New York Harbor
Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, New York Harbor is home to stunning views of the Big Apple and the Statue of Liberty. Ranked among the world’s largest natural harbors, this gateway to Manhattan is also one of the most picturesque, offering travelers incredible photoshoots and urban trails, bridges, and piers. Visitors can jet ski, kayak, and sail the waters of New York Harbor, where the popular candlelight and dinner cruises take place every day at sunset. This epic waterway also features the services of major cruise lines entering and leaving Manhattan.
Statue of Liberty
Central Park, a massive rectangle of purifying greenery, is the lung and soul of New York. Spanning a whopping 341 acres in upper Manhattan, Central Park is intertwined with walks, jogging lanes, and forests.
In addition to being a place to relax, Central Park also houses a zoo, a skating rink, a theater, a swamp, a boating lake, fountains, horse-drawn carriage trails, and a merry-go-round. If you feel like eating after seeing everything, go to the Loeb Boathouse for lunch or dinner.
The famous stops to take a photo in Central Park are the statues of Alice in Wonderland and Balto Malamute, Belvedere Castle on Vista Rock, and the gardens of John Lennon in Strawberry Fields, in front of the old Musician’s house in the Dakota apartment building.
The Memorial is an open area in southern Manhattan filled with white oak trees chosen for their muted yellow hue reminiscent of the coming of autumn. Two monumental waterfall fountains, designed by architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker, solemnly represent the towers. They are surrounded by bronze parapets, engraved with the names of the lives lost there. Since 2012 personal messages are welcome and can be incorporated into the Memorial Museum, opened in 2012.
Maid of the Mist Steamboat
Before you begin your journey in the Maid of the Mist, you will be provided with a large blue raincoat used if you do not want to get wet. Once onboard, most people go to the upper deck. Although the views are fantastic no matter where you are, it is advisable to stay on the left side since once the boat has left the dock, this side is significantly closer to the horseshoe falls, Horseshoe Falls, and better photos can be taken.
The Maid of the Mist will then turn left and return to the dock. Along the way, passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of the American Falls. Remember to stay on deck the whole way. Otherwise, you will miss all the action.
Travelers looking to experience what feels like a top of the world need look no further than the One World Observatory tower. The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, this Manhattan skyscraper features a high-speed elevator that takes visitors directly to the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds. The technology of the passage of time shows the impressive transformation of the city from the 1500s to the present day.
The main attraction, known as the discovery level, is located on the 100th floor of the World Observatory. Visitors say they can see 360 degrees of the best of Manhattan and offer stunning views of the iconic city skyline and the surrounding waterways. Several high-tech facilities provide travelers a unique experience by focusing on specific neighborhoods or looking at real-time footage from the streets.
For those who want to experience Niagara Falls up close, a tour of the Cave of the Winds is a must-stop. This excursion will take you as close as possible. Take a lift into the Niagara Gorge, and follow the course of the Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck. Feel the waterfall less than 6 meters away and experience the power of Niagara Falls. Many people even compare the experience of being inside a hurricane.
Interestingly, the royal cave, nicknamed Cave of Aeolus by the Greek god of winds, was destroyed in 1954 after a severe rockfall followed by a dynamite explosion.
Please note this experience is seasonal as hallways and decks are lower in November to be rebuilt for the summer. This is because the winter weather at Niagara Falls is harsh and can damage these platforms.
A common mistake about Niagara Falls is that it is a large waterfall. The truth is that it is made up of three waterfalls: Bridal Veil Falls on the American side, Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, and American Falls on the American side. Bridal Veil Falls is named for its appearance, as its waterfalls appear similar to a bride’s white veil. During the high season from June to August, falls experience the highest volume of water, about 150,000 gallons (567,811 liters) per second.
Located between the island of Luna and Goat, Bridal Veil Falls has a vertical drop of 24 meters and a ridge 17 meters wide. If this is impressive, it is the smallest of the three waterfalls. That being said, it does get a lot of exposure as visitors can get very close to it due to several attractions. But first and foremost, clearing the mist takes you around Bridal Veil Falls for a unique view of its beauty.
NOTE: Hurricane Sandy damaged Ellis Island in October 2012. OPENING PARTLY ON 10/28/2013 WHILE REPAIRS CONTINUE. The USA. It is very much a nation of immigrants, and nowhere does this highlight more deeply than Ellis Island. Between 1892 and 1954, the island was the site of the leading immigration station to enter the United States, the process of arrivals of more than 12 million third class. Almost 50% of Americans have an ancestor who came after traveling on a dangerous journey across the sea. Today the island is part of the National Monument of the Statue of Liberty. The Immigration Museum is in a red brick building built in the French Renaissance style, which replaced the original wooden building that burned down in 1897.
Empire State Building
When it comes to buildings, the Empire State Building in New York is number one. The iconic 102-story skyscraper, completed in 1931, is not only an architectural wonder, but it also offers spectacular 360-degree views of Gotham from its two observation decks.
Visitors will be able to access these platforms through two fast glass elevators. They will find powerful binoculars that will allow them to appreciate in detail some of the most famous attractions in New York. This fantastic art deco skyscraper is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and W. 34th St.