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Skylon Tower: The best view in Niagara Falls

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When making a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York you can contemplate one of the majesties of nature and get close to the enormous waterfall to enjoy the landscape and the strong winds. Besides, you can also enter the adventure and walk behind one of its waterfalls or take a boat ride until you reach the base of the waterfall. But, what if this time you dare to see the falls from above?

Actually, the best way to appreciate Niagara Falls is, ultimately, from above, as it is perfect for detailing its magnitude but also appreciating the beautiful landscapes that surround it.

One of our recommendations is to do it from the Skylon Tower, located on the Canadian side, a place where you will be in total comfort and out of risk, in case you are afraid of heights. In fact, Skylon Tower is more of a recreational and leisure space than an observatory, since there you will find a restaurant, recreational areas, stores and more, which will make you forget that you are more than 100 meters high.

Here are some facts about Skylon Tower so you don’t go blind:

  • The tower is 160 meters high.
  • It has 3 elevators that take you from the 1st floor to the viewpoint in 52 seconds.
  • On clear days, you can see up to a distance of almost 130 kilometers. The border in all its splendor.
  • The Skylon Tower was inaugurated on October 6, 1965, after a construction that took 17 months.
  • It is part of the World Federation of Great Towers, like the Eiffel Tower (Paris), the Burj Khalifa (Dubai), the Empire State Building (New York), among others.
  • It has a rotating dining room, which travels 360 ° in 1 hour.
  • From there you can see the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil.

SOME OF THE SKYLON TOWER HISTORY

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls

Let’s begin talking about the history of the Skylon Tower for you to know more about this marvelous place. First of all, we want you to know that the Tower is a tourist attraction, an eatery, an observation tower and an iconic landmark on the Niagara Falls skyline.

Its construction began in May of 1964, costing almost $7 million dollars, and its opening was in Octobre of 1965. The inauguration was in charge of the New York governor Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier John Robarts, and since that day it has played host to heads of state and celebrities.

 

FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

As we mentioned a while ago, the Skylon Tower offers attractions for all ages. You can enjoy the view, have a delicious dinner and have a good time of leisure in the same place; surely it is something that goes beyond a NYC to Niagara Falls tour but as soon as you have the opportunity to visit it and go up to the viewpoint, you should definitely take advantage. Here’s what you can do:

 

OBSERVATORY

This is one of the main attractions of the place and is the one that most attracts the attention of locals and tourists. To access the viewpoint there are 3 elevators available, called Yellow Bug Elevator, due to its striking yellow color; each of these elevators has glass panels so you can enjoy the panoramic view during the short trip, because in just 52 seconds you go up more than 100 meters high.

From the lookout, in addition to Niagara Falls, you’ll be able to see the Great Gorge, Niagara Vineyards, and a bit of Buffalo, Toronto, and New York, if the weather allows.

If you dare to go up to the Skylon Tower viewpoint, we dare to ensure that you will take the best memories, as well as some great photos.

 

ATTRACTIONS

One of the main purposes of the Skylon Tower is to provide fun for adults and children, so they have arranged a large number of attractions, among which the following stand out:

  • Battle of Titans: Offers a paleontological exhibition, with remains and representations of various dinosaur species. Videos, documentaries, fossils, living dioramas and very realistic sounds are exhibited there. They even have “robot” dinosaurs, on a real scale, that walk, roar and fight with each other. The idea is to take you back to the prehistoric age and feel as if you lived with these giants.
  • Angelo Rossi Gallery and Studio: “The king of glass” and one of the greatest molders of it, allows you to enter his studio to see, first-hand, the manufacture of his blown glass works.
  • Family Fun Center: It is a leisure space located on the first floor of the tower, here you will find games for all tastes and a large food area with options such as Pizza Pizza, Starbucks, Dairy Queen, among others.
  • 3D/4D Falls Movie: With the movie “The Legends of Niagara Falls” you will experience the power of each of the waterfalls, in addition, you will have the opportunity to travel back in time and see the geological evolution of the lakes, the river and the formation of cataracts.
  • Shopping plan: Skylon Tower has earned a title as the best place to go shopping in Niagara Falls as it has a wide range of shops of all kinds: fashion, souvenirs, jewelry, handicrafts, boutiques, etc.

GASTRONOMY

At the top of the Skylon Tower there are 2 restaurants available to the public, one of them is a luxury option, world famous and continental cuisine, the other is a more affordable buffet option for all the public. Both have an excellent view.

The great advantage is that when you dine at any of the 2 options, you can access the viewpoint and the Ride-to-the-top attraction for FREE.

 

Revolving Dining Room in Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower in Niagara FallsThis restaurant is an upscale option, perfect for a romantic dinner or other special occasions. It is located at the top of the tower and rotates 360°, very quietly and cautiously, taking 1 hour to complete the turn, to always provide a new but great view for diners. It is only available for lunch and dinner, it requires a dress protocol and its prices exceed $30 dollars per plate.

It remains in operation throughout the year.

Schedule:

  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Early dinner: 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Dinner: from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Open for Sunday, lunch only, in the high season.

 

The Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room

It is a less expensive and informal option, where a familiar and cozy atmosphere is offered, and an extensive buffet-style menu. The restaurant is available for brunch (on Sundays), lunch and dinner, with a wide variety of dishes, including fresh seafood, meats, salads and desserts.

 


 

The Skylon Tower is open year-round, and thanks to its central location, in case you’re not traveling to Niagara Falls on a day trip from New York but are taking your own car, you can make use of its parking lots – with reasonable fees – for easy access to the falls and Victoria Park.

Skylon Tower Hours

  • Summer from 08:00 to 00:00
  • Winter fr

Dare to visit one of the wonders of the world in an easy, comfortable and economical way, under the direction of a professional tour guide, 100% in Spanish. Take a Niagara Falls bus Tour from NYC and enjoy a day of fun and laughter for the best memories.

 

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Where to find the best graffiti in New York?

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In different corners of New York you can find murals and graffiti made by world-renowned artists or by someone who carries so much history in their paintings that they have been part of an entire social movement. Some of these pieces of art are haunted by fans and many of them have come to be valued in millions of dollars, which is why there are those who are looking to get something beyond a photo and want to take, literally, a piece of such art works.

If you are one of those who like to appreciate this type of street art, below we will introduce you to some of the neighborhoods with the most representative graffiti in the city. Although it is worth mentioning that some of them have been covered with new art and are now only a memory.

 

Bushwick, Brooklyn

best graffiti in New York

On the streets of Brooklyn, a destination that you must visit when you go to the Big Apple – you can also enjoy it during a NYC Christmas Lights Tour -, you will find what has been listed as the best in urban art.

Bushwick is a neighborhood that does not get a lot of attention due to its appearance, because at first glance it seems to be a neglected neighborhood as it is one of the most humble ones in the city, however it is a place with art everywhere since it has an art collective that have arranged an open-air gallery where different exponents are invited to fill the streets with color and life, thus the neighborhood leaves that old appearance to become a great museum where, year after year, the most amazing murals are painted.

We invite you to take a tour from Starr St. to Troutman St. through Irving Ave. To Cypress Ave, in this perimeter you will find a large network of graffiti that will leave you with your mouth open. Or, take a tour through New York to see all the contrasts that this city owns.

