Touring New York City

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Still one of the most popular destinations for visitors from our countries, there are certain sites that appear on almost everyone’s must do lists such as seeing the Empire State Building, Time Square and the Statue of Liberty. Today, New York City is the most popular US destination for visitors. Last year nearly 46 million people came and this year they are hoping for 50 million. Already, in the first three months of the year, 10.6 million of us went there and that is during the winter period! With so many people visiting (there are 87,000 hotel rooms alone for those who stay overnight) and with restrictions on numbers visiting certain sites, you do need to plan what you might do.
Part of the problem in seeing the Statue of Liberty is that numbers are limited as to how many can visit the very top of the statue, the crown. That number is limited to just 240 per day so you either have to be quick off the mark or you can book in advance. Statue Cruises took over the franchise to run there only in 2008. They have 7 routes, with four operating from New York and 2 from across the river in New Jersey. (They also run a sightseeing cruise which is a 75 minute trip that also includes Ellis Island where the incoming migrants were met by immigration authorities.) By booking in advance you can be guaranteed entry to the Statue. The price is from $12 and the new ships that they operate are glass covered (recycled glass as well) so that that you can see as much as possible.
If you prefer a night visit then Gray Line run a 5 hour trip that includes dinner and a one hour cruise (that gets so close to the Statue you can almost touch her dress, they say.) The rest of the tour is on one of the Gray Line buses. This night trip only began last month and takes you down to the High Lines. This is an old area where goods trains were lifted 30 feet in the air. That’s long gone and today, it is an elevated park with views over Manhattan. And night time gives a different view of New York. You can get a $10 discount if you book online but watch the website, because on some days they have a $30 discount.
If that doesn’t appeal there are another 36 tours that Gray line operate just in New York

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