If you have the time and money, and you can get a visa for the United States, why not visit New York City while you are studying here? “The Big Apple” is an exciting and interesting city with many famous things to see. Including a long stop at the border crossing, it takes about 8 hours by bus from Montreal, and about 10 hours by Amtrak train. Flying from Montreal to La Guardia airport in New York takes about 90 minutes. New York is usually warmer than Montreal. Check to make sure you can get a visa for the United States before you plan your trip.
The Empire State Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world. It was finished in 1931, and you can ride to the 86th floor at 320 metres to get one of the most spectacular views on Earth. Try going up at night for a special view.
The Statue of Liberty is the symbol of freedom and democracy in the United States. In the busy summer season, if you want to climb up to the base of the statue, you must make a reservation for a special ticket at least a week in advance. You can take a boat to Liberty Island any day, but you will probably have to wait in line at one of the most popular tourist places in the world.
Central Park is a famous large park in the middle of Manhattan. You can walk or take a carriage ride through the park at any time of the year.
Times Square is a famous intersection where there are many bright electric lights and signs. On New Year’s Eve thousands of New Yorkers gather at Times Square at midnight to celebrate.
The United Nations Headquarters is a popular place for tourists to visit.
There are hundreds of museums and art galleries in New York, which is one of the most important cities for art in the world. Some famous museums are the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Broadway is a famous street in New York where there are many theatres that show musical theatre. To find out about the shows in New York now, check this website. For shopping try Fifth Avenue, or the world’s largest department store: Macy’s.