 

Little Italy

Where to see the best graffiti in New York

Today Little Italy is turning from a small neighborhood in to a city with the help of THE L.I.S.A PROJECT, an art collective supported by anonymous donors, which started a while ago on Mulberry St. with small pieces of art arranged to decorate the streets, today such value has been added to these artistic pieces that The LISA Project has expanded to the point of turning the place into the Mural District. You can meet this works and their exact location in thelisaproject.nyc

 

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Where to find the best graffiti in New York

In this neighborhood, close to 100 doors and commercial showcases have been intervened, with the support and approval of the owners of the commercial premises, the project is called 100 Gates Project and you can see them at 100gatesnyc.com, review them and take the time to visit one of the most ornate streets in the city. Besides, during the last month of the year, this street brightens and it turns out to be amazing to make it part of a New York Christmas Lights Tour.

 

The Bronx

Best Graffiti in NYC to See From Street

In this case we do not want to name a single neighborhood, as the Bronx in general is a district full of art and is recognized throughout the world for that same reason. Here is an artistic piece that is the most popular among all its offerings, it is the Wall of Fame which comprises much of the history of NYC’s street art and features works made by world-class artists.

Hurry to visit this mural and the district in general because, as a result of the new urban projects, part of these works will be forgotten. They will only be captured in photographs and will give way to new works; the Wall of Fame is located on E173rd St. and West Farms Rd.

Another place that will not stop dazzling with color is the facade of the Tuff City Tattoos, as each of its exterior walls are canvas for invited graffiti artists; find it at 650 Fordham Rd. on Belmont Ave.

 


 

It does not matter which direction you are heading, the destination you have between plans or the means of transportation you decide to use, when you walk through the streets of New York you will come across art everywhere, because hundreds of artists, some recognized and others who are not, have taken the time to create art that engages and tells a story. Being part of an excursion of contrasts in New York will make it easier for you to see many of these works up close, but if you decide to visit each district by yourself, the 4 places mentioned in this article are some of those that you cannot leave out.

Fill your social networks with color and invite more people to join in to see this wave of street art that stopped being vandalism to become a complete and valuable art piece.

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Free activities in Washington DC to enjoy with your family

Free activities in Washington DC to enjoy with your family

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The high volume of visitors that the city of Washington DC has every year has made the offer of free activities to enjoy with the family ever greater. If you travel with small children we assure you that fun is guaranteed and, best of all, without spending a penny.

When you go on a Washington D.C. one day tour from New York, you realize that this is a perfect destination for a family vacation at any time of the year, since the attractions that the city offers are adjusted to each member of the family, and to each of their tastes or preferences.

This time we have put together a list of activities that you can do in the capital of the United States without spending any money, so… Read on to start dreaming about your trip to this fantastic place!

 

Visit the monuments of the National Mall

Free Things To Do In Washington D.C.

The National Mall has two sections, so to speak; on one side a few museums are grouped and it goes from the National Capitol to the Washington Monument, and on the other side are the main national monuments that go from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Monument.

Not all the important monuments of the city nor all the museums are grouped in this area, however this is a good starting and reference point. On the sides of the National Mall you will find a wide variety of commemorative works that are free to access. Among them is:

  • The United States Capitol
  • The White House
  • The Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
  • The monument to Iwo Jima, and others.
  • In these places, in addition to knowing much of the history of the country, you can create great
  • memories with your family or friends.

Climb aboard a Postal Carriage, such as those formerly used to deliver US postal mail.

This method first appeared in the country around 1820 and remained in use until the early 1900s, before the railway system was established. You can discover the full story at the National Post Museum, where children can also order packages, design their own stamps, write a postcard, and board the historic Railway Service Car.

 

Tour the President Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Free Things to Do: The Best of Washington

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (commonly known as the “FDR Memorial”) honors the 32nd President of the United States and consists of four “halls” representing each of his four terms as commander-in-chief. Also featured are bronze sculptures of the President, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her faithful canine Fala (who was a very photogenic pet).

See paintings and sculptures of all American presidents at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for fans of pop culture, history buffs, and art lovers. The museum displays paintings, photographs and sculptures of the people who have come to define America as we know it today, from activists and actors to presidents and poets.

The gallery is located at 8th and FNW streets, within the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Admission is free and the museum is open from 11:30 am to 7 pm every day of the year (with some exceptions such as December 25). The building also features the beautiful Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, a quiet place to work or relax, it has free Wi-Fi and a cafe offering sandwiches, salads, coffee or beer.

 

Hear amazing stories at public libraries in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Free Things to Do in family in Washington

Almost every day of the week, you can stop at local libraries to listen to stories, songs and games led by librarians, this is an activity that the little ones love and, without a doubt, you will not be bothered. Some of the local bookstores and museums also offer free story times. Do not miss them!

 

Other plans to enjoy without spending much

  • See the famous Capitol Columns, walk through the Bonsai Museum, and explore the Garden of Youth at the National Arboretum. The Arboretum grounds are open every day of the year, except December 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, except federal holidays – November to February -. This option is interesting to awaken in the little ones a lifelong love of nature and instill a passion for science.
  • Admire dozens of planes and rockets, also the Lunar Module,  and discover the vehicle that crossed the surface of the moon at the National Air and Space Museum. Young people and children visiting the museum can also touch the moon rock that Apollo 17 brought back to earth in 1972.
  • Attend a free presentation at the Kennedy Center, no tickets required. Take a seat in one of the most beautiful theaters in the world to watch a variety of artists that perform every night at 6pm on the Millennium Stage. Shows range from bands and poetry readings to children’s choirs and dance companies.
  • Dare to spend the day at the Smithsonian National Zoo, where there is a wide variety of animal species including giant pandas, elephants and the Amazon exhibit, where guests can walk through a jungle atmosphere.
  • Play at Clemyjontri Park, a huge playground for children with all the attractions to play, climb, swing, slide and explore together. The rainbow theme park is located in McLean, Virginia, it contains a carousel and a picnic pavilion with many learning games, maps, a globe, and a clock with moving hands.

Now, if you are in the Big Apple and you want to take the opportunity to visit the nation’s capital at low cost, you can take a fully guided Day trip to DC from NYC. It is a very complete plan that allows you to save a lot of money and avoids you having to look for transportation or hotels at the last minute, because we pick you up at the door of your hotel in NYC, we take you to visit the most important destinations in Washington and we drop you back at your hotel. An excellent plan, isn’t it?

 


Without a doubt, these are excellent options if you are traveling with your family, let us know which of these plans you have made and, if you think there is something else that we should include, you can suggest activities to feed this list.

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Clifton Hill, guaranteed fun in Niagara Falls

Clifton Hill: Guaranteed fun for everyone in Niagara Falls

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For all those who want to enjoy something beyond Niagara Falls, there is Clifton Hill, an area located on the Canadian side that has been called “The Street of Fun”.

After taking a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York you will be able to cross the border and appreciate a little of what Clifton Hill has to offer as they ensure that it is an unforgettable experience, since it has excellent facilities, a variety of attractions, entertainment areas for children and adults, which also works throughout the year!

You’ll find museums, casinos, a water park, theaters, hotels, restaurants, haunted houses, games, and shops, so any member of the family has an excuse to be bored.

But, due to the current health situation there are many attractions that remain closed, even so we assure you that in Clifton Hill you will find fun for day and night, since when the sun begins to hide the lights of the stores turn on giving shine and color everywhere.

