New York City

5 of the best Ground Zero & 9/11 Memorial tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published June 24, 2020

For Americans, and indeed all visitors to New York, a solemn pilgrimage to the harrowing Ground Zero site is an essential way to pay your respects to those who tragically lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a deeply moving and fitting tribute to the pain and suffering caused by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The site is located exactly where the Twin Towers once stood, the foundations now replaced with square reflecting pools amid clusters of swamp white oak trees and one Callery pear tree, known as the Survivor Tree; the only one to emerge from the rubble alive. The memorial opened in 2011, in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Taking a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero is a great way to gain more insight and perspective. Alternatively, it’s simply a way to get queue-jump tickets for the museum so that you can spend more time with the exhibits. Of the many Ground Zero tours available, some include the site as part of a larger itinerary, so it can be tricky to know which is the right tour for you. We have sifted through the various options to bring you the best and most moving tours based on factors like itinerary, tour content, value for money and the reviews of previous customers.