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USATourist News Magazine by Elizabeth Blair
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USATourist News Magazine

August 2010 - New York City

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Welcome to the August 2010 issue of the USATourist News Magazine. This month and next the U.S. children will be heading back to school which means it's a great time to visit. Attractions will be less crowded and you may see a drop in hotel, rental car and airfare prices.

This month we're visiting the city we can never get too much of - New York City. This hopping city is historic, action-filled, entertaining and always has something for everyone.

Discount Store Sale

If you have the time and patience, you can find some great bargains on the racks of discount discount stores.
© Mike Leco

Shop 'til you drop

New York shopping has been a popular activity for generations and today there are more choices than ever. From the upscale department stores to markdown shops, you will easily find what you're looking for. Bargain hunters will love Century 21 "New York's Best Kept Secret" (which is far from a secret since the multiple stores are always busy) This A-list designer-filled discount store is a perfect example of NYC discount shopping. The more traditional shopper will enjoy seeing Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, located on Broadway between 34th and 35th Street.

There are many neighborhoods teeming with shopping opportunities. Here are some ideas to get you started:

If designer knockoff items, such as sunglasses and handbags are your thing, Chinatown is the place for you. Don't forget to bargain, as vendors will frequently accept a lower amount than the prices marked. Mott Street, between Pell Street and Chatham Square, is considered Chinatown's "off-Canal" shopping and is where you will find antiques and Chinese herb shops.

5th Avenue is New York's top-notch shopping district with high-end retailers such as Saks, Tiffany and Henri Bendel. SoHo offers an eclectic range of shopping opportunities from art stands on the street to high-end boutiques; this neighborhood is less pretentious than 5th Avenue but is still filled with high-end retailers. The Nolita (North of Little Italy) neighborhood is filled with trendy and edgier boutiques and shops than the other shop-filled districts. The Lower East Side, often called the most diverse of the shopping districts, is loved for its Jewish delis, trendy bars and casual shopping. Greenwich Village is one of NYC's classic neighborhoods and makes a great impression for art galleries and specialized shopping. There may not be outlet shopping in the city, but head to upstate New York and you will happily find Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. This outlet village is filled with 220 freestanding designer labels.

Entertain me!

New York City's appeal goes way beyond shopping. There is so much to see and do it could take weeks to fit it all in. Seeing a Broadway show should be at the top of anyone's list. If you're not sure where to go for tickets try NewYork60.com which offers online access to Broadway shows and other NYC activities. Their philosophy is simple: tourists should have the same access to great seats and great prices as New Yorkers themselves. They focus on providing you the opportunity to purchase tickets online, in your native language, prior to arrival in New York. www.newyork60.com

Tip: Renting a car in NYC is not necessary. Parking is scarce and expensive but the city's transportation system is optimal.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one sight that every visitor to New York City must see.
© Mike Leco

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World is one of the most famous landmarks in the United States. This gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States symbolizes freedom and democracy. If you plan on visiting this attraction it is imperative you plan ahead. Tickets are required to enter any level of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and be aware there is a maximum of 3000 visitors per day. Access to the crown is even more restricted with a limit of 240 per day. Guests with crown tickets must be able to climb 354 steps. There are two departure boats, one from Liberty State Park in New Jersey and the other from Battery Park in New York. You may reserve your tickets by visiting: www.statuecruises.com

Central Park

It's hard to miss the huge green section in the center of Manhattan. A wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of taxi lined streets, Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. In 1853 the idea was put in to play and over the years the park has progressed and stands today as one of the city's most beautiful areas with 843 total acres and 7 bodies of water. There are 21 playgrounds and 36 bridges and arches.

Fall colors

If you are lucky enough to visit over the autumn months you won't be disappointed. Fall foliage is gorgeous in Central Park. The nice thing about the about this region is that nothing is that far away. Autumn is a perfect time to visit this region because as the temperatures begin to lower the leaves begin to change which makes for a beautiful, scenic setting that isn't seen everywhere in the US.

