Just what the world needs, another blog about New York City. Actually we have never visited the Big Apple. So when we found a small group tour offered at the Newburgh NY KOA we booked immediately.
The tour entered Manhatten through the Lincoln Tunnel. Our first stop was Battery Park and the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. We passed by Ellis Island, something we really want to see but will have to wait til next time. Then we visited the World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial. Thousands of people walking around taking it all in but it never seemed crowded. St. Paul’s Chapel nearby is still the quiet oasis it was after the tragedy. We also visited the new Irish Hunger Memorial, a little piece of Manhatten transformed into an Irish potato farm circa 1847.
The Empire State Building is still a huge draw but the abundant staff keep the lines moving and share a great attitude. The views from the 86th floor are still amazing. From there we saw a bit of Broadway and Times Square before leaving Manhatten via the Lincoln Tunnel.
While the sights of our tour were must-sees for the first time visitor, there is obviously so much more to see on follow-up trips. High on our list are Grand Central Terminal, Central Park and Ellis Island. We think we’d like to take the train in from Poughkeepsie or thereabouts and maybe stay a night or two. Always more to see.