#50 best destination in the world

 

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

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  • Hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge, spanning the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Opened in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening
  • Originally the bridge carried horse-drawn vehicles and elevated railway lines until 1950

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

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  • 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

National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City

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  • 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
  • Funded by a non-profit institution
  • The design competition winner
  • Opened in 2014

Empire State Building, New York City

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  • 102 story Art Deco skyscraper built from 1930 to 1931
  • Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of the state of New York
  • The building stood as the world’s tallest building until the construction of the World Trade Center in 1970; following the latter’s collapse in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the city’s tallest skyscraper until 2012
  • It has been featured in more than 250 TV shows and movies since the film King Kong was released in 1933

Museum of Modern Art, New York City

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  • One of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world
  • The collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media

American Museum of Natural History, New York City

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  • Museum complex comprising 26 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library
  • The museum collections contain over 34 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts
  • The building also contains specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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  • 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

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City

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  • Art museum and the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art
  • In 1959, the museum moved from rented space to its current building, a landmark work of 20th-century architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • The museum’s collection has grown over eight decades and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with that of Solomon R. Guggenheim

Watkins Glen Gorge, Watkins Glen State Park

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  • Park consisting of two parts, the lower part is near the village of Watkins Glen, while the upper part is open woodland
  • Opened to the public in 1863 and then privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State
  • The centerpiece of the park is a 400 foot deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream, named Glen Creek, that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley

Frick Collection, New York City

  • Art museum in New York City, its permanent collection features Old Master paintings and European fine and decorative arts, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and many others
  • The museum was founded by the industrialist Henry Clay Frick, and its collection has more than doubled in size since opening to the public in 1935

Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls State Park

  • Group of three waterfalls spanning the border between Ontario, Canada and the state of New York
  • The largest of the three is Horseshoe Falls, which straddles the international border of the two countries.
  • The smaller American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls lie within the United States
  • Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by flow rate
  • Niagara Falls was formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path over and through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean

Whitney Museum, New York City

  • Art museum in the Meatpacking District and West Village neighborhoods of Manhattan in New York City
  • It was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a wealthy and prominent American socialite, sculptor, and art patron after whom it is named
  • The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art
  • Its permanent collection, spanning the late-19th century to the present, comprises more than 25,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and artifacts of new media by more than 3,500 artists

Ellis Island, New York Harbor

  • Island in New York Harbor that was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States
  • From 1892 to 1954, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed there under federal law
  • Today, it is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible to the public only by ferry
  • The north side of the island is the site of the main building, now a national museum of immigration
  • The south side of the island, including the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is open to the public only through guided tours

Cooper’s Beach, Southampton

  • Highly regarded beach with guards on duty; offers snacks and chair/umbrella rentals, with a high-end fee to park

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City

  • Military and maritime history museum in New York City, founded in 1982, with a collection of museum ships
  • The museum showcases the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • On the lower deck there is also a reproduction of a World War I biplane

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York City

  • Museum located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City
  • The Museum’s two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011
  • The museum, which includes a visitors’ center, promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown

  • History museum and hall of fame in Cooperstown, dedicated in 1939
  • It serves as the central point of the history of baseball in the United States and displays baseball-related artifacts and exhibits, honoring those who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport
  • The Hall of Fame was established in 1939 by Stephen Carlton Clark, an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune
  • Clark sought to bring tourists to a city hurt by the Great Depression, which reduced the local tourist trade, and Prohibition, which devastated the local hops industry
  • The San Francisco Giants have the most inductees, with 66

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondack Mountains

  • Fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains
  • The summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles away, can be seen on a very clear day
  • Whiteface features a developed summit and seasonal accessibility by car
  • Construction on the toll road began in 1929, with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring then-New York State Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • The Highway is usually open to vehicles from May to October