I’m not sure you’re allowed to do this anymore; but I remember deciding that as touristy as it was, I had just enough time left in my day to see the top the of the Empire State building once when I was in New York. I remember feeling more than a little bit “dorky,” walking in there alone to buy a ticket, etc. But I collect shot glasses and I thought it might be nice to add a glass from the top of the building to my collection, even if it cost me $15 just to get to the top to look around. When I got there, ticket in hand, I noticed a security worker closing a door marked “Emergency Exit.” I asked him if the stairs inside went all the way to the top. “Sure do,” he said. It was crazy, but impulsively I asked, “I bought a ticket, do you mind if I take the stairs?” He said, “Why not?” and away I went. I took all 1,860 steps to the top in less than 40 minutes! I got my glass and rested a bit while taking in the view. Eventually, I took the elevator down.
What’s the point? What I learned was, just because the destination is crowded or touristy or “over-rated,” that doesn’t mean you have to see the sights the same way everyone else does… I think about that climb every time I see that shot glass sitting in its collection on the shelf! If you’re in a city that you may never see again, and you have time to take in a sight or two, why not go and see it? Here are some tips:
Go at your own pace. There’s no way you’re going to see the entire Grand Canyon if you’re only staying in
Set a reasonable goal. You can’t possibly see ALL of the bridges of
Think outside the box. Sure, millions of people have driven through the “Garden of the Gods” or through
Combine several sites in one excursion. You can take the subway to a NYC Water Ferry to the Statue of Liberty in one trip. That’s three sites to see. Have lunch at the Carnegie Deli before taking the subway to the new Yankee Stadium, it’s a straight shot with no transfers. In
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