New York

Out and About in NYC: History, Skyscrapers and Iconic Landmarks

Times Square. Central Park. Radio City. The Museum Mile. Savor the Big Apple’s best with local experts— and delight in ample time to discover its avenues, food and theater on your own!
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Program No. 22409RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From the welcoming torch of the Statue of Liberty to the dazzling lights of Times Square, the Big Apple is like no other city on earth. Experience quintessential New York City from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, amid the neon glow of Broadway and by zipping around this bustling metropolis like the locals do — by subway! The history, arts and electric energy of Manhattan come alive on a learning adventure showcasing expert-led excursions, behind-the-scenes access and plenty of free time every day to make independent discoveries and enjoy meals on your own. Venture to iconic sites, explore the architecture of distinct neighborhoods on foot and take in the unparalleled splendor of Central Park and the Museum Mile.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walk up to two miles at a time and up to eight miles a day on uneven pavement. Public transportation throughout.
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the best of the Big Apple at the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and more!
  • Explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, gateway to America for millions of immigrants.
  • Enjoy a significant amount of free time most afternoons to pursue your own interests and sample the city’s vast array of dining options.

General Notes

There are lots of different ways to explore New York City depending on your preference of pace, program inclusions and time available for travel. Visit www.roadscholar.org/collections/nyc to explore them all!
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John Kriskiewicz
John Kriskiewicz, a native New Yorker, is an architectural historian with a professional degree in architecture from Pratt University. He teaches several courses concerning the architectural and planning history of New York City at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. He is the director of history and architecture programs for Discover New York with Kitt Garrett, Inc. John also does research for architectural firms and has written the introduction to the book, "Manhattan Skyscrapers.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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