We moved on to Westwood, NJ, close enough that we could go into New York City if we wanted to. I really didn't want to, but I did take the ferry from the NJ side to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I got a good view of Manhattan from as close as I wanted to get.
The first stop was Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants arrived in the US between 1892 and 1954.
It was abandoned in 1954, but 30 years later underwent a 6-year, $170 million renovation, reopening to the public as a museum in 1990.
This is what the end of the Great Hall looked like before the renovation.
There were lots of exhibits and photos in the rooms around the Great Hall.
We then ferried over to the Statue of Liberty. The statue sits on top of the remains of Fort Wood, and was a gift from France in 1886.
It also underwent an extensive renovation in the 1980s.
If you get tickets far in advance, you can go up to the crown. Of course I didn't plan that far ahead of time.
Instead, I just zoomed with my little Canon camera with it's 30X optical zoom. To see my camera, click on this link: