Historic New York is Minutes Away from Holiday Inn Parsippany
New York City is not only a mecca for shopping and live entertainment; it is also packed with some of the country’s most important and most recognizable historical landmarks. It is safe to say that any trip to the Big Apple is too short. There is just so much to see, and each borough is equally worthy of exploring. The historical landmarks are so plentiful that you could easily spend a week’s time visiting them, but if your time is limited, there are a few “must-see” locations that should be on each tourist’s itinerary.
Perhaps the most famous monument in NYC is the Statue of Liberty, and no trip here is complete without a tour. Given to the United States by France in 1886 as a symbol of friendship between the two countries, it has become a powerful symbol of two of the things that our country prides itself on: freedom and democracy. Nearby Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and served as the federal immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Of the 16 million immigrants that came to the United States, 12 million of them went through Ellis Island, and their arrival records can be viewed by visitors. It is an unique and humbling experience to walk on the same grounds and through the same buildings and hallways that your ancestors walked when starting their life in America over a century ago. Being able to see their actual handwriting in the records collection connects you to your past in a way that is truly special. For these reasons, Ellis Island is a place that every American should visit at least once in their lifetime.
On Wall Street you will find three ancient buildings that have great importance in American culture. Federal Hall National Memorial, located at 26 Wall Street, was the birthplace of our country’s government. Not only did George Washington take the first presidential oath of office here in 1789, the building also served as the meeting place for the first Congress to outline the Bill of Rights. From 1790 to 1812, the building also served as New York’s city hall, and in 1862 it became one of the six U.S. Sub-Treasuries whose vaults held millions of dollars worth of gold and silver. Since it is operated by the National Park Services as a national memorial, the hall’s museum is open free to the public every weekday from 9-5. The New York Stock Exchange, located at 11 Wall Street, is well worth stopping to look at even though public tours are not offered. Built in 1903, its neoclassic architecture and famous Corinthian columns on the front of the building are certainly a gorgeous sight to behold. Finally, at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, you will find the visually striking Trinity Church. Constructed in the 1840s, it was one of the country’s first Gothic revival architecture structures, so in 1976 it was rightfully designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The New York City skyline is famous for its skyscrapers, and undoubtedly the two most notable skyscrapers are the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Both were constructed during the same time and competing to become the world’s tallest structure. When the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, it laid claim to the coveted title until construction on the Empire State Building was completed in 1931. At a height of 1,454 feet, it remained the world’s tallest structure until 1954. The observation deck on the 86th floor offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, and it is one of the most popular outdoor observatories in the world.
Holiday Inn Parsippany, NJ is the ideal place to stay when visiting NYC
It’s no secret that the Big Apple can cost tourists an arm and a leg, but don’t let the high costs deter you from visiting this historic city. Rather than staying at an overpriced hotel in the heart of New York City, think outside the box. Parsippany, New Jersey is just a short drive from New York City, and of all Parsippany hotels, Holiday Inn reigns supreme. Once you stay with us, our comfortable accommodations and fabulous amenities will change your mind forever about needing to spend a fortune in order to get the best; it’s simply not true. If you’re planning a historic NYC getaway, call our friendly staff and make your accommodation reservations today!