Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty- is located on a small island in the Upper New York Bay. The Statue was a gift from France designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The statue is a symbol representing Libertas, the goddess of Freedom. Richard Morris Hunt designed the base of the Statue of Liberty. Hunt originally wanted the building to be about 114 feet tall, but that ended up being too expensive. He finally settled for 87 feet instead. Even so, the pedestal cost $270,000 back in the 1880s. If it were built today, it would cost more than $6 million! The pedestal is actually an entire building that you can go inside and it has a museum about the making the statue. If you are up to it you can climb 215 steps or take a elevator and go to the top of the pedestal and see incredible views. The crown is a huge attraction itself. Once up there you are approximately 22 stories up, that’s 300 feet up in the air. There are 24 or 25 observation windows out of which you can enjoy stunning views of the New York Harbour.