In September, some of our Educational Tours team visited New York and Washington to make sure we were offering you the best of these cities. With so much to see and do, you won’t struggle to jam-pack your itinerary. But what are our team’s top picks?
Lidija’s favourite: The Statue of Liberty Cruise
If you’re looking for amazing views of New York’s skyline and those perfect photo opportunities, then look no further! On one side you’ve got the iconic Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, whilst on the other you have an absolutely fantastic view of Manhattan. Plus just one ticket gets you a further two experiences – The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.
Step off the ferry onto Ellis Island and visit the Statue of Liberty. We had the opportunity to climb to the pedestal from where the views of the nearby city are spectacular. If you’re up for a challenge, then tickets for the ‘crown platform’ can be purchased, however it involves climbing 354 steps – although I’m ensured it’s more than worth it for the views alone! Be aware, to access the Statue of Liberty you must book ahead, so ensure you get it into your itinerary nice and early.
Don’t leave the island without visiting the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum! This was one of the most poignant museums I visited whilst in the city. It tells the moving history of the populations that created the America we know and see today, and helps students to understand the challenges and issues with immigration.
You can depart from Battery Park or Liberty State Park, and you can depart from and return to different locations, so with some clever itinerary planning you can see New York and New Jersey in one day!
COMING TOMORROW: Liz introduces us to Ford’s Theatre in Washington.