As much as I dislike traveling on the beaten path there are certain things you HAVE to do when you go to a city. Like NYC, you don't have to take the ferry and climb the Statue of Liberty, but you at least have to go look at it from far away.
Or on the Staten Island Ferry since it's free anyways.
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It was worth it though, some of these places felt unreal, like Big Ben is not as tall as I thought it would be, but the fact that it is a physical thing in the world did blow my mind a little, after growing up seeing it on tv, movies and cartoons for so many years.