During my junior year of high school, I was beyond delighted to see Gossip Girl, a book series, come to life on the small screen.
Seeing S, B, N, and Lonely Boy in real life against the New York City backdrop was enough for me to convince my parents that we should take our annual vacation to the city instead of Arizona.
After a lot of persuasion they agreed, and I have been bit by NYC's bug ever since!
Seeing as last weekend I was able to visit the city for the fifth time, I was excited to join On Location Tours for their Gossip Girl Sites Tour to scout out locations where the show was filmed.
Gossip Girl Sites Tour in New York
First, we met at The Palace Hotel to check in with our guides, Kelsey and Madeline. They were both cheery and welcoming as we checked in beside Chuck and Serena's old place of residence (The Palace Hotel):
Our tour was Saturday at 10 am and there were two coach buses - one full and one about half-full.
We would drive to different locations and watch scenes from the show that corresponded with what we were seeing in between. The tour lasted about three hours.
For some locations we would get out and have some time to explore or take photos, and for others we would just drive by them.
As we drove up 5th Avenue we discussed our favorite characters from the show and watched a few clips.
After driving by one entrance of Constance/St. Jude's, the characters' high school - filmed at Synod of Bishops Russian Church - we stopped and got out to take photos at Museum of the City of New York, which was used as the other entrance to the school!
Next, it was time for some sweets shopping, so we stopped at Dylan's Candy Bar for about half an hour - the same spot where Dan and Vanessa bought candy in a scene. ;)
After Dylan's Candy Bar we stopped at Bendel's for some headband shopping, because you know, we ALL have to channel our inner Blair Waldorf.
Bendel's is located next to Harry Winston, so we got to see -
[SPOILER ALERT - SEASON 3]
- where Chuck picked out the gorgeous diamond engagement ring...that he held onto even when he got mugged in Prague during season three's tearful finale! :(
Since everyone wants to be Blair Waldorf - channeling her can only go so far - we simply couldn't pass up the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The MET steps were B's "throne" in the early seasons as she, Serena, and her minions would sit and have yogurt before school.
Grand Central Terminal was one of my favorite spots because that was where the series' opening scene was filmed: after Dan and Jenny meet their dad upon arriving from a summer in Hudson, Serena is also "spotted" getting off the train. Aw, now I'm nostalgic.
We also scouted additional locations, including the New York Public Library, The Carlyle Hotel, Laduree, The Empire Hotel, and the Pulitzer Fountain.
While we had a break to check out the Empire, I was exhausted from taking a red eye flight the night before and opted for an iced coffee instead.
It was a fun way to spend a morning in New York, and I'd definitely recommend this tour for any Gossip Girl super fans!
Cost: $43 + $2 booking fee
Runs: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; daily July - August
Meets at: 455 Madison Avenue (The Palace Hotel)
Go Seek Explore was invited to this experience as a guest of On Location Tours. Opinions are always my own.