Indeed, the biggest problem most visitors coming to New York have is that they are spoiled for options, and deciding what to see first, especially in a short amount of time, can be daunting.
1. Statue of Liberty
There’s no better way to begin a trip to New York City than a visit to the Statue of Liberty. As a welcoming beacon to millions of immigrants during the early 20th century, Lady Liberty has taken a special place in the collective psyche of American culture.
Built as a gift from France to the people of America, the statue was dedicated in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland and its completion led to New York’s first ticker-tape parade. Standing at 305 feet, Lady Liberty still dominates New York Harbor.
If you plan to visit, a crown ticket requires an advanced reservation of at least six months. Therefore, you might want to obtain a pedestal ticket which is sold on a daily basis until the limited supply is gone.
You can also obtain this type of ticket with an advanced reservation. Pedestal tickets allow you to see the inside of the pedestal, the Fort Wood level, and the museum. The crown ticket gives you access to all of these sights as well as to the inside of the crown.
The torch has been closed off to public access since 1916. The original torch, which was constructed in 1876, was replaced in 1984 by one that is crafted from copper and completely covered in 24K gold leaf. At night, the torch is fully illuminated by a special floodlight.
Today, the Statue of Liberty is a well-recognized symbol of democracy and freedom. Nearby Ellis Island is also worth a visit in order to understand this crucial site of American history.