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Looking to take a New York City Vacation?

May 8, 2008
I would recommend staying at least seven days in New York City if you really want to enjoy what it has to offer the tourist. One of the busiest visitor locations in the city is the Empire State Building and even if you don't get to the top there is still a great deal to see. There is of course some competition between the Empire State Building and the Possibly equal to The State Building is The Statue of Liberty but owing to delays with the ferry trips it might be worth viewing this 'beautiful lady' (and an inspiration to many) from Ellis Island.

As an alternative why not go to Staten Island via the free ferry and look at the Statue of Liberty from there; dropping off at the terminal is the best place because it is where there are some good street artists. Probably on everyone's list is where the World Trade Center Towers once stood.

While there is a strange eeriness about the place that is larger than you expect at the same time it does not feel as if it needs to be photographed. For those who love to shop there is of course the famous Tiffany's and Broadway plus some fantastic old discount warehouses worth a look down on the Lower East Side.

If you're up for more discount shopping then you need to get to Maceys and have your tourist discount card handy as it can save you eleven percent after which a trip to Bloomingdales would be in order. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will also be worth visiting late next year when it re-opens after a period of refurbishment; this attraction is highly recommended and worth putting on your list of places to visit. Many special (and large) craft are located here including a number from World War II, namely the aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid. Although it is actually free to enter, the NY City Police Museum is funded by donations from visitors (five dollars is the recommended amount); it contains a great deal of information about the World famous Police Department and you can buy souvenirs too.

The migrant period of New York is highlighted in an excellent exhibition at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum where scenes of what made America a great place to be are alongside of scenes America would like to forget. For a step back in time it worth going to Central Park where the New York Museum is located; this is an exhibition of many periods relating to the life of The Big Apple. The venue is also free but relies on donations and souvenirs to survive; generally visitors provide a donation of approximately 9 dollars. Most visitors seem to be on a flying visit so end up missing some of the most beautiful areas and that's why seven days in New York should really be the minimum stay.
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