The Eiffel Tower in Paris (the city of Love), the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro (the home of the beautiful game to the Pyramids in Cairo (a great wonder of the world), these are all household names when it comes to universally lauded tourist destinations. You might be forgiven for thinking that the busy and increasingly rough city of New York’s landmark is the ever-disappointing New York Knicks basketball franchise.
Still, on looking closely, you find the magnificent Statue of Liberty. The statue that towers over the city of New York and reminds tourists of the beauty and class that comes with being liberal and free. Sit back, sip a Martini, and join me as I take you on a traveler’s guide to the United States Statue of Liberty.
Brief History on the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty has a rich and touching story; this statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi, a famous sculptor that also designed the Eiffel Tower, another famous tourist destination and symbol of love located in the French Capital. The Statue of Liberty was initially a gift by French immigrants for the good care and respect they received while on a flight from their war-torn land and assumed a larger responsibility at the turn of the 19th century as it was the first site immigrants searching for better pastures saw as they entered America, this was a symbolic sign of freedom and a departure from economic disarray.
The Statue of Liberty was inspired by a Greek goddess that symbolizes Liberty as she wields a book (The American Declaration of Independence) on the left and a torch in the right. This statue has a rich and proud history, indeed.
Ease of Visit
As is usually the case when it comes to worldwide acclaimed destinations and a place where hundreds of thousands of people visit every year, such tourist sites require the esteemed tourist to part with a significant amount of money to take a close look and better look around. However, it says on various websites and blogs that the Statue of Liberty is free to visit.
This is half true. Half true in the sense that yes, nobody charges a tourist for honestly checking out the Statue of Liberty, but this statue is on an island. How will you get to such an island to have a closer look at? That is where the money and ease of visit come in.
The tourist will have to pay for a boat or ferry to take him to the island that the statue is located at, and following this, he or she will have to pay for a boat or ferry either way. Asides from that little cost issue, the Statue of Liberty is relatively easy to access or visit. So what are you waiting for? Hop on in and let us take a ferry ride to the island and check out Lady Liberty.
What to Expect
Because the Statue of Liberty is a world-famous tourist attraction, you should take out time and get a reservation with a tourist guide agency. This agency usually performs functions such as finding ferries to take the clients to the island, providing them with food or restaurant choices that are close to the site, they also provide clients with helpful tips to ensure they check out all the hidden gems in the tourist visitation. Such hidden gems to a tourist’s eye include the Museum, the Liberty state park, and even the Ellis hospital.
Such guides show the wide-eyed tourists things to expect when checking out the fantastic wonder of the United States of America. The paid tour guides also make provision for the tourist’s children as children are not allowed inside a couple of the side attractions and well-structured buildings. You can expect a cordial experience as the members of the New York City workforce are usually pleasant and well responsive to wide-eyed and interested tourists that come from all over the world to see the Statue of Liberty.
So it’s time to take that well-deserved break and go on the holiday trip with the guys, and the destination is the US, if you are from a visa-free country, it is quite essential to apply for an ESTA. ESTA America is the way forward and a new age development to aid individuals that decide to explore the USA without a visa. The form can be filled out online, and a fee will be paid following submission.
Applicants will be contacted via email within a period of not over 72 hours, during which they will be informed whether the ESTA has been granted or otherwise. Applicants are advised to check my ESTA online to see the status of their application if they don’t have a message from ESTA as regards their application. Due care, skill, and diligence must be taken in filling all forms as this will give an applicant an edge in the granting process.