If you'd like to get out of the city you may rent a car and plan your own route to the nearby New England states. Or let someone else do the driving and take a guided tour to some of the region's most scenic areas such as Hudson Valley. Another option is a river cruise up the Hudson. Many companies in the area offer tours specifically for this picturesque time of year.

Classic Harbor Line Cruises

Speaking of cruises, a fantastic way to view the city skyline is from the water. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise. The yachts of Classic Harbor Line, the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.

New York Skyline

The iconic Empire State Building is easy to spot in the New York Skyline.
© Mike Leco

See the city from the sky

Take in the New York City view from the 102-story Empire State Building. This skyscraper is one way to really appreciate the city. But even if you don't make it inside be sure to take note of the building's lighting during your visit. The building's nighttime glow is on a schedule and correlates with special events.

Another great "top of the city" perspective is Rockefeller Center's 70-floor Top of the Rock Observatory with 360-degree views. Building tours are also available to the public. Visitors learn about the rich history and artistry of this famous 80 year old New York landmark inspired by John D. Rockefeller Jr.

South Street Seaport and Pier 17 is a cultural marketplace located along the Lower Manhattan waterfront and it is bursting with things to do. Restaurants, attractions and year-round entertainment fill this neighborhood.

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My Favorite Place

Lanai, Hawaii

by Anabel Elliott, Spanish Translator

"Lanai used to belong to the Dole Corporation, and is where the company produced its delicious canned pineapple. As the rest of Hawaii grew into one of the world's most sought after tourist destinations, Lanai lagged behind, with a slow pace of life and literally no development. When Dole Corporation moved its pineapple operation, most of the island was up for sale. Real Estate magnate Mr. David Murdock purchased it and turned it into the beautiful jewel that it is today.

Anabel and her family enjoying Lanai

Anabel and her family enjoying Lanai.
© Anabel Elliott

"This island is exclusive and exquisite. In Lanai you will not find a single traffic light, Mc. Donald's or chain store. You will discover instead a small old city center and two magnificent resorts, each one unique and enchanting.

"Manele Bay Resort is located by the Pacific Ocean, with grand views of the water and a beautiful white sandy beach. There will be no crowds on the beach, just the occasional local resident and the friendly hotel personnel who will assist you with all your needs, including snorkeling supplies for exploring the reefs with their bounty of marine life. If the season is right, you could easily spot migrating whales or the playful dolphins who frequently visit these calm, secluded waters.

"Manele Bay is home to the Challenge at Manele, beautiful ocean side championship golf course. This golf course is so beautiful the wealthiest man on earth, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft chose the 14th green for the location of his wedding. Other features of this impressive resort include a world class spa, fitness room, library, children's center, teen room, conference room, tennis courts, and fabulous restaurants.

"In Koele, the other resort, you'll find a completely different environment and scenery. It is located in the heart of the island, near the old, quaint city of Lanai, where the mountain environment creates a unique cool climate. If you like to golf, you won't want to miss the Challenge at Koele, another championship golf course. For the little ones there is a put-put golf course, a separate garden with all kinds of tropical fruits and trees, and the friendly horse rides at the stables. My children loved seeing the actual trees and plants where bananas, coffee, mangos, and of course, pineapples, grew.

"Other fantastic options include a shooting range, swimming pool, and fireside dining in elegant restaurants. For those looking for adventure, the hotel can arrange an off road jeep ride where you can explore the ragged terrain, the unique flora and fauna and wind your way to Shipwreck Beach or to the Garden of the Gods, with its beautiful rock formations.

"If both resorts sound tempting and you don't know which one you would choose, don't worry. There are hotel shuttles doing the 20 minute ride between the hotels every half an hour or so. Guests at one resort are invited to explore and enjoy the amenities of the other. The shuttle also takes you to the city, with its quaint shops, art gallery, and casual restaurants and coffee shops, and provide airport and dock transportation. The local people are friendly and helpful and will greet you with an Aloha and a smile."


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Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair

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