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After perusing Central Park, we walked down to Times Square, taking in all the bright signage, hordes of people, and window-shopping the many stores. After a long day of travel, we zipped down a side street and ate at an old church turned into a pizza restaurant named John’s Pizza; great pizza and atmosphere so I would highly recommend it.

Our next day was a whole day of sightseeing with a guided bus tour company, On Board Tours, stopping at all the highlights in New York. There is no better way to not only visit the sights but also learn about the history of the area while getting to know our tour guide, a native New Yorker named Tyler.

I could go on for pages describing the sights we took in but instead, I will share some photos, a quick story or two and list the sights included in the tour.

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World Trade Center Memorial

St. Paul’s Chapel

Trinity Church

Financial District

South Street Seaport

Harbor Cruise – Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge

Madison Square Park

Rockefeller Center/St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Central Park – Dakota, Strawberry Fields (Lennon Memorial)

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The World Trade Center Memorial is, of course, a must see in order to pay tribute to those who died in the 9/11 tragedy and those who lost their lives trying to save others. The memorial itself has a park like atmosphere where the two reflecting pools, vast expanses in the footprints of the towers, dominate the site, with their cascading waters drowning out the surrounding sounds, creating an ideal place to pause and reflect. Under construction is a future museum, but in the mean time, St. Paul’s Chapel is a great place to find artifacts and displays telling the story of 9/11. The Chapel also played a vital role during the tragedy by opening its doors to firefighters, construction workers, police officers, and others for meals, beds, counseling, and prayer.

Travel tip: Just a warning; first that you should oder your free tickets ahead of time, and second that your patience will be tested while waiting in the long line to enter the memorial. Though the line keeps moving, there are three checkpoints where you will need to show your visitors pass and an additional one that is similar to the security checkpoints in an airport. Yes, you have to remove your shoes, jacket, belt, etc., the whole nine yards.

New York Stock Exchange Building

World Trade Center Memorial

St. Paul’s Chapel Display

1 World Trade Center Building