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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants to enter into the US between 1892 and 1954. Although most of the island is in New Jersey, the island is located in New York Harbor. Tourists and history buffs alike can visit the historic island and museum to hear inspiring stories and view photo collections about the people who passed through what was once the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station. 960 1280

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Fire Island Seashore

Fire Island Seashore

Fire Island -- a barrier island located on the south shore of Long Island, NY -- is a popular tourist destination during the summer, but it’s also a great place to visit during its off-peak season. Visit the Fire Island Lighthouse, explore the island’s wildlife, take a stroll through Sunken Forest, go camping at Watch Hill or go fishing on the pier at Barrett Beach. 960 1280

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African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument

The African Burial Ground National Monument is where the remains of more than 400 Africans were buried in the late 17th and 18th centuries. It is part of what was once the largest colonial-era cemetery for free and enslaved Africans. The burial ground, located in Manhattan, was rediscovered in 1991 after plans were underway to build a Federal office building in the same area. 960 1280

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Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill is the home of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. Roosevelt lived at his “Summer White House” from 1885 until his death in 1919. Although the home is closed for renovations, the park grounds are open. 960 1280

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Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton

The history of New York City began here at Castle Clinton -- initially built to prevent a British invasion in 1812. The circular sandstone fort is located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. It is best remembered as America’s first immigration station where more than 8 million people arrived in the US, from 1855 to 1890. Before becoming a national monument, the castle served as beer garden, exhibition hall, theater and public aquarium. 960 1280

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Grant National Monument

Grant National Monument

The Grant National Monument is the final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia. The largest mausoleum in North America commemorates the life of the man who ended the bloodiest war in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as the 18th President of the United States. 960 1280

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Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall National Memorial

Take a trip back in history to see where George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States. The Federal Hall National Memorial is the birthplace of American government -- home to the first Congress, Supreme Court and Executive Branch offices. The building now serves as a museum to President Washington and the beginnings of the United States of America. 960 1280

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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Take a guided tour through the recreated birthplace and home of US President Theodore Roosevelt, the only US President born in New York City. From 1858 to 1872, the brownstone -- located at 28 East 20th Street in Manhattan -- was home to Roosevelt and his family. After the neighborhood became more commercial, the Roosevelts moved uptown to West 57th Street. The house was opened and restored as a museum in 1923. 960 1280

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Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Visit the Harlem home of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of Treasury. The home was named “The Grange” after Hamilton’s grandfather’s estate in Scotland.it was the only home ever owned by the American politician and it remained in the family 30 years after his death. Insider Tip: We suggest taking the ranger-guided tour which allows tourists access to the historically furnished floor. 960 1280

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Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Explore the beautiful Hudson River Valley. This national park site stretches from New York City to Albany. Uncover the history of the American Revolutionary War, visit scenic parks and gardens and see the world’s largest kaleidoscope at Mount Tremper. Through the Hudson Valley there are dozens of tourist attractions, including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Donald Kendall Sculpture Garden, Stony Point Battlefield and Playland Amusement Park. 960 1280

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Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island National Monument

Explore the history of Governors Island as it evolved from a colonial outpost to regional administrative center for the US Army and Coast Guard. Visit Castle Williams, the sandstone fort that has stood watch over New York City for over 200 years. 960 1280

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Saint Paul's Church

Saint Paul's Church

Saint Paul’s Church, located in Mount Vernon, NY, is an 18th-century that was used as a Revolutionary War hospital, a historic cemetery with headstones dating to 1704 and remnant of a Village Green that was the site of the Election of 1733, which raised issues of freedom of religion and press. Aside from its historic past, the church apparently has ghosts that still lurk through the halls. Visitors have heard what sound like heavy chains being dragged across the basement floor. 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Take a trip with the family out to Liberty Island to the iconic national treasure, the Statue of Liberty. Given as a gift from France to the US, the statue represents a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and designated as a national monument in 1924. We suggest tourists make their way up to the crown of Lady Liberty to get the best view of NYC and its beautiful skyline. 960 1280

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Sculpting a Bedlington Terrier. Bling gets a 2-hour trimming at a grooming station in the lower level of the Hotel Pennsylvania, which was transformed into a spa for the dogs. Bling, from Vancouver, WA, was last year's Best of Breed winner. 960 1280

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Michael, a 6-year-old Boston Terrier, gets his exercise on the treadmill in the lower level of the Hotel Pennsylvania. Michael traveled from Michigan for his second trip to the Westminster Show. 960 1280

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Owner Carol Rose gets a lick from her 18-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Reckless. They traveled from upstate New York. 960 1280