 

PLANS FOR EVERYONE IN CLIFTON HILL

People claim that Clifton Hill seeks to emulate the Las Vegas Strip, of course on a smaller scale but with a similar atmosphere, full of fun and lights, only in this case they also involve children among the entertainment offers.

If you dare to spend a day on this hill, below we share some of the plans that you can enjoy:

 

Niagara Skywheel

Niagara Skywheel

If you want to do something quiet from where you can appreciate the view, the Skywheel is the right attraction for you.

It carries comfortable air-conditioned cabins that rise to just over 50 meters high, it is the largest Ferris wheel in Canada and one of the most fun ways to see the natural wonders that link the United States to Canada.

From there you will be able to appreciate the majesty of the Niagara Falls in its maximum expression, you will get to see the American side, the Horseshoe Falls, the Niagara River and the parks; besides, you will be able to take the best pictures of the landscape in general.

The tour lasts 8 to 12 minutes, it is ideal during the winter and, personally, I suggest that you go up just as the sun begins to fall, as you will appreciate the panoramic view during the day, at sunset and at night.

 

Niagara Casino

It is a purely adult plan but it is worth mentioning.

The casino has 2 floors and 1,300 slot machines, some pennies and others for $ 5, in addition it has 30 tables of games (poker, Black Jack, Mississippi Stud and roulette). To top it off, it has 4 restaurants and on Friday and Saturday nights it offers live shows, where the party is 24/7.

 

Niagara Speedway

Clifton Hill: Fun For Everyone

The largest kart track in North America is spread over a 1.5 hectare field; an attraction that combines the adrenaline characteristic of go karts with the experience of a roller coaster on a concrete track in a 4-story helical spiral shape.

Sometimes you can feel that you leave the track and fly over a cliff, but we assure you that it has excellent security measures.

The use of a mask is essential to be able to use the attraction.

 

Fallsview Water Park

It is a covered park of just over one hectare of expansion, it has 16 slides (some of them 6 floors tall), wave pool, hot springs area, jacuzzi for adults, children’s area, beach and an open terrace with pool. The most wonderful thing about this place is that you can continue to have fun no matter if it is winter outside, so the game never ends, except on the terrace.

One of the favorite games for children and adults is the 1000-gallon dump bucket, where people pile up to receive a heavy fall of water on their heads.

 

Ripley Museum – Believe it or not

This museum is perfect for fans of the strange and incredible, hence its name. Ripley, who is the founder of this museum and an avid artist, took a trip around the world collecting unusual objects that carry a story behind them.

There are more than 12 themed rooms, with more than 500 really strange artifacts that steal all the attention, among them you will find real reduced human heads, photographs of daredevils who have defied death, screens that offer you unique experiences and many other pieces that will leave you with your mouth open.

Kids love it and you will never be disappointed.

 

Rock Legends wax museum

Attractions in Niagara Falls

Who does not love visiting a wax museum? Let’s be honest, it’s the easiest way to get up close and personal with your favorite artists, life-size, but in this case we focus only on famous musicians and rock pioneers.

In the museum you will find classical and modern artists who have managed to put their name high in the music industry, such as Taylor Swift. Do not miss the opportunity to “share” together with your idols.

 

Niagara Zipline

If you are a bit more fierce and love heights mixed with adrenaline, the Zipline is an excellent option. This attraction is divided into two parts, the first is the MistRider zip line that rises from the Grand View Marketplace to Niagara Falls, has 4 speed lines and descends at 670 meters.

The second option is Wildplay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course that has obstacles and ziplines suspended in the middle of nature. As you progress, the difficulty of the game increases.

To suit all audiences there are different “versions”, a special one for children, a classic version and an extreme version.

Children are accepted from the age of 7, but these (from 7 to 13) must be kept under the supervision of an adult.

 

Movieland wax museum

Take a photo with the most famous stars in music, film, television and politics. Well, it’s been said that a walk through Movieland is a walk through entertainment history.

Take a selfie with Johnny Deep, Terminator or Indiana Jones and be part of your favorite movies like Ironman or Jumanji.

As you leave the museum you will arrive at the Fun Factory gift shop where you can create a replica piece of your hands, in wax, as a unique souvenir at the Wax Hand Emporium. And, only if you dare, you can enter into the House of Horrors, which boasts “one of the most terrifying chambers of terror you have ever experienced.”

 

Nightmares Fear Factory

It doesn’t matter if it is not Halloween, you can always take a big scary scream in one of the favorite plans for many in Clifton Hill. Nightmares Fear Factory offers a terrifying experience that you can’t miss after a NYC to Niagara Falls tour.

This attraction has been scaring all types of public for 30 years, has left scars in more than one by the desire to flee and has provoked unique emotions since walking through the front door. Do you think you will be able to overcome this experience? Almost 150,000 people have already decided to leave without completing the journey.

 

Strike Rock n´ Bowl

Niagara Falls Activities

If you are looking for something a little calmer, go ahead and visit this bowling alley, with 14 lines, which at night becomes one of the most popular places. Why? Because if you get tired of knocking down pins, or if bowling is just not your thing, the complex has a high-tech game room and a food court that will allow you to continue with the fun.

 

Dinosaur Adventure Golf

If you travel with children, Dinosaur Adventure Golf is the last among entertainment preferences, since in the same place you play mini golf and share with huge dinosaurs in a prehistoric world full of vegetation.

In addition, it is the largest mini-golf attraction in Canada as it has two fields with 18-holes each, 3 decorative ponds and an active volcano from which steam rises at a height of 15 meters, which by the way is the last station of the journey.

In the complex there are more than 50 species of VERY realistic looking dinosaurs that measure almost 10 meters in height, ideal to make you feel that you are playing after having traveled a few hundred million years in time.

 

Greg Frewin Theater

To be able to participate in an event worthy of Las Vegas, you must attend the magic show of Greg Frewin, one of the most prestigious magicians in the world, winner of the most important magic competitions and participant in the best stages such as Caesar’s Palace, Tropicana and The Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas.

This show lasts 90 minutes and you can add lunch or dinner to complete the experience.

 

Zombie Attack

Clifton Hill

This is an opportunity to enjoy an interactive 36-seat XD theater in which you will experience apocalyptic emotions. There you can fight for your life in a zombie attack while you try to save the world by challenging your friends as well.

In this attraction you must destroy as many zombies as you can, but you must destroy more than your opponents, in this way there is a competitive game to obtain the highest score but without being defeated by the hungry undead.

“Hands down the best attraction in the area! Wow, I’m amazed at how much fun that was! Clearly a hidden gem amongst the lights and bustle of Clifton Hill. It is definitely worth a look and I will return to Niagara Falls for another immersive experience.” – Local RSH DVP guide.

 

 

In short, we assure you that in Clifton Hill you will have a mega fun day, with no options to get bored. In fact there you’ll find everything, in addition to the attractions already mentioned there are a variety of restaurants and hotels that will satisfy all your needs.

Keep in mind that as a result of COVID there are many attractions that are closed or you may use a mask to access. If you travel during the winter season, we recommend you to wear comfortable but warm clothing and check the opening and closing times of the different attractions.

 


 

Take a Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC and immerse yourself in a new adventure, full of water, nature and lots of fun guaranteed. If you require more information about this plan, contact us, we will gladly assist you.

