2) Ellis Island & Liberty Island
Both islands are included in the Statute of Liberty National Park. Each represent important aspects of American history. Ellis Island became the portal for immigrants coming into the U.S. in 1892. More than twelve million immigrants were processed here before being allowed to enter the States. Today, visitors can trace their family heritage on the impressive American Immigrant Wall of Honor at the Ellis Island National Museum. The names of 700,000 immigrants have been carved into stainless steel sheets, forming a winding wall of history. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island is in close proximity of Ellis Island. The Statute was actually a gift from France, honoring the U.S.’s centennial. Assembled in 1886, the Statue continues to be an iconic representation of freedom. Tours of the islands are available by Statute Cruises. Ferries depart from the port in Battery Park.
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