The most beguiling city in the world, New York City is an adrenaline-charged, history-laden place that holds immense romantic appeal for visitors. Wandering the streets here, you’ll cut between buildings that are icons of the modern age – and where gazing at the flickering lights of the midtown skyscrapers, experiencing downtown, or riding the Staten Island ferry, you really would have to be made of stone not to be moved by it all.
Day 1 – Hagerstown, Maryland – Our fun-filled adventure begins today as we travel through West Virginia and Maryland to our overnight accommodations in Hagerstown. Along the way, we will cross the Eastern Continental Divide and also travel on the route of the 200 year old National Pike, the original interstate for settlers of the Midwest.
Day 2 – Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island – Empire State Building – After an included breakfast, we depart and drive directly to Liberty Park in New Jersey, where we board the ferry to Ellis Island, the nation’s main point of entry for millions of immigrants from 1892-1924. Next, we ferry to Liberty Island to view the Statue of Liberty. Few sights are as emotional and exhilarating as the first time you see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Next, the song “East Side – West Side – All around the Town” will begin to take on new meaning following our arrival at our hotel for the next two nights in Midtown Manhattan. Upon arrival, we will enjoy dinner (on our own) and shopping in Times Square, the “Crossroads of the World.” Tonight, our Shockey Tour Director will conduct a night-time driving and walking tour of Midtown Manhattan. Breathtaking sights await us, especially from the 86th floor observatory of the one and only Empire State Building; the granddaddy of all skyscrapers.
Day 3 – 9/11 Memorial & Museum – Broadway Show – After an included breakfast, we visit the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We will look at the permanent collection of artifacts, stories, photos, videos, and other materials that shape our shared history and honor the memories of those killed on 9/11. Tonight, we absorb the culture of New York as we attend a Broadway Show.
Day 4 – City Tour – Hagerstown, Maryland – After an included breakfast, we have an opportunity to see what the “Big Apple” is all about as we enjoy a City Tour with a local step on guide. After our city tour, we will have the opportunity for some shopping before we head back to Hagerstown, Maryland for the evening.
Day 5 – Homeward Bound – Did we do it all? Are you kidding? But, we’re pretty sure that we did all that we could. As we have learned, New York always demands a next time. Meals: 4B, Show: 1
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