#13 best destination in the world

Brooklyn Botanic Garden


  • Founded in 1910, the 52 acre garden holds over 14,000 taxa of plants
  • It includes a number of specialty “gardens within the Garden”, plant collections, a conservatory that houses a bonsai museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery

Brooklyn Heights Promenade


  • 1,826 foot platform and pedestrian walkway over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights
  • With views of Lower Manhattan’s skyline and the New York Harbor, it came about as the unplanned byproduct of competing proposals for the highway’s route that were resolved in World War II

DUMBO, Brooklyn


  • DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn
  • Originally a ferry landing, characterized by 19th- and early 20th-century industrial and warehouse buildings, Belgian block streets, and its location on the East River by the anchorage of the Manhattan Bridge
  • The entirety of Dumbo was bought by a developer in the late 20th century, and remade into an upscale residential and commercial community, becoming a haven for art galleries, and currently a center for technology startups
  • In that time, Dumbo had become Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood, this is owing in part to its large concentration of technology startups, its close proximity to Manhattan, and its large number of former industrial buildings that have been converted into spacious luxury residential lofts

City Hall Station


  • The first New York City subway was built opened in 1904
  • The City Hall station was decorated with fine architectural details, including glass tiles and large chandeliers
  • The stop was one of the least-used in the system, which caused it to be abandoned
  • Now The New York City Transit Museum hosts tours of the station, but you must pay to be a member first

National September 11 Memorial & Museum


  • Commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed 6
  • Former location of the Twin Towers which were destroyed during the attacks
  • #2 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Funded by a non-profit institution
  • The design competition winner
  • Opened in 2014



  • Features a collection of artifacts in a freight elevator, this museum has included past exhibitations as Personal Possessions found in the Pacific, Paper Works found in Copying Machines, and Homemade Weapons of Defense
  • Some of the artifacts that have been in the museum include the shoe thrown at George W. Bush at the Minister’s Palace in Baghdad, a hot water coil heater from Kaunas, Lithuania, and a plastic glove from Paradise Valley, Montana

Dream House


  • Constantly fluctuating sound waves accompanied by neon pink reflections of light
  • Created in 1993 by modern composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela
  • The sound and light can be experienced as two mediums together as one, which requires a different, mode of attention.
  • Encounter a new collection of pitches with every move you make, as you encounter the various resonating sound fields

The Evolution Store


  • The store includes high quality natural specimens of framed butterflies and insects, fossils, seashells, tribal art, skulls and skeletons, and medical models and posters

Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins

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  • Before the end of the 1800s, when Western Europe and the United States began to make efforts to eradicate smallpox through universal vaccination, many cities built hospitals specifically for sufferers of smallpox.
  • Roosevelt Island’s smallpox hospital was active in the years 1856-1875, where it treated 7,000 patients a year
  • By the 1950s the hospital had become useless due to the decrease in cases of smallpox, which made the hospital useless, fall into disrepair, and eventually become abandoned

Metropolitan Museum of Art


  • #3 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Largest art museum in the United States
  • Second most visited art museum in the world
  • Contains over 2 million works in 17 departments
  • The collection includes art, architecture and artifacts from Medieval Europe
  • The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity, and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and American and modern art
  • The museum also has holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art
  • Founded in 1870

Statue of Liberty


  • Colossal neoclassical sculpture made of copper built in 1886
  • Offered as a gift from the people of France to the United States
  • Figure is of a robed woman representing Libertas, a Roman liberty goddess
  • In her left hand is a tablua ansata with the date of July 4, 1775, the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and broken chain lies at her feet
  • An icon of freedom and the Unites States, which was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from around the world
  • Due to lack of funds, the statue was almost not built
  • Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World, started a drive for donations to finish the project and attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of which gave less than a dollar
  • Public access to the balcony around the torch has been barred for safety since 1916
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cave of the Winds


  • Was a 130 foot high natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls
  • Discovered in 1834, and officially reopened in 1924, bringing visitors to the front of the Bridal Veil instead of behind it, on a series of decks and walkways
  • Tropical storm-like conditions can be experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph underneath the falls
  • The cave was obliterated in a massive 1954 rockfall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang


Number of Days: 17 days

Best Time To Fly: April-June, Sept-Nov

Airline ticket: $514

Seattle -> New York (one way) $204
Newark -> Buffalo (one way) $119
Buffalo -> Seattle (one way) $191

Food: $45/day x 17 days = $765

Rental car: $63/day x 3 days = $189

Gas: $2

Entertainment: $225

Airbnb: $137/day x 16 days = $2,192

TOTAL: $3,887