There are two cities you must see right here in America. Washington, D.C., our capital, is Number One. The second city is the “Big Apple,” the exciting home to our financial world, the Statue of Liberty, and much, much more.
Young or old, these two places will give you a sense of history and pride in this great country. Visits to these two cities will bring alive all the civics and history lessons you had, or didn’t have.
No movie, book, TV show or parade will be as moving as time spent in these two destinations. You will never be more proud of your country or your heritage until your visit to Washington and Lady Liberty.
Children and adults alike stand in awe of our Nation’s greatest icons: the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Capitol and White House. Among the Smithsonian’s 19 major museums and galleries, the National Air and Space Museum, which houses hundreds of spacecrafts and rockets, including the first moon-landing space shuttle, is recommended. Kids will go wild for giant pandas at the National Zoo, as well as the International Spy Museum and the high-tech Newseum, where they can play reporter in an interactive newsroom.
And there’s so much more. Not to be missed is The Library of Congress, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The awesome majesty of the Supreme Court; it’s a work of wonder you and/or your kids will never forget.
There are many, many tours. We really like the on/off buses/trolleys wherever they’re available – and they definitely are in Washington. The buses and subways make it easy to get around.
The Big Apple, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
At the bottom of Manhattan is the ferry to take you to the awe-inspiring gateway to America for so many of our immigrant forbearers.
Whether you can trace your lineage directly from the people who came to America via New York City, you can’t help but be overwhelmed with the history and sacrifice a significant segment of our historical immigrats arrived with on our shore.
Of course, there is much more to see and do in New York – the stores – the theaters – the energy – the financial hearty of our country – but a visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island is a moving treat to understand more about our history than you ever learned in school.
It takes 15 to 30 minutes just to go through security to get on the ferry, but it’s worth it. Ferry information: 201-604-2800.
A couple of other highlights include one of the Grayline Tours; the Museum of Modern Art, like no other museum you’ve seen; a special architectural harbor tour of Manhattan, conducted by an architect on Tuesdays-Thursdays-Saturdays (212-742-1969); a tour of Grand Central Station; and the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum on Fifth Avenue.
Take the kids, the grandkids, the whole family, yourself…but be sure to go!