New York City
We gave our niece and nephew a few options for travel and they decided on New York City! We really enjoyed climbing the steep spiral staircase to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. The views from inside the crown were awesome! In fact, the entire Liberty Island was a great experience. We also caught the live Broadway show "Finding Neverland", which was a genuine delight and the first musical they'd ever seen!
The observatory at One World Trade Center gave us breathtaking aerial views of all of Manhattan Island and beyond. And dinner at ONE Dine at the One World Observatory is a special treat with unparalleled views.
In Central Park, our favorite locations included the Mall, Strawberry Fields (John Lennon Memorial), the Conservatory Garden, and Belvedere Castle. You could spend an entire day simply getting lost in this expansive green oasis, with lakes, bridges, nature walks, rowing, and large spacious lawn areas.
The local bakeries are awesome! Not just for the bagels, but for all manner of fresh baked goods. We utilized the Metrocard to take the subways around Manhattan to avoid the traffic and general craziness on the streets. One night we stumbled upon a free outdoor concert at Bryant Park, which also has a carousel and delicious Belgian waffle vendor. We'd also highly recommend a sunset harbor dinner cruise on Spirit Cruises, where you can see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan skyline all lit up at night.
New York City is full of hustle and bustle. Living there isn't for everybody. But visiting is a must in order to appreciate all this rich and diverse city has to offer.