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Handlers push a load of 9 crates holding 10 Chinese Cresteds through a Manhattan intersection near Madison Square Garden. This year, 179 breeds from 49 states will be competing. 960 1280

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In the lower level of the Hotel Pennsylvania, one area of the dog spa has been set aside as separate gender-specific bathroom areas. 960 1280

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A standard poodle named Gem stands with its owner at a news conference for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2011. 960 1280

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Gatsby, a Giant Schnauzer, is eager for a treat from his handler, Janine Starink in their hotel room. This is 3-year-old Gatsby's first visit to the dog show. Gatsby and Janine arrived from Canada. 960 1280

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An English Setter named Hottie is exhausted after taking the red-eye from California. Hottie and Pat Canino, a friend of Hottie's owner, wait in the lobby of their hotel while their room is readied. This is Hottie's fourth time at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Maddie, a 7-year-old Tibetan Terrier, hangs out in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania, across from Madison Square Garden. Maddie and her owner arrived from Green Bay, WI. This is Maddie's fourth visit to the Westminster show. 960 1280

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"Beren", a 4-year-old Great Pyrenees from Missouri is surrounded by his handlers as he gets a precision blow-dry after his bath. This is Beren's first time to Westminster. 960 1280

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"Prissy", a 2-year-old Bloodhound from North Carolina, cringes as the dryer is aimed under his ears. 960 1280

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Six-year-old English Springer Spaniel named "Gleason" gets his nails trimmed. Gleason, from Seattle, is making his fourth visit to Westminster. 960 1280

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Making his fourth appearance at Westminster, an Old English Sheepdog named "Nick" suddenly shakes off his shampoo while being bathed by his owner/breeder Chris Pesche. 960 1280

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Apple, a 20-month-old Norwich Terrier from Wisconsin, gets a final grooming while waiting in the benching area. 960 1280

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Just moments before walking into the ring, owner Rick Douglas, from Pennsylvania, gives a final touchup to Jazz, his Old English Sheepdog. 960 1280

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Tobie Shapiro gets a little nose kiss from Eli, a Standard Poodle, while the wait in the benching area in Madison Square Garden. 960 1280

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Visitors passing through the benching area take snapshots of their favorite breeds, in this case, an obliging Basset Hound. 960 1280

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At Madison Square Garden, the crowds watch as the judges begin to narrow the field of this year's 2,597 dogs from 179 breeds. 960 1280

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Owner/breeder Cathy Clayton, from Missouri, waits on the floor of the benching area with her French Bulldog named Casey. This was the first visit to Westminster for 2-year-old Casey. 960 1280

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A Scottish Deerhound, Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, was awarded "Best in Show." It was the breed's first "Best in Show" win. 960 1280

  

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Visit ground zero, where there is a moving memorial and museum dedicated to 9/11. This emotional sight has 2 large pools where the twin towers once stood. For all New York City travelers, this historic place is a wonderful way to pay respect to the victims and families affected by the 2001 tragedy. Admission to the memorial is free, and you can buy tickets to the museum for a small fee. 960 1280

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Broadway

Broadway

Broadway is not just for the theater; it’s one of the best shopping streets in all of New York City. No matter what your shopping desire is, Broadway definitely has it. This long street stretches from the top of Manhattan to the bottom. One of its most concentrated shopping areas is in SoHo, in the lower portion of Manhattan. You’ll see tourists and fashionistas of all types on Broadway. As a traveler, you’ll fit right in. 960 1280

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is the destination for all fashionistas. Historically, New York Fashion Week occurred in this Midtown park. Now, Bryant Park is a great place to sit, people-watch and even play a game of chess or bocce. Once you’ve regained your walking strength, take a trip down Fifth Avenue for some window shopping. You’ll love the fashion-filled vibes of this NYC spot. 960 1280

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Central Park

Central Park

If you’re visiting NYC, this famous urban park is a must-see. Central Park is 1.3 square miles of greenery and ponds, smack dab in the center of Manhattan. Ride paddleboats on a park pond, have a picnic on one of the many grassy areas, or walk along the twisting and turning paths. The possibilities are endless. If you’re traveling with little ones, the Central Park Zoo is always a hit. This destination is guaranteed fun. 960 1280

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Coney Island

Coney Island

You can’t go to New York without trying a hot dog (unless you’re vegetarian or vegan — then you get a free pass). Coney Island has the best hot dogs in all of Brooklyn. Be warned that it’s a hike from Manhattan, but the fun theme park is definitely worth the trek. Every year, on the Fourth of July, Coney Island has a famous hot-dog-eating contest for both men and women. In 10 minutes, competitors eat more than 50 hot dogs. Who will win the next competition? 960 1280

