There are simply too many places to mention when it comes to the Big Apple but highlights have to be: the Statue of liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, the Natural History Museum and the Met art museum- not to mention all the cool sights of downtown Brooklyn, swanky Manhattan and the classic skyline from Rhode Island. New York is a bucket-list destination that just cannot be missed.
Things to do in New York:
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is an essential part of any trip to New York, providing fascinating insights into the history of this vibrant city. Given to the US from France in 1886, Lady Liberty is situated on Liberty Island, a short and scenic ferry ride from Battery Park, New York.
Located in Manhattan, New York, Central Park is a classic part of the city’s history after first being approved in 1853. There’s no shortage of sightseeing and events to do all the family will love, from Central Park Zoo to the Alice in Wonderland sculpture.
Rockefeller Center has a plethora of attractions and events to discover that will suit all ages. Explore NBC Studios where entertainment and news come together and soak up the fantastic performances of The Music Hall featuring The Radio City Rockettes.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
As the third most visited art museum in the world, the Met is a must for lovers of art, history and culture. Featuring works from early Europe, ancient Egypt and modern art, this museum also contains vast collections of clothing and weaponry.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a quintessential landmark of New York City and provides an immersive insight into the history of this stunning building. Visitors can marvel at the views from the observation deck, before enjoying exhibits, shopping and dining.
Renovated in 2016, what began as a small square in the 1880s has flourished into an iconic tourist destination filled with fantastic eateries, dazzling musical theatre and designer shopping, not to mention the famous advertising board.
As the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge is a fantastic feat of the hard-work carried out in the late 1880s. A walk along this bridge takes approximately 25 minutes and is particularly stunning at sunset and sunrise.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
After first opening its doors in 1879, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral sees over five million visitors each year. The classic Gothic architecture is truly magnificent and features an organ with 9,000 pipes, over 4,000 stained-glass panels and beautiful sculptures.
Located in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue boasts Museum Mile where visitors find the African Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum, the Met and more, while other landmarks include the Empire State building, the Rockefeller Observation Deck and Flatiron Building.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
Located at the World Trade Centre site, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum commemorates the lives lost during the terrorist attacks in 1993 and 2001. The memorial consists of two reflecting pools, while the museum offers tours, exhibitions and multimedia displays.
New York Public Library
With nearly 6 million items (including books, e-books, audiobooks, music and films), the New York Public Library has no shortage of fascinating materials to discover. The main branch itself in Manhattan is a stunning New York landmark and a perfect photo opportunity.
The Finger Lakes are an area of tranquil natural beauty famous for its vineyards and being the home of prestigious Cornell University. The eleven lakes which bear this region’s name present fantastic hiking locations in pleasant weather regularly throughout the year.
DAY 4 - 25 Sep 2024
As Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax has a great balance between trendy, urban city adventures and a plethora of water-sports, hiking and mountain-biking. Visitors can easily explore the highlights of the city on foot, admiring the Halifax waterfront and tasting a range of craft beers at multiple breweries before enjoying the exhilarating atmosphere of live ice-hockey. Many free performances are frequently held on the harbour, such as acrobatics, dancers and magicians.
Things to do in Halifax:
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Sitting atop Citadel Hill overlooking the town, the four forts of St George have dominated the landscape around Halifax since 1749. Built to secure Great Britains’ foothold on the region, the modern museum is a gateway to British Colonialism’s mark on the town and wider region.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located in lively downtown Halifax, this museum dedicated to all things seagoing is a fascinating journey into the town’s relationship with the ocean, boasting 30,000 pieces on display including no less than 70 vessels, such as the famous SS Acadia steamship.
DAY 8 - 29 Sep 2024
Old Quebec has a unique feel as you explore the quaint streets and squares, and the church of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine- the oldest pilgrimage destination in North America at over 350 years old. The surrounding boasts the 30m waterfall of Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and the gorgeous woodlands, lakes and rivers of Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier. In addition, learn all about the indigenous population of Canada at the Huron-Wendat heritage.
Things to do in Quebec City:
Found in Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay, this 146-mile-long fjord is a hidden gem. With so few tourists visitors to Saguenay Fjord will find quiet, non-crowded outdoor activities including whale watching, ice fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking and more.
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