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The state of New York is in the north-eastern part of the USA. It is the fourth most populated state in the USA. The largest city is New York City where there is a population of over 8.55 million. You will find a diverse geography here, with mountains and oceans, rivers and lakes.
There are many interesting landmarks throughout the state including some of the most visited places in the world. There are over 200 colleges and universities in the state, some of which have been ranked in the top 40 in the world.
Cuisine is vastly different in every area you visit, depending on the culture of the inhabitants. Be prepared to try different types of food, and explore the many places in the state. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – New Yorkers will gladly tell you all about their state!
The tramway was the first aerial tramway in the USA, having been opened in 1976. It spans The East River, connecting Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side, Manhattan.
This was one of the first forms of mass transport and is still one of the few which uses a MetroCard.
The views of Manhattan are fantastic. A point to know here is that the movie ‘Spiderman’ was filmed in the tramway.
Plan to spend a half day on the island, although you may decide to stay longer. There is plenty to de and see, and cafes to eat and drink.
This is the oldest museum in New York, having been opened in 1804. You will be able to learn all about New York in years gone by.
Look out for things like theatre artefacts, and unique clothing. You will see exhibits of daily life from that era.
Plan to spend a half day in the museum.
This was the entry port for over 12 million immigrants from 1892 till 1954. If you are interested in tracing a relative who came to the USA, then this is a good place to start.
The Museum if filled with many interesting things about the country and the people who arrived there.
You can take the ‘Hard Hat Tour’ which is guided, and 90 minutes long, or you can head off on your own and explore the island.
You will be able to learn all about the Island of Hope, Island of tears on your tour.
It is a good idea to plan a whole day here, be sure to book your ferry in advance to avoid disappointment.
You will find this public park in Greenwich Village, in Lower Manhattan. In the center you will find the Washington Square Arch. The fountain area has always been a popular meeting place for locals, as well as tourists.
Many of the buildings are part of the university although they may have been homes for artists in earlier times.
The park is a great place to relax for a while. You can buy snacks nearby and enjoy the surroundings.
The harbor lies at the mouth of the Hudson River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.
The harbor and waterways have over 24 islands, some of which you are able to visit.
The best way to see the harbor is to take a cruise. There are plenty of companies which do this, and tours last from 90 minutes up to half day trips.
Depending on where you want to go, allow up to a day for this.