New York City is a great place to visit on an RV vacation. There is so much to see and do in the Big Apple that you will want to allow enough time to take it all in. And it IS possible to find RV campgrounds close to the city. The Black Bear Campground is only an hour away, and here you can relax and enjoy the many amenities. Travel into the city and spend the day exploring and come “home” to prepare for your next adventure.
Without a doubt, you will need to head right for one of the most famous symbols of freedom in our country – the Statue of Liberty. Hop on the ferry and approach this incredible statue with a reverent attitude. You can get a ranger-guided tour or take a self-guided tour as you explore the grounds.
From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the main station for immigrants coming to America for the opportunity to live free lives. Here you will find the Immigration Museum which sheds light on history in a special way. There were people moving through this building at a rate of 12 thousand individuals daily, and coming from many different countries, including England, Austria, Ireland and many more.
Now may be a good time to go museum-hopping. New York City has a myriad of museums, but there are two you shouldn’t pass up. One, of course, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Be sure to see the Rockefeller Collection with the art of Africa and the Americas. European paintings are on the second floor with art of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Museum of Modern Art is another must-see with a visitor guide you should definitely pick up from their website before you arrive. Famous paintings abound!
A visit to New York City would not be complete without a stop at Central Park. Located right in the middle of Manhattan, this park is a famous attraction where you can find a particularly nice leisure moment or two. Wander the wooded paths and pretend you are in the country.
Paying tribute to those fallen at the World Trade Center Site is something that visitors to New York make a point to do. Ground Zero is a spot where you will find a moving memorial to the nearly 3,000 people who died here. Walk around the twin reflecting pools and admire the waterfalls. You will see the names of each person who was killed in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers inscribed in bronze panels, really bringing home this tragedy.
You will need to divide your trip up, and at some point head back to your RV camping ground to rehash your adventures of the day and get ready for the next day’s sightseeing. It is wonderful to be able to relax with familiar things surrounding you in your RV motorhome. The following day there are so many more sights to see. For instance, when you wish to get a taste of a really unusual site to visit, go to the African Burial Ground. This is a National Historic Landmark where 400 African slaves were buried and left forgotten until in 1991 their coffins were discovered about 20 feet underground. All told, perhaps 15,000 Africans were buried here in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Besides visiting the New York Public Library, you may want to check out Bryant Park right behind the library. In the 1980s it was known as Needle Park, but now offers coffee kiosks, a carousel and many great events. You may get here in time for the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Bring wine and cheese and have yourself a picnic.
Love baseball? Well, there is Yankee Stadium that you have to put on your itinerary. You can take an hour-long guided tour and see the dugout, the press box, clubhouse and more. This is a thrill even if you aren’t a sports fan.
Perhaps you have seen all of New York City that you want to on this trip. After all, you could spend a month seeing everything there is to see in this city of over 8 million people. But before you head home, spend an evening at a show at the Radio City Music Hall. You will see the famous acts that you have always hoped to see, but you can also enjoy the newer acts as well, those who may be up and coming stars. Now, satisfied that you have had a taste of just about everything New York has to offer, you can start homeward bound, with plans to return soon again.
The picture of the New York City skyline is by Boularan Cedric. It was submitted to El Monte RV in a photo contest.