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a nice way to remember and celebrate the past of our great nation. See immigration books dating back to 1892. You’ll need to take a ferry to Ellis Island, but the ride on the Hudson gives a great view of the city. Make it a joint trip with the Statue of Liberty; the ride from Ellis Island to Liberty Island is pretty simple. Book your ferry tickets today. 960 1280

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Stand atop the architectural wonder of the Empire State Building. It’s both breathtaking and romantic. Gawk at the buzzing city from the observation decks, and you’ll definitely be in awe. Also check out the view of the building from below, because its floodlights change with the seasons and for special occasions. If you’re interested, check out the Empire State Building tower light calendar. 960 1280

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Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

If you’re trying to save some bucks, plan a trip to Grand Central Station. This free tourist attraction is abuzz all day long. The architecture of the grandiose train station is stunning. Be sure to check out the mysterious mural at Grand Central while you’re there, too. When you’re done at the station, hop on the subway to your next destination, or you can visit the Chrysler Building, which is just a short walk away. 960 1280

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The Hudson River

The Hudson River

Walking along the Hudson is one of the most treasured pastimes of all New Yorkers. Get onto the walking path via West Houston Street, and you’ll be able to admire the river at your leisure. Boats are constantly passing by, which is always fun to see. If you’re feeling especially active, take a run or even bust out your rollerblades. Walk to Little Italy via Canal Street when you’re done to grab a bite of delicious Italian. 960 1280

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Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Art enthusiasts flock to the MoMA every year for quirky and cool art displays. This museum features many out-of-the-box artists who will surely get your mind going. One cool thing to check out is the permanent helicopter display that hangs from the ceiling as you approach the stairs leading up to the second floor. If you need a little fresh air, sit outside in the sculpture garden. 960 1280

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Pizza

Pizza

Brooklyn has some of the best pizza in New York. But the city’s best slice is constantly up for debate. No matter where you go, you’ll want to try a piece of thin pizza, which is New York’s signature. One place that is definitely worth the long line is Grimaldi’s. This destination surely has one of the best slices of cheese pizza in the world. 960 1280

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Visiting New York in the winter? Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. This public square is famous for its large Christmas tree that’s admired throughout the holiday season every year. The gargantuan tree stands at an impressive 75 feet tall. Rockefeller Center is fun any time of year, though. Many news channels are located there, so you’ll feel definitely feel the industry buzz. 960 1280

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Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Foodies of all kinds will love the Smorgasburg. This local flea market happens every Saturday and Sunday in Brooklyn and hosts 100 food vendors, rain or shine. Sample some delectable cheeses that will blow your mind. From Sunday’s market location, take your food over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a picnic. And when you’re done at the Smorgasburg, explore the fun boutiques and side streets that Brooklyn has to offer. 960 1280

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St. Marks Place

St. Marks Place

Go off the beaten path on this hip street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Take the subway to Astor Place and walk over to St. Mark’s Place. There, you’ll find tons of cheap souvenirs for your family, as well as cutting-edge tattoo parlors to admire. There are many small, cheap restaurants around, too, just waiting to be discovered. 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Climb the crown of the Statue of Liberty during your New York extravaganza. Or, if you’re hoping for a more laid-back trip, marvel at Lady Liberty from the pedestal. You’ll love the relaxing ferry ride on the Hudson from Manhattan to Liberty Island. Be sure to book your reservation for the statue and ferry far in advance, as they tend to fill up quickly. 960 1280

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a massive attraction on the city’s Museum Mile, with art for everyone to enjoy. Plus, admission is free (or you can give a small suggested donation). Even if you’re not really into art, the Met is a wonderful place to just sit and eat a slice of NYC pizza or a classic city hot dog. If you’re more daring, visit the top of the museum for a gorgeous view of the city. Grab a drink at the Roof Garden Café for a fun and memorable outing. 960 1280

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Times Square

Times Square

Kick off your New York City adventure in the electric hub of the city. Times Square is the go-to destination for eager theatergoers, shopping enthusiasts and lovers of culture. Take your picture with an entertainer in the square and post it for all your friends to see. Don’t miss Times Square on New Year’s Eve, either: it’s famous for its huge celebration on the last day of the year. 960 1280

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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

Greenwich Village boasts one of the coolest sites Manhattan has to offer: Washington Square Park. Its gorgeous arch resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The park also features a picturesque fountain that children play in during the summertime. And it is the hot spot for musicians to try out their material. If you’re looking for a relaxed afternoon, perch yourself in the midst of this exciting park. 960 1280

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