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It seems like most folks have a grandmother, great-uncle or some other distant relative that used to live in Brooklyn, or perhaps a friend that lives there now. In the early 1900s, it was a mecca for immigrants arriving via Ellis Island. A hundred years later, young professionals and artists left pricey Manhattan digs for Brooklyn's cheaper and more expansive space. Neighbourhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, which had fallen into disrepair over the years, were restored and reborn as funky enclaves. Walk or bike over the historic Brooklyn Bridge (or ride the subway) to Brooklyn Heights for a stroll along the Promenade and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Meander through Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for a taste of nature in the urban wilds. Catch a performance at the world-famous Brooklyn Academy of Music. From the delicious Italian restaurants of Bensonhurst to the Irish bars that line the avenues of Bay Ridge, from the hotdogs and rollercoasters of Coney Island to the bagels and handball courts of Greenpoint, Brooklyn is a state of mind as well as a dynamic community. Discover why, no matter where people move on to, they remain Brooklynites at heart.
Queens is the most ethnically diverse area of its size on Earth, which means there's a little something for everyone. Chow down on Indian food, sit in on a traditional Irish pub music session, and dance the night away at a Puerto Rican nightclub, all of it located within a few subway stops. Queens is also the home of the Mets and the US Tennis Open, and the former home of the New York World's Fair, now Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, and Paramount Pictures, now the Museum of the Moving Image.
Known as New York's tough neighbour with a major international airport, Newark is a destination in its own right. The city is undergoing revitalisation efforts and its attractions include several large parks, art galleries and architecturally significant buildings. The Newark Museum is a complex of art and science exhibits, a mini-zoo, a planetarium and more. Theatre, music and dance performances take place at venues such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark Symphony Hall.
Princeton, New Jersey, the home of Princeton University since 1756, is one of the most famous college towns in the world. The university, with its massive endowment and long history, has made the town of Princeton an exciting place to visit. The Princeton University Art Museum owns over 72,000 works of art, displaying everything from Latin American folk art to Italian Renaissance paintings. The school also hosts dance, theater, and performance art at the Lewis Center and other assorted venues.
<p>New York welcomes huge numbers of visitors every year who are attracted to this iconic American city for its shopping, Broadway musicals, cuisine and breadth of visitor attractions. Long Island is situated to the south east of the city and includes the well known metropolitan boroughs of Queens and Brookyln. However, it also contains the more rural counties of Suffolk and Nassau which offer stunning beaches and an insight into the lives of the super rich. </p><p>Greenport is a little harbour village in Suffolk County and exudes charm with its bustling marina, tall ships, and 1920s carousel. Kids will love checking out all the boats at Mitchell Park, as well as taking a spin on the historic carousel, and you can also hop onto a ferry for a quick trip across to Shelter Island, which is a safe haven for wildlife due to its large wetlands. </p><p>Back in Greenport, make sure you check out the Railroad and Maritime museums which give an insight into the region’s historic past as a centre of whaling and ship building. Suffolk County is also famed for its wineries and there are several within close proximity to Greenport that offer wine tasting and tours. You can also sample the county’s fine wines in one of the local eateries which will be a perfect way to end the day as the sun sets over the harbour. </p><p>The area known as The Hamptons is one of the most wealthy in the United States and is comprised of a series of picturesque seaside villages. It’s renowned for its popularity with A-list celebrities and the attraction of the area will become apparent when you see those blue skies and golden beaches and consider its convenient proximity to the Big Apple. If sunbathing and other beach-related activities are your thing, then you’ll be in paradise and, as you’d expect, there’s plenty of great restaurants and drinking establishments to choose from. </p><p>Across in Nassau County you’ll find the spacious and hugely impressive Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, which covers over 400 acres and features a stunning collection of greenhouses, gardens, and offers guaranteed colour and pleasant walks. </p><p>Also within the boundaries of Nassau you’ll also find Sagamore Hill, which was the home of Theodore Roosevelt the 26th President of the United States. Built in 1884, it’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and tours are open to the public. Included within the premises is the Theodore Roosevelt Museum.</p>
Visitors to Teton Village will find great skiing at Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Most tourists stick to the Jackson Hole Nordic Centre, which offers great downhill and cross-country skiing, but there are kilometres of lesser-known trails and black-diamond slopes in the Park for the more adventurous.
There's a variety of water sports in Redding, from whitewater rafting on the Sacramento River to waterskiing, swimming, fishing and sailing on Shasta Lake, one of four magnificent artificial lakes in this northeastern California town. When you're ready to dry off, there are also plenty of land-based activities, such as camping or hiking in the national forests and parks, following walking trails through the 220-acre arboretum or spending time exploring two fascinating parks: Shasta State Historic Park and Turtle Bay Exploration Park. At Shasta State, you'll find the ghost town of Shasta City from the Gold Rush days, complete with restored stagecoach, barn and courthouse, with eerie reminders of where prisoners were kept and sometimes hanged. The ever-expanding 300-acre Turtle Bay Park houses the recently opened Turtle Bay Museum, with extraordinary hands-on exhibits focusing on the environment and an outstanding collection of American Indian baskets. Children will love the park's Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp, which includes a playground, logging and ecology exhibits and the popular summer butterfly house, where the fragile winged creatures flit about and alight on welcoming visitors.
Travel into Spain's Moorish and Christian history with every step you take in compact, walkable Granada. The famous Alhambra fortress is a required visit, as are the Alcaiceria (marketplace), the Cathedral and too many architectural sites to name. Wander through Granada's fascinating Moorish old quarter, the labyrinthine Albaicin; then plan to head out again by night, because the nightlife here is particularly lively.
A gorgeous spot that’s a convenient day trip from Milan, Lake Como recently earned fame as home to Hollywood star George Clooney. But celeb-spotting aside, it’s known for jaw-dropping natural beauty, elegant old villas—and the scenic towns surrounding the lake. Check out Varenna, Bellagio, and Menaggio, which offer great views, historic churches, and water-based activities such as ferries and passenger-only boats.
Serving as the main port town for the island of the same name, the town of Ischia has been inhabited for centuries, famous for its beaches and the healing waters of its spas. The town is divided in two: Ischia Porto is the harbor district and commercial center of the island, filled with brightly lit taverns and bars, and Ischia Ponte, the historic quarter, with its ancient castle and its stone streets seemingly frozen in time.