New York and New Jersey ($2.75 each leg of the Subway and $4.25 per hot dog)
Not to sound like a country bumpkin (I mean, I grew up in San Diego after all) but the hustle and bustle of New York is quite something! The car horns, the sheer number of people, the tourism, and the pace of everything is uniquely NYC! We stayed in New Jersey – about a ten minute walk from the PATH station. Thetrain took us under the Hudson and straight to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The station is the fanciest I have ever seen and has retail and dining. Take a minute to sit in the main hall (that word is an understatement but I can’t think of a better one) and take in the size and light.
Outside, we saw the memorials first. They are really a beautiful tribute to the victims of 9/11. We skipped the museum – just being there was heavy enough for me. The new World Trade Center building is stunning with its size and the sheer amount of glass!
We hopped back on the subway where a nice man swiped his ticket 6 times to get us all a one way ride to Times Square! It was a great welcome into the city where people get a bad rap for being rude – which we did not experience at all. We watched Yoga on the Solstice (by total accident) while we ate some New York style hot dogs at Times Square. After checking out the coolest Disney Store we have ever been in, we walked and gawked! We saw Radio Center Music Hall, the Tonight Show building, the crazy long line for the Rainbow Room, live music at Rockefeller Center, and other spots where it was just cool to say, “here it is and here I am!”
Where we stayed in the camper was BASIC. $75 a night to park in a dirt parking lot/boat storage yard with no hookups in New Jersey (Liberty Harbor RV Park). The price limited our stay to one night seeing as it was three times our budget, but the location was perfect. Before we checked out the next morning we rode our bikes less than 10 minutes to Liberty State Park. From there we could see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The park is huge, there were almost no people, and it had an amazing playground. It was a great way to spend our morning before leaving and heading north.
A downside to RV living – big cities aren’t easy to navigate, parking is impossible, and reasonably priced camping is usually not close. We needed to get outta there! Mike and I already decided to come back another time – without kids and probably by plane! Date night in the Big Apple is on the to do list.
Next time: Central Park and the Staton Island Ferry