Whether you’re wandering among priceless works of art at The Met or the MoMa, tucking into a slice of famous New York-style pizza in Little Italy, catching a performance of your favorite musical on Broadway, or enjoying a picnic in scenic Central Park, New York City brims with countless ways to fill your days with wonder. But did you know the Big Apple also serves as a portal to some of he most beautiful vacation destinations in the Caribbean and along the coasts of New England and Canada? Jus ta quick car ride away you’ll find the bustling port of Cape Liberty, home to some of the most incredible ships in the Royal Caribbean NY cruises fleet. Not only is it the perfect starting point for cruises to sun-soaked Bermuda, the Bahamas and other exotic shores in the Caribbean, including the newly revamped Royal Caribbean private destination Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Rhode Island’s city by the sea is a fest for the senses that’s best explored on foot. Walk along the brick sidewalks of Bowen’s Wharf, the creaky floorboards of old shops in the historic town center or the Cliff Walk overlooking the ocean. Stick your toes in the sand at Sachuest or “Second Beach,” as the locals like to call it, and let the salt air wash away your worries.
Explore 400 years of history while walking the Freedom Trail in one of America’s oldest cities – Boston. Trace Paul Revere’s midnight route through the North End. Visit the homes of legendary patriots, politicians and poets. Or live time-honored baseball traditions at Fenway Park. It’s all here, in the birthplace of New England adventure.
Adventure awaits in Bar Harbor. Pop into one of the galleries run by local artists in quaint Bar Harbor village. Stroll down the rosebush-lined Shore Path for sweeping views of the sea. And don’t miss Acadia National Park; Hike Cadillac Mountain to panoramic vistas or rent bikes and pedal through the 57-mile Carriage Roads, which circle Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake and Mount Desert Island. Feeling extra adventurous? Get up close and personal with these dramatic cliffs as you learn the art of rock climbing.
Be sure to devote some of your time in Saint John to the outdoors, exploring the Bay of Fundy. Bike the Fundy trail along the rugged shoreline, see the towering Hopewell Rocks, or take a kayak out on the Reversing Falls rapids. On cloudy days, head inside and learn more about Saint John’s natural and cultural history at the New Brunswick Museum and Loyalist House.
As Canada’s Atlantic gateway, Halifax brings together unique history and modern excitement. Stroll the festive waterfront to get a feel for the bustling downtown with its boutique shops and art galleries. Then, visit the museum at Pier 21 to learn the stories of Nova Scotia’s immigrants. Got foodie inclinations? Stop by the Halifax Farmers Market and sample the fresh-caught local seafood.
Take a scenic ferry boat ride from Battery Park to Liberty Island for an up-close visit to the iron-clad Statue of Liberty. Climb to the crown for a rewarding harbor panorama. Then cruise to nearby Ellis Island to browse a moving collection of documents, photographs and film footage in its Immigration Musuem.