 

 

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tips to organize your trip to New York

8 Tips to organize your trip to New York in 2022

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Every time you travel to a new city it will be important to arrive with an organized plan, where you have your accommodation and itinerary ready, so you will not be wandering through the streets since it will always be very easy to get lost in the crowd and you can have a hard time. To avoid this type of mishap, travel with a map of the city and a data plan, for your phone, to use a GPS, if necessary.

Especially if you are in the streets of Manhattan where it is not advisable to stay still at any time since people, with their typical anxieties, are dragging you with them and, in the blink of an eye, you will have changed streets.

Regardless of whether you travel alone, with friends or family, today we will share a list of practical tips to organize your visit to New York, with the purpose that, in addition to knowing and falling in love with the city, you have a rewarding experience and enjoy this destination 100%.

With these 8 steps we assure you that your trip will be organized so that you can enjoy any trip through New York, even if it is a Christmas Lights Tour or any other, without any complications. Let us begin!

1. Verify the required documentation

Plan Your Trip to New York City

To make your trip to NYC it is essential to have your valid passport and visa, do not buy tickets without first having this documentation ready as you could lose your money.

 

2. Check which is the best travel season for you

New York Itinerary: What to Do and See

Actually it all depends on the type of trip you want to make, because each season offers something unique that can catch your attention. For example, during winter you can enjoy a NYC Christmas Lights Tour, but during summer you could have fun during a night tour or participating in the different activities and concerts planned for you.

Besides, you have to verify what you are looking for during your trip, since it is not the same to organize a trip for a young person traveling alone than for an elderly couple, or an itinerary for a family with children than for an adventurous couple of newlyweds.

To define what you are looking for on your trip you must ask yourself a few questions which will confirm what is most important to you:

  • Have good weather?
  • Find cheap rates?
  • Enjoy Christmas and snow?
  • Less people?

After you have this clear, knowing some of the characteristics of each season will make it easier to choose.

  • WinterDecember to March – It is one of the seasons with the fewest number of people on the streets, so since it is low season the rates are lower and you will find good prices on flights, attractions and hotels. This season is very cold, some days have temperatures below zero and, even, in the first months of the year it usually snows. This change in weather makes it dark from 4:00 pm but the night in New York is also beautiful, so it won’t be much of a problem. About tours, you could enjoy a Christmas lights excursion through the city and see some of the most decorated spots in all the boroughs.
  • SpringMarch to June – With spring the streets fill with color and the rhythm of life returns to normal. The temperature begins to rise (from 14 ° C to 20 ° C at the end of spring), little by little, as does the influx of people, so even though this travel season is average, prices go up without a peak, except during the Easter season. In the spring the weather goes crazy, that is to say that there are days when it is very hot but there are others when it rains, so it is better to go out with a coat and an umbrella to avoid surprises.
  • SummerJune to September – This is the warmest season of the year and, therefore, it is full of activities and events. However, it is a high season and, likewise, the most expensive of the whole year. Thanks to the weather, during summer New York is full of tourists everywhere.
  • AutumnSeptember to December – During autumn the days turn cold again – especially from mid-November -, days are shorter and with a high probability of rain and strong winds. Since the end of September the prices of hotels, flights and excursions go down, except during the NYC Marathon (the first Sunday in November) where the high season returns. The city is full of reddish parks, Halloween pumpkins and ice skating rinks, but at the end of November you start to experience the atmosphere of Christmas.

3. Buy the tickets in advance

Tips For Planning a Trip to New York City

Now that you know which is the prefered season to travel to New York, it’s time to book the airline tickets. If you do it in advance you can find better rates than when you do it from one day to the next.

The maximum time you can reserve your tickets is 6 months in advance so, in addition to ensuring good prices, you can secure places with your friends or family.

Do not trust yourself thinking that later you will find discounts, this is not always possible and sometimes the prices are not as comfortable as you think. This way you also limit the travel dates and conditions.

 

4. Take out a travel insurance

tips to organize your trip to New York in 2022

It never hurts to have a good backup to prevent you from any kind of unforeseen event. This is a tip that you should keep in mind when traveling to any destination.

Travel insurance can be an additional expense but it is a smart one, without a doubt assuming the costs of an accident can be more expensive. In fact, in the United States health care is very expensive, for example appendicitis care can cost about $ 60,000 USD.

Sometimes, by having a credit card you can ask your bank for a free or a low-cost travel insurance. Check with your bank, it can be very useful.

 

5. Find accommodation

Everything You Need to Know for Your First Visit to New York 2022

This is one of the most annoying steps and one that will probably take you more time, but it is undoubtedly one of the most important.

First of all, you should know that accommodation in New York tends to be very expensive, regardless of the type of accommodation you are looking for (hotel, hostel or apartment rental). However if you book in advance you could find considerable rates, despite that much of your budget will go to this purpose.

We recommend you to look for your accommodation thinking about how much time you plan to spend in the place; if you want something to rest and spend most of your day or if, otherwise, you will only go to sleep.

Taking into account the activities that you will do, the locations that you will visit and the tours of New York that you will take, find the location of your accommodation, so you can save a few dollars in transportation and walk to each attraction to visit.

Also, remember that, sometimes, the published prices for accommodations do not include taxes (additional 14.75%) and the tourist fee ($ 3.50 USD per room).

 

6. Plan the activities of each day

Tips for Your First Trip to New York City

Make a list of the locations you want to visit and read a little about some recommended ones that you did not consider. As soon as you know what places you are going to visit, you will be able to organize them by zones and create a travel route, so you make the most of your days and don’t waste time on long journeys.

Making a list of locations to visit is a very extensive job, however here we share some guides that we have created so that you know which places you should include in your next excursion through New York.

By the way, another simpler and more comfortable option is to use an agency, such as Intertravel NYC, to organize different tours in New York and visit its boroughs aboard a comfortable vehicle, joined by an expert guide.

Or, if you have more time, you can also take a Day trip to DC from NYC, Philadelphia, or a NYC to Niagara Falls tour.

 

7. Get the money ready for your purchases and snacks

New York City Travel Tips

In New York you can easily pay with your credit card, so remember to notify your bank so that you can make your purchases without problems or withdrawals at ATMs with your debit card.

In any case, it is always important to carry cash to make small payments, pay tips, buy in small markets or street stalls, etc. But, keep in mind that, as in hotels, any product includes taxes in the price, so you must add 9% to the value of any product that you are going to buy.

As for tips, these are mandatory without exception, so you should leave 15 to 20% of the total value of the invoice. Sometimes this is included in the total invoiced value, but it does not always happen so check the receipt before leaving. The tip is not limited to restaurants and food stalls, sometimes taxis also demand it and if you do not give it, your purchases could be in danger and you will end up in a heated argument.

 

8. Get a mobile data plan

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Staying connected will help you use a map at all times, find immediate information and even publish your photos on your social networks. Getting WiFi in New York is very simple and allows you to save some money, but if you want to have internet available 24/7 we recommend buying a temporary data plan through a SIM card.

You may think about acquiring a roaming plan with your mobile service operator but this turns out to be much more expensive, so much so that just looking for an address on a map can cost you up to $ 70 USD.

Avoid taking surprises when you return home, so better buy a SIM card and you will save yourself a lot of headaches. Of course, remember that the idea is to enjoy the experience, so avoid looking at your cell phone and appreciate the landscapes of New York or resort to the traditional way of getting a paper map.

 


 

Remember that New York is a very big city and, as in any other place, you can take risks. Therefore we invite you to verify which are the best neighborhoods to visit and avoid walking alone at night and in very dark places and little crowded.

