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Statue of Liberty National Monument

This symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is one of the most famous statues in the world.

Few buildings conjure up as many emotions as New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty, an awe-inspiring symbol of freedom, hope and democracy standing proud on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

One of the world’s most recognizable monuments, the 305-foot (92 meters) tall Statue of Liberty greeted weary immigrants travelling by boat to a better life during the 19th century. A gift to the United States from France in 1886 to commemorate the American Declaration of Independence, it has made countless appearances on television and in Hollywood films. 

For those visiting today, a ferry trip to the island includes breathtaking views of the Manhattan harbor, city skyline and the statue. Ferries frequently depart at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.

Guided tours, run by the National Park Service, clock in at just under an hour — perfect for tourists with packed schedules — and provide a general overview of the island and the statue’s long history. Self-guided audio tours are also available for the more autonomous. Whichever you choose, be sure to join the line to ascend to the statue’s crown. Closed to the public following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and again for renovations in 2011, the platform is now up and running. There are 25 glass windows serving up 360-degree views of New York that are well worth the slow-winding line up to the top.    

Less than a mile north of Liberty Island is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, a worthy stop for those intrigued by New York’s immigration history. Until 1954, Ellis Island was a processing center for millions of people seeking asylum or a new start in the United States. The museum, housed in the island’s historic main building, has self-guided exhibits crammed with fascinating photographs, artifacts, prints, videos and interactive displays that capture the hopes and struggles of the city’s immigrant population.

The Statue of Liberty is located in the New York Harbor, between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. Catch a ferry at Battery Park, on many bus and subway lines.


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Arlo SoHo $79
Arlo SoHo

Arlo SoHo

231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

    Collective Governors Island $300
    Collective Governors Island

    Collective Governors Island

    Craig Road North, New York, NY
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manhattan, this campground is within 9 mi (15 km) of Empire State Building, Times Square, and Broadway. Statue of Liberty and Floating Pool are also within 20 mi (32 km). South Ferry Station is 26 minutes by foot and Whitehall St. Station is 27 minutes.

      DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown $129
      DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown

      DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown

      8 Stone St, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Stone Street Historic District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Battery Park, New York Stock Exchange, and Wall Street. National September 11 Memorial and One World Trade Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Whitehall St. Station and Bowling Green Station are within a 2-minute walk.

        Hyatt House Jersey City $189
        Hyatt House Jersey City

        Hyatt House Jersey City

        1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Jersey City, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Liberty State Park, Newport Mall, and One World Trade Center. National September 11 Memorial and Newport Center Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jersey City Exchange Place Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jersey City Harborside Financial Center Station is 6 minutes.

          Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown $99
          Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown

          Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown

          6 Water St, New York, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battery Park, New York Stock Exchange, and Wall Street. South Street Seaport and One World Trade Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Whitehall St. Station and South Ferry Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Park Ave Suites
            Park Ave Suites

            Park Ave Suites

            18 Park Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Jersey City, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Liberty State Park, Newport Mall, and One World Trade Center. National September 11 Memorial and Journal Square are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jersey City Marin Boulevard Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jersey City Grove St. Station is 11 minutes.

              Global Luxury Suites at Exchange
              Global Luxury Suites at Exchange

              Global Luxury Suites at Exchange

              33 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Jersey City, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Liberty State Park, Newport Mall, and One World Trade Center. National September 11 Memorial and Newport Center Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jersey City Exchange Place Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jersey City Marin Boulevard Station is 9 minutes.

                Millennium Hilton New York Downtown $129
                Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

                Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

                55 Church Street, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from The Oculus and National September 11 Memorial. Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Cortlandt St. Station and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) are within a 2-minute walk.