Day 6: Highlights to Night Lights

Chrysler Building

Bright and early Monday morning, our group headed to midtown Manhattan to visit the famous Empire State Building. The 360 degree view from the top of this 1931 skyscraper was stunning!  Once the tallest building in the world, this landmark still has a large presence and lots of personality.  After soaking in the sights we headed back down to ground level to experience the Skyride. The Skyride was a cheesy aerial tour of New York City narrated by Kevin Bacon.

After a short stop to pick up some souvenirs and Starbucks, we made our way to the Flatiron building.

We then trekked all the way up to the Upper West Side to walk through the beautiful campus of Columbia University. We also visited a copy of Rodin's The Thinker. Some of us were quite deep here. After picking up food from the street vendors, we enjoyed a relaxing lunch at Riverside Park. Right after lunch we discovered that Grant’s Tomb, our next stop, was only open every other hour. 

Cathedral Exterior


Garden and Peace Fountain
We decided to spend that hour walking down to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.  The church was hosting a graduation for Columbia University so we could not see much inside the cathedral.

We then went back to Grant’s Tomb, open this time, and took a quick tour of the inside.
This monument deserves more recognition than it is given, but we were glad to contribute to that recognition.

 Because we were planning on being out late, we went back to the hotel for an hour and a half to have our daily meeting and rest.  We went to the Rockefeller Center for dinner, most of us enjoyed tasty sandwiches at Potbelly’s.

Waiting in Line: For 6:50 pm EXACTLY.

After dinner we rose seventy stories to get to the Top of the Rock.  This was our second incredible view of the day but most of us would agree this was the better of the two (mostly because of the ).  We stayed up here until after sunset to get some truly breathtaking photos. The nighttime view of the plaza was incredible.  

Lincoln Center
 Our final stop of the evening was the iconic Lincoln Center, where we soaked in the grandeur of one of the greatest performance halls.

Walking Stats: 13.4  MILES         


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