Take advantage of your trip to visit the best places in this concrete jungle, organize your trip in advance and avoid leaving everything to improvisation. Things do not always go well and you can lose a lot of valuable time or leave out excellent must-see locations. However, as another option, you can use our excursions in New York to guarantee an organized, comfortable and complete tour of this great city.

Finally, pack your suitcase and get ready to enjoy and live the experience like a New Yorker.

 

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Guide to Visiting the Washington Monument

Learn how to climb to the top of the Washington Monument

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As soon as you make a Day trip to DC from NYC, the central axis of the tour will undoubtedly be to visit the National Mall as it is the place where most of the city’s museums and historical monuments are concentrated. At each end of this location is the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, but right in the middle is one of the most majestic memorials in the entire city, the Obelisk – Washington Monument, which we will talk about today.

HISTORY OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

The Washington Monument's Stairwell

This monolith is about a 170 meter high piece of architectural art that pays tribute to the first president of the United States, George Washington, as one of the most iconic figures in the history of the country.

At the end of the 18th century, the president wisely led the North American troops during the independence war. He won by working lightly armed and without expert men, granting him total respect from the entire American community. So much so that they wanted to proclaim him “king” of the nation, to which he refused.

In 1789 he obtained the position of president and began the first of his 2 terms, a period during which he created a solid government, providing support to the national bank, the army and the navy. All for the needs of the community, therefore, as a result of his exploits and his fight for the country, since 1783, the congress began to plan the creation of a monument in his honor. They proposed “that an equestrian statue of George Washington may be erected in the place where the residence of the Congress is established” although, at that time there was not yet a definite place for this purpose.

In 1797, the population requested that George Washington remain in the presidency for a third term but he refused, he retired to his rest home and died there 2 years later.

After his death, the congress decided that the ideal would be to create another type of monument, perhaps a tomb inside the Capitol but, as a result of a lack of funds and the contradictory decision of the family, disagreements were created that forced them to search for a new option.

Finally, in 1833, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the former president, different projects were started to gather donations and thus build the National Monument to Washington; about two years later they had raised nearly $ 30,000 so they announced a contest to submit a design for the monument.

In 1848, Congress donated 150,000 m2 of land to develop the project, an area perfect for its great view of the Potomac River and that, thanks to its height, could be seen from almost anywhere in the city and also, when being a public land, it would be protected from any type of visual obstruction.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE MONUMENT TO WASHINGTON

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The obelisk was designed by Robert Mills, an important architect who devised and began the work on July 4, 1848, when the first stone of the obelisk was installed after a ceremony by the Masons, an organization to which the former president belonged. The architect did not have the opportunity to see his work completed as he died in 1854, the year in which the first stage of construction was halted when donations ran out.

The construction took 40 years to complete since the state could not cover all the costs of the work, therefore they chose to request, to different states, stone donations so that they felt part of the construction, reducing costs. This change made the obelisk have different types of marble in its structure, causing, after the first 50 meters of height, some color changes that are noticed on its surface. On December 6, 1884, the last stone was laid.

Until October 9, 1888, the obelisk was open to the public, where they could access to the top and appreciate the best panoramic view of the city.

It may not appear to be a very striking monument at first glance, but the importance to the country goes beyond its appearance and focuses on what it means. In any case, its 169,294 meters high and its marble and stone structure give it such an impressiveness that it is still considered the tallest stone structure in the world.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

  • Until 1889 it was considered the tallest structure in the world, until the construction of the Eiffel Tower was completed.
  • The Washington Monument is an obelisk taller than those erected in some cities in Europe and Egypt.
  • The Washington Monument has 893 steps to the top.
  • In 1888 about 55,000 people went up a month, currently it exceeds 800,000 visitors a year.
  • In 1966 the monument was inscribed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • In 1982 the monument was taken as “hostage” by a protester who claimed to have explosives on him.
  • In 2005 a fence was installed to allow the passage of pedestrians and cyclists, but prevent the passage of vehicles.
  • During 2005, 2 false bomb threats were obtained at the facility.
  • From the base to the viewpoint there is a height of 152 meters.
  • In 2011, after a strong earthquake, the monument had to be closed to the public as several cracks occurred and it took 2 years to recover the structure.
  • At the base there are 50 flags that represent each of the states.
  • It weighs more than 70 million kilos.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE OBELISK

how to get to the top of the Washington monument

It is possible that during your next Washington D.C. one day tour from New York you will be able to climb or get to the top of the Washington Monument, the advantage is that now it has an elevator that will help you avoid the fatigue of climbing more than 500 steps to reach the terrace, but if you are a sports lover and time is not pressing, we invite you to go up on your own and write a “check” on your list of things to do.

To have a successful visit to the monument, we recommend you to take into account the following:

Schedule:

The Washington Monument has its doors open every day of the week except on July 4th and December 25th. The access to the terrace is from 9 am to 5 pm, the last allowed ascent is at 4 pm. During the summer season it is open until 10pm.

If you go on a Washington DC day trip from NYC, keep in mind that access times to the observatory may vary depending on the weather.

Tickets:

The entrance to the Washington Monument and its observatory is FREE, but it is a very popular plan among tourists and locals, therefore tickets are sold out in a short time. Although the ticket offices open at 8:30 am, in high season it is common to see lines from 7:00 am, so it is likely that before noon the tickets are already sold out.

If you want to avoid lines and possible disappointments, we recommend making an online reservation for your tickets, you can do it up to 3 months before your visit and you can book up to 6 tickets at a time. This service has a cost of $ 1.50 per ticket and you can choose the time of your visit in advance.

This option is perfect to ensure access to this plan, especially if you travel during high season. For a better experience, we recommend you to book your ticket for the afternoon hours, just when the sun begins to fall, so that you can see the panoramic view of the city during the day and at night, in less than an hour, you can even appreciate wonderful sunsets. *

IMPORTANT! Due to the pandemic, the visit to the monument is suspended until further notice.

* Another option:  When you can’t get tickets online or at the ticket offices, if you’re lucky, you can go to the school groups that visit the monument between March and June. Schools often reserve more tickets than they actually require, so when they have left over, instead of throwing them away, they give them away by standing right at the base of the obelisk. If on your next Day Trip to Washington DC from New York you find a group of children dressed alike, and you still do not have tickets, do not hesitate to ask the guides of those groups for excess tickets, it will be worth it.

Security measures:

Before the pandemic, it was mandatory to go through a security filter before entering the monument, so it is essential that you be there about 30 minutes before the time stipulated on your ticket.

Once you get to the obelisk, look for one of the security employees, dressed in a green shirt and beige hat, who will join you to the security or the waiting area, in case you arrive very early. 10 people enter at the same time.

It is worth mentioning that the waiting area is outdoors, therefore you should go with everything you need to accommodate the weather.

NOTE: There is no storage area in the monument, therefore you must take only the implements you need. What you cannot enter will be discarded.

Remember that you cannot enter with:

  • Food
  • Baby carriages
  • Large backpacks or bags
  • Weapons

How long is the visit to the Washington Monument?

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From the time you arrive at the National Mall until you leave it can take an hour, including the time it takes to pass the security filter, the elevator wait time (there is only 1 elevator available), etc. If you are one of the few people who visit the temporary exhibition, it can take an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

As you go up 152 meters in the elevator, in about 2 minutes, a ranger will give you a brief summary about the history of the monument and some curious facts.

