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👇 If you're going to New York City 👇

Ride the Free Staten Island Ferry (day or night!)

Take a free ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island and back again. Whether you ride it during the day or at night, you will get spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

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Experience the splendor of Grand Central Station

From its massive celestial ceiling to its secret ‘whispering gallery’, there is no train station like it in the world.

The station is actually a terminal that includes local subways as well as dozens of train tracks destined for locations as far as 3 hours out of NYC.

Seeing its beauty is nice, but Grand Central is so much more impressive when you learn the truly fascinating history (and some secrets).

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 Walk the High Line – day or night! 

The High Line, a most unusual city park, is built on an abandoned elevated railroad.

A stroll on your own is lovely, but the history of this park is engaging from stories of Titanic survivors to the controversies over the changing cultural landscape of this centuries-old neighborhood in Chelsea.

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Wander the streets of Chinatown

Despite the fact that there are now several larger Chinatowns in New York City, Chinatown in Lower Manhattan remains the oldest, most authentic and most mysterious.

Wandering its narrow winding streets takes you to another place and time as if you are no longer in New York City.

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Check out street art in Bushwick

New York has some of the finest street art and graffiti art in the world. Street art has been elevated in the last two decades as a serious form of artistic expression and Bushwick in Brooklyn is one of the most densely populated areas in NYC to see the best street art created by world-renowned artists.

Visiting Bushwick and the Bushwick Collective Street Art Gallery is easy to do and makes for an off-the-beat activity during your stay.

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Ride the Roosevelt Island Tram

The Roosevelt Island Tram, which some might refer to as a cable car or gondola, provides a skyline view of the city like no other. We provide details on the best times to go, where you can find the tram station, how to get tickets and other tips.

Like the Staten Island Ferry, this is a great day or night option. It’s not technically free, but it costs the same as a subway ride, so who’s counting?

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Enjoy a Free Museum Day

NYC has more museums than you can count, and while most have a cost, there are several museums that are always free or work on a pay-what-you-like model.

Some of these museums are top names, such as the Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library.

Additionally, there are numerous museums that offer free days, when they will accept donations from the grateful public, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National September 11th Museum.

👇 If you're going to Quebec City 👇

Explore the Plains of Abraham

also called National Battlefield Park. On this land, which belonged to farmer Abraham Martin, the French and British Army fought for the control of Canada in September 1759. The commanders of the two rival armies both perished and are commemorated on a shared monument, but at the end of the day, the British took the day and the French colony. The battle lasted just 40 minutes but changed the fate of the country. The fortifications and the Martello towers still visible today recall the military heritage of the Plains. Today, this huge urban park is mostly used for outdoor activities and festivals. The Musée du Québec, set on its grounds, has one of the most impressive art collections in Canada.

👇 If you're going to Quebec City 👇

Walk the historic distrcit of Old Quebec

Or the Vieux-Québec, as the locals call it, was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and has undergone extensive restoration since then. There is a lot to see in this district divided between la Basse-Ville (lower town, by the river) and Haute-Ville (upper town, on the hill). Start your visit by the river, where Samuel de Champlain established the first French settlement in 1608, walk to Petit-Champlain Street, the oldest commercial avenue in the U.S. and Canada, and have coffee on Place-Royale before you climb the hill to the Musée de l'Amérique Francophone. The museum, set in the Séminaire de Québec, which housed the first university in Canada, celebrates French culture. Right next door, explore the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, the most important Catholic Church in the province. Don't miss climbing on Québec's old walls.

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 Take pictures on the Château Frontenac

a five-star Fairmont property inaugurated in 1893 and named after the Comte de Frontenac, one of the first governors of Nouvelle France. Conceived by an American architect, the castle and its impressive central tower sit on top of Cap Diamant. The long walkway in front of the hotel, the Terrasses Dufferin, overlooks the river. Every winter, a big wooden slide appears and is a must for kids and adults alike. Do not hesitate to enter the Château. There you'll find shops, cafes, one of the best restaurants in the province, and a beautiful wood-paneled bar perfect for a cocktail.

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Experience the ferry

Every half hour or so, a ferry, or traversier, links Old Québec to Lévis, a cute town across the St. Lawrence River. The ride lasts about 15 minutes, costs less than $5 for a round trip, and will allow you to get some of the best views of Old Québec and the Château. In the winter, the crossing is especially thrilling, as the ferry, also an icebreaker, cuts through thick pieces of ice. If you have time, get off in Lévis and explore the brand-new park and water games on Quai Paquet or climb the red stairs. Up there, stop for a chocolate-covered ice cream at Les Chocolats Favoris on Avenue Bégin or to peruse the book collection at the Lévis library, set in an old chapel.

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A local quirk

Every winter, a hotel made solely of ice appears close to the village of Valcartier. Each room is unique in this frosty establishment that is reinvented once a year. You can come for the night or for a quick visit. Locals like to enjoy a cocktail in a glass made of, you guessed it, ice.

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