With today’s Groupon, relive the excitement of charter-bus band trips without the hand checks and spit valves. For $30, you get a comfortable roundtrip ride to New York City in a luxury charter bus from Superior Tours. Take a leisurely stroll around the majestic tree at Rockefeller Center, which is periodically covered with lights for some reason (probably a tax thing), or shop yourself into oblivion and let someone else drive you home. Your Groupon is valid for same-day travel only, so you'll have to make your adventure a day to remember, like Superbad, not a leisurely quest a la Lord of The Rings.
Day trips are a fun way to enjoy the weekend when you can't take extra days off, and letting someone else do the driving frees you up to work on your latest knitting project or crack open a page-turning Kindle. The friendly folks at Superior Tours will pick you up at any of three convenient Baltimore locations and drop you off in the center of the action at Times Square and Rockefeller Center. Your approximately three-hour-and-fifteen-minute trip leaves between 6:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., depending on day and departure locale, so you'll have a full day of Big Apple bliss. Enjoy a smooth ride several feet off the ground in your towering luxury charter bus, with comfortable arm and headrests for morning and evening nappers. Each return trip features an entertaining movie to watch for when you tire of staring at the colorful psychedelic upholstery and friendly attendants to answer your shopping queries and are-we-there-yets.
Once you arrive, New York City will happily acquiesce to your every shopping and sightseeing desire. Stop in The Metropolitan Museum of Art or take in a matinee on Broadway to experience a little culture or hear songs about Spam. Ride the 60-foot indoor ferris wheel at Toys R Us or get personalized chocolate kisses from Hershey's Times Square, which make a delectable and thoughtful stocking stuffer or hilariously cruel inside joke for your office holiday party. Experience ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza or meet a Rockette at the Radio City Music Hall. However you choose to spend your day trip, Superior Tours will be waiting to get you home safely.
Though most Big Apple visitors are too busy planning their next day trip to write online user reviews, one Insider Pager gives Superior Tours four stars:
- It's about a four hour ride on a comfortable coach bus. I believe it leaves around 6am for NYC, which is early, but it allows for a full day of touring. Once you're in the city, you're totally on your own until you leave. – Eric P.
The Wheels on the Bus Go…
When passing the time on the cozy ride to NYC, you may be moved to sing a nostalgic song from your school-bus days. The other riders might glare at you with contempt, but they’ll soon soften when they hear one of these familiar favorites:
- “Old McDonald Had a Cult”
- “Wynken, Blynken, Blynken’s ex-girlfriend Cassie who still hangs out, and Nod”
- “There’s a frog on the bump on the branch on the log in the hole where Cthulhu lies dreaming in the bottom of the sea.”
- “99 Bottles of Beer in the Shower”
- The theme to The Addams Family with topical new lyrics that satirize contemporary politicians—and yes, I brought enough copies for everyone!
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When Superior Tours looks for new drivers, it wants polite, reliable, and personable people, and it doesn't even consider those with fewer than five years of experience. Its drivers all work only for Superior Tours so that they can be on time and well rested for each trip. Luxury, 54-passenger motorcoaches pick up groups from the airport, ferry people to New York City for a day of urban exploration, or steer toward Atlantic City where passengers can hit the slots. The company also programs charter trips for corporate outings, church trips, and charter-bus-of-the-month clubs.