What to see from the observation deck of the Washington Monument?

As soon as you exit the elevator you will have the possibility to walk freely on each side of the monolith, from there you will be able to observe:

  • The White House
  • Downtown Washington
  • The capitol
  • Smithsonian museums
  • The memorial to Thomas Jefferson
  • Part of the state of Virginia, weather permitting.
  • The memorial to World War II
  • The Abraham Lincoln memorial

You will also find a museum, on the next floor, where you will find images and information about the construction and maintenance of the obelisk. You will also see information about the times that the monument has been at risk from natural events, such as the 2011 earthquake or strong storms.

During the descent in the elevator, the guard will turn off the lights so that you can detail the memorial stones, those that were donated by different states and civic organizations during its building. To get a good photo, we recommend you to avoid being in the center of the booth.

 


 

Will you be one of the lucky ones to climb to the top of the Washington Monument? We hope that, on your next Washington 1 day tour from New York, you will have the opportunity to create the best memories and photos to show your friends and family. If you require advice to prepare your vacation, contact us, we will be happy to help you plan your visits to the United States.

 

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Top 8 most impressive waterfalls in the world

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Nature has the ability to provide us with everything we need to live comfortably and peacefully, as it offers us everything from food to materials to create a home, but also allows us to enjoy incredible landscapes that have been created over the years and that leave us, to more than one, with our mouths open.

This time we are going to share with you a list of the best waterfalls in the world, a show that for years has attracted the attention of artists, cinematographers and tourists who travel the planet in order to capture the best images and create excellent memories.

To encourage you to pack your suitcase and travel to see these wonderful natural formations, here we share 8 of the most impressive waterfalls in the world:

1. Niagara Falls

Best Waterfalls of the World

Located on the border between the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls is one of the most famous water formations in the world since, despite not being one of the highest – it is just over 50 meters -, it is one of those with greater amplitude (56 kilometers) and, therefore, you can witness a spectacle with its strong waterfall. In fact, in the Iroquois language, the term ” Niagara ” means ” thunder of water “, a name that was given to the huge waterfall due to the noise that is constantly produced.

Most tourists arrive thanks to a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York or other cities in the United States and Canada, so if you are walking around the Big Apple or one of the cities closest to the border, do not hesitate to take one of these excursions, you will surely be fascinated by this great sparkling water festival.

2. Kalandula Falls

Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

These are another natural wonder found in the municipality of Kalandula, in Angola. This is one of the largest waterfalls in all of Africa – along with Victoria Falls – as it has a height of 105 meters and more than 400 meters wide.

From January to April you can see the waterfall in its greatest splendor, as it is the rainy season and, in addition to the fact that the jungle that surrounds it becomes more lush, the amount of water that falls is much greater than the rest of the year. The Kalandula Falls are not a very crowded place for tourists so if you are looking for hidden and relaxing paradises, surely this is the ideal place.

To get there you can do it from the Melanje town which is an hour away by car, even in Kanadula there is a hotel, in case you want to disconnect for one or more days.

3. Iguazu Falls

Best Waterfalls In The World Every Traveler Should Visit

Another of the most renowned waterfalls, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are the Iguazú Falls, located on the border between Argentina and Brazil. They attract your attention because of their greenish color, their shape and the wonderful rainbow that stands out from the foam. The falls are created by the union of 275 waterfalls – 80% of them are on the Argentine side -, the largest is the Devil’s Throat, 80 meters high and you can see it from a viewpoint that is 30 meters under the top.

To visit them you can do both on the Argentine (Misiones) and the Brazilian (Paraná) side, you can even find hotels in Foz do Iguaçu or Puerto Iguazú so you can enjoy the place calmly.

4. Dettifoss waterfall

most stunning waterfalls around the worldAt the north of Iceland is the Dettifoss waterfall, one of the European waterfalls with the largest volume of water and, likewise, one of the most attractive in the country. The water of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river falls on the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon from just over 40 meters high, forming a dense wall of water 100 meters wide.

The place can be visited through a tourist route called ” Diamond Circle “, you can access a part by vehicle and then walk through a short path. It is ideal that you visit the waterfall during the spring, summer or autumn seasons, since in winter the roads are closed.

5. Victoria Falls

Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

Victoria Falls, or “The Smoke That Thunders”, is located on the border between Zambia (Livingstone) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), in Africa. Its depth is almost 130 meters which, during the rainy season, causes a huge curtain of water that makes them look even more exuberant than they already are.

Along with the falls they have arranged a path for tourists to appreciate this wonder up close, however, the foam can bathe visitors and complete the experience.

If you are going to take a trip to southern Africa, we invite you to take a walk through the Victoria Falls to see first-hand a 100% natural spectacle that you will fall in love with. Don’t let someone else tell you about it!

6. Angel Falls

most impressive waterfalls in the world

In Venezuela there is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Latin America, discovered in 1933 by the American aviator James Ángel. The Angel Falls have earned the title of being the highest in the world for having a depth of more than 900 meters.

To get to them it is necessary to take transport to the Canaima National Park, from where exclusive excursions are made to see this masterpiece.

7. Gitgit waterfall

impressive waterfalls in the world

Bali is an Indonesian city with wonderful landscapes everywhere. One of its many tourist attractions is the GitGit waterfall located in the north of the city, that has a height of 35 meters, very little compared to those mentioned above. But, what makes it impressive is that the water makes its way over a lush layer of tropical forest.

The volume of water is constant throughout the year and a small lake forms at the base, perfect for a relaxing bath after a day of hiking. But, be carefull! Wild monkeys live in the area, so as a precaution, it is better to go with an expert guide.

8. Trummelbach Falls

Greatest Waterfalls in the World

From April to November you can be encouraged to visit the Trummelbach Falls in Switzerland, this waterfall is born from the union of 9 waterfalls and there is something that makes it the only one of its kind, the waterfall falls inside a mountain and, as if that were not enough, to access it you must take an elevator that takes you from the parking lot, located at the base of the mountain, to the top.

The falls are located precisely in Lauterbrunnen and are the product of the melting of the Jungfrau glaciers, this climatic effect, in addition to maintaining the flow of water, produces up to 20 tons of stones that fall incessantly and produce a noise so loud that the entrance to Children under 6 years of age is prohibited, as their eardrums may be affected.

 

The list of amazing waterfalls goes on and on, because in every corner of the world there are eccentric and natural settings that are magic in the eyes of anyone. So don’t put aside the idea of ​​visiting any of these destinations in order to create memories and cross off destinations to visit on your wishlist.

 


 

If you are interested in making a Niagara Falls bus Tour from NYC, do not hesitate to contact us. Go ahead and spend a luxury vacation joined by the best! DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU, LIVE IT.

 

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places you shouldn't miss in Brooklyn

13 places you shouldn’t miss in Brooklyn

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At the east of Manhattan is the District of Brooklyn, also known as Kings County. To people who never leave Manhattan, each borough may seem like a foreign land, and it is, without a doubt. If Brooklyn were its own city, it would be the third most populous city in the country.

However, if you have not seen Brooklyn it is important that you do since it is definitely one of the greatest places to discover. It is home to iconic New York attractions such as Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Park, in addition to some of the best New York pizzas.

There are many things to do in Kings County, like visiting one of the best flea markets in Gotham, having brunch in Brooklyn or taking a Christmas lights in NYC Tour. From Gowanus to Williamsburg, be sure to add these stops in your itinerary.

