A visit to New York is not complete without a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Island and its national monument will reopen this year on July 4th, and you can book your tickets now through Statue Cruises. Be sure to specify whether or not you’d like a ticket that includes access to the statue’s pedestal or crown. Boats depart from New York’s Battery Park, as well as New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. If you’re afraid of heights, I don’t recommend visiting the crown. When I climbed the long spiral staircase on one of my first trips to the city, I was a somewhat-less-anxious nine-year-old. If given the opportunity to visit the statue again, I would probably opt for climbing only to the statue’s base and museum. However, if you’re braver than I am, there is a great view from the top. Nearby Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants passed through on their way to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, also features an interesting museum inside its historic halls. Following Hurricane Sandy, the island is closed until further notice. Check back for details on the reopening at nps.gov/stli/after-hurricane-sandy.htm.