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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Unique ways to see New York City

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Unique ways to see New York City

Explore NYC with unique transportation options! From classic films like Planes, Trains and Automobiles to real-life travel, see the city in a new way.

March 23rd, 2023

I’m dating myself here, but there is a classic John Hughes movie from the late 80s called Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring the comedic duo of the late John Candy and Steve Martin. In the movie, it details the annoying aspects of traveling from New York to Chicago during the holidays.

Whether it's in the movies, or real life - transportation always plays an important role in seeing the city. Check out these unique ways to help you take a bite out of the Big Apple:

Edge and City Climb

Looking for that breathtaking 360-degree view of the iconic NYC skyline? Look no further than the Edge. It’s the largest and highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere at 1,131 feet.

Situated on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, (NYC’s newest neighborhood accessible by the Number 7 train) you can lean out over the city on angled glass walls and take some fantastic footage for your next reel (I did!).

Tickets cost $40 (£33) per adult, $38 (£31) per senior (age 62 and above) and $35 (£29) per child (age 6-12 years), an additional $10 is added to the ticket price for sunset visits. Ticket prices include access to The Glass Floor, Angled Glass Walls, The Skyline Steps, and The Eastern Point. Visitors also have the option to purchase a personalized photo book and a glass of champagne upon arrival.

Looking for a brush of excitement while you are up at 1,131 feet? City Climb at Edge allows you to lean out over the edge of one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city. Ticket prices cost $185 (£157) per person (age 13 years and above) and the entire experience (from checking in, suiting up and leaning out at the apex of the building) lasts approx. 75-90 min. City Climb tickets also include access to the Edge observation deck, a complementary video of the experience and a medal to commemorate their achievement, with the option to buy souvenir images as well.


Embark on a three-part journey that lifts and connects you to New York City’s most famous sites and moments.

RiseNY gives a great overview of one of the most captivating cities in the world, starting with a film depicting the creation of the subway system. Then, the gallery will take you through pop culture references from the short-lived TV sitcom of The Honeymooners to the multi-season show, Sex in the City. Finally, soar like a bird, 30 feet above New York’s skyline in a simulation ride.

RiseNY is perfect for a rainy/snowy weekend activity or first-time tourists looking to see the history of the Big Apple come alive.

Tailwind Air

Get a bird’s eye view of Manhattan with Veteran-owned aviation company, Tailwind Air. Known most for their seaplane sightseeing and charter flights to Boston, DC, the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard, and Montauk. Tailwind Air is launching service to Nantucket this year.

Fun fact - 40% of Tailwind's pilots are women. This is much higher than the global average for female pilots (a disappointing 3.4%). Even more benefits of the airline include reduced security wait times, landing on water or land (whichever is closest to the final destination) and complimentary refreshments and light snacks in the lounge.

Book your charter or shuttle online as the flight season runs March - December, depending on the weather.

City Cruises

Take in the sites on the high seas. Join the City Cruises NYC Downtown Sightseeing 90-minute Cruise to see NYC’s must-see sights: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, Battery Park, the new Hudson Yards and more.

The cruise offers a live onboard narration (in English) and nine other languages using the Hornblower Audio Tour Guide app.

Elena Murzello

Elena Murzello

The daughter of a Filipino-Chinese mother and an Italian-East Indian father, she comes by her exotic global influences naturally. After pursuing degrees at the University of Victoria (Nursing), and the University of British Columbia where she got her MBA, she packed her passport and headed out to the airport. Stops in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Dubai and Tokyo gave this world traveler a true appreciation of the international lifestyle. Elena authored the book The Love List: A Guide To Getting Who You Want, which was published in 2013. Elena has appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, NBC News BETTER, The Today Show (Australia) and Good Morning Washington. She has also published countless pieces for both online and print: Thrive Global, Huffington Post Canada, Cosmopolitan UK, BELLA and RESIDENT Magazine. And now, House of Coco. Besides being a published author, the multi-talented Murzello also secured a reoccurring acting role on the Showtime series The L Word, (available on Netflix) and has appeared in television commercials for international brands such as AT&T.

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