Now, let us share with you some of our favorite things to do in Brooklyn…

1. Brooklyn Bridge

Best Things to Do in Brooklyn

Sure, the Brooklyn Bridge serves a practical purpose for millions of people that may travel from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, but it is also one of the most iconic structures in the city. You can walk and bike on it, but be careful, the crowds are serious! So, go early in the morning or late at night to avoid the hustle and bustle.

If you dare to do a tour in New York, you will have the option to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Manhattan or Dumbo.

2. Brooklyn Bridge Park

things you shouldn't miss in Brooklyn

This stretch of the revitalized industrial waterfront that runs from the Manhattan Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge attracts kids and adults alike. Dotted with playground equipment, picnic and game meadows, local business concessions such as Ample Hills Creamery, Lizzmonade, and Fornino. The park also features sand volleyball, a full basketball court, kayaking, and swimming in the pop-up pool (equipped with changing rooms, a sandy beach and a tiki bar and grill) and roller skating. Spring highlights from this venue include the Ed Center with a scale model of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the 250-gallon aquarium park filled with bugs from the East River and ping pong tables on the Pier 2.

3. Prospect Park

Things to do in Brooklyn

A walk through Prospect Park is an easy way to spend a memorable day. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted after the completion of Central Park, Prospect Park features 90 acres of wide open fields for baseball and soccer, jogging trails (the loop is 3.35 miles), bike rides and horseback riding; summer concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell; an all-season ice skating rink at the LeFrak Center; and several playgrounds. The park also features a zoo that houses goats, chickens, horses, alpacas, sheeps, a sea lion show, prairie dog burrows, stuffed meerkats, a duck pond, and a huge aviary. Just steps from the zoo is the magnificent 1912 Carousel Prospect Park, and one of the city’s largest green markets is set up every Saturday at the north entrance to Grand Army Plaza.

4. Coney Island

coney island

From the turn of the century until World War II, Coney Island was considered the playground of the city. Years of neglect followed, but the arrival of the Luna Park amusement park restored the living nature of the area. Today, hundreds of thousands of people visit what has become one of the best beaches in New York, offering a variety of great things to do in the summer. From movie nights to concerts to the wild Mermaid Parade, there is always something for everyone.

5. Brooklyn Botanical Garden

favorite things to do in Brooklyn

Those looking for some peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours in this green oasis. The garden, which is supported by two other gems of the neighborhood (the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park) was founded in 1910 and features thousands of types of flora, spread over 52 acres. Every spring, crowds descend on the space for the Sakura Matsuri Festival, during which more than 70 trees bloom along the Cherry Esplanade. But equally impressive are the serene spots like the Japanese Hill Garden and Pond, the first Japanese-inspired garden built in the US, and the Shakespearean Garden, filled with plants (like spring and crocuses) mentioned in the works of Bard.

6. Brooklyn Historical Society

Things to Do in Brooklyn

Founded in 1863, the society is housed in a landmark four-story Queen Anne-style building that houses numerous permanent exhibits, including “It Happened in Brooklyn,” highlighting local ties to pivotal moments in American history. The institution offers weekend and after school programs for children.

7. Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights

There are many great Brooklyn neighborhoods to explore on foot, in fact Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill are all solid options. But perhaps the most inspiring neighborhood to walk around is the oldest: Brooklyn Heights. It is on these tree-lined streets where a Revolutionary War battle was fought, and where many of the city’s most notable writers lived: Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Norman Mailer, and WEB DuBois, to name just a few.

The Brooklyn Heights Association offers guided tours of the interiors of many of the neighborhood’s iconic buildings, but you can take your own walk, making sure to hit the Promenade, a mile-long walk that will put you face to face with the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. This turns out to be a great location to make a NYC Christmas Lights Tour since you will be able to appreciate the traditional spots brighter than usual.

8. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Featuring local and out-of-town businesses, BAM is one of New York’s leading cultural institutions. The Howard Gilman Opera House, with its federal-style columns and carved marble, is a beautiful dance venue. In fact, the Mark Morris dance group usually performs there each spring.

The Harvey Theater of 1904 (651 Fulton St between Ashland and Rockwell Pls), formerly called Majestic, has presented the work of John Jasperse, Wally Cardona and Matthew Bourne. Each fall, BAM’s Next Wave Festival highlights established and experimental dance groups; in the spring, there is a variety of African and modern dance and ballet.

9. Brooklyn Boardwalk

Brooklyn Boardwalk

Are you looking for an ideal place to enjoy a panoramic view of everything the city has to offer? The Brooklyn Walk, a one-third-mile stretch along the East River, is one of the favorite destinations for residents, tourists, and couples looking to distinguish themselves from an unforgettable stretch of the New York City skyline. Stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty are visible from here.

10. Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Founded by Steven Hindy and Tom Potter, Brooklyn Brewery not only makes some of the best beers in the nation, but also pays tribute to its hometown with an unconditional dedication to the craft beer process brought to these shores by immigrants from Germany, Belgium and Ireland. Under the guidance of brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the team brews their signature Brooklyn Lager, along with approximately 50 different craft beers, including Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat, Brooklyn Best Bitter, Brooklyn Summer Ale, and Brooklyn Local 1. Small batch tours of the brewery are offered from Monday to Thursday at 5 pm, and the brewery also organizes cooking classes and tastings.

11. DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

brooklyn DUMBODUMBO, which stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is packed with talent, and its galleries are fortunate to capture much of it. You can visit United Photo Industries, which features public installations and has a permanent exhibition space with a variety of photographs. Then take a look at the mixed media, street art, and sculpture displayed at Masters Projects, and all the reductive contemporary abstract art you love at Minus Space. AIRE, The Gallery (Artists in Residence), which opened in 1972 as the first cooperative women’s gallery in the United States, presents shows, talks and lectures. In addition to the galleries, DUMBO is also home to many studios that host open studio weekend visits each year. Take a look at Sharp-Walentas and Smack Mellon.

12. Greenwood Cemetery

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Yes, you have to visit a cemetery. This 478-acre National Historic Landmark located between Prospect and Sunset Parks was founded in 1838 and is New York City’s answer to Paris’s Père Lachaise. Legends like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, Horace Greeley, and William “Boss” Tweed are buried there. The Green-Wood Historic Fund organizes a number of walking tours, concerts, book lectures, exhibits, and other educational activities, but you can take a self-guided walk or hop in a car to learn about the history of the cemetery and get a good view of the green parakeet monkeys that have been nesting there since the 1960s. With its hills, valleys, ponds and glacital trails, and one of the largest collections of statues and mausoleums from the 19th and 20th centuries, it feels unexpectedly festive.

13. Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights Brooklyn

During the Christmas season take the chance to experience one of the most festive experiences of the year, full of lights and snow. Take a New York Christmas Lights Tour and enjoy the last month of the year with love and surrounded by a holiday environment.

 


 

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Is it safe to visit Washington? Tips and recommendations for your trip

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Washington DC is a world-class metropolis that has all the grandeur needed to be the capital of the United States, being the seat of the three government branches and the federal district of the nation.

The city has an incomparable number of free public museums that you can visit, such as the Smithsonian or the Air and Space Museum. It is also the home of the most beloved monuments by tourists and locals, such as the Washington Monument or the famous Lincoln Memorial.

Moreover, visits to the National Mall, passing through the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, are required by anyone who gets to know this city, since they are world famous monuments and recognized as pillars of one of the largest nations in the world.

Washington DC is not only a political and cultural center of the country, the city has everything that tourists would want to experience and know, especially if they take a Day Trip to Washington DC from New York. In fact, there you’ll find plenty of options for shopping, dining, or nightlife, with places suitable for all tastes and budgets. The kind of places that you would expect to find in the United States capital.

Now, we are convinced that you have already made a decision regarding your visit to Washington DC, and surely you already have a list of things to do and places to visit, but have you taken the time to review the safety aspects? Regardless of the city or country you visit, it is always necessary to take a few minutes to learn about the safety of the place, as well as its customs and cultural aspects, so you will avoid having a bad time due to misinformation.

So, how safe is Washington DC?

How Safe Is Washington DC for Travel?

In the 1990s, Washington was known as the “murder capital” with an extremely high number of homicides per year. However, these numbers have dramatically dropped,  and as a tourist you are unlikely to experience anything similar to a violent crime.

In general, in the United States, random killings are not frequent and, in Washington DC, these types of violent crimes are generally limited to certain dangerous neighborhoods which are often related to personal account settlements.

Even so, all tourists should take the usual precautionary measures, just as they would in any other city or even in their own hometown or residence. With this we refer to avoiding walking through dark alleys in any area or having any interaction with strangers.

As for property theft crimes, they are problems in neighborhoods where nightlife is common, for example in the areas near Shaw, Adams Morgan, Near Northeast and the areas around the Gallery Place-Chinatown metro station. Although, we must mention that in some of these neighborhoods or streets you can also find places of interest, so if you must go through any of these locations try to walk carefully, be accompanied, and always watch and keep your belongings in sight.

Keep in mind not to use your mobile phone in an unsuspecting way, as you would in any other place, since they are the objects that are most commonly involved in theft, especially in subway stations and on trains.

To summarize some important information, here is some useful data if you are going to make a Day trip to DC from NYC or from any other city.

Safety Guidelines WashingtonGeneral Risk: Medium

Washington DC is a generally safe city. With a rating of 69%, the US is ranked 51st out of 162 in the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world, despite having some robbery-prone areas.

Theft Risk: Medium

There are risks related to so-called “pickpockets” in the touristy areas of DC and in some places of the North Central area. Be very attentive if you travel in the Metro, this is one of the most common places where thefts of mobile phones and wallets occur. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being robbed.

Assault Risk: Medium

Tourists who regularly visit Washington DC generally have good experiences, but be aware that in some areas of the city there is a high risk of being mugged, especially in dimly lit areas, usually at the exit or near bars. Don’t go alone, especially at night.

Transport and risk in taxis: Low

Transport in general and especially taxis are usually very safe.

Natural disaster risk: Low

There are no natural hazards present in Washington, although in some rare cases, heavy blizzards have occurred, especially during winter and fall.

Terrorism risk: Medium

Terrorist attacks in the city of Washington have been very rare, since by being the capital of the United States it has a very high level of security, especially in airports. In any case, being the political and governmental capital of the country, it is usual for protests and public disturbances to occur.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

How To Plan A Safe Trip To Washington

Visa:

The United States is famous for its tough policy to acquire a visa, even as a tourist, not to mention a resident visa. US embassies generally request interviews before granting tourist visas and they generally have to pay up to $ 160 USD to obtain the document. If you are not sure about the status of your visa, visit the embassy of the country to which you wish to travel beforehand, there they will inform you whether or not you need a visa according to your nationality and / or residence.

Currency:

The US dollar is the official currency in Washington DC and in the rest of the country. Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. Prices vary, but budget for at least $ 100 to spend per day.

Climate:

The weather in Washington DC is very pleasant, mainly during the spring and fall. The northern subtropical climate produces cool breezes and moderate temperatures, so in many places you can see the famous cherry blossoms grow.

Winter temperatures are also relatively mild, with occasional snowfall. But summer is not the best time to travel, as it is very hot and with a high level of humidity.

Airports:

Dulles International Airport is located in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, Virginia, 42 km west of downtown Washington DC.

Travel insurance:

As in any other place, we recommend you to obtain travel insurance as it covers, not only the costs of medical insurance, but also in case of theft or loss of valuables.

 


 

Now that you know a few aspects that you should take into account when visiting Washington DC, grab your bags and join us in the experience of touring this beautiful city. Take a Washington D.C. one day tour from New York, you will surely love it.

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Niagara Falls: Winter Festival of Lights

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Every year in November, December and January – during the winter season – an impressive festival of lights is held over Niagara Falls, bringing the Christmas season to life amidst snow and several degrees Celsius below zero.

To appreciate the lush waterfall, it is not necessary to get wet, since surely you will not want to be soaked in such a cold environment, however, if you are one of those who want to “live the full experience” and decide to take the risk, you can walk through the falls in one of the boats arranged for this purpose or you can ride directly under the waterfall in the Spanish Car. (Check in advance which attractions are available in each season)

Making the decision to take a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York during this season is really risky, since the weather is freezing and inclement, but it is still a spectacle since the changes in temperature due to the fall of the water, added to the icy winds cause a mist that catches the attention of the spectators, in addition the upper layer of the water, sometimes, freezes in the air and it is something that leaves you with your mouth open. Now, take advantage of such a natural spectacle and add a light show to that … WOW! It leaves us speechless. 

What is the winter festival of lights in Niagara Falls about?

Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

The purpose of the event is to bring Christmas to life and encourage tourism during the winter season. With the help of 3 million points of direct light towards the falls, a giant light source is created on which figures and films, allusive to Christmas, are reflected, most of them are for children.

The event begins in mid-November and lasts just over two months, becoming one of the most amazing in North America and causing more and more spectators to attend this annual event. In fact, about 2 million attendees were registered last year.

What is most striking is the opening show, as they combine music with 25 fireworks, lights and theater shows, something extravagant but worthy of a show that deserves it. In addition, the Fallsview Casino becomes an accomplice and makes impressive screenings alluding to the theme of the end of the year, Christmas.

As a complement, more than 8 kilometers are decorated to create the so-called “route of happiness”, in which more than 50 trees are given light and 3 stages of almost 4 meters are created, each one, with gingerbread houses, angels, a Noah’s ark and a whole Christmas space is evoked.

If you want to explore a little more of the area …

Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

In addition to Niagara Falls, houses on the Dufferin Islands and some of the nearby resorts and monuments such as Queen Victoria Park, the Oakes Garden Theater, the Floral Showhouse and the Table Rock Center are decorated.

Appreciating the festival of lights has no cost, however you should check the itinerary since the show runs only a few days a week, except for the last week of December, in this it is appreciable every day.

You can also go on a parade with Santa Claus, participate in an athletic race or enjoy classical music concerts.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE WINTER FESTIVAL:

Winter Festival of LightsAccording to a statistic established by The US News, January and February are the perfect months to travel to Niagara Falls without spending too much, since it is the date after the Christmas celebrations and the cold is exaggerated, so there are not so many tourists and, therefore, demand goes down along with transportation and accommodation fees. It’s a perfect time to do a Niagara Falls day trip from New York, isn’t it?

Of course, it is essential to wear comfortable but warm clothing, preferably special for cold climates.

 


Plan your vacations in advance and contact us if you want to know more about the NYC to Niagara Falls tour we have for you. It is time to travel, meet new places and Live!

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