center

Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the famous Chrysler Building and the dramatic race for the world’s tallest skyscraper
  • Visit the one-of-a-kind Grand Central Terminal and learn about its vaulted Milky Way ceiling, the Whispering Gallery, and its dramatic ups and downs over the last century
  • Explore the flagship NY Public Library, a world-renowned research library and one of the most beautiful buildings in America. Learn about its priceless possessions and find out why it was dubbed the “People’s Palace”
  • Learn about the evolution of Times Square and Bryant Park and the interesting (and sometimes sordid) pasts of both famous places
  • Enjoy an eye-opening tour of Rockefeller Center, with its spectacular Art-Deco artwork, unique history, and famous sites and sculptures, including 30 Rock, the Plaza, Prometheus and Atlas
  • And in between all the sights, sounds, and interesting tidbits, get better acquainted with some of the most powerful and iconic names in American history, including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Chrysler
On this interesting and eye-opening 3-hour walking tour through Midtown Manhattan, check off a lot of your “Must See” NYC landmarks, as we explore of some of the most beautiful and important buildings and places  in New York City, including:
  • Grand Central Terminal (visit Main Concourse and Whispering Gallery)
  • Chrysler Building (visit lobby)
  • NY Public Library (visit Astor Hall and Rotunda)
  • Bryant Park (enjoy views of Empire State Building)
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The CityRover Difference:

  • We offer unique NYC walking tours that are rated 5-stars on TripAdvisor
  • Small groups (12 max.), no microphones, no flags
  • Engaging local guides, fun stories and interesting facts
  • Local snack stops and focus on a non-touristy experience
  • Satisfaction Guarantee

Tour Details:

3 hours 15 minutes; 2.5 miles on foot (4 kilometers)
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Saturday at 10am; Monday at 10am in Oct.; Wednesday at 10am in Dec.
Maximum group size is 12 adults
There will be 1 bathroom break
Starts near Grand Central Terminal and ends near Rockefeller Center

If you have any questions about this walking tour, please click on the Email Us button below, and we’ll respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.  Or call us at  (347) 464-9335.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Rodney was an amazing tour guide. He was knowledgeable and a great guide. It was a great way to see the landmarks of the city and understand the history behind them. We went on the downtown tour and it was about 3 hours, great way to spend Saturday morning.
My husband and I took CityRover's Landmark Explorer walking tour on June 27th. The 3 1/2 hours did not seem that long. Rodney was a great tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and patiently answered all our questions. He even treated us to a chocolate treat on the tour. I was concerned that the tour would be at too brisk a pace but I was quite comfortable walking the area and we stopped quite often to see the different sites. I would not hesitate to book another tour with this company when returning to NYC.
We have just returned from an amazing 5 days in NYC. As first time visitors we both wanted to learn about the immigrant history of the city and how it started and developed. So we booked the 'East village' tour which was fantastic. Danielle, who is a native New Yorker and from a rich immigrant background herself gave us an amazing tour blending personal family history with her deep knowledge and love of New York painting an incredibly vivid picture of how New York has developed through the years. She highlighted points of real interest that you would normally simply walk past and you visited areas of the city normally you might miss on the standard tourist trail. A highlight was also a 'stop off' at the oldest bar in New York! It was incredible how much we covered and learnt about in a little over 3hours.

We enjoyed the trip so much we decided to spend our last few hours in NYC, not just killing time but doing the 'Landmark' tour with Rodney, again a fantastic tour that brought to life some of the more well known landmarks with real interest, humour and insight. Again things you simply would walk past and miss, Rodney would have a great story to tell. We thought we had 'ticked off' times square but Rodney was able to tell us all the stories that led to how it looks today.

You get many tour groups operating in the big cities, but these guys are different. The groups are small (no 'follow the umbrella' and listen to the guide through a microphone) it feels much more personal and with the tours being conducted by New Yorkers who clearly love their city its feels authentic and real.

The two tours really did help make our first time in NYC special, we have some great memories now from these tours which we'll talk about for many years. I highly recommend City Rover Walks.

Additional Tour Info

How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3 miles on foot in a little over 3 hours.  You will be on your feet most of the time.  The terrain is flat, with the exception of some stairs to climb at the Library.  We do try to maintain a steady walking pace to cover all the areas of interest.  So if you think you might find it difficult to keep up at a moderate walking speed with the rest of the group, please consider a private tour with us, which can be tailored to suit your pace and fitness level.

What About Kids? Our public tours are not ideal for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  If you would like to tour with us and have children ages 10 and younger, please contact us about a private tour.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets ($25 each) available for each public tour for children ages 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Tour starts near Grand Central and ends near Rockefeller Center (ideal for visiting Top of the Rock or Museum of Modern Art after the tour).  The exact meeting point will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.

Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk.  Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water on the walk and a small snack along the way.  A meal prior to the tour is recommended.

Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.