New York

The Sky’s the Limit! Iconic Architecture & Landmarks in NYC

Savor the Big Apple with local experts as you study the city’s unique architecture — and delight in ample free time to discover its avenues, food and theater on your own!
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Program No. 22409RSBLOG
6 days
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At a Glance

The welcoming torch of the Statue of Liberty. The dazzling lights of Times Square. The Big Apple is like no other city on Earth! Perfect for Road Scholars who love a flexible schedule, this adventure combines the best of the city with plenty of independent time every day to make your own discoveries and enjoy meals on your own. From the Empire State Building to Ellis Island, learn about the history of NYC through its distinct skyscrapers and diverse neighborhoods. Join local experts on explorations of hidden architectural gems as you build a solid foundation for independent explorations.
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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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

Program includes the most independent time to explore the city on any of our NYC adventures. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials. There are lots of different ways to explore New York City with us 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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Karl Baudendistel
A New York City resident for more than 25 years, Karl Baudendistel loves sharing his knowledge of the city with visitors from around the world. Having spent 20 years overseeing ‘the business of show business’ for numerous Broadway and touring productions, chances are he’s been to a city near you. Karl is a member of The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, is a trained sommelier and was educated at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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

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