So this is a different post to my usual travel guides and experiences, and unfortunately there are no animal encounters to be mentioned, but we all have our guilty pleasures …
Having not followed the show when it was originally aired, I only became a fan over the last year after watching an entire 6 seasons on Netflix. The last time I was in New York I didn’t even know what Gossip Girl was! So after being enlightened, I was going to make sure that I didn’t miss out the second time around.
So any true Gossip Girl fan would know, that all the filming was done on the streets, in the shops and in real appartments and hotels that grace Manhattan, mainly on the famous “upper east side”.
In my opinion, the best way to take in all the sites is to jump on a dedicated bus tour – I chose to go with https://onlocationtours.com/tour/gossip-girl/
The tour started at 10am, outside the gates of the famous Palace Hotel, where Chuck and Serena lived for part of the show. After taking pictures outside, everyone was counted onto the bus and allocated a seat which remains yours for the duration of the journey. The bus is equipped with TV screens, which periodically show clips from the series, relating to the landmark or attraction you have just visited. I really enjoyed this, because not only did it remind you what happened at the place you were looking at, it was also a really nice way of filling gaps in the tour due to traffic etc.
The tour takes you around many of the famous landmarks including, Blair Waldorfs house, Nate Archibalds house, Lauderee, Ralph Lauren, Nespresso, Vera Wang, St James Church, The Empire State Building, Barneys New York, Pulitzer Fountain, Central Park, Hunter College and many, many more!
You get time off the bus at the Museum of the the city of New York, the larger of the two sites used to film Constance and St Jude’s school, The famous Met steps for that must do photo, the Empire hotel to experience a bit of the chuck bass lifestyle, and finally at Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue to fulfill your inner Blair Waldorf and do some designer shopping.
The tour finishes at Grand Central station, so you can take yourself right back to the beginning where Serena appears for the first time.
It is also a great place to continue exploring NYC from – and don’t forget to check out the Whispering Gallery while you are here – more on that later!
Not a Gossip Girl fan? Fear not, the tour covers quite a large area of the upper east side, and midtown manhattan, so even if your not a fan of the show, you get to experience a lot of other sites you may not see on your typical NYC bus tour.
So in summary, I highly recommend this tour, 3 hours was the perfect amount of time to immerse yourself in the show, relive those classic moments and not take too much precious time away from the rest of your NYC stay. I’d highly recommend booking with on location tours, you can find their webpage here: https://onlocationtours.com/tour/gossip-girl/
Disclaimer: On location tours provided Travel Animal Online with a complimentary tour ticket.