Louisa - Top of the Rock

Louisa on New York - A destination report

Published: November 19th 2013
Louisa is a Regional Account Manager at Travelbound and recently travelled to New York City. During her stay she visited a number of our hotel partners and was on hand to provide support to Party Leaders and their groups. We caught up with Louisa upon her return and gathered an insight into her visit and the educational value of a school trip to New York. 
- What activities did you do in New York?
I did so much in such a short time. The Empire State Building, Financial district, 911 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, Top of the Rock, Central Park, The High Line, Ripley’s Believe it or Not , Liberty island Cruise and of course Time Square. I also joined a student group on a walking tour, taking in some of the city’s important sights. I highly recommend this for your first morning in the city - there is no better way of getting used to the area while simultaneously learning about this great city.  
- What were the highlights of your trip and why?
My highlight has to be Top of the Rock - head here for the best views of the entire city. On your way up, see if you can spot the Swarovski Crystal Animals hidden in the crystal walls. 
- What is your best memory from your stay?
After arriving in this big city I thought I would never be able to find my way around, but on my third day I was stopped and asked for directions from a fellow tourist. I was asked where Central Park was located, which was a little awkward as we were stood just outside one of the main entrances. It just goes to show how easy it is to soon feel at home.
9/11 Memorial
- What educational value do you think can be attributed to a trip to New York?
NYC can offer students so much. Performing arts students have the Broadway shows and theatre workshops, while Business Studies groups can have a tour of the Financial District. You can also learn about sustainability at the High Line, which is a disused railway line now turned into a raised park.  Art students have a huge choice of art galleries, as well as the complex designs of the city’s skyscrapers. On top of this, the city itself gives so many new experiences to students, which will help them grow in confidence every day they are there.  The city’s environment allows the students to learn without even knowing. 
- Which is the best way to get around the city of New York?
Walk, walk and walk some more - it’s never as far as you think. Just make sure you have comfy shoes and your camera at the ready as you will see so many things as you walk around.  If you feel a little lost there is always someone to ask, with many friendly faces that will be very happy to point you in the right direction. I downloaded an app on my phone for 3G free satellite navigation and used this as I walked around. If you do the same, remember to turn the volume down. Entering The Rockefeller Centre with “arriving at destination” sounding from your pocket wasn’t the best moment of my trip!  
- What is your number one tip for visiting New York?
When visiting the Top of the Rock, wait to take your photos at the very top. Trust me - those few more feet make a lot of difference. Make sure you get the famous photo from the top with Central Park in the background. Find some time for shopping, the students will thank you for this later. You can always visit shops after a meal in the evening as they’re all open until late. Finally, do and see as much as you can! 
New York skyscrapers
- If you were to head back to the Big Apple, what else would like to see? 
Where do I start, there is so much to do in New York.  I would like to do an evening cruise as I only had time for a boat trip to Liberty Island. The commentary was really informative, but I would love to see the view of the city lit up at night.  Also I’d have to take in a Broadway Show, visit some of the other NYC boroughs and grab a bite to eat on Restaurant Row in the Manhattan area of Hell’s Kitchen. I still need to visit the art galleries, Central Park Zoo and take a tour around Radio City. Last but not least there is shopping - I never did get into Macy’s and Bloomingdales so it looks like another trip is